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One of the most difficult parts about using Facebook is knowing exactly who is going to see the things that you post on your profile. It’s not the most user-friendly experience, but luckily we now have an app for that. Friend Manager comes via former Blip.tv CEO and current Facebook Product Manager Mike Hudack and lets you drag and drop friends into three different buckets; Regular Friends, Close Friends, and Acquitances.
Do you want to know how that applicant you just interviewed will actually perform on the job? Check out her Facebook profile. That's the advice of a new study from the Northern Illinois University, the University of Evansville and Auburn University. The researchers recruited a group of four Facebook-savvy human resources professionals and students to evaluate the Facebook profiles of 56 users. The four perused each of the profiles for about 10 minutes each before grading them according to the so-called Big Five personality traits (openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism). Six months later, the researchers compared the evaluations of the 56 users' work supervisors and found a strong correlation for traits including intellectual curiosity, agreeability and conscientiousness.
Facebook wants you to listen to music with friends — even if you're not in the same room. The social network announced a new feature Thursday called "Listen With" that gives users a chatroom in which to share songs. They get to DJ the tunes they are streaming via services such as Spotify and Rdio . Real-time sharing from such services was introduced with Open Graph in September. Users can already see in that chat sidebar what friends are listening to, and click on those songs to play them, but they don't have the option to listen together in a unified virtual environment. The new feature, as Facebook's introductory blog post puts it, makes it so "when your favorite vocal part comes in you can experience it together, just like when you're jamming out at a performance or dance club."
On Facebook? Like the Mashable Facebook page and check out our favorite articles covering social media, tech news, and digital culture! Following a slew of other major updates, Facebook announced in November that its users would be able to share status updates up to 63,206 characters long. That's a little harder to visualize than Twitter's 140-character limit.
On Facebook? Like the Mashable Facebook page and check out our favorite articles covering social media, tech news, and digital culture! Facebook officially took the "beta" label off its much-publicized Timeline this evening, but it's rolling out the new feature gradually. New Zealand is currently the only country to get Timeline, the company said in a blog post this evening. Other regions will get it in the "near future."
Okay, so maybe Mac and PC people have their differences — a lot of them. But, the same can't be said about Android and iPhone users. Or can it?
Facebook has begun to roll out its new timeline feature to users Facebook has begun to roll out its long-awaited timeline to its 800m-plus users. The timeline replaces a user's wall, and improves on a few aspects of a user's profile: namely a more accurate sense of time and a much more appealing aesthetic. And though it has taken a few more months than initially expected – likely due to its scale and the technological magic required to achieve it – I think most people will find it has been worth the wait. The new timeline is basically just that: a reverse chronological history of all things you've done on Facebook (and increasingly anywhere on the web.)
On Facebook? Like the Mashable Facebook page and check out our favorite articles covering social media, tech news, and digital culture! After months of slow, gradual rollout, Facebook Timeline is now available to all users. The Timeline is a radical redesign of Facebook 's user profile pages, introduced at Facebook's F8 conference in September. Instead of merely listing your interests and personal info, the Timeline shows a detailed overview of your life on Facebook, with the ability to check out what you've been out to at a particular point in time.