[ATTACH=right]16696[/ATTACH]Facebook really dislikes that new 'dislike' button that's been popping up across the social network, and you should, too. That's because it could be a fake - a malicious little app that's actually a survey spam scam of the same ilk as that "[URL="http://www.esecurityplanet.com/headlines/article.php/3885881/Facebook-Phishing-Attack-Promises-Free-iPad.htm"]Free iPad event[/URL]" invitation you've likely received from at least one of your Facebook friends lately. Basically, if you encounter a dialog asking you to grant the 'Dislike' app access to your profile and other information, you can expect to be asked to fill out a survey while your account is being transformed into yet another of …

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[URL="http://www.web-strategist.com/blog/2010/07/27/altimeter-report-the-8-success-criteria-for-facebook-page-marketing/"]Altimeter Group's recently released report[/URL] establishes eight criteria for measuring success with Facebook page marketing and used the criteria to measure thirty brands, finding that the majority aren't making the most of their Facebook pages.[ATTACH]16178[/ATTACH]Pamper's, Macy's, Kohl's and AXE, on the other hand, were brands successfully using Facebook marketing to increase word of mouth and brand recognition. More and more companies are using Facebook to reach customers, with more than 45% of senior marketers identifying social networks as their priority for this year. Facebook, the report says, is a platform that marketers cannot ignore. Recently Facebook passed the 500 million …

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We're already heard about people being fired for calling in sick and then [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/post977333.html"]posting on Facebook[/URL]. Now a woman has lost her insurance. According to [URL="http://www.cbc.ca/canada/montreal/story/2009/11/19/quebec-facebook-sick-leave-benefits.html"]CBCNews[/URL], Nathalie Blanchard, 29, has been on leave from her job at IBM for the past year and a half after she was diagnosed with major depression. She was receiving monthly sick-leave benefits from Manulife, her insurance company. When the payments stopped, she called the insurance company and was told she was "available to work, because of Facebook." The insurance agent reportedly described several pictures Blanchard had posted, including ones showing her at a Chippendales …

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Internet marketers using social networks beware - linking to stories on the Internet, much as news bloggers do here on Daniweb and elsewhere, may be about to become a high risk activity. The owner of website [URL="http://www.skyscrapercity.com"]skyscrapercity.com[/URL] is being sued by the Las Vegas Review-Journal for infringement over one of its articles. The arguments are detailed on a [URL="http://www.mediapost.com/publications/?fa=Articles.showArticle&art_aid=133992"]Mediapost[/URL] site. This isn't the right forum to go through the legal arguments, which are on the link if you want them. The main thrust of the defendant's case is that the paper had offered an implied license to reproduce its material …

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Hey Daniheads, I'm one of the newish Staff Writers here at Daniweb, and I'm working on lining up my calendar for the fall for reporting and interviews on social media topics. I wanted to put it to all you forum devotees to see if there are any particular social media topics you'd like me to look into, stories you think should be investigated or personalities that should be tracked down for an interview. Some of our best stories come directly from you folks on the forum, so please let me know what we're missing and we'll look into it. Thanks …

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[ATTACH=right]16824[/ATTACH]Not long ago we [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story306488.html"]reported how Plancast represented the future of social networking[/URL], both literally and figuratively. Over the past month, the plan broadcasting service has continued to grow, even drawing in many [URL="http://plancast.com/WASDted"]Daniweb devotees[/URL]. We tracked down one of Plancast's founders, [URL="http://twitter.com/mhendric"]Mark Hendrickson[/URL], to ask him about how the start-up came together and see if they were willing to let us broadcast some of their plans to you. (BTW, we found out after this interview that Plancast is hiring. [URL="http://www.onethirdofmylife.com/one-third-of-my-life/2010/08/plancast-90120000-and-equity-for-two-outstanding-engineers.html#EnvDL26815_-1967570720"]The gig is pretty sweet[/URL], starting at $120k and an equity stake.) [B][I]Daniweb:[/B] Briefly, what was the genesis of Plancast?[/I] …

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[ATTACH=right]16243[/ATTACH]Foursquare is so hung up on where we are now or where we've been... Never fear, [URL="http://plancast.com"]Plancast[/URL] is here to fill the void in the location-based future social networking space. Actually, it's much cooler than that, and it's beginning to pick up steam. As its name infers, Plancast is all about broadcasting your plans, just to friends or to the entire world. Think of it as a sweet combination between Twitter and an events calendar. It also has nifty mapping features, integrates well with Facebook and Twitter and comes as an app for iPhone or Android. To see one of …

