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Randi Zuckerberg, sister to Mark and former head of marketing at the family’s social network, Facebook (she’s now an executive producer of the Bravo show Silicon Valley), posted a picture on her Facebook page (available here), showing the reactions of friends and family to the network’s new “poke” function. Callie Schweitzer, director of marketing and projects at VoxMedia, friend of the family, and a prolific tweeter, posted the photo on Twitter.
Turns out, Zuckerberg had only intended for her FB friends to see the photo. When it popped up online, she tweeted at Schweitzer, expressing her… displeasure.
“I posted it only to friends on FB. You reposting it on Twitter is way uncool,” she wrote, according to Mashable. (They have a list of the tweets that were exchanged.) Despite an apology and explanation (Schweitzer said it appeared on her feed so she assumed it was public), Zuckerberg used the incident to try and teach everyone a lesson in the dos and don’ts of social media sharing, saying it’s “not about privacy settings.” Now, not only has the photo gone viral, but Zuckerberg’s rant is getting lots of sarcastic responses from the online world.
“Yes, Randi Zuckerberg, Please Lecture Us About ‘Human Decency,’” is the headline on Dan Lyons’ article on ReadWriteWeb. Facebook has a long list of complaints in its inbox, some legal, many related to its privacy policies, which are circuitous and, to many, overly invasive.
Zuckerberg has lightened up a little in the past couple of hours, but it’s one more argument against Facebook and its handling of privacy issues. In many ways, the company has turned a deaf ear to the privacy concerns of users. When it’s in the family, the company might hear those complaints a little more clearly. And to be sure, if something actually changed for the better as a result of the incident, it would be a great moment for the company.
Instagram revealed updates to its terms of service today, alerting users that they will be sharing data collected through the app with Facebook, the company that purchased it for a $1 billion earlier this year.
More shocking to many is language that suggests Instagram will sell user photos to third parties without pay for the person who snapped the picture.
The line that has got everyone frothing at the mouth is this:
You agree that a business may pay Instagram to display your photos in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions without any compensation to you.
According to The Verge, this and other language in the terms of service are very similar to those in place for other online services. Moreover, the new terms actually make things clearer and “more limited.”
“Instagram can’t sell your photos to anyone, for example. It simply doesn’t have permission,” the article says. But “an advertiser can pay Instagram to display your photos in a way that doesn’t create anything new — so Budweiser can put up a box in the timeline that says ‘our favorite Instagram photos of this bar!’ and put user photos in there, but it can’t take those photos and modify them, or combine them with other content to create a new thing.”
In other words, you can appear in an ad without first being asked for permission, though your photo can’t be altered with a logo or anything else. The New York Times has a few other details, including the fact that there’s no way to opt out short of deleting your account.
Instagram has heard the shrieks of anger and, reports CNN, has tweeted a promise to provide more information soon.
The new terms go into effect on January 16 and apply to about 100 million users. We’ve written just this week about the concerns over privacy and control of personal data. Do these new terms of service concern you?
African Americans love Twitter. In fact, according to studies, blacks are more likely than whites to join Twitter. So it’s no wonder blacks are driving national Twitter slang.
A recent study by computer scientist Jacob Eisenstein of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and his colleagues found that much of the shorthand used on the social networking site evolves in cities with large African American populations before spreading out more widely, reports The Root.
And according to BBC News, “Spelling bro, slang for brother (male friend or peer) as bruh began in the southeastern U.S. (where it reflects the local pronunciation) before finally jumping to southern California. The emoticon ‘-__-’ (denoting mild annoyance) began in New York and Florida before colonizing both coasts and gradually reaching Arizona and Texas.”
Why does this happen? One possibility, notes The Root, is that innovations spread by simple diffusion from person to person. Another suggestion is that bigger population areas “exert a stronger attraction on neologisms, so that they go first to large cities by a kind of gravitational pull.” Still, others think words might spread initially within some minority groups but remain invisible to the majority.
As it has been widely reported, African Americans are early adopters of new technology. And, as we recently noted, blacks are also over-indexing on sites like Tumblr.
Facebook is testing a new version of users’ Timelines, less than a year after the social network went through a major re-design. Rather than the two-column layout, Facebook will move all the posts into one column on the left, with sections such as “Recent Activity” and “Friends” on the right, according to Inside Facebook.
Many users originally complained when Facebook introduced Timeline, saying it was confusing to have to jump from one side of the page to the other to read posts in order. With this re-design, however, the line down the middle of the page is removed, ironically making the page look less like a Timeline. The dates on the right side of the page, allowing users to jump to a particular time, are still in tact.
