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So they keep making updates to Facebook, they really are trying to be helpful (at least in their minds).  It was a good idea to have a News Feed and a Live Feed.  Let you have a smaller number of “more important” people show up in your news feed while everyone else shows up in the Live Feed.

Great idea, if you could select who you wanted. But they randomly selected 250 people for you.  I’m sure there is some great formula or algorithm that went into this. There is a simple fix.  To bring all of your friends back do the following steps:

  1. Go to the Facebook Home Page.
  2. Choose “Live Feed.”
  3. Scroll to the bottom & click ” Edit Options.”
  4. Then you will see your “News Feed Settings.” (see below) Change the 250 to 5000, which is Facebook’s friend limit, and your feed will work correctly again.


If you want a smaller selection, you can choose them on your own.  Do the first 3 steps and on the 4th step you have a couple of options.  You can type each name in at the top where it says “Show More” or in the “Hide” box.  Or you can click on the little link at the bottom that says “View Recommended Friends”.  This link allows you to actually select or unselect individual friends just like creating an event.

Hope that is helpful.

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gallery-pre-10I’ve been trying to use as much of the Palm Pre as I can to see how things react and work.  I am still very pleased with the phone (it would probably take quite a bit for me to be upset with it since I dropped some cash on it!).

One of the most exciting things, at least for me was that I helped Christy setup a Twitter account using the Pre.  I also got my Facebook vanity URL via the browser on my Pre.  It was fairly easy to do all of this.  I am still a HUGE fan of the slideout keyboard, however, to get the best view in the browser you need to flip it sideways, so you are going back and forth (horizontal  and vertical) to use the keyboard.  We setup her Tweed account and she was off a twittering. I like Tweed – it allows me to track both my personal account @crossn81 and @sewardchurch which has helped make the latter more interactive.  One problem I have with Tweed is that it will post a notification that @crossn81 has been mentioned, but when you tap the alert nothing happens.  A simple update should fix this.

I was able to easily livetweet this week’s message at the @sewardchurch account.  The Pre/Tweed interface made it slightly easier  to do so.

We used our laptops to finish getting her Facebook and Twitpic accounts fully mobile and she’s off and running! We discovered a small problem at this point.  Twitpic uses an e-mail based system to post pictures via your Twitter account.  Evidently Facebook only uses an MMS system but has an e-mail looking address (mobile@facebook.com). On my Centro I was able to send a picture to both Facebook and Twitpic from the same screen.  It now appears this isn’t possible.  Christy tried and got an error message. The Pre offers three sharing options for pictures – e-mail, MMS, and upload (to Facebook or Photobucket) currently.  So if you wanted to add the same picture to Twitter and Facebook you have to send it twice.  Hopefully they can work this out, because that is fairly annoying.


The keyboard is one of the bigger selling points of the Pre.  It is nice to have a slide-out keyboard instead of the touchscreen on the iPhone.  For me the keyboard adjustment has been pretty easy.  It is basically the same keyboard that was on my Centro – only a little bigger and with one significant change.  On the Centro the “0” key is the primary button on the bottom – so whenever you hit it you get the 0 but if you use the shift key then you get the “@” symbol.  On the Pre it is reversed.  So I’m still getting used to that change.  It is a standard QWERTY and I can type fairly well on it.  I do occasionally hit the “enter” key on accident and send a text or chat message a little early!  Sometime the top row of keys feels a little too close to the bottom of the phone, but I think it just takes some getting used to.

iPhone vs Pre

I’m sure this debate will continue to rage on and I’m not the best person to do a comparison, but a friend and I went back and forth through all the features we thought made our phone better.  They seem almost exactly alike except for screen size and keyboard.  The iPhone has a slightly larger screen until you try and use the keyboard.  With the iPhone’s keyboard up, the screen is basically half the size of my Pre screen.   We discovered that the Pre makes viewing a YouTube video clearer, although the iPhone may have slightly better sound quality.

