You know that little globe icon on the Facebook website that displays your pending notifications? Of course you do. It’s the first thing any self-respecting narcissist clicks on when they open Facebook.
Dear Mr. Zuckerberg, For the last seven years, I have used your social media service for various reasons. It connected me to two of my best friends who no longer live in the United States. It opened my eyes to differing opinions and points of view by allowing me to see what my friends post on their walls. It gives me an outlet to speak my mind and to share my thoughts on topics ranging from domestic politics to the Arab-Israeli conflict. I could not be more thankful for what your services have done to connect me to people that I care about. However, I am appalled by Facebook’s insistence to allow a violent, anti-Semitic, and threatening group to remain on social media. I cannot believe that a group that calls for the death of the Jews, your own people for that matter, does not violate Facebook’s “Community Standards.” As a fellow AEPi brother, I am disgusted that your company not only calls this group socially acceptable, but it endangers the lives of our brothers, our brothers’ families, and more importantly, our people as a whole. For this reason, I am writing this letter to you in hopes that you read it well and understand why I cannot accept the existence of such a page. Forget about what is happening in the Middle East for a second. Forget about your opinions on the matter. Forget about what has been “trending” on Facebook for the last two or three weeks. This group emits the same hatred that led the Jewish people to the gas chambers. This group spews the same hateful propaganda that rationalized an intellectual population to carry out a systematic genocide against another race in the name of “nationalism.” This group produces the same vile hatred that has troubled your people for millennia under the false premises that the Jewish people are the cause of all of the world’s problems. To make these opinions socially acceptable under Facebook’s “Community Standards” is not only an insult to our people, but it is also an insult to humanity and those who have died for no other reason but for being who they are. It should not be politically correct to give anti-Semites a voice and an outlet to call for murdering Jews. It should not be acceptable for a social media service to allow such blatant Jew-hatred, or any hatred for that matter. This is not a matter of allowing open dialogue and fruitful discussions on a conflict that has troubled the region for decades; this is a matter of common decency and human dignity. I speak for the millions of Jews who are scared to death to stand up for their people, to stand up for the Jewish state, and to stand up for their right to self-determination on Facebook, in part because of groups like these that fester such undeniably anti-Semitic opinions and claim that the man responsible for killing SIX MILLION Jews was “right” all along. So Mark Zuckerberg, if you read this letter, I hope that you take my words to heart and do the courageous thing. Do the humane thing. Do the right thing. Remove all Facebook pages that call for the death of the Jewish people. It is times like these where our people need to come together and support one another. I urge you, my brother, to answer the call and stand against the blatant Jew-hatred that has plagued us for millennia and has only gotten stronger in the last few weeks. Most fraternally, Elliott Like us on Facebook Get our newsletter Follow us on Twitter The opinions, facts and any media content here are presented solely by the author, and The Times of Israel assumes no responsibility for them. In case of abuse, report this post. Read more: Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook | Elliott Hamilton | Ops & Blogs | The Times of Israel http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/open-letter-to-mark-zuckerberg-ceo-of-facebook/#ixzz395WlZB6o Follow us: @timesofisrael on Twitter | timesofisrael on Facebook
Sometimes good deeds are not rewarded. Indeed, sometimes they are punished. The women's rowing team at Warwick University produced a nude calendar in the name of raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support but the response was far from what they had hoped for. As a result of producing the calendar, which sold 1,500 copies and raised a very impressive £3,400 for the cancer charity, their rowing club were banned from Facebook. The reason? The calendar, instead of being regarded as an admirable and brave attempt to raise money, was interpreted as pornography. The 17 members of the group posed naked in their boat house and while in action along the River Avon and posted pictures on both Facebook and Twitter in a bid to drum up support. But the girls were hit by a less than supportive response after Facebook stripped them of their page 'Warwick Rowing's Women's Naked Calendar'.
If you’re kind of a big deal, then you might be able to use Facebook’s exclusive new app, which is reportedly more selective than Kim Kardashian’s iPhone game. Unlike other Facebook apps like Messenger, Paper, and Slingshot, Facebook Mentions is available only for the elite—namely “actors, athletes, musicians and other influencers.” Anyone can download Mentions from the App Store (ooh, the elite, dark blue logo!), but only Facebook users with a sufficiently cool verified public profile can get into the mobile VIP lounge. In that space, high influencers can post updates and host live Q&As directly from the app and better monitor their fan bases from way up high in their ivory towers.
