Is Facebook Your Achilles Heel? « Company K Media April 29, 2011 by Kerri Karvetski What would you do if you woke up one morning and were suddenly locked out of your Facebook page? It happened Thursday to technology news site Ars Technica. What did they do to offend the Facebook gods? Prior to the account lockout, we had received no notices of infringement or warnings. Ouch. Further investigation has revealed just how flawed Facebook’s infringement reporting system is. Pentagon Wants a Social Media Propaganda Machine | Danger Room You don’t need to have 5,000 friends of Facebook to know that social media can have a notorious mix of rumor, gossip and just plain disinformation. The Pentagon is looking to build a tool to sniff out social media propaganda campaigns and spit some counter-spin right back at it. On Thursday, Defense Department extreme technology arm Darpa unveiled its Social Media in Strategic Communication (SMISC) program. It’s an attempt to get better at both detecting and conducting propaganda campaigns on social media. This is more than just checking the trending topics on Twitter. Not all memes, of course. More specifically, SMISC needs to be able to seek out “persuasion campaign structures and influence operations” developing across the social sphere. Of course, SMISC won’t be content to just to hang back and monitor social media trends in strategic locations. Darpa’s announcement talks about using SMISC “the environment in which [the military] operates” and where it “conducts operations.”
Telecomix No, Facebook Doesn’t ‘Own’ Your Private Photos | SW14 Group LLC Another panicky status meme is making the Facebook rounds. And while there’s a grain of truth buried in it – as there is with many memes – it’s surrounded by some scare-mongering misinformation. The current status meme reads something like this: ATTENTION: This Friday, Facebook will become owner of the publishing rights of ALL your private photos. That right there is two completely separate issues rolled into one. First: Facebook doesn’t “own” your private photos. According to those same terms, when you upload your photos or other intellectual property, y ou give Facebook a “non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post… this license ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.” Why the non-exclusive license? That brings us to part 2.
Look who's watching: it's not the FBI, it's Facebook Even the most sophisticated security agencies could not have dreamed up something like Facebook ... "Your friends have a lot in common with you, it’s your friends who betray you." Photo: Bloomberg The CV you'd rather the boss didn't see Stored inside a series of ordinary brick buildings beside a sprawling wasteland on the edge of San Francisco Bay are intimate details of your life, relationships and opinions. This information repository is not the headquarters of the FBI or CIA, but Facebook Inc, Mark Zuckerberg's multibillion-dollar social networking behemoth with access to more than 840 million people, and their data. While full-body scanners and CCTV cameras often evoke Big Brother fears, the growing trend in surveillance is much closer to home. Advertisement Social media has become the latest way governments, police and corporations spy on their citizens, most of whom have no idea they are being watched. But it is not just governments and security agencies spying on cyber space.
From Facebook to Twitter: Save Your Community From Redundancy Caroline Chen | March 10, 2011 | 8 Comments inShare107 By understanding the nuances of each platform's digital culture, you can create unique and relevant content, speak the right language, and effectively grow both communities. Of all the social platforms, it's hard to avoid your favorite brand on Twitter or Facebook. I can't be alone in thinking there's not only a glut of information, but also brand redundancy that still exists across Twitter and Facebook. If Twitter remains your bite-sized Facebook RSS feed, you've only built a crutch for readership rather than a community. Consider these three areas of differentiation when managing your brand's presence in both environments: Customer interactions. Content. Capacity. Playing to each platform's cultural norms and technical strengths will not only help you stay relevant, but also help you stay sane.
Facebook Users Can Now Edit Their Comments Within a Few Seconds of Posting Facebook Users Can Now Edit Their Comments Within a Few Seconds of Posting Facebook users can now edit a comment they’ve left on a news feed story or wall post by clicking the ‘x’ button within the first few seconds after posting the comment. Instead of deleting the comment as before, the ‘x’ button re-opens the comment input field and lets users edit the previously entered text. This new feature should help users who’ve posted a long comment, but then immediately notice a typo or want to change the comment without having to delete it and re-type the whole thing. Our initial tests show the time window in which edits are permitted to be about 12 seconds. After that, the only option is to delete the comment. A post’s author and other commenters will only receive a single Facebook notification for a comment that has been edited and reposted multiple times. The purpose the feature is likely to encourage users to comment with more confidence, and to decrease the number of comment deletions.
