Control Your Facebook and Twitter History

As you read this blog post, there may be someone Googling information about you. What do you want them to find? That is why it’s important to clear your browsing history. Molly Wood shares a video and explains how to download and delete activity on Facebook and Twitter.

Before you begin to clean your Facebook and Twitter history, take a moment and see where you stand. If you’re concerned, Molly has some advice in the NY Times on how to take control your browsing history.

Before the Facebook Like, There Was the RadioVota

The “radiovota,” a device created in the 1930s by Dr. Neil Monroe Hopkins, was the original like button. The radiovota sent yes or no feedback to radio stations. The downside, and why it didn’t become wildly popular, is that it took 7 hours for feedback to be sent to the station. That’s, like, time to tell your Facebook friends about your breakfast, complain about work, post about your lunch, the lull after lunch, and your terrible commute home. Click over to Paleofuture for more on the radiovota.

Hack, a new programming language by Facebook

Last Thursday, Facebook revealed its latest achievement, Hack, a new programming language. When Facebook was created ten years ago, it was coded entirely in PHP. However, as Facebook became bigger, the language became harder to manage and developers were more susceptible to making mistakes. The manager of Facebook’s Hack team, Bryan O’Sullivan, helped eliminate those errors by creating Hack. The website has moved almost all of its code over to Hack in the last year. The company released an open-source version of the language for the public last week.

As an open-source programming language, Hack was designed to allow developers to write bug-free code fast. By keeping some elements of PHP and combining the structure of other programming languages, Hack was born. In order to debug code more efficiently, instead of checking while the program is running, which is what PHP does, Hack will check for errors ahead of time, which is called static typing. The language itself is most similar to PHP; O’Sullivan encourages programmers that want to use Hack to only convert the parts of their code that are the most important, as it is not necessary to redo everything. This blending of both static and dynamic typing forms a method called “gradual typing” which has been shown to provide swift feedback and incredible accuracy.

Read more about this new language at ReadWrite.

A New App To Catch Snoopers



There’s nothing better than full privacy, unfortunately with annoying siblings, nosy significant others and friends that will never be the case. If you’re suspicious that someone may be going through your smartphone or mobile computing devices; They just got Busted! The PeeperPeeper app can be your eyes when you step out of the room.

This app currently offers shortcuts for WeChat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Facebook Messenger and LINE. PeeperPeeper catches who has been snooping on your private messages through screenshots. The PeeperPeeper app allows you to keep the convenience of having access to social media on iPhones/androids or iPad/tablets and not having to worry about meddlesome friends, families or coworkers. Lifehacker has some great information on this new app, and if it intrigues you take 5 seconds to download the PeeperPeeper app, it’s free and doesn’t take up much memory space.

Even Zuckerberg Encourages Us Not To Use Facebook So Much

dotsTake a deep breath, look up and count the beautiful things that surround you. When was the last time you did that? Can’t remember, well it’s time you stop being like “Dot.” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s sister Randi Zuckerberg has written a children’s book about a little girl named Dot who is obsessed with her phone. Neatorama finds it anomalous, that the sister of an Internet dynasty whose goal is turning the world into a bunch of Facebook-using smartphone addicts would write a children’s book that urges people to put down their phones and experience real life.

From Cool Infographics: “Social Network Overload”

A large portion of the population is addicted to Twitter, Facebook, or some other form of social media. A lot of you reading this probably got to this post from a link on Twitter, right? I thought so.

This post from Cool Infographics demonstrates the “Social Network Overload.” A lot of people feel unplugged if they don’t check their social media accounts. 62% of people are afraid they will miss something if they don’t check, and 40% of people said they would rather run a marathon, get a root canal, or wait in line at the DMV than get rid of their social profile.

Are you a victim of social media overload? Check the rest of this infographic to find out!

Social Media Etiquette and Manners

In this modern age of Facebook, Twitter, blogging, and smart phones where you have access to virtually anything at your fingertips, it is important to be mindful about what you are posting to the internet. Friending and unfriending, posting comments on someone’s wall/picture/status, and retweeting or mentioning someone in a tweet is common practice for well versed social media users. Sometimes, though, we break the rules for social media etiquette without realizing what we’re doing.

A recent article from Real Simple examined the Dos and Don’ts of Social Media etiquette. It highlights the rules of friending and unfriending on Facebook (“remember that it’s okay to prune your friend list”), status updates (“do a quick gut check and ask yourself if you really need to share that thought with the world before you post it”), photos and tagging, and privacy and settings. The article also goes into the etiquette of following and unfollowing on Twitter (“if someone starts following you on Twitter you are not obligated to return the gesture.”), retweets, replies, and mentions, and even a section on dealing with hurtful comments.

If you’re just starting to figure out the world of social media, it would be a good idea to review this article; even a social media expert would do well to brush up on their etiquette rules and make sure they’re not making any mistakes. Social media is another way for people to allow their voice to be heard; although, if you end up abusing it, there isn’t a way to erase what you said. Once you post something on the internet, it’s there forever. The bottom line, the article states, is if you wouldn’t want your boss or grandmother to see it, don’t post it.