Thursday, March 22, 2012

Will you add your boss on Facebook?

That awkward moment when you see a friend request from your boss on your Facebook notifications, what do you do?

According to a recent survey conducted by online job portal, JobsCentral, two in three respondents do not have their bosses among their list of friends on any of the social media they use.

However, for the younger ones, the likelihood of adding their boss to their friend list is higher. 36.5 per cent of employees below the age of 30 said that they are friends with their bosses on social networking sites, as compared to 31.5 per cent of those aged between 31 and 40, and 25 per cent of those aged between 41 and 50.

"Younger workers seem more likely to blur the line between work and personal relationships and have fewer qualms about adding their bosses to their Facebook and Twitter accounts. However, they need to consider if they really want their bosses to make judgements about them that may negatively impact their career. There have been cases of employee termination due to inappropriate content on their social network profiles," says Michelle Lim, COO of JobsCentral Group.

"As a general rule, be careful what you post online, because in addition to current managers being able to see what you have been up to in your personal life, recruiters routinely check out social media to gain a holistic view of a candidate," Lim adds.

A total of 2,281 respondents took this survey, with 81.1 per cent of these saying they have at least one social networking profile - AsiaOne

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

If you want to shoot somebody, don't post it on Facebook

A Hiram High School freshman was arrested  for allegedly threatening on Facebook to shoot fellow students at the Paulding County school.

Paulding County, Sheriff's Dept. Dustin Wade England, charged with posting a threat on Facebook to shoot people at Hiram High School.


Your deactivated friends will come and haunt you

Forgotten Facebook friends who don't appear in your friends list could still be snooping on you from time to time, new research shows.

In their research paper, "Your Facebook Deactivated Friend or a Cloaked Spy?," University College London computer-science student Shah Mahmood and UCL's chair of information communication technology, Yvo Desmedt, highlighted what they called a "zero-day privacy loophole." It enables a person to deactivate his own account and then later, upon reactivating the account and shedding his privacy "cloak," to quickly view his friends' profiles before disappearing into the darkness again.

The loophole takes advantage of the lengthy and complicated process of getting rid of a Facebook account. The social network persuades many would-be exiles to take only the half-step of deactivating their accounts, in effect putting the accounts into hibernation instead of deleting them altogether.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

There is Facebook and there is Facebook party

Horrified Colin Manson, 45, was forced to fly home just three hours after landing for a relaxing skiing holiday when he received a phone call from wife Louisa.

Louisa, 32, begged the businessman to return after telling him their house was a "mess" after daughter Amy Louise, 15, used the social networking site to plug a party.

The bash became wildly out of control - and Colin returned to find holes in the walls of his property laden with and stains on the floors.

Colin, chief executive of Xodus Group, which specialises in oil and gas and renewable energy said the damage was caused by his daughter's friends.

He said: "It was a Facebook party that got out of hand.


Monday, March 19, 2012

The man who painted Facebook office seven years ago to reap US$200 million

A graffiti artist who painted the walls of Facebook's first headquarters seven years ago is set for a bumper payday of $200million after he agreed to take Facebook stock instead of cash for his work.

David Choe, 35, was asked to paint the offices in Palo Alto, California, in 2005, and was offered the choice by then-president Sean Parker of being paid a few thousand cash or the equivalent in shares.

Now, after a blockbuster $5billion Facebook stock exchange flotation moved a step closer last night, he is one of at least 1,000 company employees finally on their way to becoming millionaires.


Sunday, March 18, 2012

If you have more friends on Facebook, you are a socially disruptive narcissist

Researchers have established a direct link between the number of friends you have on Facebook and the degree to which you are a "socially disruptive" narcissist, confirming the conclusions of many social media sceptics.

People who score highly on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory questionnaire had more friends on Facebook, tagged themselves more often and updated their newsfeeds more regularly.

The research comes amid increasing evidence that young people are becoming increasingly narcissistic, and obsessed with self-image and shallow friendships.

The latest study, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, also found that narcissists responded more aggressively to derogatory comments made about them on the social networking site's public walls and changed their profile pictures more often.


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Monday, March 12, 2012

Another day, another Facebook scam

Facebook scammers are once again trying to pique your curiosity with claims of a video showing a roller coaster accident in California. This is a scam and no such video exists.

This version says something like “Rollercoaster Accident in California!” or “HORRIFIC Roller Coaster Accident! In Universal Studios..” or “OMG! Theme Park accident in Alton Towers United Kingdom Rollercoaster Accident in United Kingdom Check this @:” or “HORRIFIC! - Summertime Theme Park Australia” or “OMG! - Theme Park accident in Universal Studios Hollywood” followed by a fraudulent link. It also has a juicy description: “This IS CRAZY has just been leaked!” or “Watch this horrific video now..” or “ACCIDENT! - 89% Cant Watch It Rollercoaster Accident in Australia” or “Rollercoaster Accident in California.”

The link takes you to what appears to be a video embedded on what looks like a Facebook webpage. Both are fake.


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Facebook friends judge you on what they see, not what you say

Forget a glowing profile and an ever-expanding number of friends, Facebook users should ensure they post a complimentary photograph of themselves on the social networking site.

Researchers have found that a profile photo on Facebook tells viewers all they need to know to form an impression of someone and virtually no words are necessary.

In one experiment, college students who viewed a Facebook photo of a fellow student having fun with friends rated that person as extroverted - even if his profile said he was 'not a big people-person.'