On the revenue side, The Daily reports that Facebook has fast-tracked a plan to introduce classified ads, including apartment rentals and job listings, into users’ newsfeeds. While similar to the promoted posts for users, which allow average Facebook users to promote a post so it appears in more friends’ newsfeeds, posts for individual housing, for example, would not be paid. Additionally, users could tag relevant Facebook friends in the posts, share posts with others, or link to outside sites.
The Daily said, “The projects section is maybe the most interesting. Similar to Craigslist’s Gigs section, it would let users post tips and information about a variety of topics from clearing brush to installing WordPress.”
This is a major opportunity for Facebook, as companies are already using the site to reach out to potential employees. And with the targeting abilities, these classified ads could find more relevant readers than a site like Craigslist, which seems to be Facebook’s target in this upgrade.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, many current and former Facebook employees were finally able to sell their stock after the lockup period ended and the stock exchanges re-opened after Hurricane Sandy. Facebook’s stock price dropped slightly, but due to solid earnings results last week and the announcement of this new classified revenue stream, the price hasn’t fallen below $20.
Did you like the original Timeline or are you excited for this change? Would you use Facebook to post classified ads?
I started using Twitter more frequently for two reasons. First, to connect with and pick the brains of fellow upwardly-mobile twenty-somethings. Secondly, to route, re-route and seamlessly gather passengers onto my reckless, colliding and self-proclaimed philosophical trains of thought. I naively assumed that these were top reasons for most Tweeters/Facebookers, thus following and friending an array of seemingly interesting people. Some were old classmates. Others were folks who tweeted the most profound and poetic one-liners. Still, others were down-to-earth celebs with cool Instagram pics and an appealing perspective on a crapload of topics. I was diggin’ it the most, striking up conversation, getting my social networking on.
It never dawned on me that some (and sometimes MOST) of these people would end up Dougie-ing on my LAST FREAKIN’ NERVE. Had that thought occurred, I might have hit “Unfollow” as quickly as my happy behind followed some of these clowns. Or maybe I wouldn’t have, being that I was the type to obsess over “unfollowing”/”unfriending,” wondering if the person in danger of my withdrawal from their online life would get upset and retaliate in a way that would leave me looking like the bad gal. But one day it hit me. I looked up from a headache-provoking FIVE MINUTES between Twitter and Facebook with a serious WTF! face. I was hemmed up in a 6 by 8 foot cell made of overly-personal status updates, senseless Blonde moments, excess party promoter flyers, hypersexual tweets, borderline rage-a-holic Twitter rants and perpetual hide-her-shoelaces-depressing poetry.
No one made me link up with these people. So, who put this virtual gun to my head to KEEP me a follower of their bullcrap? *hangs head and slowly raises hand* Me. Dumba** me. And to this moment I still don’t know what exactly made me remain friends/Twitter pals with some of these people for as long as I did, besides my need to be pleasing to everyone. These sites used to be fun/interesting/uplifting/thought-provoking/informative to visit. They weren’t anymore. What did I need to do to fix that? Because there was no way I was completely giving up social networking. Tried that. Failed miserably.
I went on an unfollowing/unfriending spree that would make the cast of Mean Girls sit it down and shut it up. Was I trying to be mean? No. I was looking for CLARITY amongst the garbage I had allowed into my online life. Party promoters? Gone. Would you throw a bunch of flyers in my face if we met up on the street? No. So stop it online. Stuck-up girls? GONE. One more status update and Instagram photo about your Jimmy Choos and there’s no way a court of law could hold me responsible for my actions. Downright gutter dudes? Yes, gone. If every other tweet/status update is about your man parts or her “fat p***y” (direct quote), you need therapy and I’m not certified. Be gone.
Please don’t misunderstand – I think social networking is one of the greatest developments in communication since advertising. It provides a central place to rally behind causes that matter, catch up on the haps with old friends, bandy ideas back and forth, interact with role models in whatever field of study/work… all from whichever electronic device you fancy most. Cool.
But what people have lost sight of (including myself there for a minute) is that REAL LIFE is what counts the most! Social networking is supplementary to living a full life. It should not be a source of needless stress. Some of us worry more about Facebook likes and Twitter follows more than we allow ourselves to sit down and actually experience real life in real time with REAL people.
