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.
Whether you like it or not, Facebook will switch your profile over to the timeline format over the next few weeks (if they haven't already). My experience has been mostly enjoyable, but Timeline Movie Maker takes it one step further, by turning it into a nostalgic video.
You've probably run aground of Facebook's new Timeline format somewhere. Maybe you already opted in. If you haven't, click around to a few of your friends and you're bound to see someone's timeline (unless, that is — gasp! — you're not one of Facebook's 800 million or so users). If you like it, well good! You're about to use it. If not, well, uh Well
If you like to update your Facebook wall on a minute by minute basis, whipping out your phone to like things or check in when you go somewhere can be a real pain. The LikeBelt makes the process easier by allowing you to post updates automatically with a few pelvic thrusts.
How obsessed are you with Facebook? If you feel the need to check up on your news feed or update your profile once you're already in bed, then I've got the bed for you.
You've probably seen a hacked Facebook account before — you receive a private message from someone you haven't talked to since middle school or your mom posts a link on your wall that says, "Click here to win a free iPad." Unfortunately, Facebook users are vulnerable to many different kinds of attacks. Take a look at the infographic below for details on how to keep your account hooligan-free.