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T-Mobile has launched a new ad campaign on Facebook. At first glance it appears to feature an old phone with a badly cracked screen. To make matters worse, the photo of the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone with the dandelion/shattered screen came from a Samsung photo shoot. This means that two different marketing departments thought this looked ok! Even if you don’t see a smashed screen when you look at it, how do you really feel about dandelions? Probably not the best way to illustrate the Galaxy S III’s sharing capabilities.
I wonder if the team who designed this campaign still works for T-Mobile? Perhaps they never did . . .
Some of their Facebook fans had the same reaction:
If you hadn’t yet noticed, Facebook made a pretty significant change to your Facebook page this week and it might make you a little bit upset!
If you had an email address listed in the “About” section of your timeline, it no longer is displayed. Nope, Facebook decided that you would rather use your Facebook email address. (Cue the guy muttering something under his breath about not even having a Facebook email account). Ahh, but you do! Facebook gave it to you one night while you were sleeping!
Now don’t worry, you can change it back to your preferred email address. It’s still there. I will guide you through the simple process in a moment.
The question is: “Why?” What does Facebook stand to gain by doing this and risking ticking off most, if not all, of its 900+ million users? As Facebook continues to wipe the egg off of its red face in the aftermath of its ill-fated IPO, you would think that the directive from the new Board of Directors would be, “Let’s not do anything stupid . . . not yet.”
But Facebook has always preferred asking for forgiveness over asking for permission. Besides, this is reversible . . . where’s the real harm? Not unlike bullies on a school bus, Facebook continues to taunt and do as they please, taking a “We’re f’ing Facebook . . . deal with it” attitude. I can’t help but think that the public will eventually have had enough. I just don’t see any signs of that yet.
How to switch back to your old email
- Go to your Timeline (your name, not “Home” in the top right of your screen)
- Below your small profile picture, click on “About”
- Under “Contact Info” heading, click on “Edit”
- You will see a list of all emails associated with your account. The new Facebook email account will be the only active account (grey circle, no slash).
- Click on the grey circle to the right of the Facebook email account
- Click on “Hidden from Timeline”
- Do the same for any email addresses you want Public by clicking on the circle to the right of it and clicking “Shown of Timeline”
- Once you are satisfied with the setup, scroll to the bottom of the box and click “Save”
That’s all there is to it! Now scratch your head like I am doing . . .
There is nothing peskier than posting a favorite YouTube music video to your Facebook page only to get the dreaded “Embedding Disabled” message when you or a friend clicks on it. While you can still view the video by redirecting to YouTube, many of your friends will not go through the hassle and will skip viewing the video altogether.
As Google continues in their attempt to dominate the internet (and the revenue that follows), you can expect more of this sort of issue. While Google’s acquisition of YouTube dates back to 2006, it seems that they have waited until recently to really dig in with changes. The latest changes to YouTube are intended to thwart copyright infringement for musical artists and include sampling of uploaded videos to search for unauthorized use of copyrighted music tracks. In December of 2009, VEVO was created as a vehicle to control the sharing of music videos and now makes itself home to almost 30,000 music videos.
While casual YouTube viewers are unlikely to see the changes brought on by the introduction of VEVO, those of us who like to share our favorite music videos with our friends on Facebook have found that the YouTube sharing function inevitably renders the “embedding disabled” message for VEVO hosted videos. By logging in to vevo.com, you will be able to search for the video that you want to share and post it without the embedding issue. Once you find it, simply click on the “SHARE” button at the top of the viewer and you will be forwarded to the familiar “sharing” screen that you normally get when sharing a YouTube video. Type in your optional message and post!
When you return to Facebook to check your video, it will appear just like any other video post with the standard video player screen. Click the “PLAY” button and the VEVO player will open within your post. The VEVO player does take a bit longer to load than the standard YouTube player, but it generates a larger viewing area with more control options. And, with very few exceptions, your VEVO video posts will be HD quality.
This simple workaround fix will make embedding VEVO-hosted music videos fool-proof again.