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Posts Tagged ‘Facebook’

As Facebook Prepares For Public Offering, Some People Keep It On The Down Low

December 14, 2011

Tyson Balcomb quit Facebook after a chance encounter on an elevator. He found himself standing next to a woman he had never met — yet through Facebook he knew what her older brother looked like, that she was from a tiny island off the coast of Washington and that she had recently visited the Space Needle in Seattle.

“I knew all these things about her, but I’d never even talked to her,” said Mr. Balcomb, a pre-med student in Oregon who had some real-life friends in common with the woman. “At that point I thought, maybe this is a little unhealthy.”

As Facebook prepares for a much-anticipated public offering, the company is eager to show off its momentum by building on its huge membership: more than 800 million active users around the world, Facebook says, and roughly 200 million in the United States, or two-thirds of the population.

“People always raise an eyebrow,” said Chris Munns, 29, who works as a systems administrator in New York. “But my life has gone on just fine without it. I’m not a shut-in. I have friends and quite an enjoyable life in Manhattan, so I can’t say it makes me feel like I’m missing out on life at all.”

This kind of thinking cuts both ways for the Facebook holdouts. Mr. Munns said his dating life had benefited from his lack of an online dossier: “They haven’t had a chance to dig up your entire life on Facebook before you meet.”

Mr Munns keeping dating profile photos on the down low..

 

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Women Tattoos Facebook Friends On Arm, Defriending Never Hurt So Much

June 8, 2011

A woman in the Netherlands has had pictures of all of her Facebook friends tattooed onto her arm. All 152 of them.

A 90-second video posted on YouTube titled “My Social Tattoo” appears to show the woman having all of her Facebook friends tattooed onto her right arm. By the end of the process, her entire arm is covered with tightly packed tattoos of her friends’ faces.

The identity of the woman is not shown in her video, though the user name of the person who posted the video on YouTube is given as “susyj87â€.

Tattoo artists on standby for Facebook Doppleganger Day…

New Facebook Religion Friending Jesus

March 23, 2011

Log in to Facebook these days and you can catch up on what a friend on the other side of the country did last night, go shopping, or, if you get bored, stir up some trouble in a mafia game or two.

And if the last one leaves you feeling a little guilty, there’s a new Facebook application: church.

Central Christian Church in Henderson has launched a new branch of its online campus on the popular social networking site, where it streams recent sermons eight times a week. It allows those who watch to log in with their Facebook accounts and interact with one another via Facebook’s chat function.

Facebook chatting up Jesus.

Facebook Doesn’t Get $1B From Non-US Investors Without Making A Few Enemies

January 22, 2011

NEW YORK — Facebook said Friday it has raised $1 billion from non-U.S. investors, which combined with an infusion from Goldman Sachs and Russia’s Digital Sky Technologies in December, brings the haul from its latest round of funding to $1.5 billion.

The investments value the social networking site at $50 billion, more than the current market values of Yahoo Inc. or eBay Inc., but below those of Amazon.com Inc. and Google Inc.Facebook did not say Friday how it plans to spend the $1.5 billion.

Earlier this week, Goldman said it was barring U.S. investors from taking part in the Facebook offering, citing widespread media coverage that could have violated securities guidelines that govern private placements.

As anticipated, Facebook also said it will start filing public financial reports by April 30, 2012. While that doesn’t technically mean an initial public stock offering, that is the most likely outcome because Facebook will have to make many of the same disclosures of a publicly traded company anyway.

You don’t get 1 billion dollars without making a few enemies.

Eye View Business, Interview For Dummies… Facebook

January 1, 2011

Subject: Interview question Facebook employment

Position: Facebook Software Engineer

Question: “Given the numbers 1 to 1000, what is the minimum numbers guesses needed to find a specific number if you are given the hint “higher” or “lower” for each guess you make.”

Correct Answer: Dislike

Ask The Eye, Get In Their Face, Thats The Ticket

November 16, 2010

Dear Eye View,

I have some dear friends who went to visit my old hometown on the coast. Because they are avid nature lovers and expressed some interest, I managed to secure some tickets to the local aquarium. Imagine my horror as they “live tweeted” and Facebook-posted their utter contempt for the place. They criticized the exhibits as chintzy, pathetic, and dull, even posting photos of themselves pointing, laughing, and being bored to tears while ridiculing the animals. The aquarium is small, funded via donations and grants, and is dedicated to rehabilitating injured animals. They managed somehow to find fault with this, stating that they found themselves stuck watching “retarded, gimpy things” and how grateful they were that they didn’t have to pay to see them. I have been to this aquarium many times and applaud the efforts they undertake to help animals. I have no idea how to respond, if at all, to the drubbing my friends inflicted. I feel personally ashamed for some reason and don’t even want to talk to these people again. My partner said I should let it go, but I can’t help but think these people should have handled their disappointment, and my gift, differently. Advice?

