Timeline Images: A Cover Photo With A Copyright Infringement Hidden Weapon

The timeline feature that was released in the latest Facebook update brought with it a new “cover photo” area that really changed the Facebook wall experience over night. People across the internet started to look for new creative ways to express their “life” using images. Now to facilitate the process, Timeline Images is going to start selling you pictures that cost as little as $1.00. But really, what’s the point of selling an image for a buck since Shutterstock already sells images for cheaper? Well, they claim that timeline images only caters to one type of customers – Facebook users – and their pictures are going to be “unique” to the facebook experience.

The cool thing about this type of business model is that facebook is going to change again, eventually the “cover photo” will change to something different, and when it does, you will be forced to purchase a new image and license fee. But what’s the dirty little secret? I mean, what kind of person would spend money on an image so they can modify their facebook appearance? I know I wouldn’t,  but I also know that if I manage to get my hands on an AWESOME cover photo, I can guarantee you that some of my friends will steal it and use it on their profiles… AND THAT’S going to be Timeline Images’ secret weapon.

Think, Getty Images, the stock photo company that scours the internet in search of images that belong to Getty, and then they file a copyright infringement law suit on anyone who uses their images without their consent. This is exactly what I picture Timeline Images doing in the future, think about it, if they manage to get an image to go viral on Facebook and a couple hundred people share and use the image, all they need to do is scour the facebook timelines in search of their images and then slap their users with a copyright infringement law suit.

Now, of course this is just speculation, but when Getty Images started to pull off the Copyright card from underneath the table, no one really suspected a thing until it was to late. I’m going to give Timeline Images my benefit of the doubt, but don’t say I didn’t tell you so when and IF it happens.

[Timeline Images via PetaPixel]

Facebook Cracking Down on Spam Video Apps

If you’re anything like me, then you are probably annoyed by the videos that appear on your social feed that say – X and Y watched this video on SocialCam – the only problem is that the video is often times a youtube video that has been renamed to trick people into clicking the link.  Another important difference is that in order to watch it, you need to install the SocialCam or Viddy application which automatically posts the video you watched on the news feed. Basically, it’s a spam app that tricks you into watching stuff and annoys the living life out of your friends.

Now, facebook is trying to put a stop to that by adding a couple of guidelines to the application’s that use the Open Graph – Video apps must now inform you that they auto-share and provide an option to opt out on the page where a video is watched.

The actual guidelines state that: “You must provide users with the ability to remove any video stories you publish to Facebook, and include this option on the same page where you host the video content” and “Youmust give the user clear, ongoing, and in-context messaging that their watch actions will be published on Facebook.”

Once you see the sign that says: “You are about to post – Justin B. is fights off angry mom crowd – on your facebook wall” you can quickly decline the action and shut down the post. Now all we need is for someone to find a way to stop – Like this and Share if you agree that Red is beautiful.  Via: TechCrunch

Senators Want to Ban Facebook’s Co-Founder from America Forever

Eduardo Saverin the Co-Founder of Facebook is about to get owned by a couple of Senators, Chuck Shumer and Bob Casey, they want to permanently kick him out from the country.

In case you’re not familiar with the news, Saverin threw away his US Citizenship and moved over to Singapore, once facebook goes public he’s going to make more than enough money to keep him, his family, and his family’s family “rich” for a very long time. He’s supposed to pay 30% of the money he gains to the government in taxes, but now that he’s no longer a citizen of the US of A, he doesn’t have to pay a single dime of his money to anyone.

So now, the senators are trying to make it impossible for him to ever be able to set foot in the USA ever again. If he comes into the US, they will kindly tell him to get back on the plane and go back home. But, who cares really, if I had enough money to just sit back and enjoy my life in other countries, I’d do it too. According to the senators, any money that Saverin still has in the US is going to be taxed extremely high.

The senators believe that he used the American People to become extremely wealthy, and now that it’s time to pay back his dues, he’s turning his back on the people and revoking his rights as an American.

Who needs him here anyway 🙁  Via: Gizmodo image: Jason Kempin/Getty 

People Discovery Apps

In a world where new socialization is being more and more focused online, people are losing the process that existed for thousands of years beforehand. That would be actually meeting them in person either through similar likes or by mutual acquaintances. Now, app designers are coming up with ways to unite people in real life again.

