FaceBook

A Dislike Button

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Facebook is about to let you get a little more opinionated.

Earlier this week CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook is working on a “dislike” button and preparing to roll it out. He says for years users have been asking for a thumbs down button but it won't be available to share your displeasure over every post. Instead Zuckerberg says the use of the dislike button will be for sad posts such as death, crises and other negative life situations that users face.

Apparently the dislike button has been in production for years but Facebook was hesitant to release it. Zuckerberg says he was afraid it would evoke negative reactions. Then there's the chance that people could use it as a form of cyber bullying.  read more »

Facebook Deputies

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A Kentucky sheriff's department is using a little financial incentive to cut down on crime.

Earlier this week the Franklin County sheriff's department posted an attention grabbing flyer on its Facebook page. It features an image of a marijuana leaf and says quote “is your drug dealing competition costing you money? We offer a free service to help you eliminate your drug competition.”  read more »

Friendly Faces

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When it comes to tracking people down, Facebook is giving the feds a run for their money.

Last week Facebook released an app in the U.S. which has the ability to suggest people to tag based on its facial recognition software. Called “Moments” it scans the photos on your phone to find friends and helps identify them in the pictures being posted on the social networking site.

Now the company is working on a way to identify people whose face it can't see. According to “New Scientist” the technology will try to ID a person based on their hairstyle, body shape, clothes and pose. The research team behind the idea took 40,000 public photos from Flickr and ran them through the software.  read more »

Social Stalking

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Thanks to the power of social media, one woman's mystery has finally been answered.

With sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Periscope at your fingertips millions of people all over the world are now connected. Now your chances of tracking down that perfect stranger have become a lot more likely.

Recently a woman from Tennessee named Barbara put that to the test when she tried tracking down the man she had kissed while running the Boston marathon. She says she had kissed him on a dare by her daughter but was now hoping to see him again. So thanks to the media and word of keyboard the story eventually found its way to the right man, and unfortunately his wife.  read more »

Birthday Wishes

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The world is getting a lot more social; so we're in need of a lot more rules.

Thanks to sites such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook your everyday adventures are documented for friends, family and perfect strangers to see. And since a lot of our relationships are built around social media, Time magazine thought it was time for a little etiquette. Suggested guidelines include no inspirational quotes and limiting pictures of your children.

But according to Time magazine the biggest area in need of a little direction is birthdays. Time says social media has led to confusion about properly wishing someone a happy birthday. Especially when, thanks to Facebook no one has to actually remember your big day.  read more »

Legacy Contact

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Worried about your social after life? Now you can designate a party planner.

In the event of your untimely demise Facebook now allows you to designate a person to make sure all your important posts are still being seen. Called a legacy contact, this is the person that will manage your Facebook page while you rest comfortably six feet under.

First you have to choose someone you can count on to keep your Facebook page up and running. To do this first you go to settings, then security and then legacy contact. Once you type in the person's name you have the option of sending them a message informing them of the responsibility they have been entrusted with. That message lets them know they are your legacy contact because you are confident they can get the job done.  read more »

Social Stress

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Feeling a little stressed out? Hit up social media.

According to a new survey, sites such as Twitter and Instagram can relieve stress levels; especially in women. The pew research center surveyed 1,800 Americans and found that people who spend their life online do not have higher stress levels than people who don't.

It also found that while women have higher stress levels than men, being able to share things online eases the burden. The study showed that women who tweet, respond to or send at least 25 emails a day and share at least two pictures are less stressed than women who don't. Experts say these activities are a coping mechanism not taken advantage of by everyone.  read more »

Emergency Tweets

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In need of some emergency assistance? Dial up your favorite social site.

Recently 16-year-old Adam Greenwood was on board a Virgin train traveling between two cities near London. He was in the bathroom and discovered a bit too late that there was no toilet paper available. So he did what most teenagers would do in an amusing situation and pulled out his cell phone.

But instead of documenting the incident he tweeted Richard Branson’s company telling them of his predicament. Within minutes they tweeted back asking him what coach he was on. He responded and a few minutes later a man knocked on the door and stocked Greenwood with toilet paper.  read more »

Emergency Tweets

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In need of some emergency assistance? Dial up your favorite social site.

Recently 16-year-old Adam Greenwood was on board a Virgin train traveling between two cities near London. He was in the bathroom and discovered a bit too late that there was no toilet paper available. So he did what most teenagers would do in an amusing situation and pulled out his cell phone.

But instead of documenting the incident he tweeted Richard Branson’s company telling them of his predicament. Within minutes they tweeted back asking him what coach he was on. He responded and a few minutes later a man knocked on the door and stocked Greenwood with toilet paper.  read more »

Zuckerberg's Book Club

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Mark Zuckerberg is taking a cue from Oprah, and cracking open a few books with strangers.

As his new year’s resolution the Facebook founder vowed to read a new book every other week. And in what could be the largest book club in the world, he’s inviting all his Facebook followers to join in. Despite building a fortune on connecting people online, Zuckerberg says he finds books very intellectually fulfilling. He says books allow people to explore a topic and immerse yourself in information in ways that technology doesn’t allow.  read more »