It is Okay for You to Sue Facebook Because You Liked Something

Facebook is all over the internet, every single area of the net has some sort of “like” button in the page for you to like what you’re seeing or reading. Earlier today a California judge ruled that it is okay for you to sue Facebook for showing your picture in an ad.

According to the plaintiffs in this lawsuit, they are being “economically injured by the misappropriation of their names, photographs, and likes” when everyone in their wall can see that they liked a brand, a drink, or a place.

Here is the thing, if I saw my name and picture on an advertisement for a brand that I like, I would be more than honored to be on that TV spot! I would have a party and have all my friends over waiting for that ad to broad cast again. Why? Because I LIKE the brand! Facebook already lined up their lawyers and responded with a simple line – They are covered by California’s newsworthiness exemption. Which is true, no one is forcing you to click or thumbs up a story, it’s your own fault you clicked on a like button to have it show up in your “news feed” to begin with.

Every site has “like” buttons, when you click on the like, it’s going to show up on your feed almost immediately. This action is public, and anyone is going to be able to see that you like that new cologne by Britney Spears, or that one weird website that you visit all the time. If you don’t want facebook to show these stories on your wall, don’t like them.  This has the same weight as you going on your facebook wall and saying “I love to kill baby seals” and then suing facebook because they allowed your friends to see that status.

You need to remember that facebook is a curated website, anything that you write on the site is going to be remembered for the rest of the internet’s existence. When I click a “like” I’m not wanting to keep it secret, as a matter of fact, it’s the contrary – I want all my friends to see that I like puppies – I wanted my wife to see that I liked Zales and Engagement rings.

Facebook is not faking our likes, it is up to us to determine whether or not we want to tell the world we like something. If you go to an adult website and click on the like button, you’re doing it for one of two reasons. 1) you want the world to know you’re into that site. 2) you support the website enough to tell all your friends about it.

Plain and simple, if you like a page, a brand, a drink, an object, and you click on Like you are now responsible for the click. If you didn’t want your opinion known, then stop clicking the damn blue buttons- Via: Bloomberg

The Truth about Facebook and Grades

Contrary to popular belief, a recent study revealed that Facebook use among students really isn’t much of a problem. In fact, it hardly has any notable impact on a student’s academic performance.

The study surveyed 1,839 students attending 4-year universities. The majority of them (92%) reported using Facebook, and the average amount of time they spent on it was a total of 106 minutes. On average, students visit the site 6 times and stay for 24 minutes each visit. The survey also drew some interesting conclusions.Here are some of the most notable ones:

– Students’ GPAs dropped .12 points for every 93 minutes above the average of 106 minutes per day. Proving that while Facebook could impact students’ grades, the effect is rather small.

– Certain activities on Facebook were linked with either higher or lower grades.

– Most importantly, the study found no link between a student using Facebook and the amount that they actually spent time studying.

Check out the graphic below by Online Education to see the full details of the study:

Facebook and Grades
Via: OnlineEducation.net

New Study Shows Teens Desire a Smart Phone More Than a Car

These days due to the recession, bad job market, and terrible inflation, many people have to make the choice between necessities and desires.  For the longest time people were able to live almost above their current pay grade but these days are long-gone, and it looks like budget cuts by consumers are going to have a very large impact on the car market this year.  As you may have realized, the holiday season is coming up and a new report by the New York Times says that teenagers undoubtedly want a smart-phone more than a car.  Now this is not to say that every highschooler would choose an iPhone over a new Ferrari, but with the rising gas prices and other common problems with cars, the vehicles are just becoming less wanted.

The theory behind this new trend is that teenagers used to put ‘freedom’ along with taking a road trip, hitting the open road with some friends, and being able to drive anywhere at any time.  Unfortunately for many kids this has changed a new trend has popped up, which always happens over time, but it seems the stakes have been significantly lowered which leads to other possible problems.  Teens these days are more dependant on their social networks and mobile lives which makes the cell phone an extremely important part of their lives, much more so than in the last decade.  People want, and need, to be connected to their online communication networks and driving a car can impede their ability to do so with the newer and harsher laws on teen texting and phone usage in cars.  It seems that almost every state is now adopting a new law that makes phone usage in almost any form illegal for teens, if not everyone; but there are two sides to this story as the car crash rates have significantly dropped in areas where these laws were implemented.

Surprisingly, statistics show that in 1978 almost 50% of 16 year olds picked up their driving license, but in 2008 only 30% of this same group obtained their driving privileges.  It is speculated that this slow decrease over the years is actually caused by a lack of innovation from car companies.  Think about it… car companies have not come out with anything revolutionary or extremely needed in the life of a teenager in the past years, a car is still needed but the ownership of a car as a teen is not necessarily such a desired trait anymore; the truly terrifying thought is if teens now value having a smart phone more than a car, what will the next generation find useless that we are so thankful for these days?

