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5 Facebook At Work Features That’ll Make the Platform Worthwhile

November 19th, 2014 - By Janel Martinez
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If you’ve been minimizing your window thanks to your “Facebook at work habit,” you may not have to do that anymore. The social media powerhouse is reportedly working on its own version of a professional site, Facebook at Work.

Rumors about the service surfaced in June when TechCrunch reporter Ingrid Lunden revealed that Facebook was working on a “business collaboration product called ‘Facebook at Work.’” Then, the murmur heightened on Monday when sources close to the company confirmed the news and told Business Insider that companies are testing the product, which is in pilot mode, and could be available as soon as January for companies that sign up for the service. We know that the enterprise-focused platform reflects what Facebook employees use the social site for, everything from collaborating on documents and IM to Facebook Groups and reporting maintenance issues.

While “Facebook at Work” will compete with Google’s and Microsoft’s workplace products, Facebook’s workplace version can work if it meets the following criteria:

Optimum security

Facebook is known to switch up its privacy policy and aggregate data, which is problematic for businesses that vow to keep employee information under lock and key. Products like Google Apps for Work, Microsoft’s Yammer and Office 360 and’s Chatter keep internal data and communications secure, so Facebook at Work will have to do the same.

No Ad Zone

With Facebook making the majority of its revenue from advertising (a reported 62 percent in mobile advertising), many wonder if they’d place ads within their new platform. Our vote is, NO!

Separate from personal page

Most people keep their co-workers at bay when it comes to their social media life, especially Facebook. The reports indicate that users will be able to keep their personal and professional pages separate, which may be a draw for those (such as myself) unwilling to have both linked. My status update has nothing to do with the meeting proposal/update due? You get my drift.

Simple and easy collaboration

If I’m already familiar with how to use Facebook, having to use it to connect on team projects company wide and to share documents with colleagues won’t be hard. For many, there won’t be a learning curve since 864 million people use Facebook on average daily. “If I were to use it [Facebook at Work], real-time collaboration for projects and a live chat feature would be nice,” says Ariel Lopez, tech enthusiast and founder of 2020Shift.

Ability to publish articles

Some are referring to this yet-to-be-released platform as a LinkedIn killer. Doubt it. One thing LinkedIn has implemented, and Facebook should include with its new site, is the ability to publish long-form posts. You can publish using Note on Facebook, but how cool would it be to share creative idea posts or even reflections on company events on this platform? It’ll not only allow employees to share their thoughts and ideas, but an opportunity for company execs to review for ideas to implement within the company.

What features would you like to see on Facebook at Work? Let us know in the comments section below. 

Shh! Facebook Is Secretly Creating A New Professional Website

November 18th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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To take on LinkedIn and other professional networking sites, Facebook is rumored to be starting its own professional site.

“Facebook is secretly working on a new website called ‘Facebook at Work'” that would allow users to “chat with colleagues, connect with professional contacts and collaborate over documents,” reports the Financial Times. Facebook’s some 8,348 employees are testing it out, reports Business Insider.

The rumors started way back in June. It was then that TechCrunch reported that Facebook was creating a product called “Facebook at  Work.” And it seems it’s nearly ready to roll out the product. There is not much known about the venture, but “Facebook at Work” would be hosted separately from private Facebook.

“The new enterprise collaboration tool will look a lot like your personal Facebook page with a News Feed, Messenger and Groups, but it would be completely separate from your personal Facebook, so there would be no danger whatsoever that the two would ever bleed into one another. That means, no work content would ever appear in your personal feed and no personal content would ever appear in your work feed, a level of privacy that would be absolutely essential for all parties to trust it,” reported TechCrunch yesterday.

Sound like something you would like to see?

Erykah Badu And Daughters Sing Message Of Self Acceptance

November 12th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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When your mother is Erykah Badu, people will be interested to know if you, her children, will be able to carry a tune. Well, a recent video the singer posted on Facebook proves that her daughters Puma and Mars can certainly sing.

In what looks like a rather candid mommy-daughter moment, Erykah, Mars and Puma are laying in bed singing Colbie Caillat’s “Try.” 

If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a very inspirational song that reminds women that you don’t have to compromise yourself in order to be liked.

“You don’t have to try so hard, 

You don’t have to give it all away

You just have to get up, get up, get up

You don’t have to change a single thing.”

It also asks the very important question, “Do you like you?”