Teacher left family for 18-yrs old student and her mother is waging a Facebook campaign against this

The central California city of Modesto is in an uproar after a 41-year-old high school teacher quit his job and left his wife and children to move in with an 18-year-old student, according to news reports.

The young woman's mother is waging a Facebook campaign against the relationship and police are investigating whether the couple had any illegal contact before her 18th birthday in September. Both have said there was no sexual contact before she reached the legal age.


Saudi selling son for US$20 million on Facebook

A failed Saudi businessman has put up his own son up for sale on Facebook. He claims that with all doors closed to him, he couldn’t see any other way to provide for his wife and daughter.

Saud bin Nasser Al Shahry wants more than 73 million UAE Dirhams for the boy, a sum equivalent to almost $20 million, reports Qatar’s Al Sharq newspaper. A deal on the boy would offer “a decent life to his mother and sister rather than living in poverty.”

The resourceful businessman said his debt-collecting firm had been ruled illegal by a local court and had to be shut down. When Al Shahry approached the Labor Office for financial assistance, the authorities allegedly refused him aid as the ministry does not provide help to individuals over 35 years old.

Al Shahry is ready to go to court to complete the “sale procedures,” says the newspaper. The ex-businessman’s only stipulation is to know in which city the purchaser resides -

Friday, March 9, 2012

A hospital nurse is now a jailed nurse after posting pictures of patients on Facebook

For posting "disturbing" photos of her patients on the social networking site Facebook, a nursing assistant in the United States was jailed for eight days and her license was revoked for two years, the news site Daily Mail UK reported on Thursday.

While working at Regency Pacific Nursing and Rehab Center in Portland, Oregon in the United states, Nai Mai Chao, 26, took graphic pictures of at least two of her patients, one of them dying, the report said.

The photos showed the patients using bed pans, with one of the elderly’s buttocks shown. There are also photos of human feces in the bed pans.

Chao reportedly posted it on her Facebook page, making derogatory comments on the photos.

The Jury court found Chao guilty of invading her patient’s personal privacy and sentenced her to eight days in jail. She was released on March 2 this year.

Man stole a judge signplate and shown it on his Facebook and he is now at ........

Almost everyone on Facebook uploads photos to their profiles. For a 21-year old Florida man, it led to his arrest.

Steven Mulhall of Coral Springs, Florida, is accused of stealing a nameplate from the courtroom door of Judge Michael Orlando — the same day he was in Broward County court for a previous theft.

An anonymous tipster told authorities there was a photo posted of Mulhall holding the sign on his girlfriend’s Facebook page. Police matched the photo to a previous mug shot and made the arrest Thursday.

“The nameplate is like only $40, not that big of a crime, but what an idiot.  He puts it on Facebook,” Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti told the South Florida Sun Sentinel.


Facebook is dangerous for those who married a second wife secretly

Facebook's automatic efforts to connect users through "friends" they may know recently led two Washington women to find out they were married to the same man, at the same time.

That led to the man, corrections officer Alan L. O'Neill, being slapped with bigamy charges.

According to charging documents filed Thursday, O'Neill married a woman in 2001, moved out in 2009, changed his name and remarried without divorcing her. The first wife first noticed O'Neill had moved on to another woman when Facebook suggested the friendship connection to wife No. 2 under the "People You May Know" feature.

"Wife No. 1 went to wife No. 2's page and saw a picture of her and her husband with a wedding cake," Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist told The Associated Press.


Monday, March 5, 2012

Facebook, the company that will create 1,000 millionaires soon, pay only US$1 for its moderators

For most of us, our experience on Facebook is a benign – even banal – one. A status update about a colleague’s commute. A “friend” request from someone we haven’t seen for years (and hoped to avoid for several more). A picture of another friend’s baby, barely distinguishable from the dozen posted the day before.

Some four billion pieces of content are shared every day by 845 million users. And while most are harmless, it has recently come to light that the site is brimming with paedophilia, pornography, racism and violence – all moderated by outsourced, poorly vetted workers in third world countries paid just $1 an hour.

In addition to the questionable morality of a company that is about to create 1,000 millionaires when it floats paying such paltry sums, there are significant privacy concerns for the rest of us. Although this invisible army of moderators receive basic training, they work from home, do not appear to undergo criminal checks, and have worrying access to users’ personal details. In a week in which there has been an outcry over Google’s privacy policies, can we expect a wider backlash over the extent to which we trust companies with our intimate information?

Last month, 21-year-old Amine Derkaoui gave an interview to Gawker, an American media outlet. Derkaoui had spent three weeks working in Morocco for oDesk, one of the outsourcing companies used by Facebook. His job, for which he claimed he was paid around $1 an hour, involved moderating photos and posts flagged as unsuitable by other users.


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Why Facebook is bad for LRT

Seeing a picture of a Light Rail Transit (LRT) derailed off its tracks with one of its coaches dangling in mid-air on their Facebook newsfeed would probably alarm any netizen in the country.

As if to personify the growing sense of netizen mobilisation in Malaysia, calls were made to the Fire and Rescue Department to rush to the site of this '"mishap", while Prasarana Sdn Bhd, who operated the RapidKL LRT that was depicted in the picture, were immediately contacted by various media organisations who were eager to find out what had happened.

But the problem with the whole rush was that no fact-checking was done.

The incident actually occurred in October 2006, when an empty Star-LRT train overshot its last stop barrier at the Sentul Timur LRT station, which left around 10 metres of the 64m, six-coach train, to dangle in the air, 25m from the ground level.