Category Archives: Facebook 101

pasaload — Official Pasaload Facebook Application of Smart Communications, Inc.

Yes, there is an application for sharing loads in facebook — http://apps.facebook.com/pasaload/. But don’t ask load from me because I’m a globe user. You can use to share load to Smart Buddy, Talk N Text, and Smart Gold.

5 Comments

Filed under Facebook 101, Philippine Mobile Services

0.facebook.com on Sun Cellular — free facebook surfing

Facebook launched their 0.facebook.com last May, 2010. I believe this is to make facebook more accessible to the less developed countries where people mostly use their mobile phones to access the web. Then, Sun Cellular offers the 0.facebook.com by Juned, 2010.

If you were familiar with the WAP mobile sites like 10 years ago, then that’s how the 0.facebook.com looks like — it’s pure text, no images; but they provide links to images. So the catch there is that if you want to view pictures, you will then be charged with mobile internet fees.

From their facebook blog:

Collaborating with operators from around the world, we developed this new mobile site with two main attributes:

  • It’s fast: 0.facebook.com includes all the key features of our standard mobile site m.facebook.com. Users can update their status, view their News Feed, like or comment on posts, send and reply to messages, or write on their friends’ Wall just as they do on Facebook.com. Rather than making photos viewable on 0.facebook.com, we put the photos one click away so they don’t slow down the experience. You can still view any photos on Facebook if you want but your regular data fees will apply.
  • It’s free: Thanks to the help of mobile operators we collaborated with, people can access 0.facebook.com without any data charges. Using 0.facebook.com is completely free. People will only pay for data charges when they view photos or when they leave 0.facebook.com to browse other mobile sites. When they click to view a photo or browse another mobile site a notification page will appear to confirm that they will be charged if they want to leave 0.facebook.com

Though Sun Cellular is not really that reliable regarding signal and reliability, but they’ve been really good at providing real Value Added Services, like they were first with facebook and twitter update with their Sun Alertz, and now collaborating with Facebook for 0.facebook.com. There are probably more VAS I’m just not familiar with since I’m no Sun Cellular subcriber.

73 Comments

Filed under Facebook 101, Philippine Mobile Services

My Twitter Friends are more Techy than my Facebook Friends?

I just have this sudden urge to check Gowalla right now. I’m a foursquare user for the reason that it is more accessible — the iPod application and their mobile web are both available to me. I do not know what’s up with Gowalla that I cannot seem to find their iPod touch application — I’m guessing either their app is for iPhone only and it’s only available for US users only.

Anyway, I find few contacts from twitter here in Philippine checking in using Gowalla so I want to know if this is already indeed available here in Philippines. Out of curiosity, I checked who among my twittercontacts are using Gowalla, and then foursquare.

Foursquare wins for the more numbers of my twitter contacts using it over Gowalla. I have 28 in foursquare while only 17 in gowalla. If you look at it, more or less, my contacts using foursquare are the same people using gowalla.

mytwitter contacts using foursquare

my twitter contacts using gowalla

If you want to nitpick on it, you will notice that gowalla seems to appeal to web designers/artists. I guess it is really true that gowalla really wins in the user interface beauty part. In my gowalla twitter contacts, you will find Jeffrey Zeldman and Tim Van Damme who are popular for web designing.

I decided to check who among my facebook friends are using foursquare and gowalla. This time I want to know who among people who are more closer to me in relationship, Cebu/Philippine based people, is into this location-based social networking sites. Unfortunately, most of my facebook friends just know facebook.

my facebook friends using foursquare

my facebook friends using gowalla

If you look at it, the people appearing are not really close to me in location., Cebu, Philippines. Hello, facebook friends, there are other cute stuff online aside from your farms and fishes in facebook.  Anyhoo, it is not of my business. For all I know, they are dedicated to a more worthy cause than signing up for whatever social networking sites that will pop up — like me. =)

5 Comments

Filed under Facebook 101, Philippine Social Networking Culture, Side Comments

Facebook App for Nokia E71/E72 but Works in E63

I saw someone tweeting that Facebook has an application already for Nokia E71/E72. I did not believe it right away because there was a facebook ‘app’ already been listed in getjar and ovi store for a long time. But it was more of a facebook shortcut icon than a real application because what it really does, after installing it, when you run it is just redirect you to mobile browser opening the facebook website. You are better off bookmarking the facebook website in your mobile browser than installing that ‘pseudo facebook application.’

Anyway, my ‘curiosity/chismosa’ instinct was itching to go and check the truth behind that someone’s tweet of a facebook application for Nokie E71/E72. I checked the Ovi Store in my Nokia E63. Ovi Store is like Nokia’s equivalent for iPhone’s AppStore or Droid’s Market Area.

Please note I checked it from the Ovi Store in my mobile phone. Because I checked the getjar and Ovi Store online from my laptop, I did not see the Facebook for Nokia E71/E72 application listed in the non-mobile websites.