Kids are actually using the social network more than they did a year ago Facebook isn’t dead yet. Far from it, in fact. In October 2013, Facebook’s CFO admitted that young teens were visiting the social network less frequently. Following that announcement, anecdotal reports and a few different studies suggested that teens—the arbiters of cool—were fleeing Facebook en masse. Even if they kept an account, it wasn’t their primary social network. Teens in the U.S. especially were supposedly opting out of Facebook and into networks like Twitter and Tumblr.
The phrase “Facebook at work” usually suggests people frittering away the day on the social network and not actually doing their jobs. But according to an anonymous source inside Facebook, the company is working on a way to put the social network into a more positive light in the office. It is building an at-work version of Facebook. “We are making work more fun and efficient by building an at-work version of Facebook,” the source says. “We will touch code throughout the stack and on all platforms (web, iOS, Android, etc.).” The source, who refers it as “FB@Work”, says the effort is based in London. What’s not clear is whether FB@Work is something being built as an internal enterprise communication platform, or whether there are ambitions to leverage Facebook to drive new business, by giving people a way to interface with the hundreds of millions of people who already use it to market their businesses and themselves — along the lines of LinkedIn. A spokesperson for Facebook says the company doesn’t comment on rumor or speculation and has “nothing to add at this point.” Using Facebook for internal communications already exists on a less formal basis. “Everyone at Facebook uses Facebook for work,” one ex-Facebook employee tells us. “Most of their communication and planning is done though Messages and Groups. It would be a pretty natural thing to try to expose this way of using Facebook to get things done at the office to the rest of the world. It’s a really fast and efficient way to get things done.” Essentially, from what I understand, at Facebook, every team has its own Group, and when they join and leave the company or change roles, they are added or removed from the relevant Groups. They have authentication security built into them and are synchronized with the company’s wider HR database. This answer from 2012 to a Quora question, about what tools Facebookers use to communicate with each other, also details how Facebook uses Groups, email and chat; and how it has built a couple of tools internally — Pixelcloud for sharing and commenting on images (including new design prototypes), an in-house-built task management tool that’s compared to Asana — among other external platforms. Added to that these days is Quip, the mobile-first word-processing platform co-founded by Facebook’s former CTO Bret Taylor. Tellingly, that Quora answer was penned by a Facebook engineer who is now based in London — where the “FB@Work” project is supposedly based. The engineering team in London, incidentally, is headed up by Lars Rasmussen, one of the two people behind Graph Search who relocated to London from Facebook’s HQ in 2013. Before joining Facebook, Rasmussen developed Google Wave, a promising-looking collaboration product that was eventually discontinued when Google couldn’t get enough user traction. External companies are also already using Facebook for work, too. “Facebook Groups and Group Messaging have already been transformative for how we communicate and collaborate at Hearsay Social,” Clara Shih, the CEO of Hearsay Social, tells me. “As a social media software company, we know 100% of our employees are on Facebook. Rather than reinvent the wheel or ask employees to login to yet another system, we decided to create a private, unlisted Facebook Group to house many of our real-time company chats and conversations.” At the same time, two other sources tell us that Facebook has been talking about launching a Facebook for enterprises product for three or four years already. But the starts and stops of that effort speak both to the opportunities and challenges of doing so. “I keep hearing rumors about this. This is one of the two projects that constantly get started and come close to being launched but have been cancelled at the last minute,” another ex-Facebooker tells us.
On Monday, June 23, the White House will host a Summit on Working Families to focus on creating a 21st century workplace that works for all Americans. The event brings together businesses, economists, labor leaders, policymakers, advocates, and citizens to discuss policy solutions that can make a real difference in the lives of working families and ensure America’s global competitiveness in the coming decades.
You're invited to join the conversation on Facebook and watch live.
Summit participants are sitting down for Facebook Q&A’s all day to discuss key issues and answer your questions. Check out the full schedule below and be sure to follow along on Facebook.com/WhiteHouse.
