Judge Orders Man To Apologize On Facebook Or Go To Jail

Wow, this is drama that appears to be taken straight out of a high school movie where people complain to the principal over something really stupid. In a remarkable take on Freedom of Speech, an Ohio judge threatened a man with 60 days in jail if he didn’t apologize to his ex-wife for a rant he posted to his Facebook page. But it couldn’t be just a regular apology, the judge actually wrote the apology in paper and gave it to the men to post it.

According to Forbes, Mark Byron was upset about a protective order that ordered him to stay away from his wife and affected custody of his son. So he posted what’s described as a “rant” about the situation on his Facebook page.

I don’t know what’s more embarrassing, having a judge tell you that you have to write out a status where you apologize to your ex-wife, or being the judge and actually having to tell the husband to apologize – then having to write it out. In my opinion, if I’m mad at a person or if a person finds my status offensive, I can say what ever I want thanks to my “Freedom of Speech” and if you don’t like it, you shouldn’t be able to go to to the court and force an apology out of me. Especially if you don’t deserve it.

Here is what the husband said on his status before he had to remove it and update it with an apology:

…if you are an evil, vindictive woman who wants to ruin your husbands life and take your son’s father away from him completely – all you need to do is say that you’re scared of your husband or domestic partner…

Elizabeth Byron, the ex-wife, somehow learned about the post she had been blocked from seeing. She said that it violates Byron’s protective order that keeps him from doing anything that will cause her “physical or mental abuse, harassment, annoyance, or bodily injury.” So she went to the court, which just proves her husband’s status even more. She is a vindictive woman.

Byron was ordered to post a court-written apology on this Facebook page as well as pay his wife’s court costs related to the incident – or go to jail for 60 days. And really, the way the judge wrote the protective order is so vague that anything that he does that causes “annoyance” to his ex-wife will mean he’s going to end up in court.

Did Facebook Get Caught Reading Your Text Messages – Not True

London’s Sunday Times claimed that Facebook admitted to reading the text messages that were being sent by their users. They weren’t talking about the text messages that are were sent via their “messages” application, but the actual SMS messages that were sent between your cellphone and another person’s cellphone.  They claimed that Facebook was reading the SMS messages of the users who downloaded their Facebook app onto their smart phones, which could be millions of people.

According to the Sunday times, “Facebook” claims that it was doing it for research so they can launch their Facebook messaging service, but the article was not very clear as to when or even IF this actually happened. The article quoted several sources but they were not named. According to TechCrunch a Facebook spokesperson speaking to ZDNet said there is “no reading of user text messages.” Facebook says the Times piece is “completely wrong” but says the Facebook Android application permissions require SMS read and write capabilities.

Facebook said that lots of communications apps use these permissions, and the application technically has the capability to integrate with the phone’s SMS system, but added that it is for testing purposes. The company did not respond to the claim that the Times “admitted” to reading text messages, however.

Shortly after Facebook released this statement, the Sunday Times article was taken down, at least that’s what it seems like when you click on the link. So good job Times, you just completely paranoid a whole bunch of people that were sending text messages about the upcoming parties.

Is Having a Pinterest Button Really Worth the Traffic and Hype?

It seems that everyone, including my wife, has been talking about Pinterest for the past couple of months. Look at this picture on Pinterest! I bought a new crate that I’m going to turn into a dresser; I got the idea from Pinterest… Pinterest this, Pinterest that, Pinterest Pinterest PINTEREST! But after all is said and done, I can’t really blame her. Technically speaking, Pinterest is a great website. It’s easy to use and people pick up on the concept extremely fast. Their design is A+ and the functionality of the site is easier than a minimalistic blog. But is it worth it?

Pinterest is a great site to share images and infographics, outside of that, you can’t expect to be bringing in traffic to your website, but most importantly, you can’t be using Pinterest to be bringing in traffic to your brand. According to Shareaholic, referral traffic via Pinterest had increased from 0.17% to 3.6% over the span of 6 months.

Already, Pinterest has passed Google Plus, LinkedIn, Youtube, Reddit, and it’s about to catch up to Twitter, but in order to understand HOW and IF Pinterest is useful to your site or brand, you need to pay attention to how Pinterest works.

