Over the weekend, Philadelphia comic great Chip Chantry sent me a link for the Upper Darby Police Facebook page. Being that the link was coming from a master of parody (as demonstrated by Chantry’s genius Hall & Oates Christmas video) and that the content didn’t seem to be what you’d expect coming out through official police channels, I thought it was a joke. But it’s not. It’s real. And it’s gold. Read more »
It should come as no surprise that police departments monitor social media. After all, as a speaker revealed during a panel at last week’s International Association of Chiefs of Police conference, roughly 96 percent of law enforcement agencies utilize social media, and more than 86 percent for “investigative purposes.”
At least, that’s according to Kenneth Lipp, the Philadelphia-based investigative journalist at the center of what Chicago Police Department Lt. Steven Sesso calls a “headache.”
UPDATE: After more than 24 hours on some sort of Twitter spam list, the City Paper‘s Twitter operations are now back to normal.
— Daniel Denvir (@DanielDenvir) October 31, 2013
ORIGINAL: Like almost all news organizations these days, Philadelphia’s City Paper relies heavily on its social media presence to get eyes on its stories, which, in many cases, expose societal ills and evils. The alt-weekly has over 26,500 followers on Twitter. But since Wednesday morning, the newspaper has had problems sharing stories there. Read more »
As I sit here writing this article, I am currently blocked from posting anything to Facebook, commenting on anything on Facebook, or even liking anything on Facebook, because Facebook has determined that I violated their “community standards” in a recent thread about a Philadelphia-based publicist whom I unfriended. I won’t bore you will all of the high-school-gossip details of that spat. After all, it’s publicly viewable on my Facebook page, minus the publicist’s epic flameout, which has since been deleted.
But I think it’s important for me to say for the record that I don’t hate publicists. Read more »
Women make up 64 percent of Facebook’s more than 500 million members, half of whom are reported to log into their account daily. Although the majority of women on Facebook are said to be under 40, there is a fair representation of middle-aged-and-beyond female users who enjoy the site. Within this age group, there are those who feel the need to post, tag and pontificate regularly. The appeal for them is that there now exists a platform to express their dormant inner “adolescent girl.” Social networking to some women has become more of a pubescent pastime then it is even to the tweens.
It’s been a bad couple of weeks for computer glitches.
Yesterday morning, President Obama publicly apologized in the Rose Garden for the frozen screens and other software flaws that have plagued the Affordable Care Act’s online sign-up system since its debut on October 1st. He pledged to do “everything we can possibly do” to get the system up and running the way it was intended, and to bring in computer experts from inside and outside government to tackle the challenge.
Initial reports of sign-up trouble got lost in the clamor over the Capitol shutdown; now that the government’s reopened, Republicans are taking the opportunity to hammer on the system’s flaws in their fruitless-but-relentless quest to repeal Obamacare. Health and Human Services Secretary Katherine Sebelius is taking heat for the system’s woes, with Republicans demanding that she appear before a House committee to explain the website’s failures. Michigan Congressman Fred Upton dubbed the rollout “a complete mess, beyond the worst-case scenario,” and Senator John McCain declared it a “fiasco.” Read more »
OK, let me add my own resounding yes to the cacophony of outrage over the injustice of the recent Facebook privacy settlement. YES! It is unjust that, though FB lost, none of the claimants may receive cash money, and if they did it would be only $10 at most. And YES! YES! YES! It’s just gross that FB made $234 million from sponsored stories between January 2011 and August 2012.
Am I going to rant to anyone but you about any of this? Probs not. I am going to drop FB? Def not.
Facebook has pretty much gone nuts since the announcement of Saturday’s not-guilty verdict in the Florida case of George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Trayvon Martin.
Naturally, people have been creating “Kill George Zimmerman” pages. And if you try to report pages like “Kill George Zimmerman Bitch Azz” or “Kill Zimmerman,” you get the below response from Facebook.
In short, Facebook says of these pages: “We reviewed the group you reported for containing credible threat of violence and found it doesn’t violate our community standard on credible threat of violence.”
For as long I’ve been on Facebook — since 2007, it turns out — I’ve had the same two words appended to what Facebook calls one’s relationship status: “it’s complicated.” It was what I chose from their menu of choices, and I’ve never looked back. After all, when is it not complicated? Seemed like it would always fit, no matter what happened, and so it has.
But two days ago, the site changed those words to “in a complicated relationship,” and I was stunned. I am?, I thought. Wait, with who? The way I look at life, even my relationship with my dog is fraught. It could be anyone.
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Congratulations! Your new book, Contagious: Why Things Catch On, is really catching on.
Thanks. The Today Show just called and wants me for an interview.
You’re the only person I ever heard say you watch TV for the commercials, not the shows.
It’s true. I was watching with my family recently, and they had the commercials muted so they could talk. I asked them to turn them back on. When I was in college, I used to duct-tape ads I liked all over my dorm room’s walls. Read more »