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How To: Avoid the Google Spam Messages You’re About To Get

Gmail users, Google has decided to make your Gmail username public through Google+. By default it’s turned on, so you need to manually opt out.

Sign into your Gmail account, and click the gear in the top right.
Click on Settings
You should then see the same screen as my attached screenshot.

One of the options you’ll see is: Email via Google+:
Click on the drop down that currently reads: Anyone on Google+, and change it to No one.

Then scroll to the bottom of the screen, and hit Save Changes.

Note: If you don’t see this option yet, check back daily until you do. Google is still rolling out to it’s users.

Google Opt Out


How To: Stop Auto Play Video Ads on Facebook / Save Your Cell Data

For those of you that use Facebook on your iPhone, and don’t have an unlimited data plan, you’ll want to do the below:

Click on Settings, and scroll down until you see Facebook. Then click on it, and goto Settings. You should then see an area for Video settings. Click the slider next to turn on Auto-play on WiFi Only. This will stop videos from Auto-playing in your News Feed if you’re using your cell phones data.

If you’re an Android user, you should have the same setting.

 

FB_WiFi


Foursquare is #WINNING

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard by now that Foursquare has released version 3.0 of their mobile app for iPhone and Android users (don’t worry Blackberry users, your version is on the way!).

The release of version 3.0 brings about some noticeable interface changes, and great additions to the app. One of these new additions, is the Explore option. The Explore option allows you to input what you’re looking for. It then takes your location, in combination with places you’ve been, places friends have visited, your loyalty to favorite places, and what’s popular overall to generate nearby options for you. There are a number of other great features that you can read about over on the Foursquare blog: http://blog.foursquare.com/2011/03/08/foursquare-3/

Foursquare 3.0 also brings about a number of new specials for businesses to get onboard with. These specials mean a whole new world of opportunity for businesses jumping on board with the service.  More information on these new specials can also be found on the Foursquare blog: http://blog.foursquare.com/2011/03/09/a-whole-new-world-of-specials/

So, what do you think of Foursquare, and version 3.0 of there app? We’d love to hear below in our comments!

 

 


Major Facebook Security Loophole Makes Private Walls Accessible to Everyone

Privacy, and Facebook are two words that you see in posts all to often. Today is another one of those days. I just discovered what I believe to be an unknown flaw in these settings, which allows any user to view a user’s private wall.

Here’s how:

Go to the wall of a person who currently does not allow you to do view their wall. Once you’ve done this, scroll to the bottom of the page and select Report / Block this Person. You should see the Report and / or block window as pictured below appear.

Facebook Privacy Flaw - Report / Block Screen

Facebook Privacy Flaw - Report / Block Screen

Put a check mark in the Report this person box. Now select Racist / Hate Speech in the Reason box. A new field labeled Abuse Location will appear. Select Wall. Once you’ve done this, you can click on the Use this link to report items on this profiles wall, and voila! You can now view the once unviewable Wall.

    Facebook Privacy Flaw - Wall Showing

Facebook Privacy Flaw - Wall Showing

    Facebook Privacy Flaw - Wall Showing

Facebook Privacy Flaw - Wall Showing

Now like I said above, I believe this is an unknown flaw in Facebook’s Privacy Settings, and a pretty big one. Let’s get the word out to them, and get this issue resolved!

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UPDATE: Apparently this security issue doesn’t effect all Facebook profiles, as some people are reporting they are unable to view certain user walls, and receiving the message you see below.


Can Google take on Facebook?

According to a tweet from Digg CEO Kevin Rose (@kevinrose) this past Saturday night, Google is once again making a move into social networking, and getting ready to launch the new service ‘Google Me‘ to take on Facebook, after previous attempts (Google Profiles / Wave / Buzz) have failed.

The status which has since been removed from Rose’s Twitter stream, can be found by viewing my retweet of his post: http://twitter.com/john_jordan/status/17132430837

Since Rose’s breaking news, a number of stories about Google Me have hit the web. The latest of which are now revolving around recent talk from Facebook’s former CTO and Quora founder Adam D’Angelo (@adamdangelo). D’Angelo has come out saying that Google Me is not a rumor, and is in fact a real high-priority project that a large number of Google developers are currently working on.

