(CBS) - Facebook has had friends lists for years now, but hardly anyone really bothered to use them - less than 5 percent of users did, to be exact, according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. It seemed bothersome to have to scroll through your list of hundreds of followers to tag people accordingly. Who has that kind of time?
But, there has been a change! This week, TechCrunch reported that the social network "had quietly activated a nifty new feature: smart friend lists that use algorithms to generate a handful of lists of your friends, coworkers, acquaintances, and people who live near you."
"The revamp is designed to make Friend Lists easier to manage and and more popular," says Mashable.Continue »
No surprise here, Americans spend 22.5 percent of their time on social networks and blogs, with women between the ages of 18 and 34 being the most active of all social networkers. "Social media has grown rapidly - today nearly 4 in 5 active Internet users visit social networks and blogs," says the report. "Americans spend more time on Facebook than they do on any other U.S. website."
But that wasn't the number one way Americans use the internet...Continue »
(CBS) - Facebook's online TV show has already had some pretty awesome guests. President Barrack Obama, former President George W. Bush, actor Vin Diesel, even singer Katy Perry have been on it.
Today, get ready to watch (and perhaps try to talk to?) daytime talk show legend Oprah Winfrey on Facebook Live. She comes on for a one-hour chat with chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg. It all begins at 1:30 p.m. PST.Continue »
Founder and mom-preneur Evelyn Castillo-Bach aims to provide social networkers on the web a way to connect with friends, family and colleagues without giving up their right to privacy. Hmmm, so how will your friends, family and colleagues know it's you?Continue »
(CBS) - We're all guilty of it... Whether you're in class or a meeting, you doodle to pass time. Never do you ever share your doodles with your social networks. Who's going to take the time to scan silly drawings if only to give friends a good laugh?
But we bet if the process was more simple than that, you would showcase your cool doodles to followers. That's where UbiSketch comes in. The digital pen lets you upload your drawings to Twitter, Facebook, even your email.Continue »
(CBS) - Get ready music-loving Facebook users, the social network plans to launch a music service in September, according to CNBC.
We first learned of the music service rumors back in July when tech blogger Jeff Rose published a snippet of code that looks like a call to download an app called "Facebook Vibes."
(CBS) - A recent study finds that teens on social networks are more likely to experiment with drinking alcohol and drugs.
But then again, teens have been doing drugs and drinking for years - way before the Internet was born, let alone social networks. Is it fair to assume that underage drinking and substance abuse is Facebook's fault?
It's not the social network sites themselves that encourage young, impressionable minds to drink and experiment with drugs. Rather, it's the images of intoxicated friends they've seen online that could reel them in.Continue »
(CBS) - Just one year after Facebook introduced users to Facebook Places, a way for users to check in using their smartphones, the social network does away with the mobile-only feature, but replaces it with a way to check in and perhaps get deals in the process.
If you're worried about your privacy, luckily, you can opt in if you want to engage in it - it's not a default setting.Continue »
(CBS) - Team Google and fans are alleging that Facebook is blocking Google+ invite links on the social network's News Feed.
A video posted by a Google employee on Tuesday night shows a side-by-side screen comparison of two Facebook profiles. One profile updated with an invite link and did now show up in the newsfeed of a second user. Meanwhile, regular status updates did appear. So what's the story?
Emil Protalinski at ZDNET pointed out some oddities with the whole Facebook operation. He discovered the Twitter and YouTube accounts for the operation known as #OpFacebook were created on July 16.Continue »
Hacking group Anonymous has threatened to "kill" Facebook on Guy Fawkes Day, citing the social network's disregard for people's privacy. In a statement released Tuesday Anonymous said, "Facebook is the opposite of the Antisec cause."
(CBS) - Now that hacktivist group Anonymous has stated it will "take down Facebook" for their alleged misuse of personal information on November 5 - which is "Guy Fawkes Day" - everyone's wondering, why Guy Fawkes Day?Continue »
(CBS) - We know Facebook and other social networks can bring about joys and evils alike. From Facebook stalking (which can be both fun and not fun depending on which side you're on) to super-distracting games (by the way, how's your farm doing?), us adults have a love-hate relationship with the site. It makes us anxious but delighted, private yet open, sensitive and thoughtless...
When it comes to teens and pre-teens, do they echo the sentiment?Continue »