Starting this Saturday morning, June 13, at 12:01am EDT, Facbook users will be asked to choose a username for their profiles. This mad rush to grab a username should cause plenty of headaches if and when the masses decide to swamp the Facebook servers. But Facebook may be up to the challenge and have stated the following:
When the landrush starts, users will be able to choose just one username for their profile and for each of the pages that they administer (they will not be available for groups or events). Usernames must be at least five characters long and can only contain letters, numbers, or periods. They will only be available in Roman characters at launch.
However, users should be careful to choose the right one: once you have made a choice, you won’t be allowed to change it or transfer it to someone else later on. Facebook isn’t allowing transfers in order to undercut the rampant squatter market that would otherwise develop – although there will still definitely be cases of abuse. Facebook says that generic words like “flowers” or “pizza” will not be available as usernames, though we’re not sure how exactly those rules will work.
So there you have it. Gather up your thoughts and select a username for your Facebook profile and head on over on Saturday.
If you are interested in beta testing the next release of Internet Explorer 8, Microsoft is looking for more testers. Though the original beta was by invitation, Microsoft wants to expand the testing and anyone can apply. Your only requirement is to send an email stating why you wish to participate. In the I.E. blog article it states:
If you wish to be a part of making IE better by contributing great bug reports then please email us at [email protected] and tell us a little about yourself including why you’d be a great beta tester.
We look forward to hearing from you,
If you do decide to become a beta tester, let us know what you think of the new Internet Explorer 8. Your comments are appreciated by me and all those that read my posts.
Google has an interesting business referral program in which they are looking for applicants to assist them in signing up business for inclusion on their Google Maps. Google is seeking Internet lovers who have a computer and a digital camera and who have an interest in picking up some extra cash in their spare time. On the Google site they explain the program as:
- Refer local businesses, get paid.
• Visit businesses in your area to discuss Google products, and submit key information about them to us.
• Get paid when we approve the information you’ve submitted, and again when the businesses verify that information.
- Benefit your community.
• Help local businesses attract new customers by adding their information to Maps.
• Make it easier for people in your community to find the goods and services they’re looking for.
- Be your own boss.
• Set your own hours and work as much as you want.
• The more businesses you refer, the more you’ll earn.
But before you get all excited and start to contemplate how you plan of spending your new found wealth, be aware that there is a wait list to enter the program. Also I would recommend that you read the FAQ’s and understand fully what the program entails.
If this venture seems right for you, go ahead and get your name on the waiting list. Google indicates that the program is going to be expanded, but no time frame is indicated.
PS If anyone is already involved in the program, please sure your experience[s] with us.
Mozilla is looking for testers to try a new plug-in for Firefox. It is still in alpha testing, which means it may be unstable, so you have to use this at your own risk. Plus you need to be a Ebay shopper since this software is intended to track your auctions as well.
Mozilla describes this build as:
“We need your help!
Would you like to help Mozilla and eBay build a faster, safer online auction experience? If you’re an experienced eBay member using Firefox, we’d love to hear from you.
We’re still testing and improving the Firefox Companion for eBay, but we want quality feedback from eBay members who enjoy an interesting challenge. If this sounds good to you, and you’d like to help us with our testing, please get in touch.”
If you would like to sign up to be a tester, just go here. A valid email address is required to participate. Enjoy.
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