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Here’s something like 500 million Facebook users around the world, which means that at any given second someone is probably receiving a notification message in their inbox. And if this is correct, that means that the servers at Gmail, MobileMe, and University email accounts are flooded with notifications announcing the arrival of a new comment on a photo, video, or hilarious post that you published on a friend’s page.
Simply put, those emails are really annoying. And we’re sick of them flooding our inboxes and distracting us from getting any work done around here. Chances are you’re also sick of having your inbox look like an ad for Facebook. We’re here to help by showing you how to stop, reduce and organize those emails.
How to turn off any and all Facebook notifications
If those emails are seriously annoying you, all you have to do is head to Account Settings > Notifications and uncheck each and every box so that Facebook stops sending you emails.
Similarly, if you do want Facebook to send you some notifications about certain things–say, for instance, someone posts on your wall–then you can opt in so that you only receive emails about Facebook activity you care about.
Also, in the sidebar you can select the notification settings for different sections and set what kind of emails you’d like to receive from Facebook features like Walls, Places and Events.
We’d suggest that you uncheck the ‘Comments after you on a Wall story’ option, because do you really care about what some other guy said after you on your friend’s wall?
How to make sure that Facebook emails don’t take over your inbox
We like to think that the point of Facebook notifications is to constantly remind our awesome selves that the world really does revolve around us. Also, everyone likes to see that they have new messages in their inbox after a few hours of work. But sometimes you can’t get to all of those notifications and your cluttered inbox suddently becomes a tad overwhelming.
Fortunately, using rules and filters, there’s a way banish this clutter and get back on track to a Facebook-free inbox, while still having your notifications sent to you.
Create a New Label
In Gmail, this is simple. Click on ‘More’ under your labels sidebar, and then select ‘Create New Label.’ Then, this dialog window will pop up:
Label it whatever you like; we stuck with the generic and very obvious ‘Facebook Notifications.’
Create a Filter
Then, it’s time for you to create a new filter. You’ll be using this to send emails sent to you by Facebook to your Facebook Notifications label. You can use this procedure to filter any emails you get. To find out who the email was mailed by and what information you’ll need to properly filter your messages, go to ‘Show Details’ and copy down the address that sent you the notifications.
In this case, it’s facebookmail.com.
Go to Settings in the upper right-hand corner, select Filters, and click on ‘Create a new filter.’ Now, you’ll be asked to input certain search criteria to keep those pesky Facebook notifications from tempting you while you’re at work.
In the filter criteria, put that you want to redirect emails that come from the address facebookmail.com, and this will catch any type of Facebook email that comes to you and funnel it directly to the folder that you set up for it.
When you click ‘Next’ and head to the last page in the Create a Filter walkthrough, make sure to select ‘Skip the Inbox’, ‘Mark as read’ and ‘Apply the label’ to get everything squared off, then select the check box that says ‘Also apply filter to the conversations below’ so that you can easily scope out the Facebook emails that have been sitting in your inbox all this time. When you’re all finished, select ‘Update Filter’ and voila! Now, you have a designated folder for all of your Facebook notifications.
MobileMe users, make sure you do the following via the web-based client rather than through a mail application that you have installed on your desktop. You want these folders and ‘rules’ to apply to your MobileMe account across the board so that even your iPhone isn’t infiltrated with Facebook noise.
Log in to your MobileMe account at Me.com. Under Folders, click the plus sign and create a new folder called ‘Facebook Notifications.’ Then, click the settings icon in the upper right-hand corner and select ‘Rules.’ This dialog window will pop up:
Select ‘From’ from the drop down and input facebookmail.com into the field and make sure your Facebook emails are headed to the Facebook Notifications folder. Don’t forget to click ‘Save’!
When you’re finished, click ‘Done’ and your MobileMe inbox will have been saved from the tyranny that is the Facebook email account. Huzzah!
(Via Mac|Life all.)
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TeleCentris is currently testing a new function for its Voxox Internet telephony service that enables users to quickly extend VoIP calls to any phone. Voxox Call Connect works by first calling any phone that the user possesses and then automatically connecting the caller with a selected contact.
Call Connect will be available in a soon-to-be-released version of Voxox, but Mashable readers are invited to sign up for a preview of the service. Voxox accounts are free and come with a phone number and voicemail. The number can receive free inbound calls, texts and faxes. Unlimited outbound VoIP calls can be added for $2.50 for U.S. and Canada or $13 for international.
While VoIP is nothing new, there has recently been an increased push in the consumer VoIP field. Just yesterday, reports surfaced that Facebook and Skype, the most consumer facing of all VoIP providers, were in the final stages of establishing a ‘deep integration partnership.’
The integrations are said to be included in Skype 5.0, which is set to launch in the coming weeks. It will see Skype gaining the ability to SMS and call Facebook contacts through the integration of Facebook Connect. The rumor has led some, like Om Malik of GigaOm, to speculate that Facebook should simply buy Skype.
