Monday, June 4, 2012
The social-networking site is apparently mulling over the idea.
Facebook is developing technology that would allow those under the age of 13 to use the site under parental supervision, a move that could help bring in a sea of new users for revenue but that could also increase privacy concerns, according to a report in Monday's Wall Street Journal. The technology being tested would allow children's accounts to be tied to their parents' accounts so that parents would decide whom their children could "friend." New kid-friendly features also could allow Facebook and its partners to bill parents for games and other entertainment accessed by their kids. Currently Facebook bans those under the age of 13. But several studies show that many kids use Facebook despite the ban, often with their parents' consent. …
Saturday, May 19, 2012
It became a publicly-traded company this week and is making billions for its shareholders.
From its humble beginnings as an idea in a Harvard dorm room, to a social media site with an estimated 900 million users worldwide - Facebook has become a huge part of our popular culture. Privately held since 2004, Facebook became a publicly-traded company this week. That means all of its shares will be listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange and sold to the public, though some investors criticized that it was hard to get their hands on the stock. Once trading began, Facebook sold 421 million shares at $38 each and raised an estimated $16 billion in one day, setting records for valuation and volume of first-day trading. Friday's trading set a record for the number of shares sold, 567 million.The company's total valuation is now estimated at $…
Friday, May 11, 2012
A state legislative committee approved a bill this week that would bar the practice.
Friday, May 11, 2012
Can an employer force you to reveal your Facebook or other social media password as a condition for getting hired or keeping your job? That issue began to get some attention in March after a statistician in New York reported that during an interview with a potential employer, the woman interviewing him had searched for his Facebook and, upon discovering that it was private, asked him for the password. The statistician, Justin Bassett refused and left the interview, according to the Associated Press. But the story brought to light other instances where employers have sought similar access to social media accounts, and have led several states to consider legislation to ban the practice. California's assembly voted Thursday to approve such …
Monday, March 26, 2012
Some job seekers are now being asked to allow prospective employers to view the content of their social media accounts.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Would you let a prospective employer snoop around in your social media accounts? More and more employers are reportedly asking to do just that. According to Reuters, studies have shown that examining a job seeker's Facebook profile can yield more information than a personality test. However, as social media users become more security-conscious, employers are asking for -- and in some cases getting - access to private information. USA Today reports that a Maryland correctional officer willingly gave his password during an interview because he feared that failure to do so would prevent him from gaining employment. "I needed my job to feed my family. I had to," he recalled, according to the USA Today article. New York statistician Justin …
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Workshop discusses Facebook, Formspring and cyber bullying.
The crowd of 50 – mainly parents with some students – sat silent in the Westfield High School auditorium Tuesday evening, listening when the cyber crimes officer asked which parents had Facebook accounts. Only a few hands went up. The question was part of a two-hour workshop presented by the high school administration focusing on social media, including Facebook, along with cyber bullying and crimes. Mike Hoose, a sergeant with the county prosecutor's office, kicked off the session with a speech outlining cyber crimes, bullying and social media sites. The workshop was organized as part of the group's bullying prevention program. Hoose talked primarily about online sexual predators, along with social media sites and cyber bullying. During…
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Cool Vines in downtown Westfield is experimenting with Facebook and Twitter as a way to build its brand.
It has more than 715 fans on Facebook and almost 900 followers on Twitter. You would think the fans are talking about some up and coming local rock band. But they're referring to Cool Vines wine store in downtown Westfield. "The audience that we're hoping to reach is the demographic that uses new communication," said founder and president of Cool Vines, Mark Censits. "If you want to be in front of them you have to talk with them the way they want to." Cool Vines has been using social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook to promote its products, engage its clients and reach out to new ones. The store hosted a spring wine tasting event for the New Jersey Young Professionals which was streamed live on UStream – a free live webcasting …
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Page in support of terminated Tamaques teacher.
Supporters of terminated Tamaques School teacher Matt Kravetsky have formed a Facebook page in support of his retention. The page, which was created on Monday, contains information advocating for Kravetsky's retention. It is unclear who created the page, which is a normal Facebook page in the name of Matthew Kravetsky, but the creator indicated on the page that it is not Kravetsky. Kravetsky does not appear as one of the Facebook friends of the Kravetsky supporter page. "Please know that this page has been created for Matt not by Matt," the creator wrote on the page's wall under the name of the fictional Kravetsky. "This is a public forum for supporters to find out what is going on and to help one another. We are a community. We have tried…