Tutorials

  • How-to: Get started with MySQL

    An easy step-by-step guide to setting up a MySQL database server, along with phpMyAdmin, on Fedora, CentOS, or Ubuntu

  • Should I protect my tweets?

    When I signed up for a Twitter account in the summer of 2009 I spent some time thinking about whether or not I should protect my tweets. As a novice Twitter user, I had to decide whether the benefits of protecting my tweets outweighed the drawbacks. Looking back, I do not regret my decision to protect my tweets, and I'll tell you why.

  • Stop Facebook from cluttering your inbox

    There's a fine line between awesome and annoying. Take Facebook: Most of the time, it's great, but a few things about the service drive me crazy.

  • Facebook social inbox: What you need to know about messages

    Back in November 2010, Facebook announced plans for a "social inbox" -- a space that would serve as a hub for all communications that people use online or via mobile phones, ranging from text messages and chat messages to e-mail messages, too.

  • Facebook Ads secrets from an insider

    Many people log on to Facebook primarily for fun, but businesses are increasingly turning to the social networking site as an advertising gold mine. By placing ads on Facebook, you can zero in on a select portion of some half a billion users according to their interests and demographics.

  • How to choose who sees your photos on Facebook

    QUESTION: I signed up for a Facebook account and uploaded some photos to my profile. I was soon contacted out of the blue by someone I didn't want to hear from and who I didn't know could see my photos and profile. I've been told that I should stop using Facebook, but will I still be able to see my photos if I cancel my account, and how can I make sure no one else can see them?

  • Test your Facebook privacy settings: Here's how

    We've been talking about Facebook's privacy mess for days now. We all know the story, right? Privacy controls are broken, everyone's getting irritated, Facebook's not too concerned, blah flippidy-freakin' blah.

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    How to 'unlike' a fan page on the 'new' Facebook

    For a site that's so incredibly popular, Facebook sure knows how to aggravate its users.

  • Facebook's new features: How to protect your privacy

    Protecting your privacy on Facebook can feel like a full-time job. The social network has made a habit of tweaking its privacy policies with some regularity -- and in many cases, it's up to you to take proactive steps in order to keep your info out of the public eye.

  • 28 time-saving tricks for Google, Facebook and more

    Think you know all of the tricks at your favorite Internet sites? Think again.

  • Getting Facebook users to 'like' your brand

    Facebook is rolling out some changes to its popular social networking site. One, in particular, will impact the way social networking-friendly organizations engage customers using Facebook. Now, your customers can just "Like" your company rather than having to "Become a Fan" of it.

  • Simplify Facebook, Twitter with Brizzly

    Brizzly provides a clean, simple, ad-free interface for Facebook. Twitter, too.

  • Facebook tips and tweaks

    I like using Facebook to keep tabs on my friends, but I don't like the endless stream of "so-and-so took this quiz" and "Joe became friends with Jane" messages.

  • Add Facebook chat to your Firefox sidebar

    Already this week we've looked at reducing feed clutter from your Facebook home page and downloading entire Facebook photo albums with just one click.

  • Avoid Facebook disasters

    Ignoring Facebook's privacy options--some of them fairly new and not well known--can trip up the social-networking site's users in a number of ways. Here are some that everyone who has a Facebook account should be aware of.

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