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Busted! Cheaters Caught And Put On Blast On Social Media

August 3rd, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Did you read about this woman who got caught sexting her side piece by a stranger at a baseball game? It’s getting harder and harder to get away with dirt, and these cheaters caught in the act found that out the hard way. Whatever happened to keeping your business out of the streets?

Your Relationship Status, Your Self-Esteem Level And More Things Facebook Can Tell You About Yourself

July 30th, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Facebook knows a lot more about you than you think the social media site does. These studies just might shock you with how much social media knows about your business–probably because you share so much of it. Do these ring true for you? Or do these Facebook scientists need to go back to the drawing board?

Woman Legally Changes Name To “Jemmaroid Von Laalaa” In Order To Save Facebook Account

July 14th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Many of us have friends on Facebook who have interesting pseudonyms in order to steer clear of employers, coworkers or pesky church associates. Because of the influx of fake names, Facebook decided its users must use their legal name in order to create a more “authentic” and safe community. In their Help Center, Facebook states: “Facebook is a community where people use their authentic identities. We require people to provide the name they use in real life; that way, you always know who you’re connecting with. This helps keep our community safe.”

Despite this, many people still sought to keep the pseudonyms as their names and were locked out of their account by Facebook. A similar incident happened to a British woman and she decided to legally change her name to one she creatively thought up for her Facebook persona. Initially, Jemma Rogers changed her Facebook name is Jemmaroid Von Laalaa so she can avoid unwanted friend requests. However, when Facebook changed their names/identification policy, their admins sent her a message asking for proof that Jemmaroid was her real name.

Rogers tried Photoshopping one of her ATM cards but her efforts didn’t work and Rogers was locked out of her account. In order to get back into her account, Rogers legally changed her name to Jemmaroid Von Laalaa. Unfortunately, she is still locked out her account, even after sending in her legal documents. Facebook sent her a computerized message stating they will look into the matter. Since then, the new Ms. Von Laalaa had to order bank cards and a driving license.

She told The Telegraph, “It’s hard to speak to a human being as well, all I get is computerised messages back, it’s so frustrating. It’s ludicrous and I am embarrassed to tell people what has happened. What if a victim of abuse wants to have Facebook but doesn’t want people to find her, so sets it up with a pseudonym? Facebook have too much power and it’s actually quite scary.”

Facebook responded to this story via Cosmopolitan, stating:

“Facebook asks people to use their authentic names, as we believe this makes people more accountable for what they say. In this instance, we made a mistake, but we reactivated the account last week. We apologize for any inconvenience that this caused.”

Facebook May Soon Offer A Digital Assistant Named MoneyPenny

July 14th, 2015 - By Chelcee Johns
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Facebook could be readying a new virtual assistant named “MoneyPenny” for global use. The new addition, which is still being tested internally, will allow users to ask real people for help researching and buying products or services.

MoneyPenny is set apart from its competitors – Apple’s Siri, Microsoft Cortana and Google Now — because it will connect you to a real human and is based on helping you research and buy instead of helping you find the closest Starbucks.

According to a report from news site The Information, the launch date for the added service is still unknown. Facebook is working to finish the building and testing mode.

However, we do know that Facebook Messenger taking cues from former PayPal CEO David Marcus, possibly setting up the new app much like a shopping tool.

MoneyPenny may be similar to the likes of Operator and Magic, where you can text a person what you need and they work out the details. The two startups make a profit by charging a service fee as well as delivery fee for the goods ordered.

Facebook has not yet publicized how it plans to charge its 700 million users for MoneyPenny. The service will be the first that Facebook charges it users for.

If it proves helpful, would you be interested in paying for a digital assistant? How much would be too much?

New App Shares Who Unfriended You On Facebook, Also Allows You To Stalk Your Friends

July 7th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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This week an app, Who Deleted Me, gained popularity as many downloaded it to find out who unfriended them on Facebook.

Once you download the app to your phone or as an extension on your web browser, it will keep track of who are your “ride or die” social media friends or those who were tired of your online antics and said, “Bye, Bye!”

The app only keeps track of the friends you have on Facebook once you’ve downloaded it. As an added bonus, you can also stalk your current friends to see the last time your friends logged onto Facebook was.

Although you may be wondering: “Who would download such an app?” approximately 330,000 of its 500,000 users just signed up this month leaving the app with several outages. A spokesperson for Who Deleted Me told Buzzfeed, they are ironing out the kinks as their membership grows.

Are you planning to find out who deleted you after posting your latest opinion on Bill Cosby?

Facebook Hired Only 7 Black Employees In Latest Diversity Count

June 29th, 2015 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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You can count the number of African-American employees Facebook hired in its latest diversity count on your hands — seven, just seven. According to The Guardian, Mark Zuckerberg’s promise to ensure that Facebook reflects the heterogeneity of its 1.4 billion international users fell flat.

