Saturday, 10 September 2011

Facebook applications and feature list

Facebook is a one the most popular social networking website now a days, founded in 2004. Here is a list of some features that can be found on the Facebook website when you login to facebook, as well as technology features on the website.
Chat: Facebook Chat was released to the total Facebook user, Users may chat with their Facebook friends on a one-to-one basis, or a user may chat with several friends at the same time through the groups feature.
Like: Facebook user can "like" status updates, comments, photos, and links posted by Facebook friends and other users, by clicking a link at the bottom of the post or content. This makes the content appears in their friends' News feeds. Facebook says "Liking" is intended to "Give positive feedback and connect with things you care about".
Messages and Inbox: Like many email services link gmail, yahoo mail, now Facebook user can send a message to any of his/her friends at a time like other mail services. Deleting a message from one's inbox does not delete it from the inbox of other users, thus disabling a sender to redo a message sent by him.
Facebook Networks, Groups, and Like Pages: Facebook allows it’s user a different networks and groups to which many users can join for knowledge sharing or information from networks and groups. It also allows privacy settings on basis of networks. Groups are used for discussions for some topics, depend in which group you joined, events, etc. and are a way of enabling a number of people to come together online to share information and discuss specific subjects.
Notifications: Notifications of the more significant events, for example, someone sharing a link on the user's wall or commenting on a post the user previously commented on, briefly appear for a few seconds in the bottom left as a popup message.
Phone: On September 2010, rumors of a "Facebook Phone" similar to Google's Android, circulated in business and tech industry news.
Photos: On April 11, 2011, Facebook launched a new feature for photo tagging - people can tag photos with a brand, product, company or person’s Facebook page, related to the way they tag their friends in photos. In August of 2011, Facebook announced that it would be adding a series of photo filters to its mobile application.
Poke: The poke feature is intended to be a poke signal to attract the attention of another user. Many Facebook users use this feature to attract attention or say "hello" to their friends.
Smartphones: Many new smartphones offer access to the Facebook services either through their web-browsers or applications. The Facebook iPhone-compatible web site was launched August 2007 and as of July 2008 over 1.5 million people used it regularly, at the point when a free application for the iOS named "Facebook for iPhone" was launched.
Status updates: Facebook has a feature called "status updates" (also referred to simply as "status") which allows users to post messages for all their friends to read. Friends can respond with their own comments, and also press the "Like" button to show that they enjoyed reading it. A user's most recent status update appears on the user's wall, and is also noted in the "Recently updated" section of a user's friend list. Originally, the purpose of the feature was to allow users to inform their friends of their current "status" by referring to themselves in the third person.
Wall: The Wall is a space on each user's profile page that allows friends to post messages for the user to see while displaying the time and date the message was written. One user's Wall is visible to anyone with the ability to see his or her full profile, and different users' Wall posts show up in an individual's News Feed. Many users use their friends' Walls for leaving short, temporal notes.
Here are facebook applications:
Events: Facebook events are a way for members to let friends know about upcoming events in their community and to organize social gatherings. Events require an event name, network, host name, event type, start time, location, and a guest list of friends invited. Events can be Public or Private. Private events cannot be found in searches and are by invitation only. People who have not been invited cannot view a Private event's description, Wall or photos. They also will not see any Feed stories about the event. When setting up an event the user can choose to allow friends to upload photos or videos. Note that unlike real world events, all events are treated as separate entities
Marketplace: Facebook introduced the Facebook Marketplace allowing users to post free classified ads within the following categories: For Sale, Housing, Jobs, and Other. Ads can be posted in either available or wanted format.
Notes: Facebook Notes was introduced on 22 August 2006, a blogging feature that allowed tags and embeddable images.
Places: Facebook announced Places on August 18, 2010. It is a feature that lets users "check in" to Facebook using a mobile device to let a user's friends know where they are at the moment.
Available countries: places is currently available only in some countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, Canada, Cayman Islands, Japan, United Kingdom, United States, France, Italy, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, South Africa, Finland, Ireland, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Philippines, and Malaysia with many more on the way.
Supported phones: On October 10, 2010, Places became available on BlackBerry, after iPhone.
Facebook Places was reported discontinued on August 24, 2011
Platform: The Facebook Platform provides a set of APIs and tools which enable 3rd party developers to integrate with the "open graph" — whether through applications on or external websites and devices. Main article: Facebook Platform
Questions: A question is an application in which users submit questions for their friends to answer.
Photos: One of the most popular applications on Facebook is the Photos application, where users can upload albums of photos, tag friends helped by face recognition technology, and comment on photos.
Videos: Users can add their videos with the service by uploading video, adding video through Facebook Mobile, and using a webcam recording feature. Additionally, users can "tag" their friends in videos they add much like the way users can tag their friends in photos, except the location of the friend in the video is not displayed. Content Source
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