‘Facebook’ Posts

Facebook, US Politics and the ABC News/Facebook Debate

I woke up this morning to see a sponsored something-or-other populating my News Feed. And then I realized how cool and topical it was. Whether us Americans like it or not, election season is in full swing even though the election itself is 10 months away. Facebook is promoting a Presidential debate to be held ...

Facebook Adds “Friend Lists”

As the Facebook Blog reports today, our favorite social website has added another feature. It is exactly what it sounds like: a user can now group their friends into “lists.” As promised by Facebook, these new friend lists will have a more important role early next year. For now it remains one more way of ...

Sunday Reading: Facebook Beacon Shenanigans

Hey everybody, hope your semesters/quarters are winding down well. If you’re looking for some time to kill and to further educate yourself on the monster-that-is-also-known-as-Facebook, read on. I’m Ready to Bail on Facebook: The New Face of Evil [from the digg frontpage]

Facebook: News Feed Tweaks

Everyone has by now noticed Facebook’s pre-Thanksgiving addition to the News Feed. Now you’ll find a little “thumbs up” and “X” next to each story in the feed. Click on these and your News Feed preference sliders will update themselves. Schweet. Just thought you should know…

How To: Block Facebook Beacon

Kelly and Chris discussed Facebook Beacon in the last podcast episode, and Kelly linked to this article in a previous post, but I thought it might be useful to put it up front and center. If you were against the Newsfeed from the beginning, you’re probably against Facebook Beacon. If this is the case, you ...

Facebook Ads, Pages, and Beacons

Earlier last week, Facebook continued its march to dominate the world in all things Internet related. And whenever the Facebook developers even breathe, we here at HackCollege are here to report the news. Facebook rolled out three new products. To help explain, we’ll address each of them separately

Are You on Facebook or MySpace?

Danah Boyd, a PhD candidate at the School of Information at University of California – Berkeley, recently wrote a short essay on the apparent social class division between MySpace users and Facebook users on her blog. In her essay, she begins with a quick distinction between the users of each social network: The goodie two ...

Facebook Marketplace Adds Books

A few hours ago, Facebook rolled out their “Books” functionality to their “Marketplace.” This was, as HackCollege feels, the last major function that Facebook needed before becoming the be-all-end-all website for college students. Half.com might even go out of business because of this. Campus bookstores will go out of business. (Thank God.) As it should, ...

Facebook Developer Garages and What That Means for College Students

Yesterday evening I trekked down to Seattle to check out one of the inaugural Facebook Developer Garages. Think a networking party with beer and laptops and above-average IQs. There were two presentations, mostly talking about the technical workings behind the new Facebook Platform. The biggest point of the talks was to design to retain users. ...

Facebook Updates: Picture and Videos on Yo’ Wall

In another Microsoft-reminiscent swoop to incorporate third-party application features into Facebook itself, the Facebook Blog just announced the extension of wall posts into the realms of pictures and video. Cool. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough money for a fancy MacBook or Sony Vaio, so I can’t do some field reporting with PhotoBooth (or the Sony ...

Improve Facebook with Scripts

Facebook has been on fire lately – due mostly to the release of the new Facebook platform. It seems as though new applications are developed every day. But before there was the Facebook platform, users could add new functionality to Facebook through the use of scripts and Greasemonkey. Below are some of my favorite scripts ...