Facebook Receives Criticism For New “Ask” Button

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(PCM) Well, it appