FACEBOOK COMMENTS: Three new comment tricks (tested out by HEM News Agency)

If you are a regular Facebook user, then you are probably really big on leaving comments on pictures, posts and videos you like (or make you want to kick in your computer screen). You have seen all sorts of comments, ranging from the downright weird and the abusive, to declarations of love (finished off with a tonne of hearts and heart-eyes emojis, no doubt), mini essays on intellectual topics and politics, and gushing comments. You probably know your way around Zuckerberg’s pet project very well. Right? Well maybe not! Let me explain.

As you may know, Facebook has recently introduced many major and minor changes to the website experience and interface design, for example adding extra emojis to show reactions to posts (instead of the bog-standard thumbs up like) and introducing Twitter-style round display pictures for personal profiles and public pages alike.  But did you know there are three more ‘Easter eggs’ to be discovered, when you write a comment using certain special words? Well, you are about to find out here (thanks to BetterMe). The author will also be testing them out himself live and giving his own impression, because you know sometimes it has to be seen to be believed.

 

  1. Congratulations!!

This one is really epic and perfect for the party people. So your sister has announced her engagement, your best mate is having a baby, or your housemate has just winged a new promotion at work. What do you say? Well surely a congratulations is in order!. If you type in the word ‘congratulations’ or ‘congrats’ into the comment box, your screen will suddenly be filled with a cascade of cartoon balloons and confetti. It is brief, lasting a few seconds, but it is really cute and contemporary and just adds to the happy atmosphere. While the standard congrats earns a flurry of orange and blue party stuff, if you congratulate the birth of a baby, you get instead pink or blue balloons depending on whether the new bundle of joy is a girl or boy. Mood mode made!

2. Heart-to-heart

Feeling in lurve? Fingers twitching to spread some virtual affection to your bestie, bae, or even bro (nothing wrong in a little bromance!). Give that extra oomph to your affections by typing ‘XOXO’ into the comment box. Your screen will fill with hearts (sadly, I tested this at the time of writing and it appears not to be working) so you can drop some love on your loved ones’ newsfeeds.

3. Give them the thumbs-up

Apparently, if you type in the word ‘Rad’, your screen will become a waterfall of thumbs ups. The unmistakable Facebook fist of appreciation is a highly recognisable symbol that has become a defining moment of social media. Unfortunately at the time of writing, this feature appears to be not working also, so I am a little disappointed. 

 

So while sadly, only one of three of these comment gems appears to be working in the UK at least, do not fret. You can also spice up your comments by inserting an image by clicking on the small camera icon to the right inside the comment box, or to make things really interesting, throw in a GIF by clicking on the GIF icon to the immediate right of the camera one. The GIF feature is one of Facebook’s latest and has proved a huge hit. It makes use of extensive GIF libraries run by GIPHY and tenor, two influential animated image repositories.

You will become king/queen of comments in no time…

SOURCES:

Marie Hiles via Facebook.

“3 Facebook comment secrets that you didn’t know” – Giuzel Sadiieva, BetterMe/BetterMe.tips https://betterme.tips/8381-3-facebook-comment-secrets-didnt-know.html#8381

IMAGE CREDIT:

“Facebook Favourites Menu” – Mixy Lorenzo, Flickr (30 October 2011) https://www.flickr.com/photos/ladymixy-uk/6328712598

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PHOTO MOMENT: An intelligent ability

 

If you are fluent in the English language, then even if the letters in a word are jumbled up, then you would still be able to make sense of the correct way to spell it. In scientific terms, this is known as typoglycaemia. In the photo above, the man is sporting a t-shirt with a quote attibuted to the mastermind Stephen Hawking. The trouble is, the t-shirt printing shop was short on letters, so substituted in some numbers, SMS-style. Can you figure out what the garment is saying? Answers in the comments. Enjoy!

SOURCES/IMAGE CREDIT:

Sarcasm, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/sarcasmLOL/

Collin Fisher.

HUMOUR MOMENT: Exercise??

 

Exercise?? I thought you said “extra pies!”

I’m a bit chubby myself, but not to the level of the orangutan up above. With my working life, doing two jobs, it’s very hard to find time to do exercise, especially since half of my family are doing sessions at the gym, but I try to sneak in some exercise whenever I can. And I don’t eat pies very often.

IMAGE CREDIT:
Via Sheik Atchia.
Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/

 

HUMOUR MOMENT: Find the phone

 

 

Somewhere around this ornate and flowery carpet, a mobile phone has been hidden in an act of masterful disguise. When this image was posted on Facebook, several commenters said it took them anywhere between 5 and 40 minutes to spot the well-hidden gadget. Before I posted this, I tried searching for the phone myself, but without success. So, HEM fans, let’s see if you can find the mobile. Answers in comments, please.

IMAGE CREDITS:
Macie Phillips via Washim Baulam.
Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/

HUMOUR MOMENT: Don’t do drugs, do dhal puri

 

 

Drugs are horrible substances. Whether legal or illegal, recreational narcotics usually cause harm to the body, damaging the user from the inside and out. So instead of sniffing that line or hitting that pipe, why not tuck into some Mauritian-style dhal puri instead. You’ll look a million rupees, and you won’t have to worry about the police pulling you over and busting you for illicit dhal puri possession.

For those who have never encountered the awesomeness that is dhal puri, let me explain. This is a snack popular on the island of Mauritius and an unforgettable part of my island’s culinary landscape. It is unleavened bread (rather like a chapati or thick tortilla) filled with lentils and spices, and often consumed as street food. Also known as ‘dhol/dhall puri’, this food goes great with a dollop of ‘zasar’ (pickle).

IMAGE CREDITS:
Fano Miasta.
Radio Plus – Mauritius/Ile-Maurice, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/groups/radioplusilemaurice/

VIDEO MOMENT: Gigglebiz

 

 

This little lad has an unbelievable laugh.