10:30 a.m. ET:Latifa Lyles, Director of the Women's Bureau at the U.S. Department of Labor, on facebook.com/departmentoflabor11:00 am ET:National Partnership for Women & Families on facebook.com/nationalpartnership2:30 pm ET:Moms Rising on facebook.com/MomsRising.org3:00 pm ET:Leader Nancy Pelosi on facebook.com/NancyPelosiAnna Maria Chávez, CEO of the Girl Scouts, on facebook.com/GirlScoutsUSA3:30 pm ET:Neera Tanden, CEO of the Center for American Progress, on facebook.com/americanprogressBetsey Stevenson, Member of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, on the White House Facebook Page4:00 pm ET:Congresswoman Doris Matsui on facebook.com/doris.matsuiEllen Bravo, Executive Director of Family Values @ Work, on facebook.com/womensmediacenter
Don't forget to tune in live starting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 23. Then, get onFacebook to join the conversation. Visit WorkingFamiliesSummit.org to learn more.
Quick: What’s the one way Israelis can boost IDF soldiers’ morale during the ongoing ground invasion in Gaza? Why, by getting women to show their boobs on social media, of course. As a demonstration of what is world-renowned as the Israeli male’s progressive attitude toward gender equality and women’s rights, an Israeli man has set up a Facebook page called “Standing with the IDF—Maintaining a Protective Edge.” The page primarily consists of images of scantily clad Israeli women, most of whom have “I Heart IDF” emblazoned on their breasts or buttocks.
A teenager who was thrown into the sea when his boat capsized managed to post one word on Facebook, “stranded,” which ended up saving his life. His friend saw the post and alerted the Coastguard, who scrambled lifeboats and brought him to safety.
Established companies in Silicon Valley encourage startups to integrate with their services. Facebook has invited PayPal's Braintree service to join its FbStart program that fosters mobile-app startups.
Facebook's Snapchat rival, Slingshot, is now available outside the US.
The ephemeral messaging app launched in the US mid-June, with a couple of unique features. Most notable was the concept of "paying" to see a picture with your own snap in return, something the developers hoped would encourage a community "where everybody is a creator and nobody is just a spectator".
"Since we launched last week, we’ve heard from lots of people around the world who are excited to give Slingshot a try. Starting today, we’re expanding our initial launch and making Slingshot available internationally," Slingshot says in a blogpost.
By requiring users to "sling" a different photo back to the sender, as well as by offering a single button for instant photo replies, Slingshot aims to encourage whole conversations to play out on the app, rather than the disconnected snaps common on Snapchat.
The app is available for iPhones running iOS 7 and Android devices with Jelly Bean or KitKat. Unlike Poke, Facebook's first attempt to clone Snapchat, it doesn't require a Facebook account to use. Instead, it picks up the model of another Facebook service, WhatsApp, and lets users find each other with their mobile phone numbers.
Users are, however, offered the option of linking up with their Facebook account, and are also asked whether they want to upload their contacts list to the company's servers to easily find people they know.
With Slingshot, Facebook's portfolio of apps grows larger still. The company's top tier includes Instagram and WhatsApp, two standalone services that it acquired for billions of dollars, as well as Facebook Messenger and Paper, breakout apps designed to offer a streamlined experience for certain aspects of the social network – specifically, messages and the news feed.
Pretend your frat-star days never existed — at least on the Internet — with Social Sweepster By the time this year’s college graduates grab their diplomas, they’ll likely have heard countless warnings about what not to post on social media.
But in case they never listened — and are only just starting to grasp what four years of keg stands and Solo cups might do to their employment prospects — Social Sweepster wants to help. The service goes through Facebook and Twitter accounts to find photos and posts that might make hiring managers think twice, the New YorkTimes reports.
Similar services include SimpleWash, which searches profiles for “undesirable content” based on certain keywords, and Socially Clean, which identifies regrettable Facebook posts on both users’ profiles and those left on their friends’ profiles.
But Social Sweepster, founded by a 2013 graduate of Indiana University, has an emphasis on scanning images, looking through postings from as far back as 2005 to identify objects like beer cans and red Solo cups. Once those are found, users have options to untag, delete or ask a friend to remove the offending photos.
The image identification technology isn’t perfect yet, but founder Tom McGrath believes young job seekers, wanting to be safe rather than sorry, will still want to pay for the service, which is currently in beta.
“If you spent all this money on a college education and you’ll spend $5 on a coffee, why not prevent the slightest chance that a potential employer will be upset?” he said.