One of the newest additions to this mix is the iPhone app Highlight created by Paul Davison. It will run on user’s devices in the background and can make connections with people up to 50 meters away. When connections are made either by address, Facebook likes, photos, or mutual connections, each user will receive the other’s profile.

Another new app currently in its beta is called Uberlife. This app also only currently available on iPhones works by creating hangouts or linking users to hangouts in whatever vicinity they choose. Users can be connected through similar likes. It’s a way of making real-life connections by using the user’s interests.

Glancee is an app that many people have probably already heard about. It works a lot like Highlight, and is available on iOS and Android. Users can be notified by connecting through Facebook when someone they know is in close distance at events. It will also notify users whenever someone is nearby who share similar interests. So far, this app has over 10,000 users.

Sonar is really like the rest of these apps. Its purpose is to notify the user of connections they may be missing by “highlighting shared friends, networks, and interests.” This one requires that users sign up using Foursquare which does in return require user to sign up with Facebook. It kind of seems like a reason just to use Foursquare.

One last app is Banjo. This one is a little too extreme for my tastes. While it does work to connect people that are using different social networks. It is more about not missing anything that happens in these other people’s lives than just connecting on a real life scale. While it will keep each user constantly up to date about the other by using Foursquare. I just think allowing an app to automatically check you in every place you go is a bit much.

Out of these I would say Glancee is by far at the top of the list in my opinion. I like how it finds people based on similar likes, but is not shoving it down your throat about every place that they go. Uberlife will most likely be great once it gets more users. By actually creating a hangout, it does not invade privacy, and gives the user the opportunity to meet new people. I would like to have more to say about Highlight because it looks very cool, but I use an Android system phone, and there is no web based app.

Judge Orders Man To Apologize On Facebook Or Go To Jail

Wow, this is drama that appears to be taken straight out of a high school movie where people complain to the principal over something really stupid. In a remarkable take on Freedom of Speech, an Ohio judge threatened a man with 60 days in jail if he didn’t apologize to his ex-wife for a rant he posted to his Facebook page. But it couldn’t be just a regular apology, the judge actually wrote the apology in paper and gave it to the men to post it.

According to Forbes, Mark Byron was upset about a protective order that ordered him to stay away from his wife and affected custody of his son. So he posted what’s described as a “rant” about the situation on his Facebook page.

I don’t know what’s more embarrassing, having a judge tell you that you have to write out a status where you apologize to your ex-wife, or being the judge and actually having to tell the husband to apologize – then having to write it out. In my opinion, if I’m mad at a person or if a person finds my status offensive, I can say what ever I want thanks to my “Freedom of Speech” and if you don’t like it, you shouldn’t be able to go to to the court and force an apology out of me. Especially if you don’t deserve it.

Here is what the husband said on his status before he had to remove it and update it with an apology:

…if you are an evil, vindictive woman who wants to ruin your husbands life and take your son’s father away from him completely – all you need to do is say that you’re scared of your husband or domestic partner…

Elizabeth Byron, the ex-wife, somehow learned about the post she had been blocked from seeing. She said that it violates Byron’s protective order that keeps him from doing anything that will cause her “physical or mental abuse, harassment, annoyance, or bodily injury.” So she went to the court, which just proves her husband’s status even more. She is a vindictive woman.

Byron was ordered to post a court-written apology on this Facebook page as well as pay his wife’s court costs related to the incident – or go to jail for 60 days. And really, the way the judge wrote the protective order is so vague that anything that he does that causes “annoyance” to his ex-wife will mean he’s going to end up in court.

Did Facebook Get Caught Reading Your Text Messages – Not True

London’s Sunday Times claimed that Facebook admitted to reading the text messages that were being sent by their users. They weren’t talking about the text messages that are were sent via their “messages” application, but the actual SMS messages that were sent between your cellphone and another person’s cellphone.  They claimed that Facebook was reading the SMS messages of the users who downloaded their Facebook app onto their smart phones, which could be millions of people.

