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How to prevent people from seeing your recent activity on Facebook

Facebook changed its privacy controls a few times in 2010, and while it's now quite easy to block entire groups from seeing your location or contact details, there's no obvious way to hide your recent activities. Recent activities are everything you do on Facebook, from commenting on a friend's wall to posting photos or changing your relationship status. If a friend visits your profile they ...

Twitter for iPad launches, and it's beautiful

The official Twitter for iPhone app has updated, and with the latest update it became a universal app, meaning it has native iPhone and iPad versions. While the iPhone version continues to incrementally improve, it's the iPad version that is really remarkable. It took me a little while to get used to it, because the user interface is fairly busy. But you get a heck of a lot of bang for your buck w...

Screenshot tour: JustPictures is an awesome photo app with powerful web integration

Android's built-in image browser, 'Gallery', isn't fantastic. By default it displays a load of tiny, unwieldy and laggy thumbnails. While you can strongarm it into behaving better, why bother when excellent alternatives like JustPictures are available? From the outset, JustPictures replicates the built-in Android app -- but it's faster, prettier, and less fiddly. You are presented with a simple...

Threadsy puts your email and social media in one interface

Threadsy is an interesting new approach to managing all of your inboxes at once. It's a newly launched beta product that connects to your email provider and social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter, and presents everything in a unified interface. The Threadsy interface consists of two panes. The Inbound pane on the left is the primary pane, and it's essentially your inbox for incoming messa...

Outlook Social Connector now supports MySpace; Facebook soon!

The Outlook Social Connector first debuted back in November 2009, and at that time, only LinkedIn was supported. Today, the MySpace plug-in has been made available, and now you can see your friends' easily-excited, angst-ridden emo updates in Outlook! If you're running Outlook 2010 Beta (which is very, very nice, incidentally), you'll need to update your Outlook Social Connector (OSC) first. O...

Silobreaker offers alternative search service for news and current affairs

Who do you think of when you want to search for what's happening now? Increasingly people are searching social networks like Twitter and Facebook, and Google has increased the speed of its index to offer more up-to-date real-time information. In the realm of technology, Techmeme has had a lock on live news for a few years now. But there's a site I recently learned about that you might not be aware...

Twine reaches 1.0, opens to public

Twine Overview from Twine Official on Vimeo Almost exactly one year ago, we wrote about Twine, a social network built on the semantic web. After expanding the private beta back in March, the Twine team has spent the last eight months really working on site usability, interface and performance. Today, Twine 1.0 is officially out of beta and open to the public. I had a chance to talk to No...

Facebook added comments to the mini-feed. Add a new comment?

Facebook is at it again, rolling out features in advance of the redesign we've been hearing so much about. The latest addition is comments in the mini-feed. Now when you find out that "Ashley changed her profile picture" you can click a little + icon next to that item and add a comment. This doesn't go for all mini-feed items: it seems to be only for profile and status changes. At least you can'...

Download Squad talks Data Portability at SXSW

Download Squad talks to Chris Saad of Dataportability.org from Download Squad on Vimeo. We've written about the DataPortability Project before (we even linked to a video explaining the concept) but at SXSWi 2008 we were lucky enough to talk about the project with co-founder and chairperson, Chris Saad. The project is still in the early stages of development, but the premise is powerful and...

Mzinga : What enterprise companies don't know about social media

SXSW 2008: Mzinga from Download Squad on Vimeo. Enterprise companies fall into two camps; those who are competent in the social media space, and those who aren't. Mzinga aims to bring competency to enterprise social engagement. I caught up with Aaron Strout on Mzinga in the hallway at a rockin SXSW, and he gave us the low down on what enterprise users need to know now about managing their s...

I uses Poodz. Srsly. 'Scuse mah French, plz.

Forgive us, great Ceiling Cat. We discovered the only way you can even attempt to introduce a service called Poodz is to use LOLspeak. And even then... we're totally fearing for our mortal souls. Poodz (oh come on, stop giggling) is a microblogging service. Clear on that? Yeah, we weren't entirely sure what microblogging was either, but since a few of us here are pretty short, we decided to check ...

Ning is pro-freedom, and porn agnostic

Marc Andreessen of Ning is our hero. Ning, the online platform that allows users to create and maintain their own social networks, seems to have a few naughtier communities its midst. We'd be more shocked to hear it didn't, quite frankly. This is the internet, after all. Some do find it surprising, however. Enough people, in fact, that Andreessen issued a statement on his blog today. Andreessen's ...

Social networks go a little too far at Pet Files

Christmas Eve 2007 will live in infamy as the day social networking went too far for us. We woke up this morning, not to the sounds of Christmas music, or the sight of brightly wrapped presents under our tree but, to a press release from Pet Files, a social network for pets. Pet Files lets you build unlimited pet profile pages, publish unlimited photos and videos of your pets, along with several...

Open Web Awards : Mainstream and Large Scale Networks

As we've mentioned previously, Download Squad is participating in the Open Web Awards. It's kinda like the Oscars, except you pick, not that stuffy academy. Oh, and it has nothing to do with movies. Well, that and there won't be any ridiculously long acceptance speeches where people forget to thank their dad, but remember to thank their mom. But, aside from those minor details, it's exactly like t...

Social networking goes geriatric

So, your octogenarian parents or grandparents may not be clued in to Facebook, or Myspace but, a new player in the field is hoping to capitalize on just that segment of the market. Grandparents.com, launching in fall, promises to provide grandkid friendly activities, travel ideas, expert tips on grand-parenting and a social networking component which allows granpap and nana to share experiences wi...