Zuckerberg talked our ear off about his efforts to diversify the tech sector.”We have the same talent bar for everyone,” he said, according to USA Today. “But we want to find a disproportionate number of candidates who are women and minorities.” But the newest diversity report shows numbers that Mashable calls “disappointing.”

More than half of the Facebook staff, 55 percent, are White. The proportion of Asian employees skyrocketed from two percent to 36 percent. Latino and Black employment stagnated at four and two percent, respectively.

The most recent Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) report shows that Facebook hired only seven Black employees out of overall headcount increase of 1,231 in 2013. At that time, just 45 Black employees were employed out of a total U.S. workforce of 4,263. Black female staffers increased from 10 to 11 and Black male workers jumped by six to 34.

No Black employees had a seat at Facebook’s senior leadership positions.

From the outside looking in, Facebook Global Director of Diversity Maxine Williams admitted that the numbers seem to reflect slothful efforts on diversity, but Williams assures us this is not the case:

“…We are always trying creative approaches that tailor solutions to the challenge of increasing the diversity of our population,” Williams wrote. “While we have achieved positive movement over the last year, it’s clear to all of us that we still aren’t where we want to be. There’s more work to do. We remain deeply committed to building a workplace that reflects a broad range of experience, thought, geography, age, background, gender, sexual orientation, language, culture and many other characteristics.”

Williams said that Facebook has erected several programs to diversify the tech sector, including Facebook University, which invites college freshmen from underrepresented groups to work with Facebook mentors to learn the computer science skills needed to work for the company.

“We are going against hundreds of years of historical inequity,” Williams told The New York Times. “All of our investments will take years to pay off.”

Zuckerberg hinted that diversity is a key component for innovation.

“There’s just so much research that shows that diverse teams perform better at anything you’re trying to do,” CNN Money quotes Zuckerberg. “Companies that are more diverse do better.”

Yay or Nay? Young Mother Takes Her Toddler To School Prom

May 19th, 2015 - By Rich
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I had to file this one under: “I’m Not Sure What I Think.”

I am breezing through my Facebook news feed when i see something posted by rapper Mickey Factz. It was his initial comment that got me going, where he stated “I really believe we live in the craziest era known to man. Taking a baby to prom shows young mothers dont give up or strive harder? What?”

My interest was piqued.

It would seem that a young woman named “Mocha So’Cold” Monae” decided to take her son to her high school prom. Her goal was show other teen mothers that “having a baby doesn’t mean that you give up…you just have to strive harder.” Check out her entire statement below.

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Now, this note was widely shared on the internet and garnered thousands of likes after she posted it under a comment from former football star Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson. I am simply unclear why taking her young son to the prom somehow correlates to striving harder. I would think that finishing school and moving on to the next phase of life would do that, actually. In these times, I gather that we are living outside of convention a lot of the time. I’m working on understanding these changes, because – God knows – I don’t know why a teen would want to do such a thing. Go get lit, girl!

What I am thinking is that in this day and age, people are looking for ways to make these grandiose, sharable statements, particularly in the age of social media. Even though, raising a son at a young age is a mighty feat, being an positive model really comes later down the line with increased levels of success. But, in this time, the reward is the 5.5 thousand likes and the 1,000-plus new social media followers. I’m not sure if that is what “Mocha ‘So’Cold’ Monae” was thinking when she did it. Trust me, somebody took note.

In my view, taking your son to the prom is just weird and potentially inappropriate. All those raging hormones and bad music! Take a date that you wanna have a faux romantic night with (or a real romantic night!). There’s oftentimes this awkward space with single mothers and their sons when the father isn’t around. I’m thinking if a man took his daughter to the prom, that would be extra creepy and far less debatable. Conversely, his conversation has people talking – conflicted even.

People like me feel, the whole notion is flawed and there is no connection between the act of taking the kid to the prom and “striving harder.” Others see no wrong in it since she is being very proud about her situation and making it better through persistence. At the day’s end, that’s a positive. Its a step forward that also got her a bunch of attention she may or may not wanted.

Lastly, maybe she didn’t want all the scrutiny, debate and controversy around her and son once she got it. Still, she keep the friends and followers. Just don’t stop striving, young mother Mocha So’Cold Monae. Then, Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur is really going to have an issue.

Time To Un-Friend? Should Our Facebook Pages Include Professional Contacts?

April 29th, 2015 - By Tanvier Peart
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Have you ever asked yourself why you’re “friends” with certain people on Facebook?

During college, it might’ve been a noteworthy achievement for some to have hundreds or thousands of followers, but what about today? Is it smart to let everyone in on your business?