This is getting fairly long, so  I will stop for now and keep updating randomly about the Pre. But one quick comment on the battery.  I’ve had to charge mine every night and sometimes in the evening when I get back from work.  Christy’s holds the charge slightly better, but I think that is because her sits in her purse most of the day while I’m using mine off and on throughout the day.  I also have AIM and GTalk  running in the background constantly which would slowly drain the battery of any phone.   Oddly enough Christy’s old phone a Sanyo 2300 is still showing a full charge after sitting in standby since Tuesday!   I forgot to mention in the initial post that they transferred all of Christy’s contact information to the Pre for her – mine was all in cyberspace already so it was a piece of cake.

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Facebook has gotten plenty of negative feedback for their redesign.  That isn’t the purpose of this post, but Facebook should make it easier to figure out how to do things.  They touted the live news feed and how organization that use Fan Pages are really going to have to step it up in this new revamped site.

After some investigation and thanks to a Twitter comment I have figured out why not everyone sees Fan Page status updates in their news feeds.

It appears that unless you became a Fan after the redesign then you need to manually change some settings to “unhide” the status updates in your live feed.  You can always hide it again later if they constantly update their status.  My source for this information is Julie Bailey.

If you don’t see the fan page status updates in your news feed then here is what you do.

1) Click on the “home” tab.

2) Scroll to the bottom

3) Click on “Edit Options”

4) Next to all of the Pages is a button that says “Add to News Feed”

Then you should start seeing them!

Julie also indicated that Selective Twitter Status (my choice for integrating Facebook and Twitter) is now working for Fan Pages as well.  I’ve tested it out for the Seward Church Twitter and Facebook fan page and it seems to work well.

Updated: For those struggling to find the “Edit Options” link here is a picture of what the very bottom of my Facebook News Feed Page looks like.  You might need to click on it to get a clearer image.


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I finally gave in to the idea of Twittering. We’ll see what happens!

You can follow my tweets here or signup for the RSS here.

Not sure why you should get Twitter, this article convinced me.

My tweets are also available on the sidebar of both blogs and in my Facebook account. This is just one more social networking piece so we’ll see how long it lasts or if I get addicted!

Update: I’m addicted. After signing up for my account I went to a non-profit technology meeting and about a 1/4 of the people there had accounts and we are now all following each other and there is a small running community on Twitter.

It has a lot of uses and can get pretty technical, but I really like what Common Craft had to say: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddO9idmax0o

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There is an excellent article about “Sharing your Faith” using Facebook over at Digital Sanctuary.

Cynthia provides 10, fairly easy, steps. Here is part of the introduction:

Facebook is a perfect example of an easy, free way to connect with others and share your faith. If you think it’s costly in terms of time, you’re mistaken. It’s an investment. In fact, using online communication is the fastest, cheapest way to connect with large groups of people who you might never have a chance to keep in regular contact with were it not for your electronic link. This is old news to many people but sometimes Christians clump together instead of looking for inventive ways to spread out.

If you’ve already given in to the Facebook revolution, you probably have already done most of her 10 steps. But double check! If you haven’t joined Facebook – what are you waiting on??

Come say hi to me!


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I have 326 friends or is it 210 or only 40? It depends on which social networking service I log into. What is a friend in the 21st Century, or better yet who are your friends?

Webster defines a friend as “one attached to another by affection or esteem or a favored companion.” Well I definitely don’t have 326 favored companions, I am a bona fined introvert so that would be way too many friends for me to engage with.

Fortunately, for me I am able to maintain my sometimes shallow friendships under this part of the Webster definition: “one that is not hostile or one that is of the same nation, party, or group.” This is how I would characterize most of my friendships on Facebook, Myspace, and LinkedIn, respectively.

TIME Magazine recently published an article that began by saying that:

Whether you realize it or not, social networking is something you do every day. Each time you tell a friend about a good movie, bore a neighbor with pictures from your kid’s birthday party or catch up on gossip at work, you are reaching out to people you know to share ideas, experiences and information. The genius of social-networking websites such as MySpace and Facebook lies in their ability to capture the essence of these informal exchanges and distill them online into an expanding matrix of searchable, linked Web pages.