With all of this talk, one wonders what will come out of this. Can Google create the next big social network? Will it be more than a revamped version of Google Profiles, that integrates Buzz / Wave, and adds some other features that Facebook already has? Or will it bring something brand new to the game, and have users thinking about making the switch?

For now, it’s all up in the air, but anything’s possible.

What do you all think? Would you make the switch to Google Me (or any new social network), or is Facebook it for you? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments.

Update: A video of Kevin Rose talking about Facebook competitor Google Me from his TWiT.tv apperance is now online here: View Video

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iPhone 4 vs HTC Evo

iPhone 4 or HTC Evo…that’s the question I’ve seen asked over and over since Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday. Below, you can find a chart I put together a small side-by-side comparison chart of the two.

As for me, I’m still undecided. On one hand, i’m already a Sprint customer, and have the amazing Everything Plus 500 plan. Basically, I get 500 anytime minutes (which are only used when calling landlines, since Sprint has Any mobile, Anytime), and everything else is unlimited (including data). They also have the HTC Evo, which from the specs is pretty much everything I could ever want in a mobile device.

On the other hand, there’s the new iPhone 4. I LOVE my iPod Touch, and the updated iOS that iPhone 4 will have is what everyone has wanted since the first iPhone came out (way to get with the times Apple ;) ) The downfall for me though is that it’s on AT&T. The service is very spotty in many of the areas that I travel to, which is a huge problem for me, not to mention that it would cost me almost double what I pay now to switch.

For now, I think i’m going to hold off on buying either device. I’m still keeping my fingers crossed that Apple will release another mobile device on Sprint / Verizon in the coming months once both providers convert their networks over to LTE.

So, which have you decided to go with, and why? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

iPhone 4 vs HTC Evo

iPhone 4 vs HTC Evo


Photo’s from #Startup2010

Silicon Alley Insider's #Startup2010 Conference

Silicon Alley Insider's #Startup2010 Conference

Photo’s from Silicon Alley Insider‘s #Startup2010 conference are now online.

Congratulations to Redbeacon for walking away as the winner!

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Want that social media dream job?

From time to time, i’ll come across a blog post that I find interesting. When I do, i’ll share that here…

I just stumbled upon a post by @AdamVincenzini over at Social Media Today titled, ‘A different way to land your dream social media job‘. It’s a great short post, but gets right to the point. So, what are you waiting for? Start that blog about what inspires you, and who knows…maybe you’ll land that social media dream job you’ve been looking for!


What is Square?

Earlier today Jack Dorsey announced on Twitter that @Square has released its iPhone / iPod Touch / iPad & Android apps to the masses via the iTunes and Android stores.

Today we’re releasing @Square‘s iPhone & Andriod clients, and sending square readers! https://squareup.comless than a minute ago via Tweetie

Square is a simple payment utility that works with your mobile phone. It aims to make credit card transactions an easier task for retailers, as well as individuals…think garage sales, craigslist, etc.

Once you sign up and verify your identity (your social security number is required for this part) you will receive your free reader in the mail within 2 – 3 weeks. The reader, which connects to your phone via its audio jack, is then used when a purchase is ready to be made. To complete the transaction, the card is swiped through the reader. Once swiped, the merchant hands the device to the customer, who is then prompted to sign his or her name using a finger instead of a pen on the touchscreen.

After signing, they are prompted to enter either there cell phone number or email address to finalize the transaction. At this point, one of two things will happen. Either the merchant will be prompted to verify the user is who they say they are by accepting an on-screen prompt showing the purchasers photo (highly recommended), or an email and/or text message will be received containing your electronic receipt.

All transactions are then added to your account, which can be accessed anywhere by logging into the Square website. Once logged in, you will be able to see all of your transactions in one simple view. In this view, you are able to browse photos of every item purchased, read description’s and share with your friends and co-workers. Your transaction data can also be downloaded and viewed in your spreadsheet software.

