Animated GIF for Facebook

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Did you know that Facebook once supported animated GIF? Well, of course you don’t. So here’s the story.

During the early days, animated GIFs are supported on Facebook. But Mark and his team decided that they don’t want to look like MySpace with all the blinking images, they decided to ditch the support. But the animated GIF is making its way back to Facebook on Thursday, thanks to GIF search engine Giphy.

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Giphy worked with Facebook to allow users to share and embed GIFs from giphy.com, at least until Facebook supports the animated GIF natively on its platform.

 

[Source: Mashable]

Facebook Embedded Posts Available For Users

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We’ve read and heard about this a month ago but it’s finally available to users now. Much like Twitter, you can now embed public Facebook posts into any third party websites or personal blogs. Users can find the line of code needed to embed a post or video by clicking on the arrow in the post’s upper right-hand corner.

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And here’s how it looks like…

Now the question is, will you use the Facebook embedded post features?

Why Utility Companies Should Adopt Social Media

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Most businesses in Malaysia have adopted Social Media as part of their business process and many have plenty of success stories to share. I truly believe it’s high time that utility companies in Malaysia like Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), Telekom Malaysia (TM ) and Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (SYABAS) to adopt Social Media as part of their customer service process.

The reason I brought this matter up because I had numerous unfortunate events with power outage while I was at home yesterday. Occasional power outage is acceptable but when it hits you 3-4 times within two hours at night, then you have to do something about it. It’s bad enough you have to stumble around in the dark looking for your phone, it’s even a bigger pain trying to call up the customer service line. When all attempts failed, the next sensible thing to do is to put your complaint via Facebook.

While most of them (utility companies) have got a social media presence, most are not really well-managed.

However, I would like to highlight an event where it has totally changed my perception. TNB has a Facebook page and a Twitter account; I decided to leave my complaint on their Facebook wall instead. To my surprise, I received a comment reply from the administrator almost immediately… even long after midnight. Somebody is actually manning the page and I must say that I’m quite impressed with their efficiency. Even though there’s nothing much the Admin behind the Facebook account can do about the power outage situation, it is good enough that customer’s complains are being heard.

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Complaint posted on TNB Careline page

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Chat with TNB Careline admin via Private Message

 

Well done to Admin Zamoli and kudos to Tenaga Nasional Berhad! That’s Social Media done right; also the very reason why every other utility company should adopt it.

Instagram Can Sell Your Photos Without Your Consent

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Instagram is making their first major policy change since it was acquired by Facebook a couple of months ago and it is not exactly a good news for its 30 million registered users during this festive season.

So if you’re an Instagram user just like me, it’s time to consider shutting down your account because Instagram will is selling our photos uploaded to their platform without paying us a single cent.

Here’s an excerpt from Cnet.com, “Under the new policy, Facebook claims the perpetual right to license all public Instagram photos to companies or any other organization, including for advertising purposes, which would effectively transform the Web site into the world’s largest stock photo agency.”

Unbelievable, right? Well, read on.

If you continue to upload more photos after January 16, 2013 and then decided to quit and delete your account; you may have immediately granted Facebook irrevocable right to sell those images in perpetuity.

So, if I’m seriously considering deleting my Instagram account entirely, I will have to do it now. Or else, I will continue to upload photo like this…

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Hey Instagram, you can sell this instead!

Facebook’s Buying Instagram for a Billion Dollars

Mark Zuckerberg just announced on his Facebook Timeline that they had agreed to acquire the ultra-popular photo-sharing Instagram for suggested price of a whopping USD1 billion. The CEO of Facebook also announced that the talented team from Instagram will all be joining Facebook.

I’m excited to share the news that we’ve agreed to acquire Instagram and that their talented team will be joining Facebook.

For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests.

We believe these are different experiences that complement each other. But in order to do this well, we need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram’s strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook.

That’s why we’re committed to building and growing Instagram independently. Millions of people around the world love the Instagram app and the brand associated with it, and our goal is to help spread this app and brand to even more people.

We think the fact that Instagram is connected to other services beyond Facebook is an important part of the experience. We plan on keeping features like the ability to post to other social networks, the ability to not share your Instagrams on Facebook if you want, and the ability to have followers and follow people separately from your friends on Facebook.