I Have Seen The Future, And Its Sky Is Full Of Eyes Allow me just a little self-congratulatory chest-beating. Four years ago I started writing a near-fiction thriller about the risks of swarms of UAVs in the wrong hands. Everyone I talked to back then (including my agent, alas) thought the subject was implausible, even silly. In the last month, the Stanford Law Review has wrung its hands about the “ethical argument pressed in favor of drone warfare,” while anti-genocide activists have called for the use of “Drones for Human Rights” in Syria and other troubled nations; the UK and France declared a drone alliance; and a new US law compels the FAA to allow police and commercial drones in American airspace, which may lead to “routine aerial surveillance of American life.” We’ve been reporting on UPenn’s amazing drone-swarm research (great title, John!) Terrified yet? Meanwhile, obviously, a lot of people aren’t happy about the notion of police drones – and would rather they be used by the Occupy movement or by livestreaming media.
No-Bake Chewy Cookies and Cream Bars Oh how I love a treat that can be whipped up in about 15 minutes. My boys and their buddies couldn’t get enough of these Chewy Oreo Bars we had as an after school snack this week. Sometimes my spontaneous recipe creations turn out to be the most fun, lol! Yes you use an entire package of Oreo Cookies, but what you get in return is a marshmallow-y Oreo treat that is worth every bite Surprise the kids (and yourself) with this one, they’ll be all smiles, Enjoy! 3 whole ingredients. Break out your Cookies! Place them all in the food processor or blender and mix until ground. Like so. Melt the butter and marshmallows into a large bowl until puffed. You’ll get a little something like this Working quickly, pour in your ground cookies. Mix, mix and mix You’ll get a gooey mess….that’s delish! Transfer to an 8×8 inch baking pan and let set for about 10 minutes. Cut into squares and indulge No-Bake Chewy Cookies and Cream Bars One 16 oz package of Oreo 5 cups Large Marshmallows 4 tablespoons butter 1.
Study: FB ‘Likes’ Driving Buzz for Local Biz The Facebook “like” button, which has been around for just over a year, has already become an important cultural phenomenon. A couple of months ago, a study by Yahoo Labs’ Yury Lifshits looked at how “likes” affect traffic to news stories by reinforcing memes, making the most popular content even more popular as it is passed around. Now a new study from CityGrid Media and Harris Interactive finds that “likes” are also becoming major drivers of online buzz for local businesses, having eclipsed reviews sites as a method by which consumers show their support. That said, the survey also found that here’s no one overwhelming online driver sending people to local businesses — including daily deals and online coupons. “Likes are trumping reviews when it comes to sharing feedback, but this does not translate to Facebook being the first or only place consumers turn when deciding to try someplace new,” Kara Nortman, CityGrid Media’s SVP, Publishing, said in a statement.
A thousand pardons if i have offended anyone.... Facebook & E-Commerce: Forrester Gets It Wrong? I just finished reading the WSJ’s write-up of the Forrester Report by analyst Sucharita Mulpuru, “Will Facebook Ever Drive eCommerce?” Following extensive interviews with e-commerce vendors with fanpages on FB, according to the WSJ article Mulpuru’s convinced that a Facebook-driven commerce strategy is a dead end. I hate to disagree with someone smarter and better-researched than me, especially at Forrester, an organization I hold in high regard … but this strikes me as a short-sighted and unimaginative conclusion. A social-network presence, (Mulpuru) found, was less effective at customer acquisition and retention than e-mail and paid search. The study found that the average Facebook metrics are a 1% click-through rate and a 2% conversion rate. E-mail marketing, by comparison, has an 11% click-through rate and a 4% average conversion rate.Facebook’s problem, she said, is that few people go there for shopping-related activities. Here’s why I think Ms.
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