Sunday, November 27, 2011

About the subscribe repost and share that is going around

The following status is being passed around facebook:

"Please do me a favor: hover over my name right here; in a few seconds you will see a box that says 'subscribed. Hover over that and then go to "comments and likes" and uncheck it. That will stop my posts and yours to me from showing up on the scrolling sidebar for everyone to see. If you re-post this I will do the same for you. Thanks a bunch"

If you run across it, 


DO NOT DO WHAT IT SAYS!


DO NOT REPOST OR SHARE IT!


This has nothing to do with eliminating stuff from the sidebar or eliminating the sidebar.  As far as I know, there is no way to eliminate the sidebar.

What it does have to do with is:


Every profile has a subscribe button on it.  You can even subscribe to posts from people you aren't friends with.  This subscribe button lets you subscribe or unsubscribe from their posts.  It also allows you to choose what posts of theirs show up in your newsfeed.

Links from facebook help about this:


What are subscriptions?
http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=279614732052951

How can I manage the types of updates I’m subscribed to?
http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=188147907920585

So if you do as the post says, you . . . 
only end up eliminating that friend's comments and likes from your newsfeed.

**  Closing Note ** 
Please, before you repost and share something you find shared by another on facebook, take a moment to find out if it is true or not.  So much of the stuff reposted and shared are just so much incorrect junk that someone started just for the mischief of it.

--jd--

Sunday, October 2, 2011

How to create your own game posts page for your games

Well, if you haven't read my previous blog post, then this one will make no sense.  So, if you haven't read it, please do so now.

Links for game feed pages

So to recap - all this started yesterday with a line that Zynga had at the top of my farmville game when it was loading.  It was a link to a page where you could view just farmville posts.  Here was the link that they shared:

http://www.facebook.com/?sk=app_102452128776

Now from looking at the link, I knew that the key was the app id number at the end.  But I couldn't figure out where to find the app id number at.  I tried some numbers from some links, but none of them worked.  But now I have figured out where to find the app id number so you can create links like this for all your games.

Here is how to create your own game post page links for all your games:

- Step 1 - You start out with this base:

http://www.facebook.com/?sk=app_

Then next you will need to find the game app id number to put at the end of the link.  There are two ways that you can find the game app id number.

- Step 2 - Finding the game app id number:

Go to your game that you want to create a link for, then go to the bottom of the page.
picture A








If you right-click on the name of the game, number 1 in picture A, that will open up the game page in a new browser tab.  You may be able to find the app id number in the status line.

picture B












If so, just copy and paste the number and add it to the link given in Step 1.  And you have your game post page link.

- But if that doesn't give you your game app id number, then look at picture A above.  Right-click on number 2, the 'Report/Contact this app' phrase.  You will get the following:

picture C


Select 'copy link address' from the menu.  Then paste the link into a text file.  It will look something like this:

http://apps.facebook.com/ajax/report_app.php?app_id=213518941553

You only need the number from the end.  Put the number with the link given in Step 1 above, and you have your link for a page that will show your friend's posts for that game; and only that game's posts.

http://www.facebook.com/?sk=app_213518941553

In this example, we have created a game posts page link for the game Fantasy Kingdoms.  If you go to your page and no posts are showing, you will want to click 'edit options' and unhide that game's posts.  I had to do that with a couple of the pages I created, as I had hidden that games posts in my feed; and had forgotten about it.

You can do this for any game you play.  Be sure to save the links you create in your browser favorites or in a text file.  I created a folder for them all in my browser favorites.

Have fun, and happy gaming.
-- jd --

Links for game feed pages

Since facebook changed up this year, I know a lot of you have been having trouble finding your friends posts for a specific game.  Well, we may have a solution to that now.

The other day, when my farmville game was loading, I noticed a message from them at the top of the page.  It gave a link, and it said to click on the link if you wanted to see all your friends farmville posts on one page.  And it worked great!  The link gave me a facebook page that just shows my friends farmville posts.  Here is the link for that:

Farmville game posts link:
http://www.facebook.com/?sk=app_102452128776

This same link will work for anyone.  It will show, on that page, just the farmville posts of your friends.  I have already made good use of that page already to collect some much need items.

I also posted a comment about this link on the  . . .

Castaway Fan Page
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Castaway-Fan-Page/216756028385819

And they responded with a link for a The Island:  Castaway game posts page.  Here is that link:

The Island:  Castaway game posts link:
http://www.facebook.com/?sk=app_123606007722020

Also, this fan page has a website too.

