WHO’S PARANOID?

According to a Reason-Rupe poll of more than 1,000 adults, 61 percent said they don’t trust Facebook “at all,” 48 percent said they don’t trust Google “at all;” and 41 percent don’t trust their cell phone provider “at all,” no matter who it is. Forty-five percent also said they don’t trust the IRS (which is perfectly understandable). Interestingly, the IRS and other government agencies rated higher in trust than most web services. More info at Reason.com/poll.

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APPS YOUR FACEBOOK FRIENDS LIKE

Appidemia for iOS lets you know what apps your Facebook friends are using.

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FACEBOOK PRINTING TIP

This bugs a lot of people, probably millions: When they print something in Facebook, it comes out in blocks with ugly frames. Here’s a solution. It takes an extra step but it cleans up the print job.

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YOU ON FACEBOOK

Over a million people have used a free tool from the mathematics giant, Wolfram Alpha, to find out interesting things about their Facebook account. Joy’s report showed the average length of her posts was 5.6 words, her percentage of female Facebook friends was 72 percent, her oldest Facebook friend was 90 and her youngest was 21. The report also listed the friends with the most mutual friends. Start at WolframAlpha.com/facebook. If you don’t already have a Wolfram Alpha account, you’ll have to register but it doesn’t take long and it’s free. There are other neat things there: Wolfram’s main calculator tool is a great way to find out answers to quantitative questions, like, “how much would a ton of gold […]

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A MORE SECURE FACEBOOK

Avast makes a nice anti-virus program, and it’s free. Now they’ve added Secure.Me, an app for keeping nosy Parkers (and hackers) out of your Facebook account.

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MAKE A FACE

“iMadeFace” is a free app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and the iPad 2 and 3. It lets you make a cartoon face with a message, like “I love you.” Joy had fun choosing a heart-shaped face, a pony tail, arched eyebrows, nice eyes, small mouth, normal nose and glasses, before emailing it to Bob. You can make it look like yourself or not. It can also be shared on social networking sites.

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PRIVACY FIX

If you use Facebook, but worry about it sharing your personal details with strangers, we have a fix. It’s “Privacy Fix,” a free app from PrivacyFix.com.

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A WEBSITE FOR PICKY EATERS

We recently read about Kevin, a six year-old who was always getting sick, often going to the emergency room, where he got prescriptions for more pills. What finally made him healthy again was getting him to eat fruits and veggies. What his mother did was carve cute little animals, Charlie Brown figures, and other fun stuff out of veggies and fruits. Meal time became fun and he looked forward to eating nutritiously. Fortunately for the rest of us, she made a Facebook page to show off her creations. The page, at Facebook.com/FunMeals4Kids, now has over 1,000 “likes.”

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AND NOW… THE ZUCKERBERG NOVEL

The Mark Zuckerberg comic book sold out on its first day. So now we have the Mark Zuckerberg graphic novel for $11. It’s titled “Mark Zuckerberg: Creator of Facebook,” and has expanded biographical info and illustrations in 48 pages. (How much of a biography can there be for a guy who’s 28?) There’s a $4 version for Kindle, Nook and iPad/iPhone.

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KNOCKOUT PHOTOS

Facebook.com/WithaView has knockout nature and food photos. We saw a cake with ice cream cones filled with frosting on all sides; should be a big hit with the kids.

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