We don’t know what Erykah does with her children everyday but it’s really nice to see that her daughters, and other young girls across the country, are hearing and internalizing this message at such a young age.

Take a listen to the video below and tell us what you think.

Help The Fight: Facebook Adds Ebola Charity Donation Button To News Feeds

November 7th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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If you are concerned about the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa and want to do something to help, Facebook has made it pretty easy.

The social media giant has come up with a way for its users to donate to some charities’ Ebola-relief efforts. User can do so though a button at the top of their News Feeds.

There are three charities Facebook users can now donate to. They are: International Medical Corps, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and Save the Children. Facebook itself will also help put. “The social media company is also donating 100 terminals to provide Internet and voice-calling access for aid workers to Ebola-hit areas such as Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone,” reports Chicago Tribune.

And in October, Facebook founder/Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said he and his wife would donate $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to fight Ebola.

So far, the Ebola outbreak has resulted in nearly 5,000 deaths in West Africa. There have also been nine cases treated in the United States since August, with one death. In December 2013, Ebola began in Guinea, then spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. While a few other countries in and outside of Africa have been affected as well, these three remain the hot spot for the crisis.

Social Media User Data Requests On The Rise (Which Means Less Privacy For You)

November 5th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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According to Facebook, governments worldwide are asking for more and more of its users’ data. In fact, in all, requests for Facebook data went up  24 percent in just six months, said the social media giant, with nearly half of those requests coming from the United States.

In its latest transparency report, Facebook says that between January and June, governments across the world made 34,946 requests for data. “The United States was responsible for 15,433 of those requests, spanning 23,667 accounts.” reports The Los Angeles Times.

Facebook began making its transparency reports public in June 2013 when it came to light that the world’s largest social network had shared user data with the National Security Agency’s secret Internet surveillance program, Prism.

In regards to the most recent requests, Facebook complied in about 80 percent of the cases and turned over the data. Many of the requests involved search warrants or subpoenas.

“We scrutinize every government request we receive for legal sufficiency under our terms and the strict letter of the law, and push back hard when we find deficiencies or are served with overly broad requests,” Facebook’s deputy general counsel, Chris Sonderby, said in a statement.

During the same period, Twitter got 2,058 government requests, more than half (1,257) were from the U.S. government, reads its September transparency report. It turned over data in 73 percent of those cases.

Google too says it has experienced an increase in requests. They are up 15 percent since the second half of last year, and the search engine has experienced a whopping 150 percent increase since the company began publishing such data in 2009. In the United States, requests have jumped 19 percent and 250 percent, respectively.

Facebook has been fighting bulk search warrants issued by a court in New York since last year. The request is for data on about 400 people — the largest request Facebook has ever gotten, Sonderby said. After losing the case in the lower court, Facebook  is appealing to a New York appellate court. The case will be decided later this year.

Are You Addicted To Social Media?

October 27th, 2014 - By Ezinne Ukoha
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Okay, I know two days doesn’t sound like that much of a victory, but when you eat, breathe and sleep what populates on your timeline, it can be quite a feat to be able to dismiss Facebook , Twitter and Instagram for an extended period of time.

It was something I had to do in order to rescue myself from myself. I was losing my mind because of my crippling dependency and obsession with updating my status as well as responding to those who are equally as active. There are so many benefits that come with being able to attain instant gratification just by clicking a button. I am not sure how I survived a time when that was inconceivable, but I am darn grateful that I lived long enough to now partake in all the action.

To be honest, I used to be a skeptic when it came to social media. I just didn’t want to buy into the idea that a mere tweet has the potential to change the course of your life, or a random posting on FB could activate a dormant relationship. But once I gave in, it didn’t take very long for me to succumb to the media tools of my choice. Twitter was my first love, and I nurtured that relationship to the hilt, and then I finally transferred some of it to Facebook and Instagram. Once I began receiving feedback, I became irrevocably hooked. At first I convinced myself that I was in control, but it soon became clear that I was swiftly losing my grip. My phone became my most valuable possession, and as a result, it always had to be within reach.

The crazy part is that I used to tease my friends for doing the exact same thing. I used to get irritated whenever we would hang out and they absolutely could not complete a sentence or carry out a conversation without checking their phones. I would accuse them of being rude and explain how pathetic it was that they had allowed themselves to be “technologically whipped.” But alas, I have become that person, I might actually be worse than they ever were. Sometimes in the middle of the night, instead of getting up to use the bathroom like normal people do, I reach out for my phone to see what My FB friends in London are up to and then I quickly scan my Twitter feed. My habit unfortunately extends to my office hours and I still don’t know how I am able to prevent it from interfering with my job duties. I guess years of forced multi-tasking pays off.