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[ATTACH=RIGHT]15745[/ATTACH]Recent buzz centers around Facebook and Google interactions ever since [URL="http://www.skepticgeek.com/socialweb/googlers-take-on-social-networking-reveals-chinks-in-facebooks-armor/"]a presentation by Paul Adams, the user research lead of Google’s social team[/URL], revealed some of Google’s plans for social networking. In the presentation, Google sets out how it defines social and demonstrates why that definition showcases Facebook’s biggest weakness. Individuals have many groups of people they interact with, according to the presentation, and their ties to those groups can be strong, weak, or even temporary, like the barista who made your most recent coffee. You may want one group, such as family or co-workers, to be able to view …

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As it turns out, if you give people the ability to have other people look at them anonymously via the computer, some of them do very, very nasty things. Imagine. [URL="http://www.chatroulette.com/"]Chatroulette[/URL], released in November, 2009, by a 17-year-old Russian boy, is often described as a website for voyeurs, but really, it's a website for exhibitionists. Log into the site, and one is randomly connected -- over video, audio, and text -- with another person logged into the site. You could think of it as an opportunity for performance art, but instead, it's turning into speed-dating for wankers. An [URL="http://techcrunch.com/2010/03/16/chatroulette-stats-male-perverts/"]analysis [/URL]of …

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At a time when Facebook users are being warned to reduce their exposure online, UK-based Skinbook is encouraging them to increase it. The site hit the big time this past week, with an [URL="http://www.time.com/time/business/article/0,8599,1992300,00.html#ixzz0pZ0XuyZL"]article [/URL]in [I]Time [/I]Magazine, which sent a naked horde running towards the community. Based on Ning.com, the site emphasizes quality, non-pervy interactions among people who enjoy social nudity, citing 9,000 members. Consequently, potential members must fill out a survey asking them for how long they've been a nudist, as well as a paragraph about them, whom they'd like to meet, favorite clubs/beaches, favorite music, favorite films and …

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A week ago today, the unthinkable happened. That's right, Gmail went down...for *two* hours. You would have thought, judging from the amount of chatter on Twitter that we were experiencing an epic attack, a horrible natural disaster, perhaps the end of life as we know it; but it was none of that. Just couldn't get our email for a couple of hours. I'm surprised the Obama administration didn't step in and declare a State of Emergency. It certainly seemed plausible based on the reaction to the outage. My favorite tweet, which captured perfectly, the level of hysteria we were seeing …

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Perhaps it was [URL="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/26/technology/26craigslist.html"]reading [/URL]that Craigslist expected to earn $36 million this year from sex ads that set him off. Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has issued a subpoena to Craigslist Inc., seeking information on whether it is fulfilling its promise to crack down on ads for prostitution in its adult-services section, [URL="http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100503-714482.html?mod=WSJ_latestheadlines"]according [/URL]to the [I]Wall Street Journal.[/I] The online classified site has been fighting with state attorneys general -- particularly Blumenthal -- since at least 2008, with them claiming it promotes prostitution and with it pointing to ways it has kept that from happening and how it is hardly …

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[I]So, did anybody hear tonight's mysterious southeast Portland explosion? [/I] Apparently a lot of people, like my Portland friend, did. ("Tonight" was Sunday.) What's interesting is how they used Internet tools to track down the location. As described in an article in the [I]New York Times[/I], people immediately started using Twitter to send did-you-hear-that messages, and within five minutes had agreed to use the hashtag #pdxboom for messages about the phenomenon. Within an hour, a person had set up a Google [URL="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&ll=45.52451,-122.641926&spn=0.032833,0.077162&z=14&msid=105810967145978747791.000482e8231e3af9d5624"]Maps [/URL]application to let people note their location, which triangulated on a particular location -- where, the next morning, …

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A news [URL="http://www.9news.com/news/article.aspx?storyid=135404&provider=top"]article [/URL]was making the Facebook rounds today, warning about a site called [URL="http://www.spokeo.com/"]Spokeo.com [/URL]that aggregates publicly available information. "It can list your address, a picture of your home, how much it cost, how long you have lived there, your approximate age and income, your relationship status and more," the article warned. "And it is online for anyone to see." Well, sort of. Around a year ago, Spokeo.com was encouraging people to sign up and link their address books to the site, ostensibly so someone who had friends on multiple social media sites could track them down. "Enter any …

