Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2014's Biggest Threat To Facebook - Business Insider

Thanks to this loyal reader for the news story

This Irate Cookbook Author Represents A Swelling Threat To Facebook's
$6 Billion Ad Business

From the story:
"The problem for Facebook is that appearances are reality — and to
Facebook page managers, small like Stiavetti or big like several
national retailers we spoke to, it appears that Facebook is shaking
them down for bigger ad spends. They feel like suckers in a
bait-and-switch scheme.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Facebook as Keystroke saver malware

It turns out Facebook saves everything you do, even if you never post it,
even if you delete it. They're spying on you and tracking what you do at a
level even beyond Google. Makes you wonder what they're doing with that


Sunday, November 3, 2013

Monday, September 16, 2013

Bills for Facebook CEO’s $10-Million Home Keep Coming


Monday, August 26, 2013

Facebook kills 100 startups with new collaborative photo album feature

So, you started an app for collaborative photo albums. You tried to
tell us it was different because it was private, or centered around
events or locations, or automatically identified friends' faces.

Again and again, we warned y'all that Facebook, owner of all photos of
people on the Internet and the most popular mobile photo app, was
going to crush you eventually.


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Yet another Facebook page for poor parkers in Yorkshire town, England

BAD drivers in a Yorkshire town are being shamed online for their poor parking, in what is rapidly becoming an internet sensation. 

The Facebook group aimed at highlighting examples of selfish parking in Doncaster has proved a smash hit, with more than 4,500 people signing up to post pictures and comments. 


Facebook post lands Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee -- No-Bail Jail in Kuala Lumpur

Lawyers for Liberty are shocked and appalled by the heavy handed criminal prosecution of Alvin Tan and Vivian Lee at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court yesterday that was further compounded when they were denied bail by judge Murtazadi Amran.
Actor Kick Cameron claims Facebook has banned him from promoting his new movie on the social media site. He says Facebook blocked him from posting links to his new movie because others have labeled it “abusive, unsafe and “spammy.”


Not all online tracking is bad

Lately we’ve seen a lot of news stories about the National Security Agency’s program for tracking phone records, Internet searches and Facebook pages. Politicians on both sides of the aisle have decried and supported the practice, constitutionalists are debating over the legalities, and American citizens are either praising Edward Snowden’s courage or want him tried for treason.

by Don Bush


Employers: Facebook Party Pics Don’t Always Reflect Employees’ Bad Judgment

A picture may be worth a thousand words, and party pics posted on
Facebook speak volumes for employers sifting through job applicants,
right? Maybe not. While recent concerns about employers plumbing
social media for information about both current and potential
employees have led many users to adjust their privacy settings and
posting habits, a new study found that college students who posted
images of themselves enjoying a drink or two, or even using drugs were
just as responsible and hard-working as those who did not advertise
their partying.

Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2013/07/18/employers-facebook-party-pics-dont-always-reflect-employees-bad-judgment/#ixzz2d1Po2weR


How to Use Facebook's Graph Search (and Why You Would Even Want To)

Graph Search isn't turned on automatically, so your first step is
activating the new feature in the search bar. Facebook will walk you
through it. Once Graph Search is on, Facebook prompts you to "search
for people, places, and things." Start typing. Graph Search is
supposed to recognize natural language and try to guess what you're
looking for, though that feature is hit or miss at the moment. You'll
quickly learn the phrases that will help you get to some sort of
result: "Friends who listen to Daft Punk and live in San Francisco" or
"Friends of my friends who work at TechHive." It's not exactly a
conversational way to search.


Facebook Engineer Fires Back At BuzzFeed: Users Don’t Care How Many People View Their Posts

"The Number Facebook Doesn't Want You To See", an article from
Thursday by BuzzFeed claimed Facebook is hiding the number of people
who see your posts so you don't feel bad that most people don't Like
or comment. This morning, a Facebook engineer wrote a retort claiming
that is "just plain wrong", and that Facebook's testing showed most
users are more interested in feedback than total views.


