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HOW TO Block People On Facebook

Posted in facebook by stoneatwine on April 13, 2010

How To Block Someone On Facebook

Some people on Facebook are so annoying with their comments, status updates and other means of communication that you just want to block them and tell yourself they never existed.

Today I’m going to explain how to block that cyber bully or that annoying person completely so you never have to hear from them again.

Blocking Someone

There are 3 ways to block someone.

1. Navigate to the Facebook Privacy Settings page and click “Block List.” Enter the name or email address of the person you want to block in the appropriate field and click “Block.” You can also use the “Privacy” link from the Account Drop-down menu when you are signed in to Facebook.

After clicking the highlighted “Privacy Settings” link highlighted on the right, click the “Block List” link highlighted in the image below.

2. If you fail to search for and find that person, go to their profile page. There’s a “Report/Block this Person” link at the bottom left hand corner of their profile page. After clicking this link, check the “Block this person” box and then click “Submit.”

3. You can also block someone through the “Report” link located next to messages in your Inbox.

What Happens When You Block Someone?

A block prevents the blocked person from seeing your profile. Any Facebook ties you have with that person will be broken. You wont appear in their search results and your profile will be invisible to them. Before you block someone, take it in mind that the blocked person will also be invisible to you. It’s a two-way thing.

Also, if at any point you want to reinstate a connection with that person after removing them from your blocked list, you will have to initiate a new friend request.

Will They Know?

The Blocked person will not be notified. If you are unable to block someone using  the above method, they have probably left Facebook, restricted their privacy settings or Blocked you themselves.

What If You Can’t Find The Person You Want To Block

If you fail to find the person you want to block, you can also block that person by submitting their email address. Go to the Facebook Privacy Settings page and click “Block List.” Enter the email address of the person you want to block in the Email field and click “Block.”
If the submitted email address is associated with a Facebook account, that user will be blocked. If the address is not associated with an account, the user will be automatically blocked if they open an account in the future.


Google Buzz Explained

Posted in facebook, Google Buzz, twitter by stoneatwine on February 24, 2010

What is Google Buzz?

Google Buzz is a social networking tool built within Google’s email service Gmail. Buzz is like an RSS feed but it’s also completely social and has some Facebook-like features like sharing links, updates, pictures, and videos in real-time. It also allows us to like and comment.

Like Friendfeed

If you have used Friendfeed, (acquired by Facebook) then Buzz will be easy to grasp. Although Buzz has both Facebook and Twitter Features, it looks and works more like Friendfeed than Twitter of Facebook.

Mobile Support

Both personal computers (Mac too) and mobile devices can access Google Buzz. At a later date, Google will release Buzz for business. Buzz can also be turned on and off from inside Gmail.

Other Websites

Google Buzz allows you to add other sites like Picasa, Google Reader, Flickr, Twitter and other blogs or sites to your profile and every time a new you post from any of those sites, your content will automatically show up in Buzz.

It also sends responses to your posts straight to your Gmail inbox so you don’t get to miss out on anything of interest.

The Buzz Experience

I have found Buzz excellent for engagement. Many people who are actively using it testify to its ease of use in regards to engagement and discussions. But it is also very very noisy. Every post that gets a comment is automatically sent to the top and this makes it hard for me to keep track of things.

Google has solved the privacy issues that people were initially complaining about upon launch where Buzz would automatically follow people it deemed your ‘friends’ on your behalf.