Is the world’s largest social network dipping its toes into sociology? VentureBeat reported that Facebook will host an academics-only conference on the topic at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., in August, just prior to the American Sociological Association 2014 Annual Meeting in San Francisco Aug. 16 through 19.
Earlier this week I noticed that one of my friends had made their Facebook profile photos no longer visible. I wasn’t sure if this was because they had put me on a restricted friend list or if they had simply removed their profile photos. I awkwardly asked my friend why I had been blocked from viewing his photos and he said that he blocked everybody so his boss wouldn’t see his less professional photographs. Unfortunately my friend didn’t understand the power of Facebook’s custom privacy settings.