Facebook is ready with its first major core change since the introduction of the Facebook Timeline at the end of 2011 and this time they have put their focus on revamping their news feed. “The news feed is one of the most important things we’ve built,” Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during a press event.
…the stories around you deserve to be displayed with more than just text. […] How we’re all sharing is changing and the news feed needs to evolve with those changes.
The newly introduced news feed will cater to users with bigger images, multiple feeds and mobile consistency. Facebook with this change has focused on developing a better mobile-friendly experience given the changing dynamics of using social media sites. Since the concept of storytelling through images has received more attention and became the last word in social-sharing experiences, Facebook has been concentrating on creating an imagecentric news feed for itself.
Along with these comes the option for users to control over how the feeds are displayed and to customize the wall as per their personal desire. The new news feed being released from today will add a newer dimension to the experience of logging on to Facebook though (for Facebook) it won’t over till the fat lady sings!
If “The Bachelor” TV show can post Twitter feeds from viewers during its broadcasts, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway figures it can offer instantaneous social networking quips at a new social media nerve center at this weekend’s NASCAR race event.
Social media has indeed become an addiction as we have seen in the Sprint Cup series where Brad Keselowski, the defending champion, was fined $25,000 for tweeting from his car in the middle of a race!
Another racer, Jeff Burton, who drives for the Chevrolet RCR team used his @RCR31JeffBurton Twitter handle to post a photograph of himself with his sponsors. With real-time speedy dissemination of information, Twitter has definitely raised the bar for social networking sites in terms of usage and acclaim.
Well, the Titanic II is all set to embark on a brand new quest. The ocean liner, a replica of the original Olympic class RMS Titanic will have no access to any social networking site such as Twitter or Facebook or any e-mails (…hoping for the satisfaction of shocking everybody of this social media era). In an attempt to enjoy a communication-free vacation, Clive Palmer’s BLUE STAR LINE has been coordinating with China’s state-owned CSC Jinling Shipyard to recreate the dramatic journey made by the Titanic in 1912.
“It will be a chance for people to return to a different age, when there was a whole different social fabric. It’s no bad thing to take some time with your family and friends,” Australian mining tycoon Clive Palmer, who has unveiled the blueprints for a successor ship to the ill-fated Titanic, said.
Of course, this time there shall be sufficient lifeboats (because you can’t call it ‘unsinkable’). The journey is scheduled to begin in late 2016 and, as if we’ve been urging this for a long time, there are already 40,000 interested persons willing to pay big bucks to enjoy every bit of this mesmerizing experience. So, if you are thinking of a modern way
to renounce the worldto experience the Titanic journey, here’s your chance!
Canadian tennis professional Rebecca Marino announced she is quitting the sport, following a bout with depression that has been exacerbated by cyberbullying on social media sites. […] Although Marino said she has “thick skin,” the “really hurtful” words were compounded by the fact she has suffered from depression for the past six years. […] “My depression had come way before the so-called cyberbullying,” said Marino. “Social media has also taken its toll on me.”
Cyber bullying, though not as common as regular bullying, has shifted the attention to emotional changes an individual goes through while on social media sites and brings the focus on this mode of communication and its reach.
The impact of social media on our personal lives has not yet been quantified and now, the retirement of Canadian tennis player Rebecca Marino due to cyber bullying comes as a huge setback to the popularity of social media and the culture of sharing contents and opinions on the Internet.
Twitter Introduces The Dead Into The Virtual World
Connecting to the dead (Another way of telling that: “to take advantage of our social anxieties of death”) is going to be an everyday affair; all it now requires is a Twitter account and you are all set to interact with your loved and dear ones who are no longer alive. A recent Gurdian post explains: Why death is not the end of your social media life »
The growth of digital legacies is already throwing up legal and ethical issues. Facebook has already gone to court to oppose the idea that families can force it to hand over data. However the brighter side to this development is, people can find it as a small way to live on and it shall create something of value for those who are still alive.
[Above image: Last week’s Black Mirror featured a grieving woman who uses a digital service to communicate with her dead boyfriend.]
Facebook Emerges Victorious In Defending Its Name Policy In Germany
Has it ever crossed your mind as to how many people you chat with on Facebook exist in reality? Facebook has managed to defend its stand on its name policy in a German Court. Facebook Ireland has also got the verdict in their favor after its name policy was questioned and it was contested that the social media giant should allow users to access account with ‘pseudonyms’.
The Unabhaengiges Landeszentrum fuer Datenschutz (ULD) data protection agency had earlier reported that German law protects an individual from fear of unpleasant consequences and remain unnoticed and ensures the fundamental right to ‘freedom of expression’ on the Internet. The social networking giant, in turn, argued that Irish data protection officials handle privacy-related issues in Europe concerning Facebook. The Schleswig-Holstein court in Germany agreed stating that users should know who they are communicating with on the Internet.
According to Facebook’s name policy, “Facebook is a community where people use their real identities. We require everyone to provide their real names, so you always know who you’re connecting with.” As a result, users are not permitted to craft MySpace-esque names with symbols, numbers, unusual capitalization, repeating characters, or punctuation.
Facebook may have gotten away with its arguments but the fact remains that this decision will only cause users to be apprehensive about expressing themselves online. The Honorable judges fail to realize that online anonymity can actually aid in receiving genuine views from the public at large without being intimidated as to its consequences.
Technology has made life much easier for young people. Boys don’t have to climb a wall to meet their girlfriends. Even if the parents put them on curfew, the kids can rendezvous online from the confines of their own room.
Prahlad Kakkar, famous Indian ad guru, while explaining the modern rules of dating on social media.
Yes, according to the most current trend: “Hook-up is the new dating and marriage is no longer the goal.”
Content is the currency of the social web.
Mark Schaefer, Executive Director of Schaefer Marketing Solutions
Yes. As a recent Nielsen survey indicates: 23% of all social media messages contain links to content.
LOL, how to hack your friend’s FB?! RELEVANT (coincidentally): Most of Facebook’s billion accounts are fake.
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