The Island Castaway fan page website
http://castaway.whyandhow.com/

And on their website is a page that gives links like these for other games too:

Facebook game feeds
http://castaway.whyandhow.com/?page_id=314#.ToixLNfn-jk.facebook

And if there is a game you play that isn't listed there, just leave a comment on the page, and they say they will add it.

So go forth and click on game posts once again!

Happy gaming!
-- jd --


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Regarding the rumor that facebook will start charging to use the website -- The truth


ALL RIGHT PEOPLE - PAY ATTENTION PLEASE --

BEFORE YOU POST THAT RUMOR ABOUT FACEBOOK STARTING TO CHARGE FOR THE WEBSITE, READ THE FOLLOWING.  IT IS THE TRUTH:

From facebook's own help page:

"Facebook is a free site and will never require that you pay to continue using the site. You do, however, have the option of purchasing Facebook credits, which can be used to send gifts or to purchase items on applications or games. In addition, if you choose to use Facebook from your mobile device, please note that you will be responsible for any fees associated with internet usage and/or text messaging as determined by your mobile service provider."

-- link --

http://www.facebook.com/help/?topic=signup

--- If you want to copy and share something, share this.  It is the truth and not nonsense!  I provide the link from Facebook's very own help section so that you can go to the page and read it for yourself.

And if you don't believe this, but still believe that stupid old rumor, then you are an absolute ninny!  And just the kind of person that those rumor starters love to find on facebook, because you make the perfect victim for their lies.

-p.s.- added 9-25-11 - Just had an experience with one former facebook friend who posted one of those nasty rumors about facebook going to charge, and her's even included prices.  I commented and let her know it wasn't true.  Turns out she knew it wasn't true when she posted it, but did so anyway.  Folks, people who do that are just plain mean and inconsiderate.  Nuff said.

Sincerely,
--jd--

Saturday, September 24, 2011

How to create a list of your game playing friends on facebook

One thing that everyone has been talking about lately is the recent changes made to facebook.  And one thing that I have noticed, and that others have mentioned, is that it is harder now to find the posts of your game playing friends on facebook.  Used to be, on the game page of facebook - below all your requests, you could find game posts of all your friends; and your could choose to sort them to show posts of a specific game.  But facebook updates of about a month ago eliminated that.  Well here is a way to use the updated list feature to make a list of your game playing friends, and set it to just show their game posts only.  So here we go, step by step, with pictures --

First, we start out on the home page:



And we are going to hover our mouse pointer over the word 'LISTS' circled in yellow above.  Next hold down your control key, and click on the word 'LISTS'.  This will open up a new window in another browser tab.  Click on the new browser tab.  

Second, you will see this:


So click on 'Create a list'.  And next - - - 

Third, you will give your list a name, 



Click 'Create List' when you have entered your list name in the box.

Fourth, This is what you will see next.



So next you will click on 'Manage List', and this will then show a drop down menu.

Fifth - part A, You will set what kind of posts show on this list.



Click on 'Choose Update Types . . .' and next  - - -



Then you will want to leave only 'Games' selected, with a check mark beside it.

Fifth - part B,  Now you will choose what friends you want on the list.  There are 3 different ways you can do this.  One is through the 'Add/Remove Friends' on the drop down list, pictured below.



Next you will see the following pop-up window.  You can click on friend's picture icons to choose friends, or you can type a name into the search box and their picture icon will appear.  For an example of this, I have used my husband.



Two other ways of selecting friends to add to your list are - - - 


Highlighted above.  In the one with the yellow arrow, you just type in the name of a friend you want to add to the list.  The tan arrow points to a section of your list page that will offer suggestions of friends you can add.  On these, you only have to click on the 'Add' button.  And the above also gives you an example of what your finished list page will look like.  As you add other people, you may have to re-select what you want showing on the page again.

And that is how you create a list.  You can create lists like this for family, school classmates, groups, business, or whatever.  Next simply add a bookmark for your list to your browser favorites, for easy access to your group.  But you can always access a full list of your lists by clicking on the 'List' title in the right side menu on your home page, as shown in the first picture above.

Happy gaming!
--jd--

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

And another one bites the dust --- beware of spending real money on internet games

We all love to play games on the internet, now don't we.  No game console to buy, no game cartridges to buy; you only need your computer, and an internet connection. And there are some really great games out there to play.  I play mostly games on facebook.

