In a sign that not all the young’uns have abandoned “the book,” there’s a fake news scam spreading like wildfire on Facebook aimed specifically at the under 21 crowd — and if you haven’t seen it yet, you will (assuming you’re connected to any of the aforementioned young’uns, that is). And if you’re not connected to many under-21 folks, be sure to share it so it can spread and be shared joyfully by those who are!
And if you’re NOT connected to many under 21 folks, be sure to share it so it can spread and be shared joyfully by those who are!
Reports of the demise of Facebook’s teen user base have been greatly exaggerated, at least according to Forrester Research, which reported that the social network performed quite favorably in its recent survey of 4,517 U.S. online users between the ages of 12 and 17.
Facebook urged the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to uphold the $20 million settlement of a class-action lawsuit over the use of users’ images in sponsored stories, Mediapost reported, citing a filing with the court last Friday.
If you can’t buy it, build something to compete with it: According to a report by Financial Times, Facebook has been working on a video-sharing application, referred to within the company as Slingshot, for several months, potentially as a competitor to Snapchat, which spurned the social network’s $3 billion-plus acquisition offer last November.
Facebook addressed duplicate and fake accounts, teen usage, and potential closing dates for its acquisitions of WhatsApp and Oculus VR in its Form 10-Q quarterly report to the Securities and Exchange Commission Friday.
The subsidiary has overtaken the parent company, as a new study from Piper Jaffray found that the most important social network for teens in the spring of 2014 is Instagram, which passed both Facebook and Twitter to claim the top spot.
Every time Facebook updates its privacy settings, more people get left behind. It’s bad enough for those of us who work with social media on a daily basis — for us, it’s more of a laziness issue than anything — but keeping up-to-date with privacy can be virtually impossible for users of the social network who don’t understand what they need to be aware of, and perhaps that’s why people are turning to technology for help. Browser add-ons and other privacy-checking tools are becoming an increasingly popular way of managing online privacy, and the best part? They’re simple enough for anyone to use.
At various points over the past year, the Internet has been aflutter with the idea that Facebook is having trouble attracting younger users to its platform. However, recent statistics from PrivacyGuard, an identity-theft-protection company, show that these claims may be overstated. In fact, there appears to be a direct correlation between a person’s age and the likeliness that they’re on Facebook.
Vivek Wadhwa, a research professor at Stanford University, published a diatribe on LinkedIn a few months ago titled, “Facebook Is Doomed.” Contributing to the debate on the medium- and long-term sustainability of one of the biggest social networks is undoubtedly a healthy endeavor. However, this excessive public statement distinguishes itself with rather frivolous arguments on Wadhwa’s part.