I long for the day when, “Oh, so this b***h unfollowed me? Bet!” is a thing of the past. The day when Twitter will JUST be Twitter and an unfollow won’t hurt feelings. The day when we collectively G-check ourselves out of our cowardly hostage-to-social-networks situation. It’s more than okay to press “OK” when asked “Are you sure you want to unfriend this person?”
I can adore you in real life and loathe the breath you breathe online. That’s cool. I can love your persona online and think your company in person is more painful than an anesthesia-less hysterectomy. That’s cool too. Preference is preference. Everybody won’t be everybody else’s cup of tea. Let’s woman/man up and accept that. We’ve made social networking harder than it has to be and less enjoyable than it was meant to be.
Just know this: If I get on your last severely-frayed nerve ending, feel FREE to unfollow me. Don’t worry. I’ll get the hint.
La Truly is a late-blooming Natural-haired Aries. Her writing is powered by a lifetime of anecdotal proof that awkward can transform to awesome and fear can cast its crown before courage. Armed with the ability to purposefully poke fun at herself and a passion for young women’s empowerment, La seeks to encourage thought, discussion and change. Check out her blog: www.hersoulinc.com and her thoughts/jokes/rants on Twitter: @AshleyLaTruly.
Whether you know it or not, there is still a recession going on. This means that there are plenty of people in line for employment and would love to have a job just like yours. There are seven things you can stop doing at work to avoid being in the opposite position.
Check the list…
Consistent Absent/Lateness Excuses
First you don’t feel well. Then you missed the bus. Now there’s no hot water in your building. Every week, it’s the same thing in a different order. In the beginning, there was sympathy and understanding, now the job just needs to get done. The remedy for all three of those situations is easy: get your act together. One, don’t make calling in sick a habit. Two, get up earlier so that you’re not missing the bus. Three, boil some water and hit the hot spots with a ho* bath. People with 101 excuses about why they can’t show up to do what they get paid for are some of the first individuals employers look to get rid of when layoffs need to take place.
Used correctly, Linkedin can serve as the catalyst that initiates the transition to the next phase of your career. The free members-only service (there is a premium version too) can eliminate the barriers that stand between you, prospective employers, colleagues, clients and mentors. But a good Linkedin connection begins with the invitation.
After you’ve identified someone that you’d like to connect with, avoid the impulse to use the default invitation language and tailor your note to the type of connection that you seek.
On the next few pages, you will find customized examples of Linkedin invites for six different scenarios. Feel free to add additional suggestions or best practices in the comment section.
What to write when…
…you want to connect with a former boss or colleague
We worked together at [COMPANY NAME] in [DATE/YEAR] and I would like to reconnect with you. I currently work at [COMPANY NAME] and think there may be an opportunity to collaborate at some point in the future. I’d love to catch up with you sometime. Please let me know when your schedule permits.
I’m sure you’ve heard that future employers might actually track down your social network pages and use them to determine whether they would want to hire you, right? Well, I bet you DIDN’T know that a whopping 45 percent of companies actually always search for the social network profiles of their candidates. If your jaw just dropped, pick it back up please. It’s not too late for you soon-to-be-out-of-college folks (and those who are out but still looking) to turn your Twitter page or Facebook page into something presentable in order for you to get a job, but there’s a few things you should know before you do the big clean up.
Our friends over at Black Enterprise compiled a list of seven things that should and shouldn’t be seen on your social network pages. From status updates about how hard you’re working on assignments (good look) to those creepy bathroom mirror photos that strangers keeps tagging you in that can be seen by anyone (bad, very bad look), it’s time to make some changes for the better.
To see the full list and get schooled, click over to Blackenterprise.com.
(Mashable) – Adding more fuel to the wildfire of rumors about a possible Google social network, one Google staffer has posted a huge slide deck of research findings on social networking problems and solutions. Social networking is a complex, fascinating puzzle that we’re just beginning to solve. Technologists as a group are making great strides in user adoption and functionality, but we’re still missing some important elements that would allow our online lives to better emulate our real-world experiences.
(Fast Company) – Those rumors about Google‘s Facebook-rivaling social network just got a whole lot more interesting. A former Facebook exec has been quizzing contacts inside Google and discovered that it’s all real, with large numbers of Google staff busy on task. The leak comes from Adam D’Angelo, cofounder of Quora (a cloud-sourced community question-answer forum), and it’s interesting as he was formerly chief technology officer at Facebook. Given the size and complexity of Facebook’s operations, this was no small job, and probably places D’Angelo on the contacts directory of a significant number of colleagues in competing high-tech businesses. In other words, when D’Angelo says he spoke to “reliable sources,” we’re inclined to believe him.