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Will Friends See Old Statues If I Disallow Them Status Access?

A question recently came up about Facebook statuses. What happens to the old statuses that the friend had access to, If a Facebook user decides to block a friend from seeing status updates?

The question is easy to answer. Facebook will automatically remove all status updates, which means that old status updates are removed as well so that the friend cannot see those anymore.

Keep in mind that it is possible to save those information to a computer, which would mean that they still have access to the status information.

Flash Player upgrade required

What can you do if you want to play a video at Facebook, only to be greeted with the message “Flash Player upgrade required You must download and install the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player to view this content”. Facebook users can add videos to their status updates, and everyone who has access to the wall postings of that user is able to watch videos directly on that page, providing that they have a recent version of Adobe’s Flash Player installed.

Flash Player? Yes that is right. To stream videos to Facebook users, Facebook uses Flash technology. If Flash is not installed, the above message is displayed. Users will even receive the upgrade message if they have not installed Flash at all.

The button leads directly to the Adobe Flash page where Flash can be downloaded and installed. Here are a few pointers to make the process as easy as possible.

First, we need to find out which Flash version is installed, if any. To do that visit the Mozilla Plug-In Check website. The check will scan all installed browser plugins (of which Flash is one) and display them in a list on the page. If you see Adobe Flash in the list take a look at the version of the plugin. It is likely that the version is not the latest one, as the video would likely be playing otherwise on Facebook.

To download the latest version of Adobe Flash, visit Adobe’s official download site and follow the onscreen instructions. Once installed go back to the Facebook page where the video was posted to see if it is playing now. If it is congratulations, if it is not it has to be something else related to the plugin.

Another option you have is to clear the cache of the browser, to make sure all contents are downloaded from the Facebook page, and not from the local drive. To clear the cache follow the browser maintenance instructions at

Upgrading Flash to the latest version and clearing the browser cache should do it in 99.9% of all cases where videos cannot be played on Facebook and the message Flash Player upgrade required is displayed. Please let us know if you have solved the video playback issue and what you did to solve it.

Facebook Password, Best Practices

You forgot your Facebook password again? Or maybe you got your Facebook account hacked because of your easy to guess password? The Facebook password is the one and only thing that is needed to access Facebook. Sure, there is the email or username, but that’s easier to guess than the password, right? Someone who knows your Facebook username only needs the password, and boom, they are in and control your account.

Guess what those malicious users do most of the time? First, they change the password, so that you will have a harder time logging in. Then they can do all kinds of things, like posting on your wall, removing or adding friends, harassing users or reading private messages.

To avoid this, Facebook account owners need to take good care of their password. How can we describe it the best: Think of your password as your wallet. Losing your wallet can have all kinds of consequences, from losing the money in the wallet, to credit card bills and identity theft.

Top 5 Facebook Password Tips

1. Select a secure password

A secure password is necessary. Why? Because it makes it impossible to guess, or brute force. We usually say that a secure password needs to have 16 characters or more, with at least one number, one upper case letter and one special char. In addition, no dictionary words, or words related to the account owner should be included in the password.

Example: s6Ze98#DSIzcxaz5Kh is a secure password, while abcdefghijklmnopqrst is not.

2. Never give it away

Do not tell anyone your password, not your friends, not your girl- or boyfriend, and not your parents. It is your account password and you are the only person who needs to know it. Do not send the password via email, or keep it stored in text documents on a computer.

3. When in doubt, change the password

Do you have the feeling that someone may have gotten hold of your Facebook password? Or do you believe that someone else was actually in your Facebook account?

Facebook offers an option to verify if someone logged into the Facebook account from a different computer. This is done by clicking on Account, and then change next to Account Security. Here, the last login, and the location of the user are displayed.

You can change your account password in the settings as well, but remember that you need to enter your old password as well to do so.

change facebook password

change facebook password

4. Troubles remembering your Facebook password?

Secure passwords have the disadvantage that they are hard to remember. Writing them down is not the best option, as others may identify the phrase as your Facebook password.

We recommend a password manager like Last Pass which takes care of all the remembering. It also offers a direct Facebook login, without the need to enter the username or password first.

5. Forgetting the password

It may happens that you forget your password. This can happen to anyone and is usually not a situation to panic. Facebook has a specific page to reset the password. Just visit the page and enter your Facebook username or mobile phone number (if it is configured in the account).

facebook password reset

facebook password reset

Facebook sends a link to reset the password to the email account or mobile phone number. From there, it is a piece of cake to reset the password and change it to a new one.

Remember, your Facebook password is the most important part of your Facebook account. Want to share other tips concerning the Facebook password? Let us know in the comments., What You Need To Know

  • Tuesday Sep 21,2010 09:08 AM
  • By Mr. Facebook
  • In General

How do you open the Facebook page in your browser? Are you loading the site directly using bookmarks? Are you entering into the browser’s address bar, or are you one of the users who enter into a search engine’s search form? It should be obvious that the latter are not opening the Facebook website in the right way, which can lead to quite a few problems, with the most critical one that they may end up on the wrong website.