For more information on Square, head on over to the official site: www.squareup.com
Watch the Video: Square Everywhere
Taking Time: A letter from CEO Jack Dorsey

Square iPhone App Screenshots

Square Settings Screen
Square Settings Screen

Square Pay Screen
Square Pay Screen

Square
Square Transaction Screen


Celebrating the Power of Social Media at Foursquare Day

Foursquare Founder / CEO Dennis Crowley & Media Logic's John Jordan

Foursquare Founder / CEO Dennis Crowley & Media Logic's John Jordan

Originally posted on Logical Juice

Back in January, I wrote my first App Spotlight blog post here on Logical Juice, about Foursquare. Since then it has become one of the most popular apps available across all mobile platforms, and is now only days away from hitting the 1 million registered users mark.

The popularity of the app gave rise to last week’s first annual Foursquare Day, the first globally recognized grass-roots celebration of the power of social media. Indeed, it was the power of social media that took Foursquare Day from being a simple idea to an actual live event: One day, an ordinary Foursquare user named Nate Bonilla-Warford had an interesting thought – why not celebrate the app on April 16 (reason being that four-squared equals 16), and have everyone “check in” to it on that day? He floated the idea around online, and it took off through the social web. It eventually caught the eye of Foursquare employees, who liked it, created an official 4sqDay badge, and set up their own party to join in the celebration with their users.

I was lucky enough to have received an invitation to join in the festivities. While I was there, I got to meet co-founder and CEO Dennis Crowley (who had time to snap a quick picture with me). The party drew quite the crowd, and featured Hollywood A-listers like Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, as well as big names in media and tech, like Digg CEO Kevin Rose. But the best part about Foursquare Day was that among the hundreds of party attendees were many normal, everyday Foursquare users – just like me.

And that’s the beauty of Foursquare – it knows what makes its brand tick. It recognizes that its success rests in the hands of its users, without whom there would have never been a Foursquare Day. The truth is that conversations are taking place every day through Foursquare, and the company has chosen to join in, have fun, and celebrate not with a VIP-only who’s who list, but with the people who check in at their local Starbucks on their way to work every morning.



App Spotlight: Two Hundred Sides to Every Tweet

Originally posted on Logical Juice

In our increasingly smartphone-entrenched world, the mobile application extensions of our social networking-entangled lives can make or break a user experience. Twitter as a network depends on the user development of mobile and desktop applications to keep participation thriving. In some cases, app developers attempt to provide a seamless brand experience between the desktop and mobile world, while often the very best apps focus primarily on the screen for which they are developed. For mobile Twitter users, custom design for ease of use is paramount. Beyond the individual, an organization’s conversation managers need to be properly equipped, connected and ready to go.

No matter the platform, there are literally dozens of apps to choose from, making it a painful finger stroll through any given app store. To make things a bit easier for you, we’ve compiled some of our thoughts on a few of the Twitter apps currently available.

Here is an Apple and WebOS view from a self-admitted Tweet-oholic, Media Logic’s Sr. IT Coordinator John Jordan.

Hi, my name is John, and I have a tweeting problem. I’m ALWAYS connected to a number of social media sites, the main one being Twitter. Whether I’m at work, home or on the go (or sometimes in my sleep!), I’m using one of many mobile clients to communicate with friends, family, and complete strangers all across the Twitterverse.

I’ll start off with Apple’s popular iPhone. Let me start off by saying that I myself have never owned an iPhone, as I’m not a big fan of AT&T and their spotty service in the areas I travel most (Apple? You there? Offer the iPhone on Verizon or Sprint!). I do, however, own an iPod Touch – which allows me to use the same great apps as iPhone owners. Over the past year, I’ve used a number of the available apps trying to find the one that works best for me. In this time, I’ve come across some that are great and offer a number of features. I’ve also come across a number that were just mediocre. For the iPhone/iPod Touch, I’ve found that out of the 50 or so available, I really only enjoy 3 different apps. They are TweetDeck, Twitterrific, and Tweetie. All three are well built applications that not only have excellent interfaces, but also provide the user with an experience better than any other.

