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How to install the Google Toolbar on Firefox 5

OK, you love Firefox, and you can’t live without the Google Toolbar extension. And you’re really upset because, after upgrading to Firefox 5, you found out that your lovely and useful Google Toolbar extension is incompatible with the new version. That’s really a shame.

What should you do? Go back to a Firefox previous version? Continue using Firefox 5 without the toolbar, until Google take a merciful look at the trials and tribulations of poor Web users who happen not to use their Chrome browser? (note: see UPDATE 1 below)

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Google+

The male dominance in Google+

Google+

After its launch, Google+ attracted a lot of attention. During its first weeks, many people unsuccessfully waited for an invitation that allowed them to join the new social bandwagon, that some analysts pointed as a potential threat to Facebook.

Nevertheless, it seems that most early users from Google+ came from the techie and nerd communities.

You just have to take a look at the top of the list of Google+ users with most followers to reach that conclusion: instead of Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber, there we will find Mark Zuckerberg, Larry Page and Sergei Brin.

This data comes from Google+ Statistics Website, maintained by Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, co-founder of Twitter Counter, which also brings some interesting information on the male/female ratio of Google+ users: men account for 88% of the user base, against only 10% of women (and 2% of “other”). That’s a HUGE difference, indeed.

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shouldichangemypassword.com

Should I change my password?

shouldichangemypassword.com

This is as  interesting Website where you can enter you email address and see if it has been compromised in a number of public released hacked email databases:

Up to now, the site database has almost 800,000 email records, and the author is constantly adding new data as soon as they get public.

Try with your email and see if it has already been compromised.

And just in case, remember to change your password on a regular basis, and ALWAYS use strong passwords. Also, do not use the same password though different Websites.

Twitter

How to find the URL for the RSS feed of a Twitter user’s timeline?

Twitter

Since its redesign some months ago, Twitter has removed the RSS button from user pages, making impossible for anyone to subscribe to a user’s timeline directly from Twitter’s homepage.

However, there is a manual way of subscribing to a user’s timeline: grab the URL for its RSS feed and paste it directly to your RSS reader application. That URL has this structure:

http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/USER_ID.rss

Where USER_ID is the Twitter id of the username you want to subscribe.

To find out the id of a given username, you just have to enter it in a Website like idfromuser.com.

As an example, the URL for the @bloggerpolis timeline RSS is:

http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/137503230.rss

(as you can notice, 137503230 is the Twitter id of @bloggerpolis)

That’s it! Very easy, isn’t it?

PS: To learn more things about Twitter and other social networks, follow @bloggerpolis on Twitter and become a fan of our Facebook page!

Fahmi Fadzil

Repeat one hundred times on your Twitter!

Fahmi Fadzil

(Disclaimer: I’m not sure if this news is correct or just a hoax or a publicitary stunt)

Anyway, story is, Fahmi Fadzil, a political adviser to Malaysian government, has been obliged to post one hundred times in his Twitter account, an apology to a Malaysian media company, as part of an agreement.

Apparently, in January, Mr. Fadzil posted on Twitter that a friend of him, a woman who worked to Female Magazine, edited by BluInc Media, had supposedly been abused by her bosses.

Despite later retracting from his accusation, the company asked him for unspecified financial damages for libel, and a public apology. His lawyer, Johan Syahredzan, announced that Mr. Fadzil has reached an agreement with BluInc Media in order to withdraw the demand. The agreement obliged him to apologize 100 times over three days through his Twitter account.

Mr. Fadzil, who has more thant 4,500 Twitter followers, started to comply to the agreement today.

The post says:

“I’ve DEFAMED Blu Inc Media & Female Magazine. My tweets on their HR Policies are untrue. I retract those words & hereby apologize”.

At the beginning of every tweet, Mr. Fadzil puts its number: “1/100”, “2/100”, etc. Right now, it has already reached 23/100.

We should indeed be careful about what we post online!

And I don’t know why, but this curious story reminded me of Monty Python’s “The Life of Brian”.  :)