According to the Sunday times, “Facebook” claims that it was doing it for research so they can launch their Facebook messaging service, but the article was not very clear as to when or even IF this actually happened. The article quoted several sources but they were not named. According to TechCrunch a Facebook spokesperson speaking to ZDNet said there is “no reading of user text messages.” Facebook says the Times piece is “completely wrong” but says the Facebook Android application permissions require SMS read and write capabilities.

Facebook said that lots of communications apps use these permissions, and the application technically has the capability to integrate with the phone’s SMS system, but added that it is for testing purposes. The company did not respond to the claim that the Times “admitted” to reading text messages, however.

Shortly after Facebook released this statement, the Sunday Times article was taken down, at least that’s what it seems like when you click on the link. So good job Times, you just completely paranoid a whole bunch of people that were sending text messages about the upcoming parties.

The Most Annoying Type of Facebook Friends

Facebook, on a good day, is like hanging out with all of your friends at an awesome bar, on a bad day, it’s like hanging out with all your friends in a small car in mid-July stuck on the highway with no air conditioner.

Some of your friends are awesome and extremely interesting, you want to hang with them all day, but there are a couple of people that annoy the living life out of you and there is no real way to avoid them on Facebook. I’m sure you can’t think of them right now, but the list at the bottom is a compilation of the different types of friends that you have in your social network… Lets be honest here, how many do you really have? and how many of them are you?

The Coffee Addict:

This is the person that you meet at a random place and they give you the “I’m good, I’m sane, Add me as friends” vibe. When you add them in the afternoon they are the nicest people in the world – just like in real life. But come morning time, this person does a complete 180 twist, you look at their facebook and their status is something along the lines of “IF I DON’T GET COFFEE NOW I WILL BITE THIS PUPPY’S FACE OFF!!!”  and it doesn’t get any better from there. 4 cups later and they are still asking for more.

The Rooster:

I’m sure you have many of these people on your friend’s list; these are the ones that actually treat their Facebook friends as a “family.” Every morning, they feel like it’s their duty to say “Good morning Facebook Fam!” Or “Hellow I’m awake! It’s a new day! Today is an awesome morning!” Usually this person is also the same one that 2 minutes after posting the “good morning” status explodes in rage trying to get their coffee.

The Creeper:

This user has never posted anything, they don’t comment on anything, but instead they like to take notes on your life. When you finally do see them they instantly start to bring up things about your facebook profile. A conversation with a person like this in real life would go like: Hey Steve how are you? – Oh hey man! I’m doing awesome, did you get your tire fixed? I saw the pictures on Facebook, I also read your mom’s status, is her foot healed?

Often times, not even you know what in the heck is going on, you can’t even remember half of the things you post.. but this person has them all stashed away for future reference.

The Hyena:

A Hyena Facebook user will NEVER say a single word… they don’t say anything constructive… and when they comment is usually just LOL, LMAO, ROFLMAO, HAHA. Don’t be alarmed when you meet a Hyena in the Facebook jungle, just ignore it and walk away or you’ll be stuck with it for the rest of the evening… *Update Status – Lost my car keys today* – LOL HAHA ROFLMAO! <- that’s when you’ll know you met a Hyena.

Mr/Ms Popular:

It’s estimated that you can only keep up with about 30 friends at any given time, if you’re very very smart, then you can go up to 60. The popular user however, has over 4,000 friends… half of them don’t even talk to him/her, they don’t even remember them. Usually you go out to parties, meet some person and instantly add them to the list. When They finally reach the 5k limit they usually put up a status that says: – I have to many friends, like my status or I’ll delete you…when this hapens only about 10 people actually like the status – and most are family members.

The Gamer:

I’m not talking about that one guy who likes to play Call of Duty all day long, oh no, this “gamers” are a different breed of gamers, they play Words With Friends all day, they are the ones that are trying to have the largest Farm, they are the ones that are in the toughest Mafia on Facebook, these are the same people that send you hundreds of virtual cakes and virtual flowers… all day long… usually while they are work.

The Cynic:

This is usually a gamer that hates their job so much they only go there to play Facebook games, but it also includes people that hate happy things and life. They hate everything from puppies, flowers, rainbows, hell they even hate themselves. Every one of their status is usually something like: “I woke up and had the worst f**king breakfast, I got a free continental breakfast and a back rub while I was eating it but the eggs were in the wrong side of the plate, then I got $1,000 as a gift but they didn’t give me more.”

