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Check Your URL With Blog Readability Test

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Misc. Tech,

Genius ReadabilityWant to know how intelligent your readers have to be to get you? Critics Rant has devised a Blog Readability Test. Just paste in your URL to find out how much education is needed to understand it. It also works on MySpace, Livejournals, Facebook, and most other profiles and Websites. We plugged in Google, which came out rated “Genius,” MySpace and Facebook ranked “High School,” but you only need a “Jr. High” background to handle Yahoo. We’re not exactly sure of the method to determine the outcome, but we found it to be a pleasant enough diversion for about the length of time it takes to read the average blog.

Read More | Critics Rant

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Blackberry Facebook Goes Mobile

Purple SonicRIM has released Facebook for Blackberry Smartphones. Announced at the CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment show in San Francisco this week, T-Mobile will be the first to utilize the software application. You can do everything that Facebook offers including sending and viewing messages, instant message notification, poking, making new friends, and uploading. You can also set a unique ringtone alert. Free to download, remember that data charges may apply. By the way, our DIY purplish Sonic was made in one of Facebook’s applications. That’s reason enough to sign up.

Read More | Mobileburn

Microsoft Scores With Facebook

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, Google, Microsoft,

Facebook's ZuckerbergTake that, Google! Microsoft has managed to one-up Google by investing $240 million for a 1.6% share in Facebook. It also has the rights to sell ads on the site outside of the U.S. Some experts say that they are hoping that the company will expand and become a “hub” for its various Net applications. So far, Facebook has about 50 million subscribers and claims that it receives 250,000 new ones every day. Microsoft hopes that it will reach a forecasted 300 million. We figure that MS is partying hearty over this one since Google beat them out last year with its acquisition of YouTube.

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Facebook’s fbFund Offers Big Prize for New Applications

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Corporate News, Internet,

Facebook LogoCreator Mike Zukerberg of Facebook is offering up to $250,000 for application developers. He is looking for individuals and/or firms to create what he refers to as “innovative and disruptive programs.” This can include music, digital projects, gifts, games, or any original ideas. The total $10 million is coming from the site’s backers Accel Capital and The Founders Fund - the new entity will be called fbFund. Facebook reportedly has about 41 million users, so if you want to compete, you had better get your game on now and remember to include a business plan with your submission.

Read More | BBC

Own Your Own Dinosaur

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Smart Home, Misc. Tech, Toys,

Camarasaurus

Dinosaur freaks will adore this lifesize version of the Camarasaurus. At the gimongous size of 20 x 56 x 10 feet, this overgrown reptile weighs about 3,748 lbs. Imagine your neighbor’s reaction when they find this towering over your house as a giant watchdog.  Its price is the equally enormous £28,999.99 (~$58,336.00.) If that is beyond your budget, there is a Facebook application called “I Want To Buy A Ruddy Great Big Dinosaur” that you can join for a mere £ that will buy you a piece of one.

 

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Facebook Profile Merely Advertising

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Cameras, Internet,

WendyThis, and many images like it, were recently posted on Facebook. Readers were told that the lady in question had lost her digital camera and had left it and photos behind as clues as to her identity. Apparently the page attracted thousands of admirers, who posted comments like this one from Martin Farrell, from London, “I thought I saw her today in Chiswick but it was a false alarm, the hunt continues.”

It was finally admitted that it was simply a viral marketing campaign for a porn site and that the lady in question is Wendy, one of its models. It just goes to show that in advertising, sex continues to sell.

Read More | Daily Mail

Garage Sale Comes to Facebook

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Smart Home, Internet, Misc. Tech,

Garage Sale ApplicationNo sooner have we updated you about the latest additions to Facebook than we find that Buy.com has opened up a Garage Sale on the social networking site. The application allows users to buy and sell items on their profile page. The site will process the sales and reimburse sellers via PayPal or check minus a flat 5% commission for items sold, as opposed to eBay’s listing and final transaction fee.

Chief Executive Neel Grover feels that Garage Sale encourages users to spend more time looking at and connecting to other profiles, which makes any deal between them more personal. While there is no real haggling ability as yet on the FB beta site, people can email bids to each other. Anyone want to buy some swampland in Florida?

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Become a South Park Kid on Facebook

South Park CharacterWe were kicking around Facebook last weekend and noticed all kinds of new applications. There are over 2,500 of them now, including fish tanks, gardens, games, video uploading, and becoming a zombie or vampire and infecting others. Our fave, however, has to be making yourself a South Park Character. We have Simpsonized, IMVU’d, and M&M’d, so we figured why not? Tell us what you think of our Goth representative, then head over to Facebook to come up with your own. If you are truly gifted, perhaps you can create your own cartoon character application and share it with us.

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Dropping Dimes is on Facebook!

Posted by Alvin Lai Categories: Site Announcements,

Dropping Dimes Hey everyone,

Just wanted to announce that Dropping Dimes has joined the Facebook nation. We are hoping that it becomes another forum for our readers and us to discuss all things that have to do with the NBA and fantasy hoops.

Follow the link for a few other announcements.

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