I only have a Nokia E63, a ‘lower’ version of E71/72 but nevertheless I tried downloading it and see if it will work.

facebook for Nokia E71/E72 in Ovi Store

Does it work on my Nokia E63? Is it compatible?

YES!

Facebook Application for Nokia E71/E2 works on my E63

But do not get overly excited yet because the first thing I notice is it’s sooo slowwww, which might be because my phone is ‘just’ an E63, and E71/72 are what are specifically mentioned in the Ovi Store.

Loading....

User interface is not my expertise, but the look and feel of this facebook application is still too rough for my visual senses. Though, facebook application of iPhone is not really that shining, shimmering splendid snappy either but it’s not this rough also. So if I were Nokia, I will fund the team behind this because if they can beat the iPhone’s version of facebook application, it might make some facebook fans drool. =)

Facebook Application: Home

In twitter applications, one of the features I would usually look after is its ability to upload pictures. So that was the first feature I checked. And, indeed it can let you add picture via Take a Photo or From Gallery.

Upload Photo feature

I tried uploading pictures, both via ‘Take a Photo’ and ‘From Gallery,’ it worked but sluggish, slow.

How Photo Album is Displayed

Viewing a Picture from the Application

Look and feel wise, the lite.facebook.com (which I used when mobile browsing) is wayyy better than the facebook application for the Nokia E series (Symbian 60 OS). Feature wise, I’m already sold when I saw that it can upload photos via ‘clicking a picture’ from your celphone camera. Speed wise, using it feels like it’s always loading, retrieving, and loading — you can take naps in between. So my verdict is: I am more of a ‘function over form’ kind of person, just make it more snappy and smooth and fast, this will be a winner already for me.

There is no details as to when this was released or posted in the Ovi Store, so as to know the age of this application. But basing on the customer reviews, the first review was posted on on June, 2009. So I am assuming this was released during that time. So for a 6-month application, I guess it is still young. I am sure, there will be a lot of improvements to come. But while I wait for the updates or the newer version, I will stick with the lite.facebook.com for now.


11 Comments

Filed under Facebook 101, My Nokia E63 Diary, Symbian Mobile Applications

How to Update Facebook Status via @tweetitow (or via text/sms from Celphone Philippines)?

For the Facebook users in the Philippines, each telco providers — Globe, Smart/TalkNText, Sun — has its own application which you can add to your facebook account so you can update your status by sending text/sms (and mms in canse of Smart) from celphone/mobile phone.

For Globe and  TM users, they have UPD8 facebook application. You need to add UPD8 to your account before you can start updating your facebook status and also receive updates from your phone. Please see here for details. Cost of updating using UPD8 is not stated on their facebook page, but I think it’s P2.50 (correct me if I’m wrong).

For Smart and TalkNText users in Philippines, they have PixME application. The nice thing about Pix Me is you can both send SMS/MMS. Please see here for instructions on how to get started with it. Updates will cost you P1.00.

For the Sun users, they have Sun Alertz. Once you activated this application into your facebook account, you can then update your status and receive updates from your celphone. I think Sun charges P1.00, or you can go for unlimited updates which, if I’m right, they charge for P15 for 1 day unlimited.

For @tweetitow users, you can also update your facebook status via text/sms. But before you can do that, you need to activate or add a ‘twitter’ application first into your facebook account. The twitter application will cross post the updates from your twitter to your facebook account. There are lots and lots of twitter applications listed in facebook’s application directory. But I’ll just recommend 2.

1. Twitter application — this is developed by the same group who make Twitter.com. Simply go to this page on how to go about it.

2. Selective Twitter Status — this I highly recommend twitter application for facebook. The nice thing about this is you can screen or select what tweets or updates you just want to show up in your facebook account. Following is the instructions pasted on their facebook page,

Update your Facebook Status from Twitter

BUT

Only for the tweets you choose.

End a tweet with #fb when you want it to update your Facebook status – simple.

- Avoid confusing your Facebook friends
- Don’t swamp your profile with too many updates
- Leave certain updates on Facebook for longer

NEW: Now also works with Fan Pages – not just personal profiles!

Note: It doesn’t work if your updates are PROTECTED
There’s usually a minute or two delay (no more) – be patient when you first try it ;)

So for tweets I want to be updated to my facebook status, I only need to put #fb at the end of the tweet. And, viola my facebook status gets updated. =)

Once you have activated Selective Twitter Status application in your facebook account, you can then update your facebook status via @tweetitow. When you send text/sms or tweet to @tweetitow, simply end your text with #fb so that you facebook status also gets updated. For example,

I love @tweetitow! #fb

You can find here (http://wp.me/pAl2p-4j) steps on how to text your tweets to update your facebook status via @tweetitow.

As simple as that. =) This is like hitting 2 birds with 1 text! =)

*******

You can find all the application I mentioned above in the Facebook Applications Directory, please click here to be redirected to it. Once you are in that page, use their search field to easily find the applications you want.

For those who wants to know how to use @tweetitow, please see here on how to get started. =)

12 Comments

Filed under @tweetitow, Facebook 101