Women are caught in a no-win situation when it comes to their photos on Facebook and other social networks, according to a new study from Oregon State University, which found that sexy and revealing photos may cost them job opportunities, while more conservative images could lead to less attention from potential suitors.
Facebook is now accepting submissions for its annual Grace Hopper Scholarship, benefiting 25 women who are studying computer science or are looking to make an impact in the tech world. The scholarship includes trip (with travel and hotel expenses included) to the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Phoenix, Oct. 6-11.
Facebook has come under fire recently, as several advertisers pulled their campaigns in light of pages promoting hate speech against women on the site. The company responded to this criticism Tuesday, saying that Facebook will start working harder to prevent those kinds of posts and pages from coming to light. Facebook will work with legal experts, as well as women’s rights groups, to better train the teams that deal with feedback on these issues, and it will open up the lines of communication with groups that have faced discrimination.
Facebook recently wondered if younger married women were more apt to keep or change their last names after marriage (at least on Facebook). The company’s data science team found that women in their 20s were the most likely to keep their maiden names, while women in their 30s and 40s hyphenated their last names more often than others.
Taking a lead from its chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook is looking to give more opportunities to women in the tech industry. The company recently announced two new scholarships: the Facebook Grace Hopper Scholarship and the Facebook Moms in Tech Sponsorship.
Sometimes, stereotypes hold true. At least on Facebook, anyway. Compass Labs, a Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer, compiled an interesting infographic showing how the pages liked by men and women on Facebook show that guys tend to like cars, while ladies tend to like retail pages.
It’s probably not surprising that when Facebook users are 21, most of their friends are also in that same age bracket. It’s also not a shocker to say that men talk about sports on Facebook more than women. But how do trends change over time? Do 30-year-olds tend to talk about health more than new high-school graduates? A highly visual set of data from Wolfram Alpha brings Facebook’s social graph to life, showing how people connect and relate to each other on the social network.