Posts Tagged ‘Contact list’

Facebook Storing Numbers From Your Smartphone: What You Need To Know

Published by pratyushkp on August 12th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

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Facebook users have a new privacy concern after discovering that the social network apparently stores a list of phone numbers belonging to your Facebook friends and, apparently, to contacts stored in the mobile device that you use to access Facebook’s mobile app. (Before you panic, this list is not publicly visible to your entire social network.)

According to The Washington Post, this Phonebook Contacts feature has been live for “a few years,” though many users are just noting its existence.

Study: You’ve Never Met 7% Of Your Facebook “Friends”

Published by pratyushkp on June 17th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

A just-released Pew study on the ways people use social networking sites has found, unsurprisingly, that the most popular social network is Facebook, with 92% of social networking users reporting that they have a Facebook account.

The study also found that on average Facebook users have about 229 Friends, with about 22% of their total Friends list being comprised of people they know from high school, 12% extended family, 10% coworkers, 9% college friends, 8% immediate family, 7% people from extracurricular groups and 2% being neighbors.

According to Pew, the average Facebook user has never met 7% of their Facebook “Friends” in real life, which means that on average about 16 people on a given Facebook Friends list are actually more like strangers. Users on average have only met 3% of their list (around 7 people) just once.

These numbers seem about right: A quick scroll down my Facebook Friends list reveals a smattering of people I’ve just added because I know “of” them and a few people I’ve added who I’ve met once at a conference. These not-quite friends Facebook Friends serve as reminders that Facebook should make it easier to mass “un-Friend.”

Either that or come up with a different word for the relationship.

Source :-

  • Study: You’ve Never Met 7% Of Your Facebook “Friends” (
  • Facebook Users Have More IRL BFFs (And Less Loneliness!) [Social Networks] (
  • Your Facebook Friends Are Mainly From High School (
  • Facebook Users Have More Real Friends (
  • Facebook Users Have More Close Friends [STUDY] (
  • How You Can Get More Facebook Friends (

Facebook Is Taking A Special Interest In RockMelt’s Social Browser

Published by pratyushkp on June 16th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

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Ever since RockMelt launched its social browser, it’s been known unofficially as the Facebook browser. Facebook chat, status updates and sharing are all built right into the browser. Now Facebook and RockMelt are officially working together in a product partnership, and the first fruits of that collaboration can be seen in the latest release available today, RockMelt 3.

RockMelt is still an independent browser with only a few hundred thousand active users. Facebook made no investment in RockMelt, nor is it going to help promote or distribute the browser, at least initially. Its product teams, however, are working closely with RockMelt to make sure that its Facebook features shine. “The partnership is based on a shared belief that social should join navigation and search as fundamental capabilities of the browser,” says RockMelt CEO Eric Vishria.

There are several new features in RockMelt 3. To start with, RockMelt 3 adds Moves your Facebook buddy list from the left edge to the right edge of the browser. The buddy list is now scrollable, and it can be expanded to view not just pictures of your friends’ faces, but their full names.

The second new feature is that Facebook notifications, messages, and friend requests—what Facebook engineers internally call “the jewels”—are now visible at the top of RockMelt right in the chrome itself. You can visually see when you have a new notification, friend request, or message, and pop down a window to read more.

RockMelt is now integrated with Facebook’s unified messaging system. So if a contact is online, a chat window pops open. If he or she is not, it reverts to Facebook messages.

RockMelt also knows when you are on, and strips away the redundant features from the site which are part of the browser. So the notification counters at the top pf Facebook disappear because they are now a feature of RockMelt. And when you are on, and a friend wants to chat, RockMelt’s version of Facebook chat opens up instead of two chat windows duplicating each other, which is what happened before.

So far, RockMelt has not taken off as much as its initial launch hype would have suggested. Since it opened up its beta to the public in March, it’s seen modest growth, but high user engagement. A Facebook endorsement could help its cause.

So did Marc Andreessen, who is both a Facebook and RockMelt board member, have anything to do with this partnership? Not initially. “Someone on Zuck’s staff was an alpha user—one of our first 100 users—he showed it to Zuck and that is what got the partnership going,” Vishria tells me.

Certainly, it is not too difficult to imagine why Facebook would be interested in supporting the development of a social browser.

Source :-

  • Facebook Is Taking A Special Interest In RockMelt’s Social Browser (
  • Facebook Collaborates With Social Browser RockMelt (
  • Facebook helps itself by helping RockMelt browser (
  • RockMelt’s browser becomes even more social with a Facebook partnerhsip (
  • Facebook and RockMelt announce new partnership: Features like Facebook chat to be added to social browser (
  • RockMelt and Facebook Partner on Social Web Browser (
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