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Google Announces New Voting Widget

by Barbara J. Feldman June 7, 2011

In a move designed to make Google more social, the search giant recently added a voting widget to both its search results and third-party websites. Called Google Plus One, it allows those signed into their Google accounts to vote their approval of web pages. Pages you vote for will display in your Google account profile, […]

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Twitter Offers Secure Login

by Barbara J. Feldman March 23, 2011

Now that Facebook offers a secure connection to keep your data away from prying eyes when you are on a shared connection, such as the WiFi at your local favorite coffee stop, Twitter has one too. To turn it on, log into your account, and click on your name in the upper-right hand corner. […]

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Facebook Offers New Layout Option

by Barbara J. Feldman January 12, 2011

Facebook introduced a new profile page layout as a user option a few weeks ago. This new layout includes a horizontal grid of five photo thumbnails, flanked, on the left, by a profile picture. Inspired by French artist Alexandre Oudin, more and more Facebook users are experimenting with clever juxtapositions of these thumbnails. Check out […]

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Reduce Your Risk on Facebook

by Barbara J. Feldman November 17, 2010

Microsoft researcher Danah Boyd explores some unusual ways to reduce risk on Facebook at her blog Apophenia. For example, some Facebook users deactivate their account whenever they log out. This doesn’t delete any friends or settings, and when you login and reactive, everything is just as you left it. But it does eliminate “pesky” wall […]

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Limiting Facebook Updates to Certain Friends

by Barbara J. Feldman October 6, 2010

Facebook status updates generally are sent to all your friends, but there are controls that can customize exactly who sees your update. After typing your update into the Facebook status update box, click on the small lock next to the Share button. Now, you’ll see a drop-down menu that let’s you choose Everyone, Friends of […]

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