Sure, money makes the world go round, but if you're fresh out of college and looking for a job, you're more interested in being able to access your Facebook account or post to Google+ during work hours, or so that's the word from a new survey. Cisco pinged 2,800 college students and young professionals to find out how they feel about social media and the Internet in general, and it turns out they feel pretty strongly about both.
Google has been attempting to quiet discontent over the exclusion of business and brands on the Google+ social network, but no more apologies. Google+ Pages has launched to a small test group, but all users will have the option of creating Pages on Google+ soon. In essence, this isn’t much different than what is done on Facebook, but the people behind businesses and brands have all the Google+ tools at their disposal like Circles, hangouts, +1, and a new Direct Connect feature.
Word to the wise, don't set up a phoney baloney Facebook profile to impersonate your ex-boyfriend/girlfriend as a way to exact revenge. Dana Thornton, an angry woman scorned by her former boyfriend, is learning this lesson the hard way now that a judge has ruled her case can be prosecuted for identity theft. Wouldn't it have been easier to just key his car?
Despite rampant privacy concerns, annoying ads, creepy stalkers and the aggressive time stealing demands of the games it offers, for many of us, Facebook is still a much-loved way to share our lives with the people who matter to us. While we might be willing to put up with the social network’s many quirks and eccentricities, there’s one thing that most of us won’t tolerate when it comes to Facebook: A change to it’s interface or functionality. If your blood boils every time you hear the words ‘News Ticker’ you’ll want to download Facebook Classic, our Browser Extension of the Week.
Is your Halloween costume full of win? If you're planning to dress up as something totally geeky, -- perhaps you and your significant other will dress up as an iPhone and a Galaxy S II, or a fully functional Nikon DSLR like this guy -- scary, funny, or anything worthy of a larger audience than your local neighborhood provides, Toshiba's giving you a chance to have your mug (and the rest of your costume) plastered on a giant LED screen above Times Square in New York.
The debate over whether or not MySpace could have fended off Facebook with a different set of managers at the helm is one for the ages, however, in a recent News Corp shareholder meeting CEO Rupert Murdoch was pretty candid as to what went wrong, but also deflected the blame. When it came answering questions on their role in mishandling the once dominate social networking giant, Murdock admitted that following the acquisition, “We proceeded to mismanage it in every possible way and all the people involved with it are no longer with the company.”
It's not uncommon for local law enforcement to use social networking tools to keep the public informed, especially in times of emergencies. But when Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz logged into Twitter after dozens of dangerous animals broke free from an Ohio reserve, he apparently forgot about the 140-character limit and left citizens wondering what to do if they spot a lion, tiger, bear, or even a wolf. Oh my!
In a bit of a reversal, Google+ will reportedly be moving away from its strict real name policy and allow users to use pseudonyms. The news was apparently relayed by Google social chief Vic Gundotra himself. There is no timeline for the change, but it is likely tied to the user verification program.
The results of "The Most Epic Facebook Survey" are in and there's only one conclusion: You're addicted to Facebook. Maybe not you personally, but ping ten of your Facebook friends and there's a good chance the majority of them couldn't go 24 hours without visiting the world's largest social playground. Coed magazine, College Candy, and Busted Coverage got together and surveyed 2,500 people by posting a questionnaire on Google and then posted their findings in an infographic.
Brooke Rutledge of Lafayett County, Mississippi, is taking Facebook to task over claims the social networking site is illegally tracking user behavior, even when they're not logged into the site. At the heart of the issue is a discovery by Australian blogger Nik Cubrilovic that appears to show Facebook has the ability to track users across the Web on any page with a "Like" button or other Facebook integration.