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Declare A Facebook Heir Before You Die

February 12th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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With technology constantly evolving, Facebook has announced you can still keep your online persona after you die, reports USA Today. Even better, before you pass away you can declare who will become your Facebook heir. Your heir will be your Facebook estate executor and manage your account after you die. Users can decide who will be their heir or “legacy contact.” That particular person will be able to respond to new friend requests, update your cover photos and profile. They can also archive your Facebook posts and photos.

If you are not interested a Facebook heir, Facebook can also memorialize your account. It can only be viewed but not edited or managed; Facebook’s product manager Vanessa Callison-Burch also said: “We heard from family members who wanted to post funeral information or download and preserve photos. We realized there was more we could do.”

Since an increase of social media accounts, few states have created laws that give authority over digital assets. Virginia decreed in 2013 for parents or guardians to take control of their child’s online accounts after the child becomes deceased. In January, a Zogby poll examined adults who were concerned about what will happen to their social media pages after they die. The poll uncovered, 71 percent of 1,012 adults who wanted their online communications to remain private, unless they gave consent prior to their death. 43 percent of that same polled group desired their online accounts to be deleted, unless they not someone can access it until after they are dead.

In order to set up your Legacy contact, go to your profile icon and click on “Settings.” Then choose “security” and click on the “Legacy Contact” option at the bottom of the page. To see how Facebook’s feature works, I choose my cousin and if I die she will be able to download what I have shared on Facebook (which includes statuses, photos, videos and about section info). Since I’m an active Facebook user, that would be a lot of information. However, she would not be able to download my private messages.

Personally, I think once I am no longer here I would want my profile to be deleted. I watched the “Be Right Back” episode of the British series Black Mirrors where a woman used a company that “brought” her dead partner back from the dead via phone calls and even eventually mailed her a clone-like replica of him. What intrigued me about the episode was, her partner only responding to her with the phrases he used online. Although she received a chance to still be connected to the love of her life, things were different.

Would you want your social media page to be active after you die? Chime in the conversation and check out the Black Mirror’s episode below.

Facebook & LinkedIn Partner To Boost The Number Of Women In Tech

February 11th, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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The lack of diversity is glaring in the tech sector. Not only are people of color sorely missing but women as well.

Now Facebook and LinkedIn, both of which have shockingly low diversity numbers, have teamed up to boost the number of women in tech. They plan to do so by getting more women to study engineering and computer science via a collaborative initiative.
The number of women studying tech in undergraduate computer science programs is extremely low. At their peak in 1985 these programs were 35 percent women. It’s now at a low of about 17 percent.

The Associated Press conducted an exclusive interview with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and LinkedIn CEO Jeffrey Weiner and they announced that they’re launching mentoring and support programs at colleges to encourage more women to get involved in technology in general. The opportunity also has the potential to turn some of the participants into future employees for their companies.

They could both use an injection of women in the male-dominated firms. Over at Facebook, even though they have a high-powered and high-profile female COO, only 15 percent of its employees working in tech jobs and 31 percent of all employees are women, according to diversity data released last year. It’s about the same at LinkedIn, where women comprise 17 percent of the firm’s tech employees and 39 percent of total employees, reports The Chicago Tribune.

“A lot of our consumers, at least half, sometimes more, are women. We build a product that gives people a voice. We know we can’t build a product for the world unless our teams reflect the diversity of the people who use the product,” admitted Sandberg.

Now it would be great if tech firms like Facebook and LinkedIn created similar initiatives to boost the number of Blacks and Hispanics in their ranks.

“Protect Your Children”: 14-Year-Old Girl Shot, Killed By Three Teen Boys After Agreeing To Meet One On Facebook

February 2nd, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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You never know who your children are talking to on social media, but after hearing stories like this, you might need to go out of your way to find out.

Three teens from Kansas City, Mo. have been charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action in the death of Alexis Kane. The 14-year-old eighth grader was beaten by the young men before they took turns shooting her. According to reports, Kane’s body was found not too far away from her middle school on Jan. 11.