So, needless to say, I had gotten to the point where I needed to prove to myself that I wasn’t a lost soul. Could I neglect the pangs of social media, no matter how hungry I get? So I chose the weekend because that is usually when things heat up. Saturday morning was hard, because just like clockwork, I reached for my phone. But then once I realized I was on probation, I put it down and closed my eyes. I started meditating, which is something I rarely do, but should be doing more often. It felt good to release all the stress and to welcome a lighter temperament. The rest of the day was spent indulging in activities that were not influenced by FB friends or Twit pals. I didn’t care if anyone liked anything I had posted days before, and I wasn’t anxious to see what hilarity was erupting on Instagram.

Basically, my experiment assured me that I am not a lost cause after all. I enjoy utilizing social media because I can and even though it has gradually become a big part of my life, I am not an addict. I take advantage and indulge more than I should but if I need to extract myself – I can. I wonder how many others are like me. Would you classify yourself as a social media addict?


“Go Shawty!” Dad Hypes His Daughter For Her Birthday

September 17th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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You all let me know when you’re tired of these daddy-daughter posts because every time I see one, I’m going to share it.

They’re just too adorable!

The most recent one is spreading courtesy of the “America’s Funniest Home Videos” Facebook account.

This moment is different from the other videos we’ve shared in that this father didn’t realize he was being recorded, which kind of makes it more sweet and authentic.

It looks like his daughter is standing in or around the sink as she and her father celebrate the fact that today is her birthday with a little song and dance. He’s into it.

But when he finally notices that he’s being filmed, he’s suddenly shy.

A woman, who claims to be the little girl’s mother, saw the video and posted a comment.

That is my husband Major Kimbrough and daughter Jaz, when she was 3 yrs old…I sent thus video in almost 8 yrs ago!!! I was sooo HAPPY to see it on AFV and Facebook!!!!!


Facebook Reaches 100 Million (Mostly Mobile) Users In Africa

September 15th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Through Facebook’s accessibility initiative,, the social media giant now has 100 million active users in Africa, and 80 percent of those are via mobile, signaling that most people on the continent are opting for a small screen for Internet access rather than a laptop or other larger device. This is a whopping 50 percent of all Africans connected to the Internet, reports TechCrunch.

So if drones, satellites, and deals for free access from local carriers get the Internet to more people in such places like India and South America, it is most likely a big percentage of them will become Facebook users.

Facebook’s latest user milestone offers more detail to its typical earnings report of user growth breakdowns, which groups Africa into a big “Rest Of World” region that had 411 million active users at the end of Q2 2014. “To put the 50 percent penetration rate of Facebook amongst Internet-connected Africans, Facebook has a 71 percent penetration rate in the US and Canada region, or 204 million users out of 283.7 million,” reports TechCrunch.

Facebook has been working diligently to get more users in Africa. The tech company recently announced a telecom partnership to bring Internet to the five billion people who are disconnected. Through this deal it debuted its app in Zambia. The African telecom Airtel fully subsidizes the data charges so that the’s app will show people the value of the Internet, and ultimately get them to buy a subscription to the whole web.

Since Internet usage in much of Africa is prohibitively high, Facebook is working on such types of free Internet carrier partnerships among other ways to decrease data expenditures and offer improved transmission efficiency.

As the company writes “We know that a one-size-fits-all approach won’t work when it comes to building products and solutions that address diverse local needs around the world, which is why we’re committed to crafting solutions specifically for high-growth markets.”

Either We Claim It All Or We Get Rid Of Black Twitter

September 8th, 2014 - By Charing Ball
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Can we stop calling Black people, who tweet on Twitter, “Black Twitter?”

No, not an option? Okay. I’ll concede.

