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How to block Facebook event invites

Oct 10 10

Sick of all the event invitations from various promoters / clubs you happen to be friends with on Facebook?
Here’s how to block them:

Step 1

Click on “Privacy Settings” under the “Account” drop down menu (top right hand corner)

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Step 2

Click on Edit your lists, under Block lists

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Step 3

You can enter the names of friends to block event invites from.

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Facebook notification spam – someone ”likes” your photo

Feb 28 10

Recently, a lot of people have  been “liking” my photos.

Unfortunately, the notifications are sent out by various versions of a new form of Facebook spam application.

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Clicking on “your photo” – in a hope to see which photo this person liked, takes you to a page where you’re asked to allow an application access to various parts  of your profile:

“Allowing Lika access will let it access your Profile information, photos, your friends’ info and other content that it requires to work”

This is the important part of this application – clicking on “allow” will enable the app to get access to all the information on your profile.
It then sends out notifications to ALL your friends, that you “liked” one of their photos.

Presumably, it is also sending all your information to the developer. This could be anything from your profile – work information, contact info, address, photos – anything.

One way to check if a notification you have received is genuine is to hover over “your photo”

Hover over "your photo" and check the link location

Unless the link is something similar to: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=12345 then it’s a fake.

The names are usually something like “Like” or “Lika” or something along those lines, to fool you into thinking they are genuine, Facebook features.

Problem with Firefox 3.5.2 and Facebook

Sep 6 09

After upgrading to Firefox 3.5.2, I’ve been having trouble with Facebook – certain pages would take ages to load (if load at all)
The photos page was a particular problem.

At first, I thought the problem could of been with Facebook – some of their AJAX user interface getting carried away or something, however I narrowed down the problem to Firefox by trying the site in IE.

I did some Googling, and found other people were having the same problem, and that they had narrowed down the problem to the Skype add-on for Firefox.

The Skype add-on detects phone numbers within a web page, and renders them as a Skype call button – so that you can easily call numbers from a web page.

The amount I actually use this feature is far far less than that of Facebook, so I decided to disable the add-on (at least until they fix the issues with it)

Here’s how:

1) Click the Tools –> Add-ons menu in Firefox

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2) Click the Uninstall button next to the “Skype extension for Firefox” in the resulting dialog.

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3) Restart Firefox.

That should fix the issues with Facebook (and any other website that is showing similar problems)

Heart, music, diamonds and other cool symbols on Facebook and other things

Jun 24 09

Ever wondered how to get those cool little symbols in wall posts, status updates, messages etc… on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc…?

This kind of thing: ☼ ☻☺ ♪ ♫ ♥

Well…. you can either copy them off this page, or use the key sequence next to them:

To get these to work:

You will need to have Num Lock ON
Also, you’ll need to use the number pad – the bunch of numerical keys on the right of the keyboard (on a pc)

Press and hold the “Alt” key (usually bottom left of your keyboard) followed by a number (see below)
Please note, the symbol will only appear AFTER you release the Alt key.

1 – ☺

2 – ☻

3 – ♥

4 – ♦

5 – ♣

6 – ♠

7 – •

8 – ◘

9 – ○

10 – ◙

11 – ♂

12 – ♀

13 – ♪

14 – ♫

15 – ☼

16 – ►

17 – ◄

18 – ↕

19 – ‼

20 – ¶

Facebook Usernames

Jun 14 09

In the last couple of weeks, Facebook has finally started supporting usernames… So instead of giving people long urls, with your user id (a long number) you will now be able to give:

www.facebook.com/alexjamesbrown
(like the way MySpace did it from the outset)

To get yours, go to:
www.facebook.com/username