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Carmen Sandiego And The Oregon Trail On Facebook In February

You read it right! The classic games Carmen Sandiego and The Oregon Trail will be soon launched on Facebook.  The Oregon Trail in February the 2nd and Where in The World is Carmen Sandiego? in February the 11th.

How to create a custom Facebook Profile and Page URL

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Recently I’ve started a discussion on the Blog Engage Facebook Page entitled “Custom Link to Blog Engage Facebook Page“. By the time the Facebook Page of this great community of bloggers created by Brian, had an ugly and not people friendly URL.

First I’ve noticed that some other Pages had an unique URL for example “facebook.com/Google“. So I wondered “I want my Facebook Page URL to be like that and not a bunch of numbers and letters that are hard to share and impossible to remember”. I wanted an unique URL.

I’ve had this problem with my own Facebook Profile and the Page created by the company I work, recently.  I’ve started to Google it, but I wasn’t able to find any kind of tutorial about how to create a custom Facebook Profile and Page URL. But after some time and effort I managed to find out by my self how to do it. So now, I’m here sharing with you and with all those who are looking for the answer to this question.

Changing your Facebook Profile and Page URL

First, all you have to do is to log in to Facebook and open this page: www.facebook.com/username .

You’ll be redirected to a page like the one below. There you’ll be able to choose a username, in other words, a custom URL of your Profile.

In the same page you can choose to “Set a username for your Pages”, which will lead you this other page below. Finally you’ll be able to choose a custom username for your Pages and have uniques URLs for them.

If you are trying but keep getting this message “Your Page is not eligible for a username at this time. In the future, you will be able to set a username”, that’s because your page must have at least 25 Likes.

Well, I guess now you know how to set up custom ULRs for your Facebook Profile and Pages. If you have any questions or want to share some experience, simply leave a comment!

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Microsoft, Facebook launch Docs.com


Facebook and Microsoft have teamed up on an online document-sharing service that looks more than a little like Google Docs.

Docs.com went live on Wednesday at Facebook’s F8 conference. The site allows Facebook users to log in using Facebook Connect and create, edit, and share Microsoft Office documents with their Facebook friends. New documents will show up in a user’s news feed, just like status updates or pictures.

It’s in beta testing for now, and service was spotty in the minutes following its introduction at the conference. Microsoft is planning to launch its own online document-sharing service later this year, but Docs.com gives it a good way to test its technology within Facebook’s walls.

Google has been making a big push around online-document sharing, with Google Apps development, courting businesses large and small in an effort to get them to switch to its version of cloud-computing services. Docs.com is probably not as business-friendly, since it either requires collaborators to be Facebook friends or the document to be shared with all of Facebook, but it might make sense for smaller teams.

The project emerged from Microsoft’s FUSE Labs, set up a year ago to work on social-networking technology. Also worth noting, of course, is the $240 million Microsoft invested in Facebook in 2007.

From CNET.com

Bill Gates Rejoins Facebook and Gives Twitter A Try


Last summer, Microsoft founder Bill Gates made the somewhat surprising announcement that he was quitting Facebook after being inundated with friend requests, explaining “It was just way too much trouble so I gave it up”. Yesterday, it looks like he’s decided to give it another go. Gates launched both a new Facebook Page and a Twitter account (@BillGates).

Gates’ first updates on Twitter, which were first noticed by TheNextWeb are mostly related to the crisis in Haiti, which may well have spurred his decision to join. President Obama recently sent his first tweet from an aid center in Haiti, and plenty of other celebrities have used the platform to help encourage donations.

Gates won’t have to deal with the countless friend requests he used to get on Facebook, because both Twitter and his Facebook Page use one sided connections — anyone can follow him without any action required on his part.

From TechCrunch.com

Facebook testing tool to push updates onto Twitter

Social networking site confirms feature is being tested but no word on official launch date.


Facebook and its social networking compatriot Twitter are jointly taking new steps to help users share information.

Facebook, the top social networking site, this week began testing a new feature that’s designed to enable posts on its network to be automatically published on Twitter, Malorie Lucich, a Facebook spokeswoman, confirmed today. She did not discolse when the feature is likely to be officially launched.

Reports have circulated on the Internet that the feature might be released this week, but Lucich wouldn’t confirm those reports.

This new move to help users share information comes just a week after Facebook disclosed that it had revamped the social network’s privacy settings. That move has moved some users and privacy advocates to criticize Facebook. The critics contended that the changes would push more user data onto the Internet and, in some cases, make it harder for Facebook users to protect their privacy.

The new Facebook settings consolidate some privacy options and group them in a single interface. As it stands now, Facebook users can establish a privacy setting for every item they post on the site, using a drop-down menu.

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From ComputerWorld.com

Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 friend Facebook

Users of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 video game consoles can now brag about their achievements on Facebook.

Both systems are integrating the social network this week.

Microsoft Corp. switched on a slew of new features for its Xbox Live online service, allowing owners of the Xbox 360 consoles to update Facebook and Twitter directly from their consoles.

The console can also stream music from the Internet radio service Last.fm.

Sony Corp., meanwhile, is letting PlayStation 3 users connect their systems to Facebook through its latest software upgrade.

Both companies have been looking to turn their consoles into entertainment hubs beyond gaming.

From Yahoo! Tech

Hands-on: Social networking on Xbox 360

Microsoft was expected to release Twitter, Facebook, and Last.fm apps for the Xbox 360 as part of a system software update that went out back in August. It was decided that the apps should be delayed for a fall release, but CNET got a sneak peek of the apps on Wednesday from Ron Pessner, Microsoft’s general manager of games for Windows Live.

The company is still mum on an exact release, despite marketing materials on the U.K. Xbox.com site briefly pointing to a November 17 debut. Pessner confirmed that the new apps were indeed set for November release, but he could not provide a hard date. In the meantime the company is releasing a public preview ahead of time for a select group of users who sign up to be a part of the beta test (you can sign up here).

What we saw of the three apps was impressive but in many ways extremely limited compared with their desktop counterparts. Microsoft has had to shoehorn the three Web apps into a system with a control scheme that does not implement a mouse, keyboard, or Web browser. Instead, all three make use of the Xbox 360 controller and the on-screen keyboard, or an attached USB keyboard (or Microsoft Chat Pad accessory which you can buy for $30).

This lack of the usual top-to-bottom controls found on each service’s Web sites changes each experience considerably from what users are familiar with on their computers and mobile devices. This is made even more noticeable by the fact that the Xbox 360 still does not have a built-in Web browser. Never before has this been an issue, but stop and think for a second: are Twitter and Facebook as useful, or as interesting if you can’t click on any of the links? We don’t think so.

That said, there are some definite things to look forward to when the software update drops next month. Read our early impressions after the jump.

Twitter

The Twitter app is the most beautiful of the three new apps. It’s big, blue, and can be left running on your TV for hours while it updates with new tweets on the minute.

Twitter is big, blue and pretty on the Xbox 360.

(Credit: Daniel Terdiman/CNET)

The app lets you cruise through the last 50 tweets from people you’re following. It can also drill down into each of those messages and let you quickly reply, retweet, and favorite it in about two button presses. It also includes Twitter’s search tool, and a list of trending topics right from the main page.

And as a nice touch, the app is in no way tied to your Xbox Live account, meaning you can switch between multiple Twitter accounts from the same Xbox Live user profile. It can also just save your credentials between sessions, but there’s no way to have it remember past log-ins.

From CNET.com

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