Talks of Facebook joining forces with Skype came one month after Google enabled Google Voice calling directly through Gmail. Google Voice has long carried functionality similar to Voxox Call Connect through its online interface, but TeleCentris CTO Kevin Hertz, explains some of the key differentiators of the new Voxox:
Facebook and Skype may join forces to integrate video and voice chat with the social networking site, the iPad could be capable of running Chrome OS, and Firefox 4 may bring hardware acceleration to the Mac.
Facebook and Skype are working on a broad partnership that will include the integration of the two services through Facebook Connect, according to a person briefed on the plans, who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity because the plans were supposed to be confidential. The partnership will be announced in the next few weeks, the person said.
A Facebook spokeswoman and a Skype spokesman declined to comment.
Under the partnership, people who use their Facebook credentials to log in to Skype will be able to see their Facebook friends on Skype. They will also be able to see their news feed and to sent text messages and call their friends’ landlines using Skype.
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Facebook has sought to blend its social network with popular communications services before, for example tying its service with AIM from AOL in February. And Facebook has said recently that it is planning to integrate its service into some mobile phones, though it denied it was building its own phone.
The tie-up with Skype presents an opportunity for both companies to grow their usage, especially internationally, where Skype has a strong presence.
With Facebook’s ever-growing popularity, it’s not surprising that fake accounts are after your online friendship. Here are some tips for detecting and avoiding friend spam.
Check Recent Activity
When you receive a friend request and you’re not sure if it’s real, check the person’s profile to see their recent activity. If they’ve added an inordinate amount of friends very recently, there’s a good chance they’re spam.
Do You Have Friends in Common?
One good thing Facebook does to help you out is let you know who else is friends with anybody else. If you don’t know who someone is but your friend approved the request, send them a message to find out before you add this person to your list. Perhaps your friends know them and can give you some background information, or maybe they just added him or her arbitrarily. Either way, it’s a quick means of finding out who might be at the other end of the request.
Be Wary of Suggested Friends
People You May Know is Facebook’s way of identifying some possibly worthwhile friends. While it’s been pretty accurate for me about half the time, the other half is filled with people that seem to have sprouted out of nowhere. Inevitably you’re going to have a friend who has a friend who’s really just spam. As a result, you’re going to get friend spam suggestions here and there. Be sure to check out people you don’t know before you add them.
Be Wary of Actual Friends
While a lot less common, spammers have actually taken data from real people and repurposed it in a fake account. When you receive a friend request from somebody you know, it takes about ten seconds to visit their page and see if anything looks a little off. If it does, send them a message first and make sure it’s really them. Chances are this isn’t going to be an issue you run into very often, if ever, but it’s always a good idea to check out friend requests before you approve them.
Validate Your Identity
A more extreme measure, mysafeFriend is a Facebook app that lets you validate your identity so friends know it’s you. Of course, they can’t truly know for sure, but it’s a more secure way of proving your identity. You just add the app to Facebook, click the big red “Validate Your Identity Now” button, and go through the first three levels. To validate further will cost some money, which seems to be their business model, but the first three levels are free and should be sufficient to prove that you are who you are. If your friends do this as well, you can be more confident that you’re dealing with real people. Of course, this is quite a bit of work on everyone’s part and is a pretty extreme measure for avoiding friend spam.
Facebook has launched their own location-based check-in service called Places, and updated their iPhone app to support it, but will you be using it?
Some people maintain sharing your life, and your location, allows for ‘serendipitous’ discovery — people who you may never otherwise know or meet see you’re nearby and take the opportunity to say hello. Others think it’s pretty much a gateway to everything from embarrassment to stalking.
What makes Facebook a little different is that even your friends can check you into Places, unless you turn them down or turn it off.
Who are you comfortable sharing your Places/location with? No one? Just friends? Friends of friends? Everyone?
(Via The iPhone Blog.)
We’re sitting here in the waiting room at Facebook waiting for the supposed location event to start. Facebook won’t say officially what the event is about, but it seems like everyone knows. And now we know for sure. Earlier, we found code evidence of the new Facebook Places area. Now we’ve found the feature itself. Welcome to Facebook Places.
The following screenshots are from the touch version of Facebook’s website. The same place we originally found the location code months ago. As you can see, there’s a new Places tab. When clicked on, it shows friends who have geotagged themselves at various locations (both of the people in the shots below are Facebook employees — no surprise there). When you tap ‘Share where you are with friends’ from here, it brings up a list of nearby places. Yes, it’s Facebook check-in.
Update: And like that — it’s gone. But we’re here live at the event. Expect a lot more to come.
Update 2: It came back for a second. We got a glimpse that you can ‘like’ individual places — no surprise there.