But if folks insist on using this terminology, can we all acknowledge that Black people, who tweet on Twitter, or Black Twitter, is a pretty wide and varied, and definitely not one singular voice? Likewise the platform belongs to every single Black body, who uses Twitter, including:

The Black activists, Black researchers, Black feminists and womanists; Black No MA’AM; Black nationalists; Black separatists, Black integrationists; Black Africans; half-Black biracial people, Black Christians; Black Muslims; Black Hindus; Black African spiritualists; Black atheists; Black snobs and elitists; Black commoners and hood ni**as; Black democrats; Black republicans; Black libertarians; Black Alex Jones-followers; Black foodies, Black vegans, Black emos and goths, Black geeks; Black nerds; Black whatever kind of community this is.basically, any Black people, who did the simple task of signing up for a Twitter account and tweeting some shit – possibly to some other Black people.

Can we also admit that Black Twitter is not an actual thing?

There is no url, which leads me to this mythical cyber land called Black Twitter. There are no secret handshakes or head nods to give to a big Black bald-headed bouncer, which will open the velvet rope of regular Twitter to reveal where all the Black people and rap music be hiding at.

Black Twitter is really just a subset of somebody – a non-Black somebody – else’s platform, which we use for free and on their terms (of service). And while our words are copyright protected up to a certain extent (mainly the attribution kind), we give up much of our ownership rights when we allow our thoughts to be shared and reshared. And as such, none of us Black folks, who tweet for free on that other person’s platform are really in a position to tell other users how to use what amounts to public and searchable information. Of course, the caveats are signing out of your Twitter account completely and possibly changing your privacy settings. But that will never happen.

And I think this lack of realization is what I find most frustrating about this recent Black Twitter outrage over a project by the Annenberg Innovation Lab at the University of Southern California, which aims to study, “public discourse on Twitter that explores both macro and micro-scale activity simultaneously in order to draw out particularly active, engaged “neighborhoods” within the larger population.” And that “engaged neighborhood” in which they speak of is, of course, Black Twitter.

Despite original concerns about several of the project team members being White, the project is actually being led by a Black woman, a Ph.D candidate (and who also has a Twitter account, thus making her part of the clan), who is using the data she collects for her dissertation. And she seeks to track this “engaged neighborhood” by focusing on how this group of people helped to propel ABC’s hit television show, “Scandal,” into the number one spot.

Not the most original of topics, considering many other news outlets have noted the greater than average social media engagement the show has and how the show’s creator even gets on the act by tweeting and responding to tweets during the broadcast of the show. And yet folks still continue to trash her research and levy all sorts of accusations that she was trying to exploit the Black social networking, by way of the Twitter, community.

The researcher behind this project, has responded in her own words to all the criticism here. But personally I found this criticism of her alleged “usury” particularly rich considering that on any given day of the year, we can read a headline, written from Black fingers and featured on Black or pseudo Black online media publication (hell, even some of the majors are getting in on the game), going on about “What Black Twitter said.” Or academics sitting up on CNN in Don Lemon’s face, translating what Black Twitter said. Hell, there are even journalists and bloggers at certain news publications, whose main beats are reporting exclusively on what Black Twitter said. So Black Twitter’s indignation now over someone else, who is Black, taking a slice of the “Black Twitter” pie seems a bit selective and short-sighted.

Florida Mom’s Facebook Complaint Gets Son Expelled From School

September 1st, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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A Florida mom says she recently complained about her son’s private school on social media and it got her expelled.

And it was a seemingly minor complaint. Ashley Habat grumbled on Facebook that Sonshine Christian Academy didn’t give enough notice about picture day. Even though her Facebook post was private, she tagged the school. The next day she says she was told by school administrators that the school didn’t seem to be a good fit for her son,  reports WJXT-TV (via The Huffington Post).

In the post, Habat asked: “Why is it that every single day there is something new I dislike about Will’s School? Are my standards really too high or are people working in the education field really just that ignorant.”

A letter of dismissal given to Habat from the school said her “relationship with Sonshine did not get off to a very good start the first day of school,” stating that she “utilized social media to call into question not only the integrity but the intelligence of our staff. … These actions are also consistent with sowing discord, which is spoken of in the handbook you signed.”

According to its website, Sonshine Christian Academy is “a thriving, Christ-Centered Academy providing academic excellence through the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, equipping each student to make an impact in our community and the world.”

Hmm. Wouldn’t the Christian thing to be to talk to the mother privately about the social media mishap and not punish an innocent child? These days, people talk about their lives–good and bad–on social media. The parent wasn’t calling for a boycott of the school, merely using her freedom of speech.

The school did not respond to The Huffington Post’s request for comment.

Was the school right in kicking out Habat’s son?