Could Pinterest be the hidden traffic mine waiting to be tapped? It could be, if you have the right kind of website. Pinterest doesn’t share articles per se, they share images, infographs, pictures, drawings, and any other material that can be “viewed” and instantly appreciated. An article like this one for example, is not going to get the attention of anyone on Pinterest regardless of how much “useful” information it may contain. If your main goal is to brand your company, you may want to stick with Google+, Twitter, and other social websites rather than Pinterest – that is unless you are extremely appealing to the Pinterest market.

Since Pinterest is all about sharing images, certain industries like fashion, architecture, photographers, graphic designers, cooks, bakers, or artists, can really benefit from Pinterest. If you are not part of this tight niche community, using Pinterest may be wasting your time and effort.  In order to reel in people from Pinterest to your site, you have to write articles and post images that are appealing to Pinterest-ers. For example, an article like this would need to include a picture of a cat inside of a crate made from recycled materials to even get the attention of a Pinterest user, then your article needs to back up your image. But at the end of it all, what’s the point of getting traffic to my site when it’s not the kind of traffic that is going to affect my brand?

Pinterest’s demographics are mostly women, while men are more than welcome to use it, Pinterst is full of arts and crafts that are going to appeal to women looking for ideas to decorate their homes, gardens, kitchen, clothing attire, or fill in the next recipe for a quick romantic dinner.

If you have a cupcake website, you found the holy grail of people looking for ideas. If you have a website like Guns Magazine, or Generic Tech Blogs, the chances of women finding guns or iPhone Rumors interesting enough to pin to their account is slim to none. I’m not saying that there isn’t any, but Pinterest is more of an artistic site. Think of Pinterest like the front of your refrigerator, if your article is something people will “pin” to the fridge, then you have good chances of getting traffic from Pinterst. But last time I checked, having a gun pined to your fridge only makes you look like that creep in your building.

Companies like Urban Outfitters, Anthropology, or Fossil are great companies that can benefit greatly from Pinterest, but for all the other industries that don’t sell images, art, or clothing, our content is not worthy of a pin. Until Pinterest changes their user interface, which I highly doubt they would do – why fix it when it’s not broken. We need to focus on different alternatives to brand our company out to the right crowd.

The Most Annoying Type of Facebook Friends

Facebook, on a good day, is like hanging out with all of your friends at an awesome bar, on a bad day, it’s like hanging out with all your friends in a small car in mid-July stuck on the highway with no air conditioner.

Some of your friends are awesome and extremely interesting, you want to hang with them all day, but there are a couple of people that annoy the living life out of you and there is no real way to avoid them on Facebook. I’m sure you can’t think of them right now, but the list at the bottom is a compilation of the different types of friends that you have in your social network… Lets be honest here, how many do you really have? and how many of them are you?

The Coffee Addict:

This is the person that you meet at a random place and they give you the “I’m good, I’m sane, Add me as friends” vibe. When you add them in the afternoon they are the nicest people in the world – just like in real life. But come morning time, this person does a complete 180 twist, you look at their facebook and their status is something along the lines of “IF I DON’T GET COFFEE NOW I WILL BITE THIS PUPPY’S FACE OFF!!!”  and it doesn’t get any better from there. 4 cups later and they are still asking for more.

The Rooster:

I’m sure you have many of these people on your friend’s list; these are the ones that actually treat their Facebook friends as a “family.” Every morning, they feel like it’s their duty to say “Good morning Facebook Fam!” Or “Hellow I’m awake! It’s a new day! Today is an awesome morning!” Usually this person is also the same one that 2 minutes after posting the “good morning” status explodes in rage trying to get their coffee.

The Creeper:

This user has never posted anything, they don’t comment on anything, but instead they like to take notes on your life. When you finally do see them they instantly start to bring up things about your facebook profile. A conversation with a person like this in real life would go like: Hey Steve how are you? – Oh hey man! I’m doing awesome, did you get your tire fixed? I saw the pictures on Facebook, I also read your mom’s status, is her foot healed?

Often times, not even you know what in the heck is going on, you can’t even remember half of the things you post.. but this person has them all stashed away for future reference.