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As the saying goes, a man (and presumably a woman) is known by the company he keeps. In fact, last [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story224479.html"]fall [/URL]some MIT students did a study where they demonstrated that they could tell someone's sexual orientation by the sexual orientation of their friends on Facebook and other social networking sites. Now it's going one step further: In [URL="http://oakland31.cs.virginia.edu/program.html"]May[/URL], at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy in Oakland, Calif., students are presenting a [URL="http://www.iseclab.org/papers/sonda-TR.pdf"]paper [/URL]showing how they can determine someone's identity by the social networking groups to which they belong. Using a German social networking site called Xing, researchers …

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Federal magistrate Barry Garber has ruled that a lawsuit can proceed for what a student said was a violation of her First Amendment rights after she was suspended for setting up a Facebook page that criticized her teacher. Katherine Evans was a junior in Pembroke Pines Charter High School in 2007 when she created a web page about her Advanced Placement English teacher. "At home on her computer, Ms. Evans created a Facebook page titled “Ms. Sarah Phelps is the worst teacher I’ve ever had” and invited past and current students of Ms. Phelps to post their own comments," described …

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A couple of weeks ago, I had the great pleasure of seeing [URL="http://stevegarfield.com"]Steve Garfield[/URL] speak at [URL="http://podcamp.pbworks.com/PodCampWesternMass"]Pod Camp Western Mass[/URL]. Garfield is the author of [URL="http://offonatangent.blogspot.com/2010/01/where-to-buy-get-seen.html"]Get Seen[/URL], a practical book on the ins and outs of web video production. He has been working with video on the web since well before most of us even considered it as a possibility. As Garfield spoke, he talked about using an iPhone 3GS as to capture and share video. Unfortunately, I own an iPhone 3G, which doesn't have such capability, or so I thought. Just as I was formulating a strategy to convince …

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As I make my way around the internet today, I'm not finding a lot of love for Google Buzz. In fact, people have been downright hostile to it, from what I can figure. Here are some Tweets from my knowledgeable friends: * @[URL="http://twitter.com/theskypirate"]theskypirate[/URL]: I tried Buzz for a day, was unimpressed, and turned it off last night. I'll wait for it to bake just a little more. * @[URL="http://twitter.com/DavidAKnopf"]DavidAKnopf[/URL]: I don't hate #Buzz, but it brings very little new to the party, and some of the new stuff is annoying! * @[URL="http://twitter.com/techcommdood"]techcommdood[/URL]: You'd think the smart people at #Google could …

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Google is reportedly coming out with a [URL="http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/google_creating_twitter_clone_for_gmail.php"]Twitter-like tool[/URL] this week. Google's tried social a few times, but it hasn't done very well. Why are people so excited about it this time? It's important to remember that everything Google touches doesn't turn to gold. Sometimes they screw up. Sometimes they overestimate their own abilities, and sometimes they are just late to the game. [B]Do We Need a Twitter Killer?[/B] Everywhere I look tonight, I see people calling this unknown quantity a "Twitter Killer." Bing is a "Google Killer" and Nexus One is an "iPhone Killer" and now Google has a …

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Following the lead of [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4250.html"]Facebook users[/URL] whose uproar over a change in terms led the social media company to change them back, Twitter users are now clamoring about a change in what Twitter shows. Twitter users "follow" other users, meaning they see their posts. People can either create new posts or reply to other users. What Twitter has done is changed things so that people only see replies to other users if they are also following those users. The [URL="http://blog.twitter.com/2009/05/small-settings-update.html"]company said[/URL] it made the change in response to user request. "Receiving one-sided fragments via replies sent to folks you don't …

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Almost [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story220055.html"]exactly a year[/URL] after Facebook users complained that the site was deleting pictures of them with their nursing babies, now they're complaining that they can't show pictures of their pregnant bellies, either. The Facebook group [URL="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=86701642170&ref=search&sid=792620396.4283721828..1"]"Allow pregnant women to display pictures of their baby bump!!!!"[/URL] was formed on June 1 but started getting more publicity only in late December. It now has 173 members. The founder of the group claims that Facebook deleted a non-sexual picture of her pregnant stomach, saying it was obscene. In comparison, however, the woman notes, pictures of non-pregnant women with crop tops that also …

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The wires are abuzz with stories of [URL="http://twitter.com"]Twitter[/URL] and [URL="http://www.facebook.com"]Facebook[/URL] customers being robbed. It's fairly simple; you Tweet or tell your Facebook friends that you're going on holiday and a thief reads it; they break into your house, knowing full well you're away, and you lose a load of stuff. Insurance companies are starting to take this seriously and are looking at [URL="http://www.brandrepublic.com/News/929898/Insurance-firms-threaten-raise-premiums-social-network-users/"]charging more[/URL] to insure social media users. This is of course plum crazy and will be unenforceable. They'll need to establish that your use of social media is actually irresponsible - they're talking about asking whether there are …