Microsoft’s New Social Network Socl – Social Searching

It looks like the internet has enough room for yet another social network to join in on the fun. Google’s social network “plus” seems to be doing okay, but now Microsoft is trying to jump onboard to get a piece of the social pie. Microsoft’s new social network called Socl, is going to be the social network for social searching – Why? Well, I don’t even know either. But this social network is going to attack Google more than it is Facebook.

The Verge’s Thomas Houston tested out the network, he said that while it feels like Facebook and Google+ the Socl Network by Microsoft is a different kind of beast! He said that Socl is all about the sophisticated search and predictive algorithms used on the Bing Search engine. The point of the Socl network is to get more refined searches that are likely catered to your own search needs.

Socl will let you follow friends, post status updates, or even search for updates, posts, notes on the fed, and watch youtube videos. You will not have as much privacy as Google+ but this is something that some people are willing to overcome.

With the addition of Socl, do you think that the networks are getting over crowded? I still have problems trying to keep up with my social accounts, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, Stumbleupo, Etc. and now Socl… that’s going to be a little to much, I still have no idea as to how people keep up with all of their accounts on line.

Via The Verge

Facebook Timeline: Will It Be Useful to us?

The Internet has become an eternal part of our lives, It’s the best place to hang around, make new friends, and earn money. Social networking sites are now one of the largest websites with the most traffic. Tumblr, Facebook, twitter, Youtube and many other sites have created a separate type of culture called “social networking.”

Sites like Facebook have become so important that people not only use them for networking, but they use them as their online diary where they are storing their entire lives from start to finish. Such sites offer everything form chatting, to sharing data, to listening music, storing and sharing your files, and a plethora of other services. These services incorporate a mix of media players, clean layouts and online file storage systems to attract new users. All of these services combined, make someone’s online presence extremely share-able.

This advancement in internet and social media technology has made the social sharing a convenient experience for all. Now at one place you can share all your important images, with all your friends in one go. The amount of information one can share at such social networking sites can be overwhelming. So having control over who sees the content you are sharing is extremely important. There are privacy settings to keep everything in “Check” but unfortunately, the settings keep on changing constantly that the typical user has difficulty keeping up.

One of the latest changes in our online community, and perhaps the biggest change, is the addition of the “Facebook timeline.” The time line made it very easy to find thing that you thought were hidden, content that is not marked as “private” is open for everyone to see. The time line is supposed to allow greater control when it comes to finding content in someones profile. The new set up however, made the privacy settings a little difficult to understand and are definitely not user friendly anymore. Some users have to conduct research, and read guides in order to use them properly. However, once the settings have been properly tuned, the time line actually keeps user’s private data safer from Strangers, than previous Facebook versions.

The timeline feature makes it easier to go through someones updates by clicking on the month, week, day, or year, as compared to dig through their profile to find the information you’re looking for. This new feature makes events that happened one year ago, as easily accessible as the fresh updates that were updated the same day. Additionally, the timeline lets you create an event for a remarkable day. Hobbies, life events, goals, new jobs, etc. once created, these events leave an impact “on your time line” the same way they leave an impact on our lives. Now each one of us can decide what is more important in our lives; and what we want to share with the world.

The Facebook Timeline definitely makes a large effort to bring our “offline” lives, online. The Facebook Time line change is not an “optional” one, it’s a mandatory one. Several people have already switched over to the new Facebook time line, these early adopters have already made the jump and created several different guides to help you along, a simple Google search brings up thousands of tips and tricks for the new time line. Facebook is going to make the jump for the rest of us in a few days, once the change goes “global” we’ll be able to focus more on our own personal branding, rather social networking.

Idiotic Parent’s Are Mailing Chicken Pox Live Samples Via The Mail

I’m all about vaccines, I’m pretty sure that we all know that by now vaccines are very safe. Yes, you’ll have that one parent who reads to many one sided books, and read “medical studies” conducted by private mothers in their kitchens.  But out of the small part of Idiotic parents who choose not to vaccinate their children, you have a few who are a bit more insane than the others. The video I posted above gets down to the point on the whole – To Vaccinate? or not to Vaccinate?

I remember getting the Chicken Pox as a child, it wasn’t the best experience in the world. I actually got infected after I went out and played with a neighborhood kid who was infected with the Pox virus himself. So before you start commenting that you need to get infected with the virus before you get old to minimize the risk of dying – I know about all of that.  If you want to infect your kid, so be it. But don’t start a freaking Cult and bring your kid to the living room so they can go through their Chicken Pox right’s of passage, while you smoke pot with all the other neighborhood moms.