Facebook sale leads to arrest of Campbell River man

It's a bad idea to be holding stolen goods – even worse when you
attempt to fence them on Facebook.

That's what Richard Landry learned Monday when he received a 16-month
jail sentence for a variety of offences.

"You've been a busy boy, so to speak," said Judge Roderick Sutton.



The Worst Thing to Post on Facebook

Bad-mouthers beware: Dissing someone on Facebook could cost you a job,
finds a new study from North Carolina State University.


Addicted to Facebook? Try Shock Therapy [Video] | Las Vegas Guardian Express


Your Facebook privacy settings need checking


Blount County D.A. posts bad check writers on Facebook

Apparently, this is done without court supervision. The report is limited with information. NOTE: This may be counter to Facebook policy.

"We don't just throw your picture on Facebook without giving you, your bank gives a notice. Venfor gives you notice. You're getting notice from me twice. That's 4 contacts. You've done nothing to remedy the situation," said Casey. (sic)


Got a Facebook page for your business? Don't worry too much about Graph Search

Graph Search is a search tool for Facebook (Nasdaq: FB). The idea is that you can find restaurants and other businesses, music, movies games, photographs, pages, groups and other content based on what your friends like.


Saturday, August 24, 2013

Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Real Story Behind Facebook Moderation and Your Petty Reports

Hard to tell if this is real. But it sound plausible

"Imagine going to work every day and at the start of your day, with your first cup of coffee, you sit down to glance at beheadings, children in the process of being raped, human bodies in various stages of decomposition, the living and dead results of ..."
"... While Facebook can boast that they have nearly 1.5 billion users this year, the impressive feat is that they have 1.2 billion active users who log in nearly every day. Each one of those people have a different level of what offends them."

"Now, forgive me or not, but personally I can assure you of this. In the face of the actual reportable issues that come in at the rate of 250k per hour, I really don’t give a shit if coins offend you, or if you can’t keep..."

Does Facebook even see appeals or emails sent about my page or personal issue?

Again, bluntly, no. Facebook keeps and sometimes rotates out, one-single appeal email address that lands on someone’s list of things-to-do. The rest of them just reply with automated messages about how they might help, they might not. They won’t.


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Is Facebook killing your smartphone battery?


Every so often, crazy rumors about alleged Facebook's nefarious deeds
surface -- Facebook is selling your data, Facebook is taking away your
legal rights, Facebook use is bad for your spleen, etc.

The latest one to gain some traction is that the mobile Facebook app
is killing your smartphone battery.

This one might actually have some truth to it. (...)


That is a list of processes using the most CPU time. Or more easily said: that are the apps that have been running the longest time. The first four are system processes (SpringBoard is essentially the thing that shows your home screen and stuff), at the bottom there is the Facebook app. It is using twice as much time as DTMobileIS (that is the process that feeds Instruments with live data from the phone). That seemed a little much to me. I’m using Facebook quite often, but not like every minute of the day.

It’s Still Hard to Like Facebook Stock


Social media is hardly a fad, and there clearly is money to be made in
the space. LinkedIn (LNKD) stock is up almost 60% year-to-date and
review site Angie's List (ANGI) has doubled. Even one-time disasters
Groupon (GRPN) and Zynga (ZNGA) have gotten some swagger back in 2013.

Yet Facebook has been left out. Beyond the declines in the past
several weeks, FB stock has lost 25% in the past 12 months and 35%
since its May 2012 IPO.

What Facebook’s Ad Cut Means for Advertisers


Facebook has announced it is cutting its current 27 ads to about 13.

The remaining 13 ads will be overhauled and streamlined to make it
simpler for marketers to choose ads that fit their objective. Facebook
also decided to do away with a big ad menu and promised to offer
marketers a simple menu based on goals and objectives for which
Facebook promises to deliver suitable ad packages. This is good news
for smaller or medium-sized advertisers that may not have input from
an agency or previous results to build on and who may be more likely
to increase leads with results-based ads.

The most prominent ad product to be axed is Facebook's "Sponsored Stories."

