Posts Tagged ‘Facebook’

Sony’s Surprise is a Countdown with a Twist

Monday, June 11th, 2012

The surprise Sony referenced on their tweet does appear to be about a product announcement. They decided to make a game of it though, and set the announcement date for June 22. Fans can log into Facebook and click a fast forward button to bring the announcement around before the 22nd. So far, it has already moved to the 21st. According to the page (and at the time this was written), 4,336 fans have clicked the fast forward button, advancing the announcement by 1 day, 0 hours, 5 minutes, and 20 seconds. Unfortunately you have to be logged into Facebook to participate in this, which means those of us who don’t use Facebook regularly will have to start if we want to play the game.

Clicking the fast forward button unlocks a competition as well. There appear to be four slots available, so the prizes for these unlock-able competitions could be some new or as-yet-unannounced phones. You can click the fast forward button once per day, so it will be interesting to see how the fans respond. You can go directly to the contest through the link Sony posted on twitter, or by clicking here for the same link.

Whether it is one phone or four they are about to announce, this should be interesting. Sony has not had as big a presence in the United States compared with other manufacturers, which may be largely due to a lack of awareness. Using Facebook may change this, but I am personally not a fan of any contest being held exclusively within Facebook, or requiring a Facebook log-in credential to play.

If you are a Facebook fan, or at least a big enough Sony fan to move past your dislike of Facebook, you should participate in this contest. With one click per user per day, this could either count down very slowly or can accelerate rapidly with enough participation. Let’s hope that the fans come out, and that the announcement is worth the hype.

Facebook Getting Started Tab

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

Facebook added some “useful” features to its business pages. I logged in last night and found a new tab on my page, right before the wall. The tab is called Getting Started. See the image below to see what it says.

This page isn’t entirely brand new, so I am not sure why I am getting a “Getting Started” tab. Since pages and profiles are so inextricably connected, I can’t very well connect my mobile phone to both my page and my profile, so that is a non-starter. I am sending my page’s tweets to Facebook as well, so I don’t need Facebook to send updates to Twitter. All this to say that the “Getting Started” tab is useless to me, yet I can’t get rid of it.

Fortunately the tab only shows up when I am logged in. I was able to view the page normally from another account. I really wish I could get rid of it though.

Facebook Closing Giftshop August 1

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

It’s official. Those annoying gift messages that pop up every time you try to talk to your Facebook friends are no more. The Facebook Gifts feature will permanently close its doors on August 1. I for one will be happy to see it go. Why are they cancelling the feature?

“We’ll be able to focus more on improving and enhancing products and features that people use every day, such as Photos, News Feed, Inbox, games, comments, the “Like” button and the Wall.”

Sounds like a fair enough reason to quit on Facebook’s part. Hopefully security and privacy will join that list soon. I think the gifts feature started out well enough, but it got awkward after a while. It was one thing to send a fake gift for free, but to send a fake gift that you have to pay for doesn’t seem right. Facebook wasn’t the only player in that business though, and others will continue to charge for virtual products. I don’t have a problem with Facebook’s use of the service. I am, however, glad it’s gone though. It wasn’t something I used, and I couldn’t delete it from my apps page. I assume I’ll be able to do so now. It’s one less piece of Facebook clutter to deal with.

For those who spent a lot of time and money on Facebook gifts, this probably isn’t good news. Facebook claims the purchased gifts will continue to exist after the store closes. If you are one of those fond of spending money on virtual gifts, you’d better hurry. As Facebook has said, Last Call has been declared. You don’t have much time.