Facebook testing threaded comments feature on pages, users

Facebook now is testing a new feature- “threaded comments” that allows users to reply to specific comments on busy posts.

Currently, comments to a posting are added at the bottom, even if they are specifically about one certain comment another Facebook user wrote. This could be especially handy on extremely busy Facebook pages hosted by celebrities or companies.

You might not be able to see the proposed feature in action at this point. Facebook says it’s being tested on only 30 pages.

Several comments appear below his posts. Those comments show the number of “Likes” they have received, but unlike the current comments feature, they also show how many replies they’ve received.

Below the comment you can choose to “Like” or “Reply,” and if you click on the icon indicating the number of responses a comment has received, the thread expands to reveal the responses.

Facebook told The Times it is testing the feature in certain locales. A Facebook spokeswoman indicated the feature is being tested on pages for specific individuals.

No word on whether this feature will be rolled out to the rest of us, but if it is, the threaded comments feature could lead to more intelligent conversations on posts that receive hundreds and thousands of comments.

Facebook has now told The Times that the reply feature is being tested on both pages and individual users.

Additionally, Facebook said it misinformed The Times earlier by saying the test was being conducted on 30 pages. Rather, the company is simply saying it is a small test.


Dropbox was hacked, offers users help

The online file storage, Dropbox confirms that usernames and passwords were stolen from third party Web sites and then used to access Dropbox accounts.

“Our investigation found that usernames and passwords recently stolen from other websites were used to sign in to a small number of Dropbox accounts. We’ve contacted these users and have helped them protect their accounts,” the company wrote in a blog post today. “A stolen password was also used to access an employee Dropbox account containing a project document with user email addresses. We believe this improper access is what led to the spam.”

According to the company blog post, here are some of the steps it is taking:

Two-factor authentication, a way to optionally require two proofs of identity (such as your password and a temporary code sent to your phone) when signing in. (Coming in a few weeks)
New automated mechanisms to help identify suspicious activity. We’ll continue to add more of these over time.
A new page that lets you examine all active logins to your account.
In some cases, we may require you to change your password. (For example, if it’s commonly used or hasn’t been changed in a long time)

The file storage service also recommends that users avoid using the same password on multiple sites, since it means that if one site has a security breach then all accounts could be at risk. Few websites was hacked this year such as Yahoo and Linkedln.


Say goodbye to Hotmail, welcome to Outlook.com

Web-based email, Hotmail will be replaced by new Microsoft web-based email, Outlook.com. Outlook, is same brand name as Microsoft’s email application that’s part of the Microsoft Office suite.

This move is part of the company’s ongoing transition from a mostly desktop software to a cloud-based services company. Outlook.com provides a new Metro-style user interface similar to Microsoft Office 2013.

Outlook.com is a free mail service that pulls features from Hotmail and Exchange and it is designed for personal/consumer use. Outlook.com is integrated with Windows and Office, and can pull in Twitter, Facebook, Gmail and LinkedIn contacts.

Outlook.com inbox

Microsoft is providing new Outlook.com users with 7GB of free cloud storage through SkyDrive. As it has been doing with Hotmail, Microsoft is trying to wean Outlook.com users from sending attachments. Instead, the focus is on saving files, photos and other content to the cloud, with “smart layouts” in e-mail messages showing recipients what they can see via links and/or downloads.

Outlook.com inbox with Skype
Outlook.com also allow user to Skype without having any Skype application in your desktop. Of course Microsoft will not kill the Hotmail immediately but I believe they are plan to do it slowly. We think Microsoft more aggresive this years after we saw several new products of Microsoft are going to launch this year such as Windows 8, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Surface.

Outlook.com Photo Mail

Facebook will roll out new Facebook Photo Viewer

Facebook announced Monday that it is making another change to how you see photos. Now, photos will appear bigger and bolder than ever, and users will be able to showcase their favorite pictures.

Your profile might not have this just yet, but Facebook said it is rolling it out globally:

Facebook Product Manager Emily Grewal announced the move on Facebook’s news blog today:

“Now when you click photos at the top of your timeline, you’ll see larger pictures that fill up the page. You can use the menu to find shots you’re tagged in, pictures you’ve shared, and albums you’ve created.”

Users can also single out and feature their favorite photos easily.

So, what do you think about this new feature?Probably useful for photographers.


New Upcoming Facebook Feature Looks A Lot Like Pinterest

Imitation is normal in computer media world, Android OS imitate Apple iOS, Google Plus imitate Facebook in early appearance. As Pinterest gains more attraction in the social media world, it may have triggered Facebook to see what the company is doing well. Inside Facebook reported Thursday, Facebook seemed to be trying to replicate Pinterest in one case.

Facebook is testing a new layout for open graph application stories. The change apparently makes stories a little more noticeable when they hit news feeds. According to Inside Facebook, clicking on a photo takes users to the third-party website or app page. Users also have options when they hover over the image, such as commenting.

It might look a little familiar to those who love to pin things (via Mashable):