But there is a hook built into almost every game, that compels you to spend your real world cash to get items in a virtual online game.  This is all well and good, as long as the game is up and running, and you don't encounter some kind of glitch that deletes your real-cash purchase.  Some games are even built so that, in order to progress in the game, you must spend real cash.

Now whether or not you spend real cash on a virtual internet game, that is your beeswax; between you and your finances.  But what can make it bad is when the developer that makes the game just up and deletes your game with little or no warning.  It has been my experience that they make no offer to reimburse you for your real cash spent on game items that are now being deleted.

And maybe you have never had a game deleted.  If you haven't, you are lucky.  I have had it happen several times to me within the past 2 years.  Here is a list of the most recent ones to hit in the past 2 weeks:

-- Google bought Slide Inc. which owned Super Poke Pets, which is being deleted in March of next year.  Devoted pet owners are trying to find a way to save it, and there is word that those who have spent real cash on the game are planning a class-action lawsuit against the game developer.

-- Just found out today that at the end of September, Gameloft is deleting its Green Farm game.

-- Zynga is apparently deleting it's Chinese Farmville game.

Game deletion happens, and it happens more and more all the time.  Maybe the developers have a new game they want to put up and running, and will ditch an old game - along with it's users - in order to make space for the new game.  And they expect everyone to just take it in stride and go play their new game until they tire of it and delete it.

These game developers give no consideration for the time you spend playing the game.  They give no consideration for the real money you spend on the game.  They have absolutely no consideration at all for the emotional attachment  you may make with the game and game characters.

But it is time we stopped letting them delete games so cavalierly, without concern or regard for those who play those games.  It is time we started replying back most loudly and most firmly, that we are sick and tired of such treatment from them, and that we demand better.

Stay tuned for more.
--jd--

Monday, September 12, 2011

The fight to save SPP is on!

One of the first games that I played on facebook was a game called Super Poke Pets.  It is a game where you create an online pet.  You name your pet, feed it, care for it, and watch it grow.  You decorate it's house, and dress it.  Many people, including my husband and I, have become very attached to their little SPP pets.  For the dedicated SPP pet owners, this is a lot more than just another internet game.  These pets have become a part of their family almost.  And these pets have helped a lot of people get thru some very hard times.  Here is a picture of my baby girl, Hunny Bunny:


But my baby girl, Hunny Bunny; and my husband's baby, Andy Panda - are in danger of ceasing to exist.  Let me explain:

Slide Inc. created and owns Super Poke Pets.
Last year Google bought Slide Inc.
This year Google decided to shut down completely Slide Inc.

It is my understanding that the Slide Inc. employees will be absorbed into other Google areas.  At the same time, Google is shutting down all of the games that Slide Inc. had created and had running.  Super Poke Pets is one of those games.  

SPP pet owners have been given until March of 2012 with their pets, then their pets will be gone.  But SPP pet owners aren't taking this lying down.  They are mad, they are angry, and they are seeking ways to save their pets.  Here is a link to several online petitions:







And here is a link to a SPP pets group that has started up on facebook, which is over 1,000 members strong:


Plus a internet company by the name of GoPlay has an offer on the table in front of Google, wanting to take over Super Poke Pets and presumably add SPP to their new game website that they are in the process of building and launching.  Here are links to their page, and a note about themselves and their interest in SPP:

Their facebook page:

Their note:

Plus an organized 'contact the media' campaign has been launched by some dedicated SPP pet owners.  More information about this can be found on my facebook page.

<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>

So what gets me is this:  

Google is trying to start up their own version of facebook, called Google Plus.  So when they bought Slide Inc., they purchased some great games which they could offer exclusively only on their Google Plus website.  They would have instantly gained as members everyone who played these games.  And they are getting lots of bad press over their decision to shut these games down.  It just doesn't make good sense.  Makes one wonder who is making the decisions over at Google.

-- From Jacqueline Driggers,
and her baby hunny bunny














Thursday, September 1, 2011

Welcome to my new blog

Welcome to my newest blog -- J's Facebook app review.  Here I will do reviews on different Facebook games and applications that I have used or played or am playing.  Here is a list of some games I have played/am playing that you can look for reviews on:


Farm Town
Farmville
Green Farm
Fantasy Kingdoms
GnomeTown
Perfect Getaway
Smurfs and Co
Farm Valley


and much, much more.  I could spend all day making the list.  If you have any particular game or app that you would like me to review, post a comment and let me know what the game is.  


Happy gaming!


--jd--