This is not going to become a new daily feature on my blog, but there are so many good Facebook stories coming out it seems sensible to group them in one place. Enjoy!
Here’s a paradox. Just when some social media early adopters are starting to leave Facebook, the mainstream majority (approaching 500 million of them) seem to be more hooked on the world’s favourite social network than ever. I’ve discovered a problem with Facebook dependency amongst first year students. They were tasked with creating, publicising and evaluating a charity event – with varied results. Facebook groups were universally created – and were relied on to disastrous effect.
Facebook has entered into a “five-year strategic partnership” with Zynga, the social network gaming company which operates FarmVille, after resolving a financial dispute.
Like most people in the service industry from time to time, Charlotte waitress Ashley Johnson got a bad tip recently. After a couple took a three hour lunch—forcing her to stay an hour past the end of her shift—and left a $5 tip, she vented on Facebook. A couple days later, her boss called her in. They had her Facebook post and informed her that she’d violated company policies on not making disparaging remarks about customers or casting the restaurant in a negative light.
Facebook has just announced it is launching a new mobile site at http://0.facebook.com designed specifically to ensure speedy access to all of Facebook’s features. The twist? It’s completely free to access. Zero data costs. Surely this is a first.
It had to happen. After a firestorm of criticism concerning its privacy stance Facebook is backing down from audcacious plans to push public data, and will in coming weeks offer new privacy options to users.