Friends of the student say that she met Isaac M. “Malik” Carter, 17, via Facebook, and the two hit it off. She had agreed to meet up with him through the social media website. With her friends by her side at first, she met up with Carter at a 7-11 in the city, and he was with two other friends, Dominic “Nick” McDaniel, 18, and Ce-Antonyo D. Kennedy, 17. And although her friends told her not to go anywhere with Carter, Kennedy and McDaniel, she got in a car with them and did so anyway.

According to the CBS affiliate, the young men took her to an apartment, and afterwards, headed towards a nearby water park. According to court documents, surveillance nearby caught Kane being hit in the face with a handgun by one of the suspects, and then shot multiple times after the other two teens passed a gun around to take turns firing at her.

All three young men were arrested last week after more than 100 local and federal officers searched for them. They have since been charged and are being held on $500,000 bond.

Kane’s mother, LoShonda Kane, is thankful that the young men have been arrested, but hurt that in early court proceedings, none of them showed any type of remorse for their crimes.

“In fact, one of them kind of smiled at me so that was, so that was pretty hard to deal with. I don’t see how he thought it was funny.”

She told CBS News that other mothers should learn from her loss of Alexis.

“She didn’t deserve it, and we all know that. She will be missed so much by many.

I ask all mothers, please protect your children.”

Hackers Not Behind Facebook, Instagram Outage, Says Facebook

January 27th, 2015 - By Janel Martinez
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Social media users were in for a surprise on Monday evening when social networking giant Facebook and its photo-sharing platform Instagram experienced a temporary outage that left millions of users unable to access their accounts.

For roughly 40 minutes, users across the globe had issues accessing Facebook and Instagram. Instagram said it was aware of the outage in a tweet, which was later deleted:

“We’re aware of an outage affecting Instagram and are working on a fix. Thank you for your patience.”

Other sites reportedly affected during the outage include dating app Tinder and instant messaging app HipChat.

If you were attempting to refresh your favorite platforms and didn’t have much luck, this was the reason. Of course, there was no shortage of commentary on the outage since many took to Twitter to weigh in on the issue.

So, what was behind the service breach? While hacker group Lizard Squad, which has been connected with other high-profile attacks, tweeted messages implying they’d been behind the outages, Facebook denies those claims.

“This was not the result of a third-party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems,” Facebook said in a statement. “We moved quickly to fix the problem, and both services are back to 100 per cent for everyone.”


Based in New York City, Janel Martinez is a multimedia journalist who covers technology and entrepreneurship. She is the founder of “Ain’t I Latina?” an online destination geared toward Afro-Latinas. You can follow her up-to-the-minute musings on Twitter @janelmwrites.

Facebook Cleaning Up Fake News Stories From Your Newsfeed – Finally

January 22nd, 2015 - By Rhonesha Byng
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We’ve all fallen for clickbait stories that turned out to be completely false at one time or another. We’re scrolling through our Facebook news feed and see an outrageous headline that seems almost too crazy to be true. But it has a headline, a summary and  looks super official. On top of that, one of your good friends shared it so it must be true right?

Well it turns out that far too often fake news stories published on hoax/fake news sites spread far and wide through Facebook’s news feed and Facebook is finally taking action against these posts.

You can report these stories similar to the way you report spam Facebook announced in a Newsroom post by one of their software engineers:

“Hoaxes are a form of News Feed spam that includes scams (“Click here to win a lifetime supply of coffee”), or deliberately false or misleading news stories (“Man sees dinosaur on hike in Utah”). People often share these hoaxes and later decide to delete their original posts after they realize they have been tricked. These types of posts also tend to receive lots of comments from friends letting people know this is a hoax, and comments containing links to hoax-busting websites. In fact, our testing found people are two times more likely to delete these types of posts after receiving such a comment from a friend.”


The update relies on users to report the story as a hoax and after a certain amount of users do so, a message will appear on top of the story to warn users before they click it. The change will not have an impact on satirical news sites that are clearly identified as satire.

Facebook Wants You! The Social Network Has More Than 1,150 Job Openings

January 21st, 2015 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Instead of wasting your life away on Facebook for free, how about getting paid for your obsession with the popular social networking site? Facebook has more than 1,150 job openings up for grabs; you can actually work for “The Zuck,” CNN Money reports.

