Facebook is giving information about its users to researchers at a suicide prevention group. The data involves anything that is posted recently on Facebook by an individual who kills themselves. The goal is to use this information to one day help friends, family and social media sites to spot warning signs leading up to the suicide. So….even if some tip-offs are successfully recognized, what actions should be allowed to stop the suspected individual from taking their own life? Is this another sick example of Facebok using our personal information? Or is Facebook actually doing good for once? Learn more
Now is the time to close your Facebook account or at least review your privacy settings. Facebook Graph Search is their new attempt to let the world know everything about you. This “Social Search” makes it so that the content you share can appear in the search results, based on the information you have shared and the connections you have. They are just starting with four things now (People, Places, Photos and Interests), but will eventually expand to include all kinds of data people input into Facebook. More info
Mark Cuban loves criticizing Facebook. Following claims that Facebook has alienated businesses by limiting their access to user’s news feeds, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks is calling the social media site a ‘Time Suck’. He continues to say that FB is for those who are too anxious to talk to the person beside them. Source
In the Philippines, an advocate against mining is sent to jail for a Facebook post she made over a year ago. The 62 year old ex-school teacher was charged with libel, for criticizing a mayor for breaking up an anti-mining meeting. The repercussions of Facebook knows no bounds… Source
According to findings from a poll conducted among 1,032 Americans by Reuters and research firm Ipsos, 35% of Facebook users said they are less engaged on the social network than they have been in the recent past. Only 20% of members are spending more time on the site.
The study also found that four out of five Facebook members have never been influenced by ads run on the site. This indicates that marketing efforts that encourage Facebook users to buy products and services via the site may not be working.