Cool Facebook stories for 27 May
It wasn’t long ago that many of us were saying Ya-who? But over the past few days, the one-time giant has started to rear its head again, pushing more toward being a content-focused brand. Tony C from the Yahoo! team is filling us in on a new feature for users of Yahoo! Mail. Facebook has been pretty deeply integrated into Yahoo! Mail since this past December, with features like importing and mailing your Facebook friends and cross posting your Facebook status into Yahoo!
A boy of 15 who fatally stabbed one of his former friends over a “loss of face” after they traded insults on Facebook was convicted of murder yesterday. The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, knifed Salum Kombo, 18, in the chest after a petty dispute on the website, the Old Bailey was told. Mr Kombo bled to death in Bromley-by-Bow, east London, last December. His killer was arrested that day and admitted the stabbing but claimed he acted in self-defence.
Once again, Facebook has changed its privacy settings. Like the last time this happened, Wednesday’s improvements are still a mixed bag, but a better one: they are generally easier to use but not as simple as they could be. There are a couple of curve balls thrown in, too. In this screenshot tour, we’ll show you what’s new–and what to watch out for.
When you get home tonight, you might find a pile of direct mail on the kitchen counter. The phone may ring with a local police group seeking a donation. E-mails from L.L. Bean or Hilton Hotels could fill your inbox. If you’ve visited a Lexus dealer about that special promotion you got in the mail, computers will crunch your financial profile to see if you’re worthy of a loan. All this is driven by data, the virtual bread crumbs you leave behind as you fill out warranty cards, subscribe to magazines, or buy on credit. And you’re cool with that. So why do people freak out about social networks using data the same way?
The ability to target your Facebook status updates to specific audiences is an often-overlooked feature of the social networking service. I use it often to reduce the noise and increase the signal for my Facebook friends. With this feature, I can send marketing-related content to only those people who are likely to find that of value.