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Fakebook [Not Facebook]

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We face a debate about social media and our right to be free. Well, all repressive measures clamped by any political system ) on social media can’t be explained or  much less  justified. When a voice is silenced, a choice is born.

You choose alternative means to make yourself heard. When other physical means of resistance are being cracked down on, technology comes in handy. And that is where we come face to face with our extended family Facebook.

Facebook literally changed the face of the world by piecing people together. It makes us free to exchange ideas, to know and to read each other’s minds. This all contributes to the health of a society. Through it we participate, we protest, we demand, we resist. It grants us what we were dying for. Freedom unlimited. So far so good. The trouble erupts when the same platform is used to spread hate, to kill those virtually whom you don’t want to see live actually, to create public disorder for setting your own lands in order.

That makes Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder rue the day, he gave us this incredible mode of idea sharing. And the trouble deepens when we slip in disguised. We become fakes there by turning Facebook into a “Fakebook“. We hide behind pseudonyms and shoot our malice at anyone and anything we want to, and the irony is we get away with it.

We want to throw, we don’t want to be spotted. We kick you in the face, but we don’t show our face. That is not courage, that is hypocrisy at its cheapest, lowest. That is not freedom, that is stink we spread in the name of freedom. And if that is the freedom of expression which defines our relationship with social media, I cast my vote against that freedom.

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Cyber Bullying On Social Networking Sites: Can It Be Stopped?

Cyber Bullying On Social Networking Sites: Can It Be Stopped?

Social networking sites, like Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and Twitter, has dramatically increased in popularity over the past few years. Such sites have made this world a much smaller place. It is now possible for us to connect with the friends we haven’t seen for several years and family members who live abroad. It is even possible for professionals to connect with other professionals, which is very helpful when it comes to business.

However good this is, there is one major drawback: nothing is private. Everyone can see what you post on Facebook or Twitter. The people who run and operate Facebook are always seeking new ways to make the social networking site more open. This presents a problem for people who want to make their account on Facebook more private. No longer does anyone have any control over their privacy settings. Facebook also does not have an age restriction. Increasingly, teens and children are creating accounts on Facebook.

What does this all have to do with cyber bullying?

Let’s face it, we live in an age that is dominated by the internet. The internet has provided adults and children alike with the opportunity to connect with other people. When children and teens are not at school, they like to chat with their friends on Facebook just as much as adults enjoy talking to each other on Facebook. Unlike adults though, teens and children cannot differentiate  an appropriate comment and photo from one that is not appropriate until they learn the hard way. Sadly, the internet is no different than real life. People will criticize, berate and bully individuals for posting something they deem inappropriate or simply different.

I recently read an article, written by Sarah Perez, on Read Write Web. She has included some disturbing facts from Amanda’s slideshow presentation on SlideShare.

– About 38% of girls have reported some form of online harassment.

– 59% of harassment comes from other minors, which makes up a majority of people involved–directly or indirectly–with the cyber bullying.

These statistics were published in 2010–more than one year ago–yet they are very worrisome. They also show that social networking sites, like Facebook and MySpace offer no recourse for the victims of cyber bullying.

Can Cyber Bullying Be Stopped?

If people would put their energies in the right places, they can stop cyber bullying. Parents and teachers should teach children the difference between what is appropriate and what is inappropriate. They should also explain to their children what makes something wrong and why that certain behavior is destructive, not only to themselves but to others as well. Children and teens who are being harassed by peers online should be advised to keep a printed record of the malicious comments, but then delete their personal accounts. They should also be encouraged to tell a trusted adult about the ongoing harassment. When reporting the abuse, they should show the record as proof because that will provide for evidence which is needed in an intervention.

If people continue to confront the issue of cyber bullying, but in a non-violent manner, then cyber bullying will eventually cease to exist.

Deanna Proach writes for discounts.ca, a website that specializes in promotional codes. She also authored two novels: Day of Revenge (Inkwater Press) and To be Maria (PULSE, release date not yet known).

