Two Special Cause invitations, two invites to play some Mobster game, two for the Pathword game and enough Farkle invitations to choke a pig.

This is what my Facebook account looks like, and honestly, I don’t really even use it.

But geez, if you want to be a Pirate,  Mobster, Vampire, Superhero or a Farmer who has a green mohawk that owns a pink tractor (Thanks Joanne)… then Facebook is your own world within a world. Take a look at this demographic that I’ve posted here:

facebook_demographics_statistics_2009

With silly little games and apps, you’d think that Facebook appeal would target the younger audience of 21 and under

But notice where the most growth has been: 172.9% growth in 2008 and 276.4% in 2009 for the age tier of 35-54! Does this surprise you?

With the release of Scrutinizer v7, we have some great tools that would help track Facebook abuse on your network and to help snuff out the Farkle movement!

Using the new Applications Group function, you can now categorize your traffic a little easier. Now, you have the option to associate multiple IPs together, using the same port. To find this feature, go to the ADMIN tab and click on the DEFINITIONS category and choose APPLICATION GROUPS.

Here’s an example:

facebookappUsing this Application Group feature, I specified to Scrutinizer that anytime it reports a connection to any of these IP addresses using port 80, it will categorize it as Facebook usage.facebook

However, if I connected to those same IP addresses using port 25, it would not report it as the Facebook application, but as SMTP traffic.

This is a fantastic feature, if you have applications at various remote sites that use similar ports, but need to be labeled differently.

Is that cool or is that cool?

September 2013 Update on Monitoring Facebook Traffic: Cisco AVC is the best way today to monitor Facebook.com traffic.

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Ryan Slosser

My name is Ryan. I work in development here at Plixer. I mostly deal with hardware deployment. I enjoy kayaking and fishing during the summer and skiing in the winter. People can count on me and I always give 100% unless I'm donating blood.

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