Facebook Begins Mining Users’ Data for Paid Advertisements

Facebook Ads

We’ve all known about targeted marketing for a while now – type something into a search engine, and if it’s a marketable product, soon you’ll be seeing ads for it all across your browser. Now, however, social networking giant Facebook is looking to take that one step further. The privately held company founded by Mark Zuckerberg will now be tracking activity of profiles, status updates, wall posts, messages, and “likes,” in order to target ads even more closely to the site’s users, according to an article in the LA Times.

For example, women who have recently gotten engaged and told Facebook about it should expect to see advertisements for local caterers, florists, wedding planners, and more.

Privacy experts say that Facebook’s unique ability to mine data and sell advertising based on what the site’s members voluntarily share is “electronic eavesdropping” – sharing data that many users only intended to share with friends.

More...


Tags: , , , , ,
Categories: Facebook

0 Comments
Actions: E-mail | Twitter | Facebook | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

Facebook Creator Mark Zuckerberg the Subject of New Comic Book

After being depicted in a book and the Oscar-nominated film The Social Network, Mark Zuckerberg, the 26-year-old creator of Facebook, now stars in his very own comic book.

Written by freelance journalist Jerome Maida and illustrated by Sal Field, Mark Zuckerberg: Creator of Facebook is a 48-page comic book offering “a more balanced portrayal” of the Facebook visionary then viewers saw in the The Social Network.

More...


Tags: , , , ,
Categories: Facebook

0 Comments
Actions: E-mail | Twitter | Facebook | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

Facebook Rolls Out Creepy App: “Breakup Notifier”

You know how it goes. You’re vying for the attention of your beloved, but he or she is simply too smitten with their current squeeze to bat an eyelash at you. And, since information is super-ultra-mega private these days, especially revolving around Facebook, relationships, and relationships on Facebook, it’s understandable that you might be clamoring for a way to find out when your crush becomes romantically available.

More...


Tags: , ,
Categories: Facebook

0 Comments
Actions: E-mail | Twitter | Facebook | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

Former President George W. Bush to Answer Questions on Facebook

Have a question for George W. Bush? You just might have a chance to ask it. The former president is stopping by Facebook today to answer questions from users and employees of the wildly popular social networking site. 

The Q&A will stream live on Facebook Live, beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook will moderate the discussion, along with Ted Ullyot, general counsel and former Bush staffer. Want to submit a question? Simply click the “Ask a Question” button at the top of the video screen.

Bush will be the first president to appear live on Facebook. The appearance is part of a book tour for his new memoir, Decision Points.


Tags: ,
Categories: Facebook

0 Comments
Actions: E-mail | Twitter | Facebook | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook Trademark the Word “Face”

Don’t panic! While news outlets have been reporting that Facebook has trademarked the word “face”, it doesn’t mean you’ll no longer be allowed to say it for free.

Facebook has been trying to register the word as a trademark for a while now, but the US Patent Office finally decided to grant the social network’s application.

A short time ago, Facebook took over the trademark application for “Face” from a company who operated a site called Faceparty.com. That particular application was opposed by Aaron Greenspan (who took Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to court over the creation of Facebook), but now has been granted a Notice of Allowance.

More...


Tags: , , , ,
Categories: Other | Web Sites

0 Comments
Actions: E-mail | Twitter | Facebook | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

Debt Collectors Face Lawsuit After Harassing Customer on Facebook

The creepiest people out there have to be debt collectors. It is a tough job and takes a strange person willing to harass others through any means necessary to collect money.  Nothing illustrates the lengths agents will go to like the recent lawsuit filed in Florida.

The collection company, Mark One Financial, LLC, was tasked with collecting $362 dollars from Florida resident Melanie Beacham.  She fell behind when she faced a reduction in income and then was out on medical leave for 3 months. She kept up her payments with help of her father for awhile and even worked out a deferment program with the company.  As she approached her second missed payment Mark One decided to take to the cyber world.

When calling her up to ten times a day yielded no reward they turned to Facebook.  They stalked her family and friends by sending multiple messages in an effort to get her to pay the outstanding $362.00.  This caused stress and tension with everyone involved.

More...


Tags: , ,
Categories: Deals and Finances | Facebook

0 Comments
Actions: E-mail | Twitter | Facebook | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

Facebook To Roll Out Email Feature Next Week

Facebook is set to unleash its “Gmail killer” next Monday. The social network giant will launch a full-fledged webmail client, and will offer users their own “@facebook.com” email addresses.

It seems to only make sense that Facebook would introduce a mail client for users, as the website already sends a vast amount of emails to the users, regarding comment notifications, friend requests, photo comments, etc. One can imagine that it may de-clutter a personal email account if all of the Facebook-related messages went elsewhere…say, to an “@Facebook.com” email address.

More...


Tags: ,
Categories: Web Sites

0 Comments
Actions: E-mail | Twitter | Facebook | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

Facebook Gets a Bit Creepier with “Friendship Pages”

Every time Facebook rolls out a new feature, there’s usually a divide: some people are going to inevitably love it, while others are going to absolutely hate it and wish it didn’t exist.

Earlier this week, Facebook unleashed its new “Friendship Pages” feature, which allows users to view an entire relationship between two people, conveniently on one page. That includes wall posts, photo comments, pictures of the two people – pretty much every Facebook interaction between the two.

So what’s the point of it?

While Facebook says that it is a good way to track a couple who just got together, or who recently got engaged or married, I’m going to stick with my  opinion that it’s super creepy. For example: people may use Facebook to stalk down the signs that an ex-lover is moving on. Now, all you’ll have to do is click “view friendship” and shoved in your face will be any flirtations or sweettalking between your ex and his/her new flame. Not so healthy, if you ask me. It seems like it would be a hindrance to mental stability and/or getting over said broken relationship, since it makes dwelling that much easier.

Additionally, who really needs to see what you were saying to another person? Facebook is already rather public, so what’s the point in utilizing a new feature that simply makes it even MORE public? I thought Facebook was all about priva—Oh, what’s that? Facebook ISN’T about privacy? Oh, well… Now I get it.


Tags:
Categories: Web Sites

0 Comments
Actions: E-mail | Twitter | Facebook | Comment RSSRSS comment feed