The Hyena:

A Hyena Facebook user will NEVER say a single word… they don’t say anything constructive… and when they comment is usually just LOL, LMAO, ROFLMAO, HAHA. Don’t be alarmed when you meet a Hyena in the Facebook jungle, just ignore it and walk away or you’ll be stuck with it for the rest of the evening… *Update Status – Lost my car keys today* – LOL HAHA ROFLMAO! <- that’s when you’ll know you met a Hyena.

Mr/Ms Popular:

It’s estimated that you can only keep up with about 30 friends at any given time, if you’re very very smart, then you can go up to 60. The popular user however, has over 4,000 friends… half of them don’t even talk to him/her, they don’t even remember them. Usually you go out to parties, meet some person and instantly add them to the list. When They finally reach the 5k limit they usually put up a status that says: – I have to many friends, like my status or I’ll delete you…when this hapens only about 10 people actually like the status – and most are family members.

The Gamer:

I’m not talking about that one guy who likes to play Call of Duty all day long, oh no, this “gamers” are a different breed of gamers, they play Words With Friends all day, they are the ones that are trying to have the largest Farm, they are the ones that are in the toughest Mafia on Facebook, these are the same people that send you hundreds of virtual cakes and virtual flowers… all day long… usually while they are work.

The Cynic:

This is usually a gamer that hates their job so much they only go there to play Facebook games, but it also includes people that hate happy things and life. They hate everything from puppies, flowers, rainbows, hell they even hate themselves. Every one of their status is usually something like: “I woke up and had the worst f**king breakfast, I got a free continental breakfast and a back rub while I was eating it but the eggs were in the wrong side of the plate, then I got $1,000 as a gift but they didn’t give me more.”

The Collector:

Yes, You know exactly who this is, this is the person that is a member of about 10,000 different groups, likes about 10,000 other pages, and has a whole bunch of random crap around their entire page. They are like the aggregators of random stuff of facebook.

The Promoter:

This is the guy that sends you information about useless things, every single event that he gets invited too he sends out to all of his friends. He’s usually a collector. This guy can be an awesome person for when you’re trying to get more cows on Farmville, the Gamers usually depend on the Promoter to get more neighbors on their farms.

The Preacher:

This is the user that posts bible verses on the regular basis, this is also the reason you don’t go to church since he practically gives you more bible verses than an actual Preacher during Sunday sermon… this is also the person who stays at home on Sundays and never even goes to church.

The Liker:

They never actually say anything, like the Hyena, these people just Like things, it doesn’t matter what your post or picture is about, they just click it. As a way of saying, oh hey I’m still here; I just liked your post. This is the least amount of effort that they can do on Facebook.

The Cryptic:

If you’ve seen the Riddler from Batman, then you know exactly what I’m talking about here. These people just update their statuses with random things like: “I don’t know what to tell you, but this is going to be bad” you never really know what they’re talking about. Usually they do this to try and get other people to comment on their statuses. 20 comments later and you’re still like “WTF are you talking about!”

The Drama Queen/King:

This person always puts up things like, “I can’t believe this Sh88t” or “You think you’re better than me? We’ll see about that!” Usually they are confused with the Cryptic users, but you really have to pay attention to their statuses to really figure out which of them they are. If they say things like, “I hate my parents so much” then they are probably the Drama Queens. They just want to get the attention…. Like the Cryptics.

The Updater:

If they were trying to run away from the police, these people would be caught in an instant. They always keep you updated on what they are doing. A series of status from they would go like: I just woke up! – Walking to the kitchen to make breakfast, *picture of the kitchen* I’m in the kitchen making eggs! … *Picture of Eggs* Yum! – Walking back to the room to get dressed for work – *picture of work clothes* this is what I’m wearing…. Well you get the point.

The Night Owl:

This is the person that has to say goodnight at the end of the freaking night, after they post the status they wait for 10 minutes waiting for a reply… if nothing they erase the status and post it again… hoping that someone will say “good night” back to them.

