Every popular Web service has experienced the cycle: Roll out changes, experience massive user backlash, modify changes somewhat, wait for users to get used to the new system, repeat. Facebook just rebooted its own cycle recently, and while we've covered some of the more interesting (and egregious) of the changes, it turns out that Chrome and Firefox users can roll back certain of the new features that can make their FB experience more comfortable.Restore Facebook posts to chronological order. Well, you can't roll back every last change, but the Facebook Classic extension for Chrome … Read more
If you have friends who love to upload pictures to Facebook, chances are that you get tagged pretty often. But sometimes you don't want others to be able to share pictures of you without prior permission. By default, Facebook lets friends tag you in posts, in photos that look like you, and check you in to places that you haven't visited. Here's how to put a stop to any (or all) of these tag-happy features:
Step 1: Log in to your Facebook account and click on the menu in the top-right corner (small arrow).
Step 2: Select … Read more
Do you forget your Facebook friends' birthdays because you don't log in to Facebook enough or because you keep forgetting to take your ginkgo biloba? Consider using Google Calendar alerts and stop writing belated birthday wishes on your friends' Facebook walls.Editors' note: This post was updated May 14, 2012. We initially showed you how to export a file from Facebook, which you could then import to Google Calendar. There's a better method, as noted in the comments section, using your Facebook calendar's URL. This allows you to keep a current calendar of Facebook birthdays, even as … Read more
When you can't make it home for every episode, or two shows you like are on at the same time, digital recorders can catch every moment for later viewing. However, if you're watching a lot of shows, it's hard to keep track of what's airing each night. So how about an easier way to see what shows are coming up and which ones are already in your queue for watching? Here's how to turn your Google Calendar or Reader into a personal TV guide:
Step 1: Create an account at TVRage.com and … Read more
Foursquare held its first-ever global hackathon a few weeks back, with developers and hackers gathering in cities all over the world, including Paris, London, Ottawa, San Francisco, and New York. All of the hackers had one goal in common: create some out-of-the-box idea on top of the Foursquare API. Not only did they accomplish their goal, but some of them even won prizes for doing so. … Read more
Imagine you referred to your supervisor as a "scumbag" in a Facebook post read by your coworkers. You might expect to be looking for a new job very soon thereafter, especially if your employer has a policy that prohibits making disparaging remarks about the company or posting anything about the organization or its managers without permission.
In a case involving Facebook posts by workers for an ambulance service, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) determined that the employee's name-calling was "protected activity" because it occurred away from the workplace and on non-work time.
The employer … Read more
In today's plugged-in world, "right now" is too slow. We're spoiled by the ability to discover the most obscure bits of information in less than a second simply by entering a word or phrase in a Web search engine. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
The need for search speed may not let up until Google is able to read our minds--a day that may not be far off, for better or worse. Putting aside fears of an information-utility monopoly, there's no denying Google's ability to save time. To ensure the productivity-boost … Read more
No sooner had Google taken the wraps off of Photovine than it turned around and killed the photo-sharing iOS app. If you uploaded photos to Photovine, you have some time to download them before Google gets rid of them. Google says Photovine photos will remain on its servers until February 6, 2012.
If you were a Photovine user like me, you received an e-mail this week instructing you on how to get your pics. In the e-mail, Google states:Just because the Photovine app is winding down, doesn't mean your photos can't live on! Now you can visit … Read more
Looking for a more hands-on way to share photos online? Flickr earlier this week introduced a new feature called Photo Session that lets you share a real-time, collaborative slideshow with up to 10 people. Any of the 10 can navigate the slideshow, which offers chat and drawing features. All viewers will see the same photo as the group browses through the slideshow.
To start a Photo Session, go to your Flickr Photostream or open one of your photo sets. Click the Share button in the upper-right corner and choose Start a Photo Session. From here, you can invite people to join your Photo Session. They'll get an e-mail inviting them to join.… Read more
The Chrome browser doesn't support the capability to sort bookmarks in any manner but manually. If you're tired of dragging and dropping bookmarks by hand, we can help. Here's how to sort Chrome bookmarks by name:
Step 1: Install the SuperSorter Chrome extension from the Chrome Web Store.
Step 2: Right-click on the SuperSorter button and select Options.
Step 3: Choose the options you prefer, including whether you want your bookmarks sorted in ascending or descending order, then click Save options.
Step 4: To sort your Chrome bookmarks, left-click the SuperSorter button. When it's completed sorting, … Read more