After the recent transition of old Facebook groups to a new format, Facebook opened a new privacy issue by allowing group stories to show up in news feeds. Previously, Groups were controlled as a separate application, allowing you to control who could see what groups you were in and the posts you made from it. This privacy setting was slightly buried among the mass of other Facebook applications, but at least the option was there.
In the new group format, if you post a status in any of the new OPEN groups that you are in, this will show up on all your friends’ news feed. This shows up even if they do not belong to the group you are in. Certainly it can cause trouble if you are in a particular group that you don’t want others to see. On the flip side, your friends may see a multitude of group stories in which they have no interest in.
One guy I know posted to an Open Group about 8 times in one hour last night. He has 744 friends. I just politely let him know that all of those new Wall Posts he is starting on that Group wall are showing up on all 744 of his friends’ walls. Haven’t seen anything from him since.
This feature appears to be triggered to those only in OPEN groups. CORRECTION: The person must create their own status, publish a photo, or write a doc for it to show up. In addition if the person comments on their own entry, it will also show up in the news feed INCLUDING non friend’s status messages. Which means your entire friends list will see comments you made regardless of who or what posted it.
If someone adds you to an OPEN group, it is also displayed on the news feed.
If another person makes a status in a group and you comment on it, this will not show up on the news feed.
We suggest Facebook should allow privacy option within group posts, to make everyone or only group members see. This privacy option can be set up similar to the way how statuses are made on a regular profile.
A Facebook game reminiscent of The Sims 1. Players customize their own character and interact with others. Not much details were given but you can enjoy these screens from E3.
Official Description: The Sims Social brings the fun and creativity of The Sims to Facebook! Create unique Sims and live out their dreams—or stir up trouble by pulling pranks. Develop deep relationships to unlock new features and advance: befriend and fight, date and cheat, love and betray. Play with life in a whole new way—with your real friends, for free!
Facebook Dislike Scam
Today a scam circulating around Facebook is targeting users with the promise of a dislike button. When users click it, they are redirected to a Facebook Application, which asks users to install an application that links to a survery. The application itself, if it is allowed to run, posts status updates with links to the application page to lure in unsuspecting users. The detailed article about this scam can be viewed on Sophos website.
It doesn’t stop there… This scam has been circulating under a list of Facebook applications with sensational headlines trying to trick users to run it. The applications we discovered so far was “Bieber Number“. This application promises rabid fangirls across the globe with a chance to acquire Justin Bieber’s personal number. The application posts to a user’s status page, “Just Bibers personal number LEAKED CALL HIM!!” The application will later post the same Dislike button scam identified by Sophos.
Another application that was discovered is ” ◘◘◘ StreetView ◘◘◘” which promises users to see a video of a, “Couple caught having SEX on Google Street View! Leaked Video.” This of course doesn’t make sense considering Street View is only a panoramic image, not a video per say, (unless they were screencasting, but I digress.) The Street View application will later post a link to the same Dislike button scam.
Using some Google Forensics, the same status update for “StreetView” was used in another application known as BrainTeaser. About two weeks ago, this application sent around variations of text stating, “THIS man was caught R0BBING a HOUSE on G000GLE Earth!”
Social Engineering Scams through Facebook
This methods used in this scam may not be new, but it’s directly targeting users of specific age groups. We know of the many kids and teens who absolutely love/hate Justin Bieber. Users of this age group may not be computer savvy enough to spot an obvious scam like this. Out of the many who installed this application, we found two female users who realized the application “doesn’t work,” but installed it only because they were bored. None of the users discovered so far realized the application was posting statuses on its own. None of their friends pointed out how the application was a scam.
The second StreetView scam is obviously targeting adult users. We found a slightly higher instance of users identifying how they themselves didn’t post the message. They proceeded to delete the status updates manually.
It appears there are those who don’t know how to chat with Facebook friends on AIM. Yes despite how there’s a huge banner that asks if you want to use Facebook Connect. Well maybe you closed it out or you really don’t understand the process, so here’s how you do it very quickly.
Choose your version of AIM
You need to download or use a specific version of AIM to start this process. You have only three choices:
These are the only three versions that include the new Facebook chat feature. While you are installing AIM, you can set up your Facebook account by going to the Aim Lifestream website.
Adding Facebook to AIM Lifestream
f Connect allows third party websites like AOL to sign into Facebook
Head over to AIM Lifestream:
- Enter your AIM login details.
- Click on Settings in the top right corner.
- Click ADD near the Facebook Icon.
- Click fConnect.
- Enter your FACEBOOK login details.
Once you complete the process, your AIM screen name will be synced to your Facebook account. This synchronization will appear on all beta versions of AIM that support this feature. So you do not need to repeat these steps for each client. You can also add as many screen names as you want to the same Facebook account!