The News Anchor:

I love getting the news from Facebook, they are always up to date, but these people are over kill, like the collector, these guys collect news from all over the place. The only problem is that they don’t post a link back to the article… so usually I get something like : “The president of a country out in the other side of the world died from something today, that was horrible!” you’re sitting there wondering what the heck jut happened and rush over to Yahoo news to see if you can find it.

Don’t Mess with Firefly! How Science Fiction Fans Made a Campus Safe for Free Speech

This video, posted on Youtube by TheFireorg, features an interview with legendary author Neil Gaiman, is a lighthearted look at how the University of Wisconsin–Stout backed down from its censorship of Professor James Miller’s posters, one featuring a quote from the science fiction show Firefly, and the other condemning fascism. Stout stood by its actions until FIRE’s advocacy campaign on Miller’s behalf inspired Gaiman, along with Firefly actors Nathan Fillion and Adam Baldwin, to take to Twitter to encourage their millions of followers to contact the university with their support of free speech.

There are people you do not want to upset in the world. And big groups of people you don’t want to upset would obviously include the politically disenfranchised who feel they have nothing to lose. And those that feel that the time has come for revolution. Then out on the edges beyond any of those are science fiction and fantasy fans whose favorite show has been cancelled in an untimely way.

What Channels Influence the Social Consumer?

Most consumers now days rely on the web when they’re in the market to find something new, but where exactly are they looking?

According to this great graphic by M Booth and Beyond, it really depends on what they’re looking to buy. In other words, the products dictate which web sources consumers will choose to get their information from. If you take a closer look at the info-graphic below, you’ll get a better idea of where everyone is looking for new products, and trust me…some of the data will really surprise you.

For example:
– Out of the 12 popular products researched, Foursquare has the largest influence on cookware products.
– Similarly, Facebook has the biggest influence on baby products.
– 66% of consumers researching beauty products, click on an online ad.

Check out the full graphic below to learn more:

Facebook to Introduce Ads on your News Feed in 2012

Advertisements are a necessary evil to keep a website up and running, on my site alone I have 5 different advertisement placements, this covers for up-keep of the site and hosting prices. But there is a thing as to many ads; I personally hate websites that have in-link ads. Sites that have an advertisement everywhere you put your cursor on, and sites that have pop-up advertisements that you have to slash through before you get to the actual content.

Facebook is no different than every site on the web, their advertisements are found on the side bar and on the commenting area, but starting  in 2012 Facbook is going to start showing ads in a very intrusive area of the page – The news feed. From a business point, this is a great move for Facebook, someone is going to see the advertisement, but from a user’s point of view, this is going to get annoying fast – the image at the bottom is an example of how this new advertisement is going to look.

According to TechCrunch, Facebook is only going to show one advertisement per day, which is tolerable. You can close it if you like, but there won’t be any opting out. So the next day, a new ad will appear on your feed.

There really is no reason to get angry over this because one more ad per day is not going to be that big of a deal, plus when you like a brand and that brand makes a status update you pretty much get an advertisement anyway, and lastly, if you want Facebook to continue on being free this is what we have to put up with. Here is something else too, if you don’t like it, you can always stop using Facebook, but how long will THAT last?

Come to think about it… it looks like those images that everyone on my news feed is posting left and right.

Study Shows Why You Were Friended or Unfriended

Have you ever wondered why some people add you and others remove you from their social networks? For the most part, people will add you because they know you in real life. But according to a recent study from NM Incite, 82% of Facebook users add people they know offline, 60% of people add other people when they notice they have several mutual friends – in hopes to get to know them better.

The remaining reasons include, superficial aspects like physical attractiveness, friend count, gender, race, age, and likes or dislikes. The infographic below goes over the different reason why people add you as friends.

But when it comes to unfriending people, there are a lot of different explanations. 50% of the people unfriend people because they make offensive comments, 41% are unfriended when they start to sell you products online, the other people are taken off because they “damage” reputation on your facebook. Like leaving you unprofessional comments on your wall or attacking your friends publicly – aka – embarrass you.

Most Men use Facebook to network and date, women use Facebook to connect with friends, get the “inside scoop” on deals and sales. Men tolerate abusive comments a bit better than women, it’s estimated that a Woman will unfriend a person almost instantly if they do not feel comfortable with the comments.