July 12, 2008 |
I'M TRYING TO be down with the whole social networking thing, so I recently joined Facebook. I mean, if I'm going to make a living as an all-around communicator, I clearly need more than just a Web site. I need the kind of Internet mojo that comes with having a profile in every available online community. I have sacrificed greatly to fulfill that need. I sat on my hands when an 18-year-old dressed in Ninja pajamas called me a "wannabe journalist" on MySpace. I repeatedly deleted dirty pictures some nasty girl kept posting on my Blackplanet guestbook.
February 15, 2009 |
It's called "25 Random Things About Me. " It lives on Facebook, the popular social-networking Web site. It's a list you fill with 25 items of personal information, ranging from the trivial to the intimate. Trivial: "I hate tuna. " Personal: "Part of me hasn't grown past the moment of my father's death. " Intimate: "I have been unfaithful, but so far it hasn't mattered much. " You send your "25 Random Things" chain-letter-style to 25 friends, and they fill it out and tag 25 others, and . . . And soon Facebook - a virtual living room where people hang out and tell everyone else what they're doing and thinking - is awash with personal revelations, admissions, info once kept private.
January 29, 2012
PhillyStage facebook.com/PhilllyStage PopLife facebook.com/PopLifeinq Arts facebook.com/InqArts Restaurants and Food facebook.com/PhillyFood
July 12, 2010 |
Ken Savage's marriage already was strained, but the first sign that something was egregiously, electronically wrong came a year and a half ago, when his wife started taking her laptop into a different room to check Facebook. Once, Savage walked in on her. She asked, startled, "What are you doing?" and shut the laptop with a thump. The better question was: What was she doing? Savage, 38, a computer guy, eventually tracked his wife's Facebook posts and chats to discover she had reconnected with a former boyfriend on the popular social-networking website and arranged a Saturday tryst in a hotel.
June 7, 2011
BERLIN - Better check your Facebook settings before posting a party invitation online. A teenage girl in Germany who forgot to mark her birthday invitation as private on Facebook fled her own party when more than 1,500 guests showed up and around 100 police officers, some on horses, were needed to keep the crowd under control. Eleven people were temporarily detained, one police officer was injured, dozens of girls wearing flip-flops cut their feet on broken glass and firefighters had to extinguish two small fires at the 16th birthday party in Hamburg, police spokesman Mirko Streiber said Sunday.
May 23, 2012 |
With a $16 billion IPO behind it and its billionth user on the horizon, Facebook has made it hard to imagine a world without it. Yet the technology industry is notorious for booms and busts. Can you remember the last time you fired up a Netscape browser, visited a GeoCities website, or invited a friend to join AOL Instant Messenger? I'm convinced that Facebook is as doomed to fail as those ventures. To remain vibrant and relevant, Facebook must overcome daunting challenges. Unless it can deftly incorporate future waves of innovation, it faces the fate of other once-successful technology companies: death.
May 26, 2012 |
Facebook's share price climbed more than a dollar Thursday, rising above $33, but the sharp drop since last week's high-profile initial public offering continued to cause headaches for the social-networking company, its Wall Street underwriters, and investors. Even brokerages and the NASDAQ stock exchange — blamed for long delays last Friday, the first day the stock was openly traded — are suffering fallout. Facebook and a group of early investors who chose to cash out received more than $16 billion last week from IPO participants who bought shares for the opening $38 price.
October 12, 2006 |
You may not know Mark Zuckerberg, but if you have children between the ages of 14 and 24, there is pretty good chance that they do. Three years ago, while a sophomore at Harvard, Zuckerberg cooked up the idea for Facebook.com, a social-networking site on the Internet that allows users to join groups based on their school affiliations and post information about themselves and their activities. You can "poke" a stranger and become his or her "friend," thereby expanding your circle of acquaintances beyond your dorm room, to the campus as a whole, even to campuses across America.
November 9, 2009 |
TATTLE IS often a column featuring cautionary tales, usually involving celebrities. But occasionally we come across a story in which there is such an important lesson to be learned, for the good of our readers we feel compelled to bring it to you even if it does not involve someone from "The Hills" or a curvy Kardashian. According to News of the World, Brit Dominic Baronet, 26, is a Facebook menace. Do not "friend" Dominic, ladies, although it's unlikely he could scrape together the cash to cross the pond.
January 19, 2012 |
In country after country, Facebook is toppling the incumbent local social network in what seems like an unstoppable march to global dominance. After overtaking Microsoft's Windows Live Profile in Portugal and Mexico in early 2010, Facebook eclipsed StudiVZ in Germany and Google's Orkut in India later that year, and soon unseated Hyves in the Netherlands, according to the metrics firm comScore. Now Facebook is poised to triumph in what has been viewed as its ultimate popularity contest, with comScore indicating the network is likely to dethrone Orkut in social-media-mad Brazil when its December data are released.