April 1, 2013
Facebook’s automated systems and unfortunate choice of words might be directly effecting the perceptions of racism for some users. A new study has found that the social network is finding unexpected ways to spread racist messages.
While we often think of Facebook and racism as something that happens among bigoted commenters, the truth is the network’s user logs reveal a more prevalent problem. The study published in the Computers in Human Behavior examines racism based on how long a user remained logged into the social network.
The study finds that the longer one is logged in, the more a user absorbs negative racist sentiments. Examining more than 600 participants, including 70 percent females, the study asked each user to read three different Facebook “notes” about race. Each of the notes had a different focus. read more
Tags: Facebook, Facebook And Racism, Facebook Study
March 31, 2013
Hacktivist collective Anonymous will spam Facebook on April 6, 2013. The collective has promise to target the world’s largest social network with “uncensored material” that will clog up Facebook news feeds.
The fragmented groups known as Anonymous have attempted on various occasions to bring down social networks with no success, that of course does not mean they will stop now.
Anonymous is calling the campaign #OpTruthForce.
According to AnonNews:
“In past years we have seen a growing force around the world. Governments and corporations are working strategically to stop free speech by the people. In more recent months we have witnessed an increased number of account blocking and deletion by Facebook, of users who dare to ridicule, mock, satirize, or speak out against political leaders or corporations heavily involved with politics.” read more
Tags: anonymous, Anonymous Attacking Facebook, April 6, Facebook Spam, Facebook Trolling
Twitter has rolled out a new embed feature for its Vine platform. Users can now choose to embed Vine’s based on three different sizes. The company also unveiled stronger Facebook and Twitter sharing options.
In a company blog post co-founder and general manager Dom Hofmann writes:
“When we launched Vine, we described posts as ‘little windows into the people, settings, ideas and objects that make up your life.’ With today’s update, you can display them almost anywhere.” read more
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Twitter Vine, Vine
March 28, 2013
King, the social gaming company behind the smash hits Candy Crush Saga and Bubble Witch Saga have announced two new games for Facebook. Now available are Papa Pear Saga and Farm Heroes Saga.
Last week King.com changed its name to King in an attempt to distance itself from a web only platform. The company has promised to work more closely with Facebook and mobile platforms.
King currently serves 108 million players for a total of 12 billion gameplays per month across all supported platforms. The network claims 50 million gamers per day among its user base.
According to Riccardo Zacconi, co-founder and CEO of King:
“The exceptional growth of our mobile, Facebook, and cross-platform audience is a testament to the care and craft that goes into our games.”
Papa Pear Saga is based off of an existing game on King.com called Papa Pear. The game features dancing fruits, vegetables and inanimate objects. The physics-based game asks players to bounce a shot off as many objects as possible before landing in buckets. Papa Bear Saga currently offers 60 levels of gameplay. The game will also soon arrive for Google Android and Apple iOS. read more
Tags: Facebook, Facebook Games, Farm Heroes Saga, King, Papa Pear Saga
March 19, 2013
If Facebook evenly distributed its earnings in 2012 the social network could have paid every single employee $1,101,753.
Facebook reported a 2012 revenue of $5,089,000,000. According to SocialNewsDaily Facebook employees $4,619 workers. In comparison Google employees 53,000 employees but earned $50 billion in 2012. That means Google actually earned less money per employee with a take of $946,000.
Based on Facebook’s earnings the company is currently making $5 in revenue per user (just over 1 billion users now registered). However despite Facebook’s higher per employee earnings structure the company is still under heavy pressure from Wall Street investors.
While Google falls short of Facebook’s per employee earnings, Apple is the clear winner with an average earnings per employee of $2.3 million. Apple was helped along in 2012 by 400 million active credit card accounts connected to iTunes. The company took in $156.5 billion with an average iTunes account spent of $391. read more
Tags: Facebook, Facebook Earnings, Facebook Employees, social network
March 14, 2013
Facebook is preparing to introduce Hashtag support for wall posts, following a move already institute by Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest and various other social networks.
The # symbol is a popular way for users to share common threads. For example users may talk about President Obama by using the hashtag #PresidentObama.
The move not only allows Facebook users to share a common thread, it allows Facebook to create a better social search platform that is now dependent on a common statement type.
With Graph Search already at the forefront of Facebook’s efforts to better its own search platform the hashtag support will come in handy. For example, users can create conversations which might be discovered for one search term and ultimately lead to deeper searches. read more
Tags: Facebook, Facebook Hashtag, Hashtag
March 13, 2013
In late 2012 Netflix announced plans to bring Facebook sharing to its platform in early 2013. On Wednesday morning Cameron Johnson, director of product innovation at Netflix, announced the new sharing service.
On the Netflix blog Johnson writes:
“Starting today, Netflix members in the U.S. can share their favorite shows and movies on Netflix with friends by connecting to Facebook and agreeing to share.”
Using Netflix Social is simple, just connect your Facebook accounts and you’ll fine two new social rows of titles added to your Netflix homepage. The rows included Friends’ Favorites and Watched By Your Friends lists.
Default sharing happens only on Netflix with users needed to choose if they share viewed TV shows and movies on Facebook. read more
Tags: Facebook, Netflix, Netflix Share, Netflix Social Share
February 19, 2013
Bing has announced new improvements to its Facebook photos search function. The company is improving its user interface and adding support for a slideshow view.
Users who connect their Facebook accounts through Bing’s search service can use the Friends’ Photos feature to find their own photos and photos from their Facebook friends pages.
Bing launched its new Facebook photos search feature in August, adding to Bing’s Social Sidebar feature. The feature is integrated alongside Bing’s standard webpage search results.
Today’s improvements, much like Bing’s original setup, only feature photo returns when a user is friends with a Facebook.
Tags: Bing, Bing Facebook Photo Search, Facebook Photo Search, Social Photos, Social Search
February 7, 2013
Are you afraid your child might have a Facebook addiction or simply be wasting too much time on the social network? The father of 14-year-old Rachel Baier is paying her to ditch the social network. If successful Rachel will earn $200.
Paul Baier offered his daughter $200 if she could simply log off the social network for five months.
To ensure that his daughter follows through with the proposal Paul promised $50 in April and another $150 in June. read more
Tags: Facebook, Facebook Contract
January 25, 2013
Facebook has reportedly cut off API use for Twitter’s newest social app Vine. The move comes less than 24 hours after Vine was released for wide scale use.
Twitter acquired Vine in October and launched the video-sharing service on its platform as a way to expand its multimedia offerings.
As part of the Vine application users are prompted to find their Facebook Friends, an option that now reveals a Facebook error.
While many networks including Foursquare rely on Facebook’s API for data collection, the Facebook API terms of services states that developers “may not use Facebook Platform to export user data into a competing social network without our permission.”
The wording of the social networks API allows Facebook to cut off any company it believes to be a direct competitor.
Tags: Facebook, Facebook API, Twitter, Twitter Vine, Vine