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Mike Maser, Chief Strategy Officer at Digg, has [URL="http://blog.digg.com/?p=928"]confirmed[/URL] that Digg Ads will start rolling out in an early beta format during the next few days. So expect to start seeing sponsored Diggs mixed up with the real stuff, although the adverts will carry a 'sponsored by' title the screenshots suggest that they will not be easily distinguishable from ordinary Diggs if you ask me. Maser is "excited" about the move and says the goal of Digg Ads is to "encourage advertisers to create content as compelling as organic Digg stories, and to give you more control over which ads …

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Last weekend Twitter was apologising for accidentally suspending a number of user accounts due to human error. Now it is suspending accounts again, but this time there is no error: Twitter is getting serious about malware. In a status posting on Thursday July 9th, Twitter [URL="http://status.twitter.com/post/138789881/koobface-malware-attack"]admitted[/URL] that it had come under attack from Koobface malware which works by sending bogus tweets from infected users' PCs to further distribute itself. "We are currently suspending all accounts that we detect sending such bogus tweets" twitter stated, adding "If we suspend your account, we will send you an email notifying you of the …

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It's said about writers that you should never get into a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel. But United Airlines has learned not to get into fights with musicians who have videocameras. As Dave Carroll, of the folk-rock group Sons of Maxwell, reports on his [URL="http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=306453459&blogId=498887803"]blog[/URL], it all started on March 31, 2008, when the group began a week-long-tour of Nebraska by flying United Airlines from Halifax to Omaha, by way of Chicago. After they landed in Chicago, another passenger witnessed baggage handlers throwing guitars owned by the group, which ended up causing $1200 in damage to …

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[I]"The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it." [URL="http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/John_Gilmore"]John Gilmore[/URL], founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, in 1993.[/I] In the same way that people in Mumbai used Twitter last fall to [URL="http://www.forbes.com/2008/11/28/mumbai-twitter-sms-tech-internet-cx_bc_kn_1128mumbai.html"]publicize[/URL] news of terrorist attacks in that Indian city, Iranians are using Twitter to let the world know what is going on in that country after a government crackdown was imposed to quell unrest and dissent after dubious election results. Using the hash tag #Iranelection, a number of people purportedly from Iran are not only reporting news from that country, but using Twitter to pass on a …

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Given that some courts have found that people can be [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3596.html"]charged[/URL] for violating the terms of service of a particular site, it's important to keep track of what the terms of service are so you don't inadvertently violate them. (Incidentally, some other [URL="http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2009/05/mass-sjc-tosses-calixte-warrant"]courts[/URL] are finding that violating terms-of-service policies are [I]not[/I] worth criminal charges.) But what do you do if a site changes its policies, as [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4337.html"]Twitter[/URL] has been known to do? Now there's help. A new site, [URL="http://www.tosback.org/timeline.php"]TOSBack[/URL], sponsored by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, tracks 44 terms-of-service policies, and notes when and what changes are made. Sites that TOSBack …

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Here is an interesting dilemma: if 99 percent of Generation Y consumers have an active social networking profile, why do only 22 percent of them use Twitter? Could it be that celebrities are killing the micro-blogging service? A newly published study by the Participatory Marketing Network and Pace University reveals that while Twitter has undoubtedly caught the attention of many, including the media, the 18 to 24 year old age group just do not get it. Interestingly, 89 percent of the same group have downloaded at least one app to the social networking profile page, with photos, games, entertainment and …

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I have to admit that [URL="http://www.twitter.com/happygeek"]I Tweet[/URL] from pretty much anywhere and everywhere, the beauty of the medium is that you don't know if I am on the toilet or in the theatre, at my desk or naked in my bed. Or, for that matter, even on holiday. A survey from online travel site Lastminute.com reckons that British holiday makers in particular are failing to relax while vacationing because they insist on sending updates to Twitter while away. How sitting on a beach somewhere with an iPhone in one hand and a cold drink in the other constitutes failing to …

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The continuing saga of Craigslist vs. the state attorneys general took another turn, with South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster [URL="http://www.scattorneygeneral.org/"]contending[/URL] that the continued presence of ads for "erotic services" on the site constituted a criminal violation for which Craigslist management was personally responsible, and with Craigslist management firing back with a list of all the other places in which such ads could be found and asking whether McMaster was prepared to arrest them all too. [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3468.html"]Late last year[/URL], Craigslist came to an agreement with 40 attorneys general -- including McMaster -- to help reduce prostitution on the site. In …

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The End.