911 dispatcher criticized for Facebook post


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A Norfolk 911 dispatcher is in hot water for a comment she posted on Facebook.

Dispatcher Jessica Camarillo posted a comment on Facebook concerning the police-involved shooting of Joshua Omar Johnson, who was gunned down at a Wells Fargo after trying to pass a bad check and then reportedly hitting an officer with his car.

Camarillo’s Facebook post read as follows:
"I think the officers should sue [Johnson's] family for putting the officers lives in danger, making detectives work past the time they were suppose to get off, the gas it took for them to get to the scene, the bullets used, the hospital bills, the equipment needed for forensics, and making me work the channel instead of reading my hot sexy book...lol"

Facebook page shames bad parking


Bad parking in Cheltenham gets slammed on new Facebook page


Employees post bad behavior on Instagram, some bosses catching on

Unhappy employees have found a new site where they can post their way out of a job: Instagram.


Rachel Braun Scherl: Seriously Facebook, It Took the Ladies to Help You Man Up?


Bad behavior on reality TV is tested path to fame


PHOENIX - Arizona restaurateur Amy Bouzaglo became an instant Internet
celebrity last month after demonstrating an impressively short temper
on a reality TV show that helps reform struggling businesses.

The episode of "Kitchen Nightmares" drew more than a million viewers
on YouTube, and Bouzaglo's vitriolic rants became popular fodder on
Twitter and Facebook.

So it should surprise no one that her next step was to announce she
was shopping around her own reality TV show.


Social media not friendly or forgiving to business

A clash between a motorist and a cyclist that moved online results in
a loss of corporate sponsors.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

The Pocket-Picking Facebook Malware That No One Knows How to Stop

A particularly nasty breed of malware is raiding people's Facebook profiles and emptying their bank accounts. Its name is Zeus, and yes, it is all powerful. Because despite the fact that this money-grubbing, Like jacking malware has been around for years stealing both private and government data, cybersecurity experts are still stumped about how to stop it.


Facebook May Boost Self Esteem But Reduce Motivation

New research published in Media Psychology suggests that looking at your Facebook profile can be psychologically good and bad for you. The finding revealed that checking your profile is capable of boosting your self esteem while at the same time reducing motivation.


Facebook App Blamed for Bad iPhone Battery Life

The discovery, made by Hagga.net, points to the Facebook application as a source for battery drain on the iPhone and iPad. The problem with the Facebook application is explained (...)

Friday, May 31, 2013

Rate your shag: It's good to see student sex is as bad as ever

Reminds me of the old website "Hot or Not"


How Facebook Learned Rape is Bad for Business

Slanted account, but has many facts.

"But on May 27th, Facebook finally flinched. And then it cratered,
caved and capitulated in the course of a single phone call after a
one-week #fbrape campaign by the smartest feminists on the planet. "


Rays suspend (Josh) Sale for Facebook post

The posted, now deleted, said:
"Threw 50 Cents at a stripper tonight. First time. Got kicked out and
she got so pissed thought she was going to cry...your(sic) a stripper.
Be thankful. Hoe"



The Bad, the Ugly, and the Good of Children's Use of Social Media

* The Bad: Facebook Depression
* The Ugly: Internet Addiction
* The Good: Social Media Can Help


Sunday, May 26, 2013

Why Does My Facebook Say "For Security Reasons Your Account Is Temporarily Locked"?


NOTE: This article links to important Facebook information on this subject.

Being unable to sign into your Facebook account blocks you from
messages, friends' updates and photos – but that's not always a bad

Since it's possible that another person could try to get into your
account and access your information, Facebook takes account security
very seriously. You don't want a stranger going through your messages,
posting status updates or changing the settings on your apps. The only
downside to this level of account safety is that sometimes you have to
take steps to access your account after a potential security threat.

Brambleton Parents' Legal Complaint: School Board Acted In Bad Faith


The case Brambleton parents have brought against the Loudoun County
School Board accuses at least three board members of several acts of
"bad faith," including by forming a voting alliance to support one
plan and using private Facebook discussions to rally supporters.