But this story goes way beyond idiotic parents not vaccinating their children, a very small group decided to start throwing “pox parties” and use Facebook to communicate with one another. These geniuses all get together so they can time when their kid gets sick with diseases like the chicken pox and other similar viruses. What’s worse, is that they don’t just throw the party at home… oh no… they want to go the extra mile and try their hardest to convince their friends to do the same. How you may ask? well they are Mailing viruses to all the other converted geniuses across the US.  CBS 5 KPHO in Phoenix reported on the extremely gross, dangerous, and possibly illegal act of shipping infected lollipops, clothing samples, Q-Tips, bibs, and anything else that can fit in a small package. The parents use nothing more than Zip lock bag and an envelope to keep the virus “safe.”  Why? Well because they believe that a Vaccine is going to cause Autism, and they would much rather infect their children with the virus as a form of “natural vaccination.”

How in the hell do they even think shipping infected lollipops is a good idea? and how does one go about doing this? “here Billy suck on this lollipop for mommy” – Half way through – “that’s enough Billy, I need to wrap it up so I can send it to your friend Mandy” What other unknown diseases are they unknowingly spreading?  and think about the psychological effects is going to cause on the child! when he’s 20 years old and he sees a lollipop…  He’s going to say F**K that! Last time I sucked one of those I got the Herpes!

These completely irrational mothers, supported by their irrational husbands, who despite the plethora of information that says vaccines are not associated with Autism, are endangering anyone who might come in contact with the infectious contraband. So just in case you get a box of Q-tips in the mail, make sure you don’t open the package you never know what the heck is going to be infected with. Not only are these parents putting their children’s life in danger by not vaccinating them against dangerous viruses, they are putting their classmates, their friends, and just about anyone else in the community in danger by shipping live virus samples all over the USA via regular mail. KPHO

The Best Education Sites

Social media has become a powerful tool for engagement, and colleges all over the nation are realizing this. Schools across the country are coming up with creative ways to utilize their school websites and popular social media tools like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Additionally, trends show that school’s with a higher reputation also tend to do better on the web. Hence, it’s no longer about how many tweets a school sends out per day or how many Facebook accounts it has, but rather the key factor is whether or not the content is useful and/or helpful to it’s audience.

So, now you’re probably wondering which colleges are having the most success on the web, right? This graphic by Best Ed Sites provides a comprehensive look at the colleges that have the best web presence and also reveals which ones are leading the pack when it comes to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Schools That Rule the Web
Created by: Best Education Sites

New Features with Google +

Facebook is probably the most popular social media site available. It offers just about every feature needed to make new friends and meet new people online, and its popularity is certainly the highest among teens. However, there are other categories of users as well, who value things like privacy more than the “Like” button. Such users are not overly pleased with Facebook and are actively searching for a replacement. Fortunately, Google + is just what the doctor ordered!

Some consider it a weaker version of Facebook, while others think it is a huge improvement. As mentioned above, different categories of users give different importance to some of the features Google+ brings to the table.

The most notable feature is improved privacy. That’s right, Google+ offers much more than simply choosing if anyone else other than your friends can see your profile information or photos. Facebook doesn’t allow much customization other than that, and many users have had problems when trying to restrict certain information from being visible to only some people from their friend’s list.

Google+ allows users to make content available only to certain groups of friends. This allows everyone to have more control over their privacy and should prevent mistakes like those that frequently take place on Facebook and end up getting people fired.

As Google has gotten us used to, the UI of Google+ is as simple as possible. You won’t find any buttons that have little use or anything else that stands out from the rest. The interface is easy to use and effective, so anyone can learn how to use it without too much effort. This is something that will attract children, teens, and adults as well, and those who were frustrated with Facebook’s UI certainly don’t have any reason to dislike this one.

Creating groups of friends is extremely easy, and these groups are called circles. Are someone to your circle of close friends and you can immediately share content with that circle alone. This is a wonderful way of grouping contacts from work, family, or any other friends, and managing what content each circle has available.

Sharing is extremely easy, and anything from photos, links and videos can be shared. This means even teens who are more interested in a way of sharing their favorite music and videos with their friends will find it interesting, while people who value privacy more than anything else will also find it useful due to the different circles.

Another feature that will make it a huge hit with teens everywhere is the fact that it has both an Apple and an Android app available. While the Apple application lacks some features, the Android has every single feature available on the PC, as well as an “instant upload” option. It’s well known how much teens and even adults use their phones to stay connected and be notified as soon as someone on the friend list posts any content, so this is bound to attract more people to Google+ than any other feature!

Just exactly how popular it will be remains to be seen, because those who have a large network of friends on Facebook probably won’t want to switch to Google+ anytime soon. Those with newer profiles and with few or no friends shouldn’t have any problems joining though. As more people join, others will follow, and the growth should be exponential. We believe that Google+ is a strong competitor to Facebook and there is a chance that once people start using it, Facebook will be left without users! The more likely thing to happen though is that most people will have two accounts, one on Facebook and one on Google+.

This article is written by Kevin Moor, who also writes for registrycleanerswatch.com, a site emphasizing on registry mechanic.