Yea your friends are losers.. Get in their face.. Thats the ticket.. Hope this helps.

EV

Facebook And Social Networking Causing Increase In Divorce, Lawyers “Like This”

November 9, 2010

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) – If your status is ‘separated’ or ‘going through a divorce’ you might want to stay off Facebook. Social networking sites are causing a sharp increase in divorce and anything you say on your Facebook page or Myspace page can be held against you in court.

Facebook is an incredible resource for finding classmates, co-workers or making new friends. It’s also a way to rekindle old flames. For a lot of couples, that’s landed them in divorce court and given jilted spouses evidence of their partner’s adultery.

Sue’s* life started to unravel in October last year. She went to her home computer to log into her Facebook account. She quickly realized she was browsing her husband’s page.

“I went to his inbox and there were messages from a female talking about how she missed him and how she couldn’t wait until she saw him again,” said Sue. “Details about where they had met and things they had done.”

Sue’s husband was carrying on an affair with a woman he dated briefly in high school. The woman moved away and years later the two reconnected.
“He would wait until I went to bed and they would start chatting,” explained Sue.

Sue says the conversations included personal details about the couple’s marital problems and intimate, often graphic, on-line chats. “I could not believe the words that came out of my own husbands mouth”. It was disgusting, vulgar,” said Sue.

Obviously Sue misunderstood the difference between texting, chatting and talking. Lawyers “Like This”…

Facebook Users Working Hard To Keep Their Privacy

October 19, 2010

Mark Zuckerberg was sent a message from a group on Monday, but it wasn’t through Facebook.

The co-chairmen of the House Bipartisan Privacy Caucus, Edward Markey (D-Mass) and Joe Barton (R-TX), have sent the Facebook CEO a letter seeking answers in the wake of another round of user privacy concerns, according to the Wall Street Journal. The latest incident, which was revealed on Monday, involved Facebook applications transmitting users’ personal identifying information to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies.

The Journal reports:Given Facebook’s 500 million users and the amount of information they post on the site, “this series of breaches of consumer privacy is a cause for concern,” the lawmakers wrote.

 Some privacy advocates said it’s problematic that the information was leaked at all, regardless of what happened to it. Facebook needs its users to trust it with their data because if they don’t, they won’t use the site to share as much as they do now.

Facebook users working hard to keep their privacy..

Snarky Facebook CEO That Loved To Hack Into Harvard Databases Chickens Have Come Home To Roost

October 18, 2010

 The Wall Street Journal  is reporting that 10 popular Facebook applications have been transmitting users’ personal identifying information to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies.

The newspaper said Monday that the breach also includes users who set all their information to be completely private. And in some cases, it says, the apps provided access to friends’ names.

The Journal wrote: The information being transmitted is one of Facebook’s basic building blocks: the unique “Facebook ID” number assigned to every user on the site. Since a Facebook user ID is a public part of any Facebook profile, anyone can use an ID number to look up a person’s name, using a standard Web browser, even if that person has set all of his or her Facebook information to be private.

For other users, the Facebook ID reveals information they have set to share with “everyone,” including age, residence, occupation and photos.  The apps reviewed by the Journal were sending Facebook ID numbers to at least 25 advertising and data firms, several of which build profiles of Internet users by tracking their online activities.

Mark Zuckerberg loved to hack into Harvard personal databases. Getting a taste of his own medicine and the chickens have come home to roost.

Facebook Saves Grandma Marge’s Ash

October 14, 2010

  FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Grandma Marge’s ashes weren’t for sale, but a bargain hunter in Florida walked away with them anyway.

A touch of Grandma Marge was put in a potted violet, her favorite plant, after her death. The plant was accidentally sold at a weekend yard sale in the Panhandle town of Fort Walton Beach.

Piper Gaffrey had stepped away from the yard sale when her husband sold the violet for an undisclosed amount, not realizing some of Marjorie Potts Gaffrey was in the soil.

Piper Gaffrey scattered some of her 99-year-old grandmother in the violet when she died in February.

When she discovered it had been sold, she pleaded on Facebook for the buyer to take care of it. Fortunately, the plant was bought by someone she knew. It was returned and is thriving in Gaffrey’s new home.

The moral of the story is don’t defriend your Facebook friends even if they are a potted plant..