29 December 2009

Facebook - the most visited site for Christmas

Just a moment ago I read on www.softpedia.com that on Christmas Facebook was the most visited site in the US.
For some time now, Facebook has been the second most visited after Google, however on the day of Christmas, and even the day before - Christmas Eve, Google had fallen to the second place, being outrun by the social service.
I guess that soon Facebook will return to being number two, however this achievement shows with no doubt, that social networks, and Facebook in particular, and gaining more ground in the Internet, providing means of contact between long-lost friends, relatives, co-workers and much more.

26 December 2009

Facebook is down

Something happened to facebook just several minutes ago. As I was browsing my profile, the social web sited just crashed. When you type facebook.com in the adressbar it would redirect you to Google and if you try to load some other page (lets say facebook.com/home.php or www.facebook.com/magadanskiuchen?ref=profile, which is my personal profile) it would show you a 404 File Not Found Error!
I recorded a short screen cast to show you what I mean.

video

25 December 2009

Google Chrome (4) Extensions

Finally I have installed Google Chrome 4 (it's still beta) so I tried some of the new extensions that the browser provides. First I had no idea that there were already so many extensions. But what made even greater impression to me was that not only they were many, but they were also good! I mean, for just half an hour I installed 15 and uninstalled only two of them but not because they were bad and I also disabled another two just because I think I don't really need them.
Some of the extensions I loved were Google Mail Checker and Google Reader Notifier (these two are just MUST-HAVE extensions!), the RSS Subscription Extension (by Google) is something that I've wanted for Chrome since I saw it for the first time, as well as XML Tree. SmoothScroll is something I also needed badly in Chome and now I have it along with everything else I wanted :). You could also check out Feedly, Picnik Extension for Chrome and Facebook Notifications if you are also using Chrome. The last one is actually quite small extension - it provides you only the notifications in Facebook - if you'd like to be able to also see what's happening on your wall, update your status, read the News Feed etc, you should look for another Facebook extension (I had installed two more - they were the two ones that I uninstalled - I did it because the idea behind Chrome and the reason I love it is that everything should be as simple as possible and that's why I left with the simples of the three Facebook extensions.
For desert I left my comment about the Beautify Facebook extension. There's only one thing to say about it: "WOW!!!". It's incredible! Have you seen Google Wave - it's greatest design and HTML 5 look and stuff? Well, Beautiful Facebook turns Facebook to such a kind of equivalent! That's one of the most beautiful things I've seen in my whole life! And I'm not just saying that - I really, absolutely love it! I even installed one more extension to check out if there is an easy way to make browser screenshots, so I could upload one here in this blogpost (I used picnic for that). So see it for yourself!
That's all I have to say for now. But if I have anything else to add about Chrome Extensions - I'll do it right away :)