Within your buddy list check for the Facebook icon and full names of your friends on the buddy list.
Facebook Status Update Through AIM
Click that little Facebook Icon
To send a status update through AIM, you must activate the Facebook icon within the status update box. If you hover over the Facebook Icon it will say “Also update your status on Facebook (updating is OFF/ON).” If it’s turned on, it will first show up in your AIM Lifestream, and might take a while before it shows up in your actual Facebook profile.
If you click that little +photos icon at the top right corner you can also add post images to your Facebook Status. Pretty neat!
Facebook And AIM Problems
A sample of issues that affect AIM 7.2. Pay particular attention to the ones highlighted in purple, as your very likely to hit these problems through daily use.
- There can be a delay in seeing your Facebook friends go online, offline or idle.
- If you have a very large number of Facebook friends it can take a minute to load your AIM Buddy List, and you will not be able to IM until the Buddy List is loaded.
- Messages sent to an offline Facebook buddy will not be delivered when they come online.
- When you login to AIM as invisible, you will see a non-working “Sign In to Facebook Chat” prompt under your Facebook groups on the Buddy List, and in the Buddy List menu.
- An empty Facebook Friends group will appear on clients that are not Facebook enabled/capable
- If you are using IM forwarding to send IMs to your mobile device, you will receive, but not be able to reply, to messages from Facebook friends.
- Occasionally the association between AIM and Facebook account is lost with no visible user notification
- IMing Facebook friends while your AIM privacy is set to ‘Allow only users on my Buddy List’ causes IMs to be bounced back.
- Your Facebook friends’ status message from Facebook will not be shown in the AIM buddy list, next to their name.
Just like Bebo Friends, the “Facebook Friends“ buddy list group will get added to your buddy list and will stay permanently until you remove yourself from Facebook Connect.
Currently there may be a bug where your Facebook Friends group shows zero Friends online even though they are supposed to be on. As this bug is currently being researched the suggestions would be to ensure “online presence” is checked on the Facebook Privacy page. Also check that your buddy list privacy settings are not set to allow only users on my buddy list.
Facebook Application Settings
Also check for the following:
- On Facebook.com, Click Account
- Click Application Settings
- Click Edit Settings Under AIM
- Ensure “Log into Facebook Chat on my behalf” is checkmarked.
As the settings on this page are straightforward, having one of them unchecked means that feature would not work within AIM. Is Publish to Streams unchecked? Well you wouldn’t be able to update your facebook status through AIM would you?
Aim 7.2 Beta
Today AOL released it’s newest version of AIM with version 7.2. This time it has integrated Facebook support. Wait a minute, wasn’t Facebook already integrated within Lifestream? Well the only new added feature in this version is that now you can see who is online on Facebook and chat with them.
- Chat with your Facebook friends.
- Get your updates from Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.
- Comment, ‘like’ and update your Facebook and Twitter status.
Aim 7.2 Beta with Custom Skin
When chatting with a Facebook friend, you will see the Facebook logo at the bottom of the IM Window. Facebook Friends also show up under their own category within the buddy list, optionally you can show their pictures as buddy icons.
It looks as if your supposed to be able to click the Like button under all the Facebook status updates, however this feature wasn’t working properly at this time. It appears to only work under your own status update and not your friends. You can note that it says “Like” under the status I posted. To view your friend’s status updates, click the “Lifestream” button.
Aim 7.2 Skin Support
Congratulations! All custom AIM 7.1 skins are supported under Aim 7.2. The instructions will change based on the installation directory.
Aim Wimzi is now on Facebook. Follow the instructions below!
Official Wimzi Application
The Official Aim Wimzi Application is now setup at Facebook
Customized Wimzi Application
Customize your Aim Wimzi with your own graphics here!
1. Copy and Paste the Following Code below into your Facebook HTML BOX.
<fb:swf swfsrc="YOUR KEY GOES HERE" width=190 height=275 imgsrc="http://i13.tinypic.com/4uxcsd4.jpg"/>
2. Go to Aim Wimzi
3. Click No for Location Check
4. Click Code
5. Choose Flash
6. Copy and Paste Your Embed Code in Notepad
The Screenshot below shows what you should be highlighting.
7. COPY the Highlighted text
8. On Facebook, PASTE the text over where it says: YOUR KEY GOES HERE
9. Now Save and your done!
In Facebook, your code should look similar to this.
<fb:swf swfsrc="http://o.aolcdn.com/aim/web-aim/wimzi.swf?appKey=12345678&theme=morningmists" width=190 height=275 imgsrc=" http://i13.tinypic.com/4uxcsd4.jpg" />
Thanks to [email protected] for the tip.
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