1. 2010

    Linkless URLs in Facebook statuses

    Facebook doesn’t seem to distinguish between posted links and status updates anymore, which means that whenever you try to post a status with a URL in it, it automatically turns it into a posted link. Granted, they are mostly equivalent, but a link won’t show up as your current status or in the status update RSS feed, which I find annoying. But there is a solution! In retrospect, this should have been pretty obvious, but when you put a URL in your status, in the top right corner of the info box that pops up, there is a blue X which you can click to prevent Facebook from including meta-information about the URL. This has the side effect of making Facebook treat your update as a regular status, rather than a link.

  2. 2010

    Facebook does bug reports right

    There are a lot of complaints you could make about Facebook, many of them legitimate, but the bug reporting process is one thing I think they really do well.

    A while ago I had occasion to report a problem with the message inbox showing up as a blank page. As the first step in the process, Facebook presents you with a grouped list of categories corresponding to the different features of the site. Each one is tagged with the same icon used on other menus, so it’s easy to identify, and the images really help to visually distinguish the different categories. I much prefer that to the standard bug reporting interface, where all you get is a combo box with a long list of different products or categories (text-only of course), some of which you may not even be familiar with.

    On Facebook, when you click the category that matches your bug, you get a list of the common reports that have already been filed under that category. But unlike a typical bug listing which uses the (often non-descriptive) bug report titles submitted by users, the titles are written by members of the Facebook team, and they’re all …

  3. 2010

    RSS Graffiti

    I decided it’s about time to start syncing the posts I make here with Facebook to get some exposure for this site. Not because I think anyone will really care about my content, but everyone else seems to be doing it. I guess it puts pressure on me to write more interesting stuff, that’s probably good.

    Anyway, to test out the system and also as sort of an unsolicited “kickback” to what seems like it might be a good program, I wanted to mention RSS Graffiti. I picked up on it from a mention on the Webapps Stack Exchange site. Basically it’s an RSS/Atom feed aggregator: you configure it with the URLs of any number of feeds, and specify which ones should show up on your profile and the profiles of any groups, events, or pages you administer. The app checks periodically for new entries and posts them up to the destinations you specified. Nice and simple, which is actually just what I’ve been looking for in a Facebook RSS aggregator for a while. Here’s hoping it works as well as it looks!