So what’s the driving force behind Facebook’s new employment opportunities? Its acquisition of Oculus Rift, the masterminds behind virtual reality headsets, in a $2 billion deal last year plays a big part of it. According to ValueWalk:

“There are 52 job listings in the Oculus virtual reality unit, suggesting that the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset could soon be available for commercial release. Facebook is also looking for 150 people in data center technology to effectively manage information from its ever-growing membership.”

Facebook’s ambitious effort to use drones to supply Internet access to different parts of the world is also propelling the hiring spree. The most popular social media site is looking for flight test managers, aerospace mechanical technicians, and avionics engineers to kick this drone business into high gear.

But if you’re not a data technology or aerospace whiz, don’t worry — there are other positions that you might be able to snag. In fact, many of the openings are seeking employees in the field of advertising sales — 126 job postings to be exact. Facebook is also keeping an eye out for recruiters and human resources workers with 43 and 28 job openings available, respectively.

“We are an ambitious company run by an ambitious CEO,” Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg told Reuters in an interview. “Our users are growing and our business is growing and we want to support that.”

Facebook added $100 billion to the American economy last year, according to a recent study conducted by Deloitte, and helped to support more than one million jobs.


“Glory” Win For John Legend & Common Dominated Twitter On Golden Globes Night

January 15th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Facebook and Twitter dominated the 72nd Golden Globes social media coverage this past Sunday. Mashable notes the most talked about moments on the award show was: legendary musician Prince announced Common and John Legend won a Golden Globe award for their song “Glory” for the civil rights film Selma. At the same time, Legend’s wife, model Chrissy Teigen became a viral meme when the camera showed her crying tears of joy for her husband. In their report, Mashable also says the Golden Globes acquired 2.6 million tweets which serve as a 24 percent increase from the 2014 Golden Globes. The top three conversation trends for Twitter from the Golden Globes were:

“Glory” (Selma) wins Best Original Song
Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart) wins Best Supporting Actor in a Mini-Series
Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo) wins Best Actor in a Mini-Series

As for Facebook, the social media platform has 17 million interactions (public posts, comments and likes) from eight million users which is a huge leap from the 7.2 million Facebook interactions in 2014. Here are the top 10 Facebook moments from the Golden Globes as told to Mashable:

Prince presents for Best Original Song; Common and John Legend win (Selma)
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson present; Joanne Frogatt (Downton Abbey) wins Best Supporting Actress
Transparent wins Best TV Comedy or Musical
Jennifer Lopez and Jeremy Renner present; Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo) wins for Best Actor in a Miniseries
Ricky Gervais presents; Amy Adams (Big Eyes) wins for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s opening monologue
Jared Leto presents; Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) wins for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Drama
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards) wins Best Actor in a TV Drama
Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig present; Birdman wins for Best Original Screenplay
Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda present; Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent) wins for Best Actor in a TV Comedy

Did you participate in online commentary about the Golden Globes?

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Starts A Book Club For The New Year

January 5th, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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Did you make any New Year’s resolutions for 2015? Facebook founder/CEO Mark Zuckerberg did. And it’s not what you might imagine. Zuckerberg is going into Oprah territory. He has promised to read a book every two weeks, and he’s invited everyone to join him. In essence, a Zuckerberg book club.

Zuckerberg says the “year of books” is his 2015 goal. Such unusual resolutions are nothing new for Zuckerberg. “Two years ago he challenged himself to meet a new person a day. Last year he attempted to pen a daily thank you note,” reports CNN.

He seems to be taking this New Year’s resolution quite seriously. He’s already launched a Facebook page called  “A year of books” to act as the reading group’s hub. And while it’s only Jan. 5th the community page already has nearly 155,000  likes.

“We will read a new book every two weeks and discuss it here. Our books will emphasize learning about new cultures, beliefs, histories and technologies. Suggestions for new books to read are always welcome. We ask that everyone who participates read the books and we will moderate the discussions and group membership to keep us on topic,” the page says.

The End of Power by Moisés Naím, a former Foreign Policy editor, has been selected as the first book. Published in March 2013, the book is about how leadership has changed in everything from government to business.