Share this with a mate who laughs funny.

Hurr-hurr-durr-durr…. snooooort!!

 

VIDEO CREDITS:
Alia Hellz Bachell.
America’s Funniest Home Videos, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/AFV/
UNILAD, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/uniladmag/

 

VIDEO MOMENT: Gangster Crab

 

You’ve probably met the hermit crab, the seashore crab and the hairy mitten crab. Now say hello to the gangster crab. This is not one to be tussled with.

This video, from the Facebook page of DJ VLADER, a disc jockey who has worked with Snoop Dogg and won the DJ Award five times, features the hand of an extremely brave soul attempting to disarm a gangster crab somewhere in eastern Europe. The crab, however, is not up for donating to the local knife amnesty and uncannily wields the blue-handled blade to stop probably becoming the seafood special for that day. Collecting crabs in buckets on the beach doesn’t seem so fun now.

VIDEO CREDITS:
Alia Hellz Bachell.
DJ VLADER, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/djvlader/
“About DJ VLADER” – DJ VLADER, Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/djvlader/info/?tab=overview

EXPRESS COURIERS: Warning about alleged card-cloning delivery scam

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A Facebook user has put out a warning on the social media site about an alleged card-cloning scam being perpetrated in the London area using the delivery of parcels to people’s addresses as a cover, the Half-Eaten Mind exclusively reports.

The user, Chris Gladman, first shared the warning on the 6th December, 2015 and it is now going viral. In his letter, Gladman reports the experience of a victim of the scam who received a phone call from an individual purporting to be from a delivery company named “Express Couriers”. The scammer asked the victim if they were going to be present at their home to sign for a package in their name and told them that the package would arrive in an hour.

In the incident, which was said to have occurred on the Wednesday preceding Gladman’s letter, a uniformed delivery man arrived at the victim’s house within the hour with a package said to contain flowers and a bottle of wine, which confused the victim as there was no special occasion and they were not expecting any such deliveries.

The victim inquired as to the sender’s identity, but the delivery worker claimed to not know who sent the gifts and that they were only delivering the parcel. The delivery worker did however claim that a card would be sent separately, and the victim also is said to have discovered a consignment invoice along with the gifts. Gladman reports that the card never in fact came.

The delivery worker then went on to tell the victim that the gift would be charged to them at a fee of £3.50 as it had contained alcohol and they needed to confirm that the package was not being delivered to a minor, and to prevent the package from being left on the property where it could be stolen.

The victim offered to pay in cash, but the delivery person insisted that all payments be made by credit or debit card for legal and safety reasons. The victim, satisfied with the explanation, is said to have then got her husband, who was now on the scene, to pay the fee with his card. The delivery worker, who claimed his name was John, then produced a card payment device with a ‘small screen and keypad’. The victim’s husband entered his PIN and collected a receipt of payment for the mysterious parcel. The delivery driver then left the premises after wishing them good day.

A few days later, Gladman said that the couple found that £4,000 in total had been stolen from the husband’s account from several ATMs, and he surmises that the card payment machine was in fact a cloning device that skimmed off the data stored on the victim’s husband’s card, and combined with the entered PIN, was used by the fraudsters to steal money from the couple.

The couple reported the incident to their bank and to the local police, who are said to have confirmed that similar scams by Express Couriers were already known to them.

At the end of the letter, Gladman warns others to be vigilant about receiving strange parcels from delivery companies they have never heard of. He said “Be wary of accepting any “surprise gift or package” which you neither expected nor personally ordered, especially if it involves any kind of payment as a condition of receiving the gift or package. Also, never accept anything if you do not personally know or there is no proper identification of who the sender is.

Above all, the only time you should give out any personal credit/debit card information is when you yourself initiated the purchase or transaction!”

There has been no official statement from the police or other agencies regarding such a scam in the London area, but people are advised as a matter of course to always be aware and careful of unknown visitors to their home.

SOURCES:
Chris Gladman
IMAGE CREDIT:
Getty Images via Zemanta

 

PHOTO FEATURE: Mayweather defeats Pacquiao – Facebook reacts

The much awaited epic boxing match between Floyd Mayweather of the United States and Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines saw Mayweather defeat his opponent on an unanimous decision in what was billed as the ‘fight of the century‘ by fans and the media. This will now be Mayweather’s 48th consecutive bout that has ended in a win, along with 26 knockouts and no losses. The two boxers had been sparring for a box-office bustup for several years, but frequent delays meant the fight had no chance of happening until last night.

Pacquiao, in his normal humble manner, congratulated his opponent on their win.

Here is a selection of Facebook posts of the outcome of the fight….

MGM Grand Las Vegas – The Champ Floyd Mayweather doing some interviews just after his win against Manny Pacquiao. Thanks to all the fans who came out tonight!

World Boxing Organization – Congratulations to the Welterweight Champion of the World Floyd Mayweather! Winner by UD 118-110, 116-112, 116-112 ‪#‎WBO‬ ‪#‎MayPac‬

Mayweather Promotions – “Floyd Mayweather is a good boxer, he’s fast and I respect that.” – Manny Pacquiao

HBO Boxing – Congratulations to Floyd Mayweather who improves to 48-0, 26 KOs

ESPN – STILL UNDEFEATED! Floyd Mayweather beats Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision.

Neymar Jr. – Manny Pacquiao is an amazing fighter but for me Floyd is the one and as we said in Brazil he is “the guy”. Thanks for the show guys !! Congratulations my friend !! Floyd Mayweather

CBS Sports – Floyd Mayweather moves to 48-0 after defeating Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision on Saturday night.

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SOURCES:
Facebook, Facebook Inc. https://www.facebook.com/