Like most of you, I use social media outlets like Facebook to interact with friends and family. Modern technology sure does make it easier to stay in touch with folks and abreast of life changes. While the bulk of my “friends list” are people near and dear to my heart, I do have professional contacts among my personal Rolodex. Even though I’m pretty good about filtering content I post, there are times when I have to double check as current events have a way of bringing out emotions.

How many have seen status rants about everything from politics to pop culture? Sure you’re entitled to your opinion and are allowed to express yourself, but I can’t help but think about how what we post–justified or not–can affect our business relationships. Given we wouldn’t discuss certain topics around the water cooler, should this also apply to our social media, or do you think it’s necessary to rethink adding professional contacts?

The news is full of stories involving the consequences of poor choices online. Does anyone remember the girl who got fired before her first day on the job because she thought it was a good idea to complain?

Given current events like the protests and riots in Baltimore and the upcoming political season, I can only imagine the things we’re going to see online. This makes me think about topics close to my heart and whether or not I remember to use my filters properly. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not ashamed or afraid to state my opinions, I just think certain discussions are better left for people in your circle.

A friend of mine has no issue taking to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and whatever else she can find to express herself. In many cases, she makes wonderful points but doesn’t always use the most tasteful language. As a result, some of her opinions have landed in the workplace because she has colleagues on her list friends. While I certainly don’t think people need to argue over something that happened in a personal space, when you leave the door open for this to happen, it kinda should not be so shocking that it occurs.

As much as Facebook continues to change, one of the things I can appreciate is the ability to have individuals follow you without friending them. Rather than having to worry about a particular list, you can simply mark your posts as “global” if you want them to be available for Joe Public to see.

Facebook has always been more of a “let your hair down” kind of outlet instead of a professional one for me. I leave most of my career-related contacts to LinkedIn but do understand situations where the two mix. Sometimes you build relationships outside of the professional realm with colleagues that make social sharing a reality. Just be careful how much you share or overshare as it might do harm to the good thing you have going.

Are you friends with your boss or co-workers online? If so, does that sway what you post?

We Were All Thinking It: Jada Pinkett Smith Wonders Is Hillary For Black Women?

April 20th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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Jada Pinkett Smith Wonders Is Hillary For Black Women feat

The other day at work we were discussing Hillary Clinton’s announcement that she plans to run for president and whether or not we would vote for her. Immediately, one of my coworkers, a Black woman, as most of us are here are Moguldom, said she wasn’t too sure. Stating that she didn’t know whether or not Hillary was really for us and she didn’t like the way she tried to dog President Obama during the 2008 race.

True.

In my mind, I always thought that after President Obama finished his two terms, I would be ready for Hillary. I would be excited about the first female President. But what I feel these days isn’t quite excitement. It’s more about thinking Hillary (and let’s be real, Bill too), are the lesser of two…or 8 evils.

So during the discussion, I played devil’s advocate because I’m certainly not here for another Bush in office either. Two was far too many.

Still, that doesn’t mean that I am sure Hillary was going to fight for Black people generally or Black women specifically.

And apparently, Jada Prinkett Smith has the same concerns.

This past weekend, she wrote a lengthy Facebook message pondering the question. See what she had to say.

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Source: Facebook

Does Jada have a valid point? Do you have the same concerns? Are you planning to vote for Hillary Clinton, why or why not?

Is This A Good Idea? Facebook Wants To Host News Content On Its Site

March 25th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Facebook has approached a number of media outlets, including The New York Times and Buzzfeed, in order to explore options for hosting media content on their site.

Social networks have become increasingly popular places for breaking news and other content to pass from person to person around the globe. The New York Times says that with 1.4 billion users, Facebook has become a vital source of traffic for media sites who seek to engage with their readers.

Instead of allowing its users to click out of the Facebook site, Facebook is looking to partner with media outlets to provide the stories, videos and other content right in the social network. The deal would also include some ad sharing profits. By hosting content directly on its social media site, Facebook will change how content is delivered to users.

For instance, Facebook plans to feature articles on the newsfeeds of those who have the interest or in the age group of the media publication’s average consumer even if they’ve never heard or don’t follow a site’s content.

Edward Kim of SimpleReach, an analytics and distribution company says Facebook wants to increase the speed of how users receive news, which would drive up consumer satisfaction and traffic, making the offer more enticing to more outlets. Many media outlets, like Quartz and National Geographic, when asked by The Times for their intentions on the deal by, declined comment. 

A downside for publications would be losing consumer data. When readers click on articles or visit a site, tracking tools help companies outline its target readership numbers. There’s also concern about load time for stories, with Facebook likely working on speeding things up, according to the Times.

But for users, there’s the question of whether they want the social network, which also houses lots of personal connections and insight, to become a mass news feed as well. Are you interested in getting your news from Facebook?