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The Anti-Social French

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Facebook and Twitter are being de-friended by the French.

Mentioning either of the social networking sites has been banned by French officials on radio and television. The only exception is if they are the subject of a major news story. French officials are citing a 1992 law for the new restriction. This states that programs can not advertise or promote private companies. Journalists will also not be able to say things like “follow us on Twitter” or “visit our Facebook page.”

Instead they’re being encouraged to adopt the phrase “find us on social networks.” Officials say cutting down on the Facebook and Twitter shout-outs will also give smaller companies a chance to gain some recognition.  read more »

Your Social Time

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Not only do you have to watch what you post on your favorite social site but how long you spend doing it.

Most of us know not to post inappropriate pictures on Facebook or tweet negative comments about our co-workers but now you have to monitor yourself in another way. According to careerbuilder.com if an employer sees that you’re being overly active on social media your professional commitment could be questioned. If you are always on social sites employers will start to question how your online activity is contributing to the company. They will also wonder what is not getting done while you are connecting with old friends.  read more »

The Technological Reach

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Many high tech entrepreneurs have not just become rich. They have also helped advance societies in the U.S. and around the world.

Recently I spoke with Bill Draper; author of “The Startup Game” who founded one of the first venture capital firms on the west coast almost fifty years ago. Over the years, Draper’s had an incredible track record as a founding investor in companies such as Hotmail, Skype and OpenTable, technologies that have created an open platform to the world. Draper says that success shows innovative thinkers can do much more than start a business, they can inspire a revolution.  read more »

Un-Inviting Facebook

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Planning a party? Don’t tell Facebook.

A girl in Sydney is canceling her 16th birthday party after the invitation went viral and 200,000 people promised to attend. The girl was worried that no one would show up so she sent a Facebook invitation to a few of her friends. It included her address and said it was an open house party, as long as it didn’t get out of hand.

But her father says she wasn’t aware of the privacy settings to stop strangers from viewing the invitation. Police say is appears the girl’s original post had been “re-posted” by someone she didn’t know and it quickly went viral. Within 24 hours 20,000 people had said they would attend. Now the girl’s father says the Facebook page about the party will be removed and the party itself will be cancelled.  read more »

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Facebook Goes to the Movies

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Coming soon to a Facebook page near you; movies.

Warner Brothers is testing a service that would allow Facebook users in the U.S. to purchase or rent movies. Starting this week users can visit the official Facebook page of a specific movie and pay 30 Facebook credits or $3 to view the movie. You then have access to that movie and can watch it as many times as you like over the next 48 hours.  read more »

A New King in Town

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For the past few years Google has been king of the online kingdom but one connected company is looking to steal its throne.

Facebook is challenging Google’s supremacy with a new approach to how people live, work, play and search online. Currently, Google delivers search results to people based on their web history. Facebook is stepping up to the plate by personalizing the user’s web experience with their own “likes” and recommendations from their Facebook friends.  read more »

A Charitable Connection

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Feeling a little charitable this holiday season? A new website could help you tap into your spirit of giving.

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes launched a new venture earlier this week aimed at the big hearted. Called Jumo.com the purpose of the site is to connect people who are already working to improve the lives of others with those who want to do the same but isn’t sure where to start.  read more »

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The Eleventh Commandment

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The clergy is looking to add a commandment and its bad news for Facebook.

Reverend Cedric Miller of New Jersey says that over the past six months 20 couples have faced trouble in their marriage over reconnecting with past loves. And Rev. Miller is naming Facebook the main culprit. Now Rev. Miller has ordered 50 married church officials to delete their accounts or resign from their leadership position. He plans on suggesting the same to the married members of his church.  read more »

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Friend Requesting Facebook

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Social networks are expanding and two in particular are hoping to grow together.

A new rumor from the tech world hit the information highway earlier this week and the word is that Skype and Facebook are preparing to announce a wide ranging partnership. Citing sources close to the companies All Things Digital, the Wall Street Journals’ technology blog is reporting that the deal would integrate text messaging, voice chat and Facebook connections. Features of the possible pairing include allowing users to call their Facebook friends from Skype and merge Facebook connect into the Skype platform.  read more »

Getting Fired For Facebook

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Want to hold on to your current job? Better watch your social networking.

Facebook has over five hundred million users, and with members expressing their every thought it’s easy to offend someone. But you might want to sensor your profile, because the people most often offended, are employers. According to a 2009 study by internet security firm Proofpoint, 8% of companies with more than 1,000 employees have fired someone for their social networking. A number that is double from the year before.  read more »