The statistics are amazing almost half of Internet users or 83 million people visited Myspace or Facebook, two of the most popular social networking sites. Both sites are also bringing in millions of dollars for their founders and owners.

A local newspaper wrote an article shortly after TIME’s which explored some of the consequences of this boom.

It’s common for users to create “real” friendships out of their virtual ones. For example, one person will see another is planning to attend a concert of a band they both like and ask to go along. Before long, they’re hanging out regularly.

For members of Generation Y, this notion of broadcasting information about yourself in order to find friends is perfectly natural. One user of social networks called it “invited intrusion.”

In his 2006 book “Friendship: An Expose,” author Joseph Epstein praised the use of the telephone and e-mail to maintain friendships over distances, but said social networking sites “speak to the vast loneliness in the world.”

Some observers think the digital age is promoting relationships of greater quantity but less quality.

Jeff Bardzell, a professor at IU’s School of Informatics who teaches human-computer interaction, disagrees. As someone who uses and studies networking sites and interactive online games such as Second Life, he has used the technology to reconnect with high school friends and keep up long-distance relationships.

Rather than substituting for conventional friendships, Bardzell, 37, said digital tools are a way of maintaining “loose connections” that might otherwise wither and die.

“It’s almost like your Christmas card list. That list is much bigger than the people you regularly interact with.”

Many people using social networking tools insist that just because a friendship is virtual doesn’t mean it isn’t “real.”

I would agree that this is the high-tech version of the Christmas Card list and in some ways provides more depth.  Christmas cards might include a one or two page synopsis of the year with a couple of photos.  Social Networking sites allow real-time uploading of pictures, stories, and information that would often get left out of the letter.

Browsing through my list there are people that I never would have heard from again after high school, college, summer camp, or whatever.  This has provided a way to stay connected and have a “relationship” for the long haul.  Who knows when our paths might cross again.  A friend from college that I lost touch with lives in Minneapolis and we are going to connect when I move there. I would never have known that without Facebook.

I also use it to stay in touch with and keep tabs on what kids I work with at church are really thinking and doing. This can be good and bad! Stalking can be taken to a different, more passive level, which isn’t a good thing.  We all must understand the boundaries and realities of what we are posting.

I think this social networking craze is going to continue to grow and expand as will my friends list.  I will try and expand with it!

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These seem obvious but in my ventures into the social networking realm of Myspace and Facebook, kids give out way too much information and may put themselves at risk.  I try to be cautious with what I put out into the open Internet realm.

1) Don’t give out personal information (one or two tidbits of information can lead to finding lots more)

2) Tell your parents immediately if you find information that make you uncomfortable

3) Never agree to meet someone in person without checking with your parents and having them present at the meeting

4) Never send anyone a picture or anything else without checking with your parents (this could exclude friends from school or church)

5) Do not respond to any messages that are mean or otherwise make you feel uncomfortable

6) Talk with your parents so that you can establish guidelines for being online

7) Do not give out your password to anyone other than your parents (even you BFF Jill)

8) Check with your parents before downloading or installing software or anything else on your computer (I would also add, be careful which widgets you add to your profiles, some computer code can provide back-door access to your profiles)

9) Be a good “citizen” in the online world and report anything that seems suspicious or could hurt someone else.

10) Kids, Help your parents understand how to have fun on the Internet and talk with them about what you are doing.  Parents, be learners and let your children talk to you about the technology (don’t be afraid of it, communicate your concerns with your child and realize that if you are too hard on them they may find alternate ways to setup an online account without your knowledge).

Adapted from: Kids’ Rules for Internet Safety 

Related Links

Federal Bureau of Investigation (Cyber Division) of the United States Department of Justice: A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety

Child Safety on the Information Highway

Looking at Child Safety on the Internet  (ppt file on legislation and case study)

Internet Censorship and our First Amendment (ppt file on legislation and case study)



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