Comcast Explains Epic Facebook Fail

(Gil C / Shutterstock)

(Gil C / Shutterstock)

Comcast tried to smack talk one of its competitors on social media, but it backfired in a big way. On its Xfinity Facebook page, Comcast took a jab at Google Fiber for losing service in Kansas City while many were watching the Royals in the World Series.

The company targeted this photo and comment to customers in the Kansas City region: Read more »

STUDY: “LOL” is Becoming Extinct

We all express laughter in different ways online. I never caught on to the “LOL” bandwagon, because, well, it never really made sense to me. I was always more of a  classic “haha” kind of guy. Just felt natural and not so of-the-moment-y. It looks like I was right.

In April, The New Yorker did a funny piece on e-laughter, which prompted Facebook to look even deeper. According to Facebook, the social networking giant “analyzed de-identified posts and comments posted on Facebook in the last week of May” to come up with statistics about how people are laughing online. Here are some of the more interesting things they came up with:

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Market Report: What Happens When You Buy Super-Cheap Jeans


Why it’s worth spending more on these. | Shutterstock.

  • Shelling out more money for a pair of jeans is actually worth it. Not only does ultra-cheap denim (I’m talking pairs in the $20 to $50 range) tear more easily and gets saggy in the knees, but the synthetic dyes from factories are poured directly into rivers, workers aren’t paid living wages, and buttons and rivets might be toxic. Scary stuff. [Refinery29]
  • Pretty soon, you’ll be able to shop on Facebook. The social networking giant is creating mini e-shopping sites within Facebook pages in an attempt to nab a piece of the massive e-commerce revenue pie (which is projected to be around $350 billion this year). The project is still in the testing phase. [Buzzfeed]
  • Ease back into the workweek grind with some online shopping. Your first stop should be Nordstrom’s mega anniversary sale, which is in full swing right now. Here are some of the best buys. [InStyle]

Next: The secret to walking confidently in high heels.

Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Doctored Rainbow Picture Causes Big Confusion

The doctored rainbow picture from the Museum's Facebook page.

The doctored rainbow picture from the Museum’s Facebook page.

Let’s get this out of the way: It’s fake.

The original Facebook status, top, and the edited status, below.

The original Facebook status, top, and the edited status, below.

The picture of rainbow banners draped from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to celebrate the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision is a doctored image, a Photoshop gone wrong that confused and downright infuriated a good number of the Museum’s Facebook followers who thought the picture was real.

Sure, the Museum admitted that the image was “a digital render and a symbol of our support,” but that was hours after the initial picture was posted with the following caption:

“The Museum is flying rainbow banners in celebration of the Supreme Court’s decision on same sex marriage. ‘Like’ if you support #MarriageEquality for everyone!”

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BizFeed: Bank Plans Philly Layoffs; Google, Facebook Test Payment Systems



1. Big Bank Plans Philly Layoffs

The News: Wells Fargo is laying off 89 people in Philadelphia in July. The layoffs affect the bank’s legal order processing unit at its Independence Mall office in Old City. They respond to legal requests from third parties like the IRS, federal state agencies and law firms seeking customer bank records.

The layoffs were announced Thursday in a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice filed with the state of Pennsylvania. Workers were notified in November. Read more »

Crayola Apologizes for “Offensive Posts” After Facebook Hack

Pennsylvania-based art supply company Crayola is likely reviewing its social media security policies on Monday after a weekend hack left its official Facebook page flooded with status updates not exactly appropriate for the Sesame Street set.

By Sunday night, Crayola had deleted the posts and regained control of its Facebook page.

Some of the posts were decidedly NSFW. Below, a sampling of the more PG-13 offerings:

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CB West Counselor Won’t Be Charged for Facebook Post

While saying her posts to Facebook were inappropriate and ill advised,” Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said today Marykate Blankenburg would not be charged for posts about the die-in protest at the Eagles game.

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Facebook and “Friends” in the Wake of Ferguson


Scene from last Wednesday’s protest march (top); detail from a controversial post on the Facebook page of a Central Bucks West guidance counselor.

As a 29-year-old woman, this is how my Facebook feed tends to look: baby picture, wedding picture, baby-at-a-wedding picture, Supernatural spoiler (that last one might be my own contribution).

But over the past couple weeks, I’ve noticed an even less appealing trend: racist rant, thinly veiled racist rant, confusing meme that I suspect is a racist rant.

To clarify, I’m from the Northeast.

This is not, necessarily, to say that my hometown is any more backward than your own hometown. (Unless you’re from Amherst — you guys are pretty squeaky clean.) There’s an ugly, dumb contingent in every group of humans, and most of the time, I love that place. But post-Ferguson, I find myself rethinking my Internet relationship to the (Often, But Not Always) Great Northeast.

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Facebook Trying to Civilize Young People; Young People Resist


It’s no surprise to anyone who’s ever had one that kids are mean. Really mean. Unspeakably mean. They’re enormously invested in social status, and the way to attain it, as far as they can see (they’re short), is to tear others down. For many eons, young people were only able to do this to those in their immediate vicinity, but now the miracle of technology allows them to stomp all over the feelings of young people around the world and drive them to suicide. (You can read about some particularly egregious examples here, if that’s how you like to spend your spare time.) This is why bullying, and cyberbullying in particular, have become such hot topics. According to Pew Research, 65 percent of those between the ages of 18 and 29 say they’ve been cyberbullied, and 92 percent have seen it done to somebody else.

Now Facebook is attempting to address the problem, at least on its pages, by teaching its users to empathize with others. A recent story in the New York Times discussed the work of Arturo Bejar, director of engineering for Facebook’s Protect and Care Team, which is exploring ways that Facebook users might let others know when their feelings are hurt by a post. Read more »

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