Palm’s WebOS is the newest to the game, but has already generated a lot of buzz and in doing so some great Twitter apps have been developed. I’ve tested out those available (currently at 14 with a few in development), and have come to the conclusion that Twee (available as a free download or $2.99 in the Palm app store for a more feature-filled version) is by far the best currently available. It is fast and has a great interface as well as some features that other Twitter apps do not offer, such as the “nearby” feature. This feature has to be one of my favorites, as I’m able set a radius of anywhere from 5 to 100 miles, and then see tweets from local users that I do not follow. Other WebOS contenders are Tweed, Spaz, and the newly released Bad Kitty, which has received a lot of praise among the WebOS community.

So what about Twitter apps for Google’s Android platform? For that, we tap into Media Logic’s Director of Media Integration and unapologetic Android supporter, Patrick Boegel.

I like my gadgets, but I also like ease and function. I don’t necessarily need a high-rolling bell and whistle app, just something that gets me through the ABC’s. Twidroid is the most similar app, in my opinion, to the aforementioned Apple fave Tweetie. The application is available in both a limited free version and a pro version, the biggest distinction for the average Twitter user being that the pro version offers multiple accounts management. I am not sure exactly how many users have multiple accounts, but if you do, it would come in handy. Personally, I have yet to justify $5 to go with a pro account, but would have to imagine that for a user on the Android OS with multiple accounts to service, $5 pays for itself rather quickly. If you are a conversation manager of multiple communities, it is a pittance.

One of the better features of Twidroid is that it allows users to send images directly from their phone without leaving the application – nearly instantaneously. Newer apps such as Seesmic (discussed below) are clunky several-minute load times, while the very recent addition of HootSuite seems to make this function a bit of a breeze. An area where Twidroid is lacking, from a user experience, is a central part of the Twitter experience: viewing a user profile. A lot of the benefit of Twitter is user discovery, and the user profile on Twidroid is simply not appealing. The ability to easily follow (or in some scenarios un-follow) a user is buried off the primary touch screen. This might sound like a petty issue, but remember we are talking about using this service on a device that fits in your pocket. Ease of use is paramount.

Here is where Seesmic comes in.

I have to say straight off the top, I have tried the various versions of Seesmic’s desktop apps and they never quite did it for me. I was eager, however, to play laboratory gadget rat with the Android app and they do an excellent job maximizing the mobile environment. The interface is smooth and easy to navigate. Profile views are clear, which is increasingly critical as you make new connections. The overall UI allows for easy, visible touch screen access to items (such as search and lists) that you are used to taking care of on the desktop Twitter environment of your choice. Seesmic only just came to the Android platform and has already rolled out an update which includes the addition of multiple accounts offered on their desktop clients. Overall, I would score it a slight notch above Twidroid and it will be worth keeping an eye on how they add features in future updates. If you are most comfortable with basic twitter interface or a desktop app such as Tweetdeck, Seesmic is going to be the most familiar and easy-to-navigate app for you. It is also, dare I say, the one application on the Android platform of any kind that is the most iPhone app-like. Curious, because Seesmic is not available for iPhone.

HootSuite just launched their app suite for iPhone and Android a little over a week ago. It is feature-rich and comes in Lite (free) and regular (paid) versions. The primary difference between the lite- and full-featured version is a 3-account limit (lite) versus unlimited accounts (full). The full version also includes click-through statistics tracking.

Everyone is trying to provide various utility; I suspect for power desktop users having a similar and interconnected interface will be a primary factor in deciding which apps to use. In my opinion, HootSuite, much like TweetDeck on the iPhone, has tried to take too much of the desktop product into the mobile environment. Like I said earlier, I like simplicity… for my on-the-go access needs, Seesmic provides that in spades.

So there you have it. A few of our favorite mobile Twitter apps that help to keep us connected to you. Do you have a favorite? Let us know below, by sharing your thoughts in the comments section. We always look forward to hearing what our readers think.

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