Mark Zuckerberg spoke about the privacy change during a press conference earlier this week, during which time he outlined a new, community driven plan in which any controversial changes will be put to a user vote.
"Last week, we put up old terms after we put up new terms," Zuckerberg said. "We took last week as a strong signal of how much people cared about Facebook and how much they want to govern it. We're happy to roll out these polices today."
To aid with the process, Zuckerberg said Facebook will form a "user council" in which it would "invite the authors of the most insightful and constructive comments on the draft documents to serve as founding members of the group."
Here's a protip for all you working teens out there: You're probably going to go through more than one job that you don't enjoy doing before settling on a career that, hopefully, will be one you like. Nearly everyone follows this path, so posting on Facebook that your job is boring is the equivalent of letting the world know you brushed your teeth this morning. Except the former can apparently get you fired, as 16-year-old Kimberly Swann found out.
"Following your comments made on Facebook about your job and the company we feel it is better that, as you are not happy and do not enjoy your work we end your employment with Ivell Marketing & Logistics with immediate effect," Swann was informed.
According to Swan, she "did not even put the company's name" in her Facebook entry, only saying that her job was boring. But according to Stephen Ivell, the company's owner, it didn't come to the decision lightly. "It is just a shame that it did not work out because she is a lovely girl. For a small company, when a decision is made, one thinks long and hard about it."
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What Facebook essentially did was grant themselves the right to all user-uploaded content for, well, forever. It no longer mattered if you removed anything from the site, because it would remain in Facebook's archives, giving the site free reign to use the content for as long as it likes.
To justify the decision, Facebook compared the policy change to that of sending an email to a friend. Even if you delete the sent email from your sent box, a copy still remains in the recipient's inbox, so according to Facebook, it was okay for the site to keep and use your content.
Here's one for Facebook: The squeeky wheel gets the grease.
Facebook Inc. came to the conclusion that they weren’t worth nearly the $15 billion that they implied in 2007 when Microsoft made a gigantic investment in them. In fact, it’s now become clear that Facebook is worth $3.7 billion – a far cry from the original number.
In 2007 lawyers argued that Facebook’s privately held stock was valued for $39.50 per share, allowing Microsoft to buy a 1.6 percent stake for $240 million. It has now become clear that Facebook’s stock is valued at only $8.88, giving Microsoft to be upset about.
It’s expected that Facebook will pony up for a settlement soon.
MySpace announced this week that they’ve happily booted 90,000 registered sex offenders from their social networking site. But, as some research would reveal many of them simply took this in stride and made their way over to Facebook to do their business.
Former New York City police officer John Cardillo, and now CEO of Sentinel, a security technology firm based out of Miami, has said that Facebook is a “safe haven” for sex offenders. Notably, Facebook isn’t currently a client of his service.
After these gentlemen were booted from MySpace he did a search on Facebook for many of the same names. “We found over 8,000 offenders on their site without much effort,” stated Cardillo. “My professional opinion is that the real number is 15 to 20 times that.”
Cardillo’s Sentinel works by searching a gigantic database identify sex offenders. The database of offenders consists of more than 700,000 names, photos, dates of birth, email and IM addresses, and other “important data points.”
Well, let’s think of it this way – at least they probably don’t have access to Google’s Latitude.
It looks like Facebook is finally planning to capitalize on all that precious information that its 150 million users put on their profiles by creating one of the world’s largest market research databases.
“I had tons of people saying 'this could be so incredible for our business'. It takes a very long time to do a focus group, and businesses often don't have the luxury of time. I think they liked the instant responses,” stated Randi Zuckerberg, Mark’s sister and Facebook’s global markets director, regarding the possible monetization of the social networking site.
Some experts say that this move comes in the wake of a double whammy of economic troubles brought on by their failing advertising revenue and the ever-growing cost of electronic data storage.
In the latest episode of As the Social Networking World Turns, Facebook not only remains the most popular hangout, but now boasts twice as many users as MySpace. That wasn't the case back in June 2008 when, according to ComScore, both sites hovered around 100 million unique users. Since that time, Facebook has grown by another 100 million users, while MySpace appears to have plateaued.
However, there's always a twist, and MySpace is quick to point out that it still dominates the lucrative U.S. market where the bulk of advertising revenue is to be made.
"We are laser focused on building a sustainable global business which we measure by profits and revenue -- not just eyeballs," MySpace said in a statement. "In a tough economic climate, our international revenue is up 30% year over year and we continue to focus on those markets with the strong monetization opportunities.
"Additionally, MySpace continues to dominate the U.S. market -- where the bulk of online advertising revenues reside -- both in terms of monetization and user engagement with more than 76 million unique users and a 40% spike in engagement year over year."
While true for today, MySpace would do well to prepare for tomorrow. Consider this interesting tidbit: According to ComScore, the internet recently passed a billion global users, which means one-in-five internet users are on Facebook.
Yep, you read that headline right, Burger King is offering a free Whopper to anyone that will delete 10 of his or her Facebook friends.
Going along with their string of strange marketing campaigns (read: The King), Burger King is offering the free Whopper alongside their Facebook app. Once the app is installed, you can delete 10 of your friends for a coupon good for one free Whopper. It’ll even update your friends that haven’t been deleted on the activity feed, for example, “Andy Salisbury sacrificed Norman Chan for a free Whopper.”
Sadly, the promotion is only good for one free sandwich, so folks with thousands of friends won’t be able to stock up for the recession. Oh, and to my Facebook friends, if I delete you it’s nothing personal – I’m just hungry.
Facebook has dragged Brazilian start-up Power.com to court. The Brazilian company has been on collision course with Facebook ever since its launch, for it is a social-network aggregator that allows internet users to access all major social network websites, including Facebook and MySpace, through its website. Power.com raised Facebook’s ire by proceeding with the launch of its service without seeking its blessings.
The two parties tried to settle their differences across the negotiation table, but all in vain. Facebook stipulated that the Meebo for social networks utilize Facebook connect. It eventually decided to file suit against the Brazilian start-up. Although the Brazilian website’s CEO Steve Vachani maintains the case against his company is weak, the website is no longer offering access to Facebook through its website. Ironically, Facebook has been under fire for showing feeds from Google Reader, Hulu, Last.fm, Pandora, StumbleUpon, and YouTube.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, such as removing images of breastfeeding babies deemed obscene on Facebook. Enforcing the no-breast policy led to the creation of a Facebook group called "Hey Facebook breastfeeding is not obscene," which gained steam last weekend after protesters organized a virtual "nurse-in" (11,000 members changed their profile pictures to photos showing themselves breastfeeding) and organized a protest in front of Facebook's Palo Alto headquarters.
The real-world protest, organized by Stephanie Muir, an Ottawa woman and mother of five, drew a few dozen women out of the group's 87,000 members, who broke out in song and breasted their children while pacing outside the site's headquarters. The protest didn't attract a large crowd, but the group hopes its message will spread and encourage Facebook to change its policy.
Facebook contends it has no problem with breastfeeding, but does take issue with fully exposed breasts when a user complains.
"Photos containing a fully exposed breast (as defined by showing the nipple or areola) do violate those terms (on obscene, pornographic or sexually explicit material) and may be removed," Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt said in a statement. "The photos we act upon are almost exclusively brought to our attention by other users who complain."
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