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Sunday, May 12, 2013
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The social media giant is changing its News Feed, and reportedly plans to incorporate the 'hashtag,' a la Twitter. Tell us your thoughts.
The social media site where people, businesses and government in Suwanee and Gwinnett interact daily is making some key changes. The Los Angeles Times has reported that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Julie Zhou, director of design, said the new layout will put photos and visuals front and center. Zuckerberg said the change comes as a result of photos now making up nearly 50 percent of all posts on users' news feeds. "News Feed has become primarily about visual content," Zuckerberg said. Also, Mashable.com and other outlets have reported that Facebook plans to incorporate the "hashtag" symbol that already is a fixture on Twitter. Hashtags already are popular on Instagram -- which is owned by Facebook. Mashable said that adding hashtag…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
If convicted, the Florida man faces a $500 fine and a maximum of 60 days in jail after posting photos of himself and two kids petting, lifting and sitting on a manatee calf.
Do either of these tidbits surprise you — first, that a Florida man was arrested based on photos he posted on Facebook, or that it's illegal to injure, harm, harass, capture or attempt to capture a Florida manatee? If convicted of said crimes against a manatee, Ryan William Waterman, 21, of Ft. Pierce, Fla., is facing a $500 fine and a maximum of 60 days in jail. The Huffington Post reports Waterman shared photos of himself and two kids petting, lifting and sitting on a manatee calf on the social media site. The arrest came after the Florida Fish and Wildlife was tipped off to the incriminating photos. Did you know there's a list of animals and plants that are protected in Georgia? It is illegal to harass, capture, kill or otherwise …
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Facebook and the U.S. Energy Department are among those who have been affected recently. Share your thoughts.
The dark side of global Internet usage has reared its head several times recently. And in some cases, the attacks appear coordinated -- and increasing in intensity. According to media reports, Facebook fell victim to a U.S. attack recently, and the U.S. Energy Department disclosed in February that hackers penetrated computers and servers at the agency’s Washington headquarters and stole personal information of hundreds of employees and contractors. Reports also say that the New York Times, the Washington Post and Twitter have been hacking victims recently. -- Are you concerned about online security? Do you fear a major cyberattack is coming? Share your thoughts in the comments below. “We’re seeing a widespread colonization of significant U…
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Upload to our Pics & Clips gallery, and you might see your photo on Facebook, too.
Updated March 13, 2013 The Suwanee Patch Facebook page is always on the lookout for a new cover photo, and we could use your help. If you have a photo of Suwanee people, places or events, just upload it to our community photo gallery. The attached photo was one that was submitted by a user, and featured for a time as the lead photo. The more photos we get, the more often we'll change our Facebook page cover photo. Thanks in advance for your help and we look forward to seeing your photos of Suwanee. Don’t miss any Suwanee news. Subscribe to Suwanee Patch’s free newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Facebook and Twitter were lively during the game, halftime show by Beyonce, and the blackout. Share your experiences.
Social media use is prominent in everyday life in 2013, and Sunday's Super Bowl was no exception. For example, users posted 24.1 million "tweets" on Twitter during the telecast, according to mashable.com. Top moments included the 34-minute power outage at the Superdome early in the second half, which generated 231,500 tweets per minute, Mashable reported. Beyonce? Her halftime performance generated 5.5 million tweets. Her 12-minute show's conclusion: 268,000 tweets per minute. And speaking of the power outage, one post showed how "in the moment" social media can be. One business -- @oreocookie -- had the infamous "you can dunk in the dark" photo with its tweet "Power out? No problem." (See the attached screenshot.) In all, social media use…
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The powerful social network launches a new feature. Read about it, and view the attached video for privacy information.
In the latest evolution of Facebook, the powerful social network Tuesday (January 15) announced Graph Search, the capability to show users information from their Facebook network. Also, the new tool has business capabilities. According to the Los Angeles Times, users can search for things like "movies liked by my friends" or "photos of me and (name of friend)." But for all other queries, Microsoft-owned Bing search engine will handle the results. So when users search for something such as "jay-z concerts 2012," Facebook will pass off the search to Bing. Users then will see Bing's results on the left, and information from Facebook on the right. Users also will see Bing ads in both columns. The launch is still in beta release, and users have…
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The popular photo-sharing site says it'll redo wording that seemed to allow users' photos in advertisements without their consent. Share your thoughts.
Instagram has quickly become a popular online photo-sharing service that is used by millions worldwide. And so its recent policy change on photo use understandably has struck a nerve. According to media reports, Instagram -- which is owned by Facebook -- announced Monday (December 17) terms of service that included a clause stating that Instagram had the right to turn images into advertisements without any approval from or compensation for users starting Jan. 16. This likely is part of Facebook's drive to make money from the service that it bought for $715 million in cash and stock. The reaction Tuesday was harsh, the Los Angeles Times reported. Even Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg's wedding photographer was not pleased. "Pro or …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Top social media sites show decreased traffic leading to sales on the prime shopping day. Overall, Black Friday sales were up from 2011.
Overall, online sales and traffic showed an increase on Black Friday 2012, the introduction day to holiday commerce. However, leading social media sites were not part of the upswing, according to a Wall Street Journal blog. The report said that just 0.34 percent of all online sales came from referrals from the top social media sites -- Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. That was a 35 percent decrease from 2011. Twitter was the biggest fail. The site was at 0.00 percent in 2012, not even rounding up in the third decimal point. Facebook referral traffic was down marginally, although its user base grew by 25 percent in the quarter. However, online shoppers did use social media to express satisfaction with purchases, according to mashable.com. …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The social media giant strikes a deal with CNN to be a 'second screen.'
The 2012 election season is in high gear, and the social media world will have a prominent role in coverage. Facebook, the giant social media network, has a deal with Atlanta-based CNN to become a "second screen" for election coverage. How will this partnership affect your Facebook discussions of the elections? Tell us in the comments below. According to Mashable.com, the new experience, “America’s Choice 2012,” will encourage Facebook’s 160 million U.S. users to share their political views through an app, buzz measurements and surveys. The two companies will aggregate users’ sentiment and CNN will incorporate the findings into its coverage. Facebook users, be warned: One component of the initiative, a yet to be launched “I’m Voting” …