As Facebook Inc. prepares for its initial public offering in a few weeks, it has just announced plans for its own App Center. The center will allow the online service with over 900 million members to generate new forms of revenue and add an additional social dimension to the popular online platform.
As Brazil continues its gradual move from Google's Orkut to Facebook, the country's love affair with the leading social network has given rise to all manner of interesting local tie-ins. The latest is fashion-oriented and offers a new vision of using social media to shop.
In the U.S., organ donors can be ID'd quickly by the little red heart on their driver's license or state ID card. Facebook just became an agent for raising organ donation awareness by adding a status option that'll let all your friends know you're an organ donor.
What would Facebook have looked like if it had been invented more than a decade ago? Check out the video below to see a great 1990s interpretation. Oh, how far we've come.
The Internet is abuzz over reports of companies demanding total Facebook access as part mandatory background checks for employment. Several claims have surfaced that some employers go beyond just snooping through a person's public profile, requesting their password as well. New information at the end of the article.
My friends are divided on Facebook's presence in their everyday lives. Half are happy to sign up for every game or calendar and use Facebook Connect as a proxy for signing in to many other sites. The others have all their privacy settings set to max. If the general population feels the same way, then at least 50 percent of you are going to freak at the idea of a Facebook identity card.
Cityville, Words with Friends, and Adventure World are just a few of the most popular Facebook games. And chances are, you or one of your friends is obsessed with one or more of them. Do you have a favorite Facebook game? Check out the complete list of favorites in the infographic below.
If his company's historic IPO filing and Google+'s meteoric rise are foremost on the mind of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, a close third is surely the inexplicably expansive collection of online fan fiction in which he is a featured character subject to all manner of bizarre scenarios and nonsensical predicaments. The strange little corner of the Internet known as "fanfic" offers a venue for anyone to craft stories based on their favorite books, movies, TV shows, and even video games. Within this vast layman's dream factory, you will find everything (ev-er-y-thing) from treatments for unfilmed episodes of According to Jim to imaginary meetings between former American Idol competitor Adam Lambert and Buffy the Vampire Slayer right on through to torrid bouts of erotica in the world of Stargate SG-1 (NSFWly linked later, if you're interested). You know who else gets the fanfic treatment surprisingly often? Mr. Facebook himself, Mark Zuckerberg.
There's a grip of instant messages a 19-year-old Mark Zuckerberg sent to various confidants before Facebook launched, as well as during its earliest years. They make for an interesting read in that the enormity of Facebook's potential never seemed to seize Zuckerberg, even after an initial year of rapid growth.
I hate Facebook games with the fire of a thousand g-type main-sequence stars. But, I managed to put all that aside when I heard that NASA just released its first stab at a social network app, which gives you the chance to best other geeks in space trivia to earn meaningless rewards that I suddenly must have.