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Zynga manager moves to social networking start-up

SAN FRANCISCO: A Zynga Inc executive overseeing one of the social gaming company’s most successful games has left to join Identified, a startup social network for young professionals.

Brian Chu, formerly the lead project manager of Zynga’s hit CityVille, said Friday he will be vice president of product at the San Francisco-based startup.

CityVille had been Zynga’s biggest hit over the past year, only recently ceding its position as the most popular game on Facebook to another Zynga title, Texas HoldEm Poker.

In recent months, several notable mid-level executives have left Zynga, which went public in December but has suffered a steep fall in its stock price. In March Groupon Inc, which runs the daily deals website, poached Curtis Lee, a Zynga director of product management.

Chu said he left Zynga amicably and with “the door open.” “It was an intense time and very stressful,” Chu said. “But I wanted the opportunity to take on the challenge of something as big as professional identity and companies like LinkedIn.”

Identified, which raised $21 million in its second-round venture capital financing, claims a registered user base of 10 million. The startup provides a resume-building and networking service for young professionals under 30 – similar to LinkedIn, but with “gamified” features.

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Google accquires Meebo to help social networking push

Google is buying Silicon Valley startup Meebo to help expand its social networking service.

The acquisition announced Monday will bring more tools to Google Plus, an alternative to Facebook Inc.’s popular online hangout. Meebo started as a system for connecting people by instant message but has since built other communication features used by an audience of about 100 million Web people in the U.S.

Both companies are based in Mountain View, Calif. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

“We are always looking for better ways to help users share content and connect with others across the Web, just as they do in real life,” Google said in a statement. “With the Meebo team’s expertise in social publisher tools, we believe they will be a great fit with the Google Plus team.”

Since its debut nearly a year ago, Google Plus has attracted more than 170 million users. Despite that impressive growth, Google so far has had trouble persuading people to visit its social networking website as regularly as Facebook’s more than 900 million users frequent its website.

Meebo works with publishers and advertisers to help them connect with Web surfers for longer periods.

“Together with Google, we’re super jazzed to roll up our sleeves and get cracking on even bigger and better ways to help users and website owners alike,” Meebo wrote in a Monday blog post.

Meebo has raised $70 million in venture capital since it was founded in 2005 by Seth Sternberg, Elaine Wherry and Sandy Jen. Sternberg, who formerly helped IBM Corp. identify acquisition targets, served as Meebo’s CEO.

Google Inc. has spent more than $16 billion buying 140 companies since the end of 2009. That includes the biggest deal in Google’s 14-year history, a just-completed $12.5 billion acquisition of cellphone maker Motorola Mobility Holdings.

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Social network sites can predict links even between non-members: Study

NEW DELHI: Want to stay away from Facebook, so as to safeguard your privacy? That may not work according to a study first published in April by a group of German researchers and reported in the science journal IEEE Spectrum.

According to the study, called ‘One Plus One Makes Three’ published by researchers at the University of Heidelberg, it is possible for a social network site to study the information available to them from members on the site, and use that information to predict the links between any two people, both of whom may not be on the site at all. The researchers used membership of Facebook among students at five universities from 2005.

The methods to make such predictions vary, but as one of the researchers, Katherine Anna Zweig, told IEEE Spectrum by way of example: “if two nonmembers have at least five friends together on the social network platform side, and these five friends are also connected … then this is a very good indicator that the two nonmembers are also connected or are also friends.”

Zweig told Spectrum that the research was inspired by an incident in which a colleague of hers received an email from Facebook pointing out that he, as a non-member, might like to get in touch with a group of people whom the colleague knew, and who were already on Facebook.

In this case, when members signed onto Facebook, they gave the network access to their email address book, thus allowing the site to send such emails to all those on the email list. And while the researchers used the example of Facebook, they stressed that the research applied to other sites as well.

Researchers reached their conclusions using a limited set of data. But as they pointed out: “Social network platform operators, however, typically have access to much more detailed information …such as the age, sex and (approximate) location of their members; and if they provide messaging services they can infer the quality of an acquaintance from its communication pattern. Including such information into the features will likely improve prediction accuracy.”

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