If they are lucky, the other page is not trying to steal their Facebook login information. If they are not, they may steal the login and the account in the process. That’s highly problematic. For those users, we have created a short guide on how to open Facebook the right way.

The process differs a bit depending on the web browser used to open Facebook. Probably the easiest way to understand the process is to


The address form is usually the first text form in the web browser window. In Microsoft’s Internet Explorer it is the form that you see below. You can enter,, and even in the address form to open the page. All will lead to the right Facebook website.

The difference between entering the information directly in the address form in comparison to enter it into a search form is the following: Entering a website address into the address form will load that website directly, a search on the other hand will query the search engine for results on the phrase. Search engines interpret as a search phrase, not as a domain name.

Again, you will likely see Facebook on the first result in the search engine, but that’s not guaranteed. Therefor, always open Facebook directly using the address form.

This may sound pretty general to tech savvy users, but they may be surprised as to how many users open websites the wrong way.

What does it mean to poke someone on Facebook?

Poking is a common thing on Facebook, but what does it really mean? Facebook don’t describe it well, referring it to be a personal thing meaning whatever you want it to mean. Hopefully you will know what it means by the end of the article.

Poking someone is somewhat reminding people of you. Although this seems a bit self centred, it can help you get back in touch with old friends, that you may have drifted away from. It can also be viewed of, that you care about them and you value your friendship that you had and want it to continue.



And because you can poke anyone, regardless if you are friends or not, it can also be a less obvious friend request. For example, if you poke them and they want to be friends they might return the poke.

Poking has the huge benefit over Wall posting of being private. Only the one being poked and you, of course, know about it. This is compared to 100′s of people seeing an seemingly obnoxious wall post saying something like “Hi! Waiting for your reply to my question, inbox me back soon” which could be what you are trying to convey with a poke.

In all honesty, it is hard to describe poking on Facebook, it is something that to be honest, the Facebook team actually answered quite well. It IS a personal thing, and really only you and your friend know what it implies. There is no single definition for poking, that will fit all cases.

Probably the most universal meaning is just “Hi!” but everything following that is personal to you. If you don’t know the person well enough to believe they will get what you are implying, you shouldn’t be poking them in the first place.

How to poke someone at Facebook

Most Facebook users probably already know how to poke one of their friends on the social networking sites. Here is a short explanation for those who do not, or are unsure how to do it right.

Start by visiting one of your friend’s profile pages. You will notice a poke “friend’s name on Facebook” link below their profile picture.

facebook poke

facebook poke

A small notification window appears after a click on the Poke link beneath the profile. It is possible to cancel the poke by clicking on the cancel button, or send the poke by clicking on Poke.

poke user

poke user

The user will see the poke on his homepage. Pretty easy, ain’t it?

The Facebook Application that Predicts your answers

There is a new application out for us Facebook users called ‘Predict A Matic‘, that will study your profile, wall posts and other general things regarding you. It will then ask you questions, and will predict your answer. The scary thing is, it is almost 100% correct, at least with boring simpleton me.

It asks yes or no answers most of the time, mostly about things you would normally post on Facebook. Things such as ‘Have you bought new clothes this week?’ etc. These don’t seem too impressive, but it then delves into more detailed questions.

One particular question was ‘What do you do at the Park?’ and the answers included, playing team games, exercise or socializing with friends. Now I cannot for the life of me see how they could figure that out via my Facebook posts. But it got it right. I do just socialize with friends.

Now I didn’t know I was so simple and predictable. In fact I thought myself quite the opposite before using this application. However, it turns out that I am overly  predictable. Hunch’s ‘Predict A Matic’, got 91% of my answers correct compared to the average of just 75% correct rate for non-US residents.

Facebook Predict o matic

Facebook Predict o matic

I even attempted to lie to ‘Hunch’ and Hunch seemingly knew I was lying and replied with the answer that is true about myself. Okay I admit it, I don’t spend $7 on shampoo. But please, Hunch don’t act like its obvious.

Hunch also released a Twitter App before this and determined people who follow TechCrunch, a technology blog, are surprise surprise more techy that the average person. But it went on to claim that they bought some flowers in the past 6 months and buy birthday cakes from an upmarket cake shop, not your average WalMart.

Yes it is scary to an extent. But at the same time it reminds us of how much we post online on a daily basis. If a computer can tell what you are going to say in response to questions; that proves that you post a lot of info online. And that is not necessarily a bad thing, but provided it is only to people you know in real life, and not just some random guy living halfway across the world to you.

Sorry for that little privacy rant, but I do believe this will come out to be an application to remind us of how high our online presence is.

Check out the application over on Facebook, and tell us if you were overly predictable or a very random person in the comments.

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