Introducing: The Imagizer

This post is long overdue. We are trying out a new feature on Status Shuffle on Facebook that we call the Imagizer. (Note this is only a test, so its not available on the iPhone or the mobile web yet). The imagizer lets you put a status on a background and post it as an image to your Facebook timeline. Here is what it looks like: You can access the imagizer two ways.  First you can click the new Images tab at the top of Status Shuffle. Next, while setting a status, you can click the new Make an Image button on the Set Status popup. When clicking the images tab, the Imagizer will appear as a blank canvas to let your wild imagination freely create amazing statuses. Clicking the Make an Image button populates the image with the selected status. But you can still edit it if you want. We beta trialed this in the UK for about 2 weeks in January 2013 and opened it to the world on January 29.  If people like it, we will keep it for longer. However, right now we are just trialing it to see what people think of it. Its going to be up until, at least, February 15, 2013. So, if you like it, let us know.  Or better yet, get all your friends to use it...

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Jewels x2 Goes Public Beta

We are thrilled to announce that the game we have been working on, Jewels x2, has gone into public beta. Its free to play and a lot of fun.  You can try it out at: http://apps.facebook.com/jewelsxtwo?from=sgsblog Jewels x2 introduces multiplayer into jewel matching games.  Players play at the same time and on the same board as their opponents. True head to head gameplay.  Its frantic, wild and a silly amount of fun. Here is a teaser video showing what game play looks like: We have big plans for this game.  Let us know what you think.  We would love to hear your...

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Landscape Screenshots in the Facebook App Center

According to the Facebook App Center Tutorial, you can have your app center page deliver a layout with landscape screenshots.  However, they don’t give you any hints as to what landscape means.  And, if any of your shots are not ‘landscape’, you get the standard portrait version. We were working on the App Center page for My Year in Status (which will shortly be updated for 2012 – in the meantime, please use Status Collage which is not tied to any specific year). Through some experimentation, we were able to get the landscape layout. The area provided for the larger thumbnail is 315w * 215h and calculated the aspect ratio which is  1.3125:1.  To verify that, we created a screen shot with red bars around the outside (1 px wide) then uploaded it.  It was 437w * 333h with an aspect ratio of 1.312:1.  It appeared with red bars around it in full glory. Here is what it looks like: For kicks, weI tried uploading one with a slightly different aspect ratio. It was 438:320 or 1.369:1.  It still appeared with the landscape format, however the bars at the sides were clipped off. The smaller screenshots thumbnails are 155w * 110h which works out to an aspect ratio of 1.409:1.  Though we haven’t tried putting red bars around the images to...

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Top 5 Thanksgiving Statuses

Since its American Thanksgiving today, we thought we would share the top 5 Thanksgiving related statuses in our database today: Thanksgiving is the best holiday ever…No gifts or sales or decorations…Its all about family and friends spending time together with a meal. Thanksgiving is all about getting your entire dysfunctional family under the same roof and hoping the police don’t get called. This year i am thankful for everything in my life. Family, friends (new and old), and all the blessings that God has given to me! Happy Thanksgiving!!! As we spend time with friends & families on Thanksgiving, please take a moment to remember our soldiers overseas who do not get to see their families Shot my first turkey today. It sure scared the crap out of all the people in the frozen food section.  Happy Thanksgiving! Happy...

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Press Coverage on the Half a Billion Statuses Press Release

We were mentioned in two web publications after our recent press release about the half a billion Facebook statuses that have be set using Status Shuffle. The first is Social Times.  Their story is Success of Status Shuffle App Shows That Users Want Entertainment on Facebook. The second is Tech Vibes.   Their story is Facebookers Have Shuffled Through 50 Billion Statuses Using Canada-born Status Shuffle Both are worth a read (in our biased...

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Half a billion!

A whole bunch of milestones were recently reached by the Status Shuffle team: Status Shuffle for Facebook recently celebrated its 5 year anniversary! Users have set their Facebook status half a billion times since the app launched in 2007 Users have shuffled through statuses 50 billion times (billion with a b).  Thats a lot of statuses.  All in the quest for the perfect status. The longevity of the app is due in large part to all the amazing statuses provided by our users.  Without you, there would just be Shuffle.

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