You know how it’s commonly said there are six degrees of separation between you and anyone else on the planet? Meaning you know a guy who knows a guy … who knows the guy (six times). It’s based on a 1967 study by psychologist Stanley Milgram. Now the NY Times says scientists at Facebook (they [...]
Up until now you’ve been able to find out who friended you on Facebook, but not who un-friended you. But with the latest Facebook update, the Facebook Timeline feature, you can. You just click on a given year in the timeline. There’s a list, “Made x New Friends”. If someone un-friended you (or you them), [...]
Heise, a German computer magazine, tweaked their website to force users to click on the Facebook ‘Like’ button before it activates.
This protects your privacy because, normally, the button image (downloaded from Facebook’s servers) automatically tells Facebook that you’re visiting that page when it loads.
A number of sources are reporting Facebook has surpassed Google as the most visited site in the US.
Read on to find out why I think this is a loss for the open Internet.
Facebook is one of the largest sites on the Internet.
But most people don’t know the story of how it was founded.
I wrote the other day about social media backup with a new service called Backupify.
PHP is the programming language that runs many web applications, including WordPress. PHP’s slower than many other languages, but it’s fast to develop in.
Now Facebook, which also runs on PHP, has announced a new version of PHP that runs twice as fast.
These days many people prefer to have their applications in the cloud, instead of hosting them by themselves.
For example, people who use Gmail prefer accessing e-mail through a web browser instead of downloading their e-mail and viewing it with an e-mail program.
But what happens if Google loses your e-mail? The answer, for some, might be Backupify, a new cloud backup service.
I was surprised to know that Facebook runs on PHP. It also uses C++ and Java in places, but it’s the fact that it uses the little scripting language that could (PHP) is what is interesting. Aditya Agarwal of Facebook describes how the social networking giant does it in a presentation at QCon SF 2008. [...]