According to Amazon, the paperback version was “temporarily out of stock,” leaving some to speculate that Zuckerberg’s book club could have the same impact Oprah’s did. (It looks like it’s now for sale again.) You can also get the book on Barnes and Noble’s website.

3 Ways Facebook Can Help Improve Your Credit Score & Teach You to Save

January 5th, 2015 - By Kara Stevens
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I think we can agree that Facebook can be the Devil. With everyone posting and bragging about their (alleged) perfect lives, it can make those of us that compare our real lives (with flaws and all) to these Photoshopped realities a little depressed.

But there is a silver lining.

If you use your time and energy wisely, Facebook can actually be a saving grace for your finances.  There are a number of Facebook closed groups that focus on creating supportive communities for women of color seeking to improve their finances and relationship with money. Here are three Facebook groups that you should join if you want to redirect your Facebook envy into something more productive. I am a member of all of these groups and find the information, accountability, and inspiration invaluable.

Dream Catchers: This group is led by Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche, author of the Amazon best-selling One Week Budget and creator of the Live Richer Challenge. The Dream Catchers Facebook Group is a resource for anyone who wishes to purposefully and passionately pursue their ideal lives and wants to use their finances to help them. In this group, you get to ask financial questions and find encouragement and support for others.  Here is the link to the Dream Catchers group so you can request membership.

Save 50: This closed group is co-led by LaTisha Styles, founder of Young Finances. Americans are notorious for being non-savers or over-spenders. The Facebook group Save 50 serves to address this financial problem. The mission of the group is: “We are a group of individuals who are dedicated to saving half (or more) of our income. Maybe it won’t happen this year, but it will happen.” What is great about this group is that everyone is striving to save half of their income and provide very practical tips and resources on how they are increasing how much they keep from each check. Here is the link to the Save 50 group so you can request membership.

$20 Cash Crash Diet: This closed Facebook community was founded by me a few months ago when I realized that I was mindlessly spending money throughout the course of the work week. The $20 Cash Crash Diet group is a safe and supportive community of women wanting to improve our relationship with money by being more mindful about their spending. The $20 Cash Crash Diet group is not about deprivation. The group is about abundance and building wealth by being conscious of our daily spending. Here is the link to the $20 Cash Crash Diet group so you can request membership.


Connect with Kara @frugalfeminista. Learn more about The Frugal Feminista at Download her free ebook The 5-Day Financial Reset Plan: Eliminate Debt, Know Your Worth, and Heal Your Relationship with Money in Just 5 Days.

For The Sake Of Charity: Co-Founders Of Facebook Giving Most Of Their Fortune Away

January 4th, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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After toiling away to make a new company a success, many entrepreneurs would want to hang on to as much of the fortune they amounted as possible. But that was not the thinking of Cari Tuna and her future husband, Dustin Moskovitz, a Facebook co-founder, in 2010, when they both were in their mid-20s. They decided they would give away most of their multibillion-dollar fortune to charity.

In 2010, Tuna and Moskovitz became the youngest couple ever to sign on to the Giving Pledge, the campaign started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet to encourage the world’s billionaires to commit to giving away most of their wealth, reports The Chicago Tribune.

The pair believed that most of the money Moskovitz had made, which was estimated at $8.1 billion according to Forbes, should be returned to society in their lifetimes. But first they had to figure out how and where to give it away.

“The conventional wisdom is to say, ‘What am I passionate about?’ and go for something in that area,” Tuna said. “That can be a great way to do things, but at the same time, I think that by just going with that, you’re leaving a lot of opportunity for impact on the table.”

Tuna and Moskovitz, now 29 and 30, respectively, spent three years researching what to do with the money. Finally, after hundreds of interviews and trips that took them from Washington think tanks such as the Brookings Institution to health clinics in Myanmar and villages in Kenya, they have honed in on four major “buckets”: U.S. policy, global catastrophic risks, international aid and science. And in early 2015, they will announce their first major gifts.

“I came to this work without a really fixed worldview as most philanthropists do that are coming to this after highly successful careers in other fields,” said Tuna, who serves as president of Good Ventures, the couple’s foundation. “I have a blank slate, and I’m trying to use that as an advantage.”