These and many other features are important parts of the Instagram experience and we understand that. We will try to learn from Instagram’s experience to build similar features into our other products. At the same time, we will try to help Instagram continue to grow by using Facebook’s strong engineering team and infrastructure.

This is an important milestone for Facebook because it’s the first time we’ve ever acquired a product and company with so many users. We don’t plan on doing many more of these, if any at all. But providing the best photo sharing experience is one reason why so many people love Facebook and we knew it would be worth bringing these two companies together.

We’re looking forward to working with the Instagram team and to all of the great new experiences we’re going to be able to build together.

So if you’re still sitting there staring at this post, well snap out of it and go create some apps! Who knows, you could be the next big thing!

Awesome Jobs at Silicon Valley

TGIF – Thank Goodness it’s Friday! Best quote ever created but how true it is? How’s your week so far? How’s your working environment so far? Do you love your job? Now these are the question we keep asking ourselves and we often hear different views.

I should be thankful that I have a job and I truly believe that many of us should be feeling the same just because we’re employed. However, are we really enjoying our job? Are we having our dream jobs?

Well, I’m sure some self-employed friends will pop by and tell you how fun it is to work from home and having their own dream job. But honestly speaking, how fun it is to work at home all alone when everyone else is working in an office environment?

I once had the opportunity to work from home but honestly speaking, I didn’t quite enjoy my moment working from home.

Now many of us may have heard of stories on how cool it is working to work with Google and Yahoo. Techies and geeks wearing tees and jeans having a cuppa while crunching codes on their notebooks at the coffee house outside their office. Amidst the bad economy going on in the US, we’re glad that some tech-businesses are still surviving the turmoil.

However, most of us do not how HOW COOL IT REALLY IS to work for a tech company from Silicon Valley. If you think your job is the coolest, check out these jobs from tech offices in Silicon Valley.

 

Anonymous announced Operation Facebook

Anonymous has announced on YouTube earlier today that they’re on to a new target, Facebook. After taking on Egypt, Iran and Syria, the hacktivist group now wants to ‘kill Facebook’. Check their message:

Your medium of communication you all so dearly adore will be destroyed. If you are a willing hactivist or a guy who just wants to protect the freedom of information then join the cause and kill facebook for the sake of your own privacy.

Facebook has been selling information to government agencies and giving clandestine access to information security firms so that they can spy on people from all around the world. Some of these so-called whitehat infosec firms are working for authoritarian governments, such as those of Egypt and Syria.

Everything you do on Facebook stays on Facebook regardless of your “privacy” settings, and deleting your account is impossible, even if you “delete” your account, all your personal info stays on Facebook and can be recovered at any time. Changing the privacy settings to make your Facebook account more “private” is also a delusion. Facebook knows more about you than your family.

You cannot hide from the reality in which you, the people of the internet , live in. Facebook is the opposite of the Antisec cause. You are not safe from them nor from any government. One day you will look back on this and realize what we have done here is right. Think for a while and prepare for a day that will go down in history. November 5, 2011.

We Anonymous, we are a legion, we do not forgive, we do not forget, expect us.

HeartySamsengBurger: The Legend Lives On

The great HeartySamsengBurger (HSB) alliance has come to and end. As of 27th May 2008, HSB is now officially disbanded!

Sigh, just about a year ago, I started playing Fighters’ Club (FC) in Facebook. 10 months after, we’ve got it all and it’s time to give it a rest.

HSB came, saw and conquered FC. We have gone through many good times and perhaps a couple of bad times but we have proven ourselves to be the strongest alliance in FC.

The 3 gang leaders of HSB have decided to call it a day and to make way for new gangs and alliances.

BHW, RAMLY and VR SAMSENG will no longer be in an alliance but we will remain as friends.

HSB will remain as one of the most feared and successful alliance in FC. Ok ok, we’re not that scary… but we are definitely the strongest!

To all my fellow comrades from BHW, RAMLY and VRS. It’s been an honour. Much respect to all of you from the HEARTYSAMSENGBURGER ALLIANCE!

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