Facebook Now Supports Username Login

facebook_loginWant to reclaim two seconds per day? Facebook just made it possible. Now, you can log into Facebook with your vanity URL/username. (Remember the one that you deliberated on so intensely a few months back? The one that, if you’re a total geek, you stayed up (or woke up) until 12:01 am to be the first to own? Now that lost sleep will be repaid incrementally every day.)

What will YOU do with the saved time? 🙂

One editorial correction on my last blog about Facebook tagging. In it, I incorrectly likened the new feature to Twitter hashtags. The capability is actually just about connecting Facebook usernames and pages…not subjects or keywords like hashtags. So my statement about it facilitating real-time search isn’t really accurate. It does, however, make it easier to connect users from your status updates. So far, the feature doesn’t appear to work in comments, though. That would be a good, sensible nuance to add.

Next time you’re in Facebook, give it a shot. Simply type an @ in your status update and you’ll get a dropdown of your friends, pages and groups. Send a friend some linked love today.

800 Languages, 1 Typeface

Fascinating case study about Google and Monotype’s collaboration on Noto – an incredibly ambitious project to create one master typeface that can display on any device, any medium, in any language or writing system.


Drone on the Farm

A report from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International predicted that the legalization of commercial drones would create more than $80 billion of positive economic impact (i.e., revenue and job creation) between 2015 and 2025. The predicted biggest piece of that growth? Agriculture.


Ready for Smart Tattoos?

MIT Media Lab, in partnership with Microsoft Research, has unveiled DuoSkin, a project that uses temporary tattoos as connected interfaces that can be used in a variety of ways.