HTC "First" drags down HTC Executives and Facebook Cache'

Earlier we heard how the smartphone especially made with Facebook as a major feature -- died.

The story starts (on 5/8) with AT&T trying to pitch it as a $0.99 phone before the weekend starts. (That's right 99 cents for a cellphone). Then it continues (on 5/13) with AT&T no longer offering the phone. Now (on 5/24), in just over two (2) weeks - it appears to be DOA (Dead on Arrival).

To complete the story, the CEO said he would quit (and here), if this is not successful. He has quit - as well as a many HTC executives.

Moral: Don't put your eggs in the Facebook basket.

No HTC First "Facebook Phone" for the UK.

Launch of HTC 'Facebook' phone put on hold in Europe

HTC's CEO Reportedly Said He'll Resign If The Company's New Phone Fails

HTC executive exodus now includes Asia CEO

More on Amy's Baking Company

Amy's Baking Company Bistro

Bad online reviews cause restaurant owners to have Facebook, TV meltdown

Arizona restaurant reopens after bad reality TV experience

Restaurants' rants leave bad taste in the mouth

Facebook Admits Its Android Software Is Bad, Says It Will Fix It


Facebook Becomes Bearer of Bad News

It's almost self-fulling, that a bad business will announce something
on "their Facebook page", like going out of business

Facebook Becomes Bearer of Bad News for Northfield Shoppers

Restaurant reopens after bad reality TV experience


PHOENIX (AP) - A Scottsdale, Ariz. restaurant reopened for business
Tuesday night to good reviews after it temporarily shut its doors
following an embarrassing reality TV experience.

Wife and husband Amy and Samy Bouzaglo recently invited the popular
makeover show "Kitchen Nightmares" to their restaurant, Amy's Baking
Co., after years of bad online reviews from unhappy customers. The
Bouzaglos complained on the show that they were the victims of online
bullying, but host and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay agreed with the
bad reviews. He declared the food at the upscale pizzeria undercooked
and poorly seasoned. The Bouzaglos got angry with Ramsay and he left
the restaurant before making it over — a first for his show.

Amy's Baking Co. temporarily closed last week after the episode aired
and hundreds of "Kitchen Nightmares" fans began leaving angry comments
on the restaurant's Facebook page.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Why Buying Facebook ‘Likes’ is a Bad Move

To be clear on what this article is about, an entire industry has
developed where you can pay people to click
your facebook "Like" button. The article goes into why this
is a bad idea.


Monday, May 6, 2013

Facebook Inc (FB): The Good and The Bad

CAUTION: popup happy website


Don’t Vent on Facebook or Twitter during Divorce [Video]

From the article:
Facebook can legally be compelled by subpoena to provide basic account information. However, federal law prohibits the social media giant from disclosing user content (messages, timeline postings, photos) in response to a civil subpoena. Depending on privacy settings, content may be visible only to friends or to the public. With no fault divorces available in all 50 states and D.C., the value of online evidence of infidelity is minimal.


Column on "Like Farming" - Click "Like" if You Think Disease Is A Bad Thing!


Follows up from this story:
Are you falling for Facebook "like" scams?

How Zuckerberg learned from bad decisions (or did he)

Mark Zuckerberg made a very bad decision in 2010: He focused Facebook's engineers on (..) an app version of Facebook that (...) would go away. (It) didn't. The buggy and slow Facebook app soon became "one of the biggest mistakes we've ever made," Zuckerberg said in a Fortune magazine cover story (...)


Which quote from this article:


Independent Data Says Facebook is Losing Millions of Users, Let’s Talk About Why

Take Away:
The worldwide numbers are on a slight decline, having peaked at just over one billion monthly users this January before falling by 20 million the following month according to Jefferies bank analysts. Fewer users are logging in, but they’re also spending less time on the site says another group of analysts at comScore.


Facebook wants you to snitch on friends that aren’t using real names


Facebook Privacy: Site Does Bad Job At Stopping Fake Profiles