The Collector:

Yes, You know exactly who this is, this is the person that is a member of about 10,000 different groups, likes about 10,000 other pages, and has a whole bunch of random crap around their entire page. They are like the aggregators of random stuff of facebook.

The Promoter:

This is the guy that sends you information about useless things, every single event that he gets invited too he sends out to all of his friends. He’s usually a collector. This guy can be an awesome person for when you’re trying to get more cows on Farmville, the Gamers usually depend on the Promoter to get more neighbors on their farms.

The Preacher:

This is the user that posts bible verses on the regular basis, this is also the reason you don’t go to church since he practically gives you more bible verses than an actual Preacher during Sunday sermon… this is also the person who stays at home on Sundays and never even goes to church.

The Liker:

They never actually say anything, like the Hyena, these people just Like things, it doesn’t matter what your post or picture is about, they just click it. As a way of saying, oh hey I’m still here; I just liked your post. This is the least amount of effort that they can do on Facebook.

The Cryptic:

If you’ve seen the Riddler from Batman, then you know exactly what I’m talking about here. These people just update their statuses with random things like: “I don’t know what to tell you, but this is going to be bad” you never really know what they’re talking about. Usually they do this to try and get other people to comment on their statuses. 20 comments later and you’re still like “WTF are you talking about!”

The Drama Queen/King:

This person always puts up things like, “I can’t believe this Sh88t” or “You think you’re better than me? We’ll see about that!” Usually they are confused with the Cryptic users, but you really have to pay attention to their statuses to really figure out which of them they are. If they say things like, “I hate my parents so much” then they are probably the Drama Queens. They just want to get the attention…. Like the Cryptics.

The Updater:

If they were trying to run away from the police, these people would be caught in an instant. They always keep you updated on what they are doing. A series of status from they would go like: I just woke up! – Walking to the kitchen to make breakfast, *picture of the kitchen* I’m in the kitchen making eggs! … *Picture of Eggs* Yum! – Walking back to the room to get dressed for work – *picture of work clothes* this is what I’m wearing…. Well you get the point.

The Night Owl:

This is the person that has to say goodnight at the end of the freaking night, after they post the status they wait for 10 minutes waiting for a reply… if nothing they erase the status and post it again… hoping that someone will say “good night” back to them.

The News Anchor:

I love getting the news from Facebook, they are always up to date, but these people are over kill, like the collector, these guys collect news from all over the place. The only problem is that they don’t post a link back to the article… so usually I get something like : “The president of a country out in the other side of the world died from something today, that was horrible!” you’re sitting there wondering what the heck jut happened and rush over to Yahoo news to see if you can find it.

Facebook to Introduce Ads on your News Feed in 2012

Advertisements are a necessary evil to keep a website up and running, on my site alone I have 5 different advertisement placements, this covers for up-keep of the site and hosting prices. But there is a thing as to many ads; I personally hate websites that have in-link ads. Sites that have an advertisement everywhere you put your cursor on, and sites that have pop-up advertisements that you have to slash through before you get to the actual content.

Facebook is no different than every site on the web, their advertisements are found on the side bar and on the commenting area, but starting  in 2012 Facbook is going to start showing ads in a very intrusive area of the page – The news feed. From a business point, this is a great move for Facebook, someone is going to see the advertisement, but from a user’s point of view, this is going to get annoying fast – the image at the bottom is an example of how this new advertisement is going to look.

According to TechCrunch, Facebook is only going to show one advertisement per day, which is tolerable. You can close it if you like, but there won’t be any opting out. So the next day, a new ad will appear on your feed.

There really is no reason to get angry over this because one more ad per day is not going to be that big of a deal, plus when you like a brand and that brand makes a status update you pretty much get an advertisement anyway, and lastly, if you want Facebook to continue on being free this is what we have to put up with. Here is something else too, if you don’t like it, you can always stop using Facebook, but how long will THAT last?

Come to think about it… it looks like those images that everyone on my news feed is posting left and right.