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image thumb35 Farmville Infests Markets Across The US With Farmville Cash! God Save Us!

Good God save us from the craziness of the virtual activity coming over into real lives. Who would have thought that our attempts to make the virtual world adopt things from real life would actually turn around and in fact influence reality? I am being skeptic? I don’t mind it, but Farmville is trying exactly that – teaming with Green Giant to bring Farmville Cash to around 4,000 stores across the US. Bah! Humbug!

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Have you heard fairy tales from your grandparents about the gargantuan monsters in Greek Mythology or the ferocious genies from the Aesop Fables? How they were always hungry for more human flesh? How they allured them with fantasies? Well Facebook is the modern giant, drawing you deeper into the social networking frenzy, which you so hate but can’t help being a regular part of. I am not wrong, the numbers say it all, 500 Million users as of today and the social network is still hungry.

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image thumb32 6 Stupid Things You Think Are Cool But Aren’t On Facebook!

The social network, Facebook is filled with all sorts of people; the highly intelligent, intelligent, average Joes and the those with a primate mentality. There is a drama every now and then and the social networking addicts are almost always having something to share as their status updates. All good, but there are certain things you do on Facebook which are absolutely unnecessary and downright absurd.

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image thumb31 Can Environment Friendly Games Be As Addictive? Oceanopolis Comes To Facebook

While the world is worrying about the BP oil spill and the damage control to be undertaken, Greenopolis is bringing environment friendliness to the social media with Oceanopolis. The app / game is designed for Facebook and will be launched in beta before making a full release in the next month or so.

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If you were missing out on the movie trailer for The Social Network, aka the Facebook movie then wait no more as the full trailer makes way to the Web. Of course the movie itself is to hit cinemas in October, 2010 but there has been quite a lot of hype already, thanks to all the teasers and the many blog posts on this. Wonder how this film does at the box office putting the story of Facebook to the widescreen.

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It appears that we will be seeing a further expansion of the Facebook Like button with the coming of MailChimp version 5.2. The new version, which is supposed to be released in the next week will include support for the plugin to be integrated within email campaigns. So what is this going to do? What ever does online: share your subscription to your Facebook profile if you do like it.

That behavior would help MailChimp keep a better track on the campaign and at the same time become a part of the social media monitoring. I know it sounds super cool for the promoters and campaign managers as we have already seen so much benefits it has brought to everyone around. Firstly it’s easy to get along with, you like a page, just press the button and there it goes to your profile and appearing as an activity on your friends’ news feeds. That brings in loads of referrals to any site and shift that over to emails, you have a viral campaign catching fire on Facebook.

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image thumb82 Simplified Permissions For Apps – Making Life Easier For Facebook Users

Facebook continues to make usability of its platform a bit easier. Especially when it comes to user allowing apps across the platform. The social network today rolled out permissions model for third party applications, which would now make it necessary for these apps to specify what data they require the user to share. This isn’t something absolutely new, as it had been in tests since last year.

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image thumb80 Facebook Movie: The Social Network Set To Release In October [yawn] 

So now we will have Hollywood vomiting Facebook as well. Sony Pictures just released the trailer of the first ever movie on the social network, but the same name: The Social Network, aka the Facebook movie. The movie is set to be released in October this year. It’s one movie I am looking forward to …… not.

The movie is based on the book by Ben Mezrich titled The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook and God knows what else. The book is based on the new centuries phenomenon, the story of Mark Zuckerberg, the founding of Facebook alongside its co-founder Eduardo Saverin and how it was money and not a woman that divided the two friends. It stars Jesse Eisenberg of the Zombieland and Adventureland portraying Mark Zuckerberg, Andrew Garfield as Saverin and Justin Timberlake as the founder of Napster. The movie has been written by Aaron Sorkin with the directional expertise of David Fincher.

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image thumb77 Facebook Credits A Step Further: Pay For Facebook Ads With PayPal – Advertisers Get More Localization

It appears that Facebook is strengthening its bond with PayPal  as the two extended support for the Facebook Credits to include all advertisers on the social network. With this support available any advertiser can utilize PayPal to make payments for ads on the social network. This would help Facebook move a step ahead on its plans to monetize its platform, more effectively.

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image thumb64 Facebook App Gets An Update For Your iPhone, iPad: Watch Videos Too

Facebook has released a new version for its application [download link] for the iPod Touch, iPhone and the iPad. I don’t need to explain what the application will do, given that it’s all about the leading social network that close to 500 million people are actively a part of. With this, you will be able to use be hooked to the social network on the go, more importantly on your favorite Apple device.

The latest feature included in the application is the ability to let users view Facebook videos right within the application, which was previously missing. Has anyone of you used the application on your device? How’s the experience with it?

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