Starting 12:01AM EST on Saturday, June 13, Facebook will start offering personalized URL addresses for your personal profile. That means, instead of the usual ‘www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=563920841#=profile’ in your address bar, you could have custom links, like ‘www.facebook.com/thomas.shambler’. With over 200 million Facebook members, it’s going to be a mad scramble for user names (especially for you John Smiths out there), and URLs will be assigned on a first-come first-serve basis. Be sure to check Facebook this Saturday, when the changes go live.
UPDATE: We can’t find any links on Facebook, but you can grab a custom URL at http://www.facebook.com/username. Good luck.
After the uproar concerning Facebook’s newly proposed terms of service, a user vote has resulted in favour of the new terms. About 75 per cent of the 600,000 voters apparently didn’t mind handing the site ownership of personal data, including pictures, video and profile information (even if users delete their accounts afterwards). The new documents will take effect in the next few weeks. It seems Big Brother is alive and well in social networking, just a shame we can’t give him a good poke in real life.
[via Times Online]
Google rolled out Profiles earlier today, an application full of online information (that includes pictures, comments and messages) that can be shared with friends or family. Should Facebook be worried? No, at least not just yet. Right now Google Profiles is more of an about page for your Gmail account. The scary neat thing, it’s going to be searchable through regular Google. As anyone who’s googled themselves (oh please, you all have) or others know, it’s sometimes tricky to find the person you’re looking for. This will change all that, just set up your account and whenever your name is searched, your smiling face will appear below.
First it was Last.fm, now it’s Kodak. The credit crunch continues to threaten our beloved free internet. Kodak’s new policy for photo storage on its site: pay up or die.
Members with photo storage of 2 gigabytes (GB) or less must make annual minimum purchases totaling at least $4.99. Members with photo storage exceeding 2GB must make annual minimum purchases totaling at least $19.99. Failure to meet this requirement may result in your photos being deleted from the Gallery.
Well, that can go one of two ways. Either Kodak’s faithful cough up and keep the camera company in cash or they desert the film brand for free (and better) photo sites such as Flickr, Picasa or even Facebook. Wonder which they’ll go for?
In a fight between a monkey and an ox with a knife, who would win? Discover the answer and lots of new tunes on the second podcast from Jim and Ben. They also gave us a mention, thanks to this. Download the podcast here. Or get it from MySpace. And don’t forget to join the Facebook group.
Today sees the launch of the BlackBerry App World for the US, UK and Canadian markets. The online app market is accessible to BlackBerrys with a rollerball or touchscreen* (via Wi-Fi and mobile networks). Although frustrating for anyone based outside the three launch countries, BlackBerry’s App World definitely looks the part and might well be worth the wait (update on UAE launch date to follow). Visually very similar to Apple’s App Store, BlackBerry’s version comes with quite a healthy selection of launch apps including Facebook, MySpace, Pandora, Windows Live Messenger and even UNO (which has us a little excited – is that sad?). According to its press announcement, RIM expects over 1,000 fresh apps to be added this week and like Apple they have sent a plea out to app designers everywhere to get busy developing.
BlackBerry App World site
* OS 4.2 or higher
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Tagged App, App Store, apple, blackberry, BlackBerry App World, Facebook, MySpace, Pandora, Pearl, RIM, UNO, Windows Live Messenger
This from Slashdot:
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes “According to a report I just read in Mashable, Pirate Bay is coming to Facebook. Writer Ben Parr says that The Pirate Bay site now includes links under torrents to ‘Share on Facebook.’ Once posted to a profile, the Facebook member’s friends can click the link on Facebook to begin the download right away, provided he or she already has a torrenting client installed. I just hope people do not use this feature to download copyrighted materials which are not authorized to be downloaded, or at least not materials copyrighted to litigation-happy RIAA Big 4 record labels. No doubt, if their song files were downloaded through this method, the record companies would sit back for awhile, derive profit from the promotional excitement generated for their dying industry, and then — armed with Facebook’s data — sue the pants off all the hapless Facebook users who fell for it.”
Wow… he makes it sound like innocent social networking bunnies are being raped by the big, bad, torrent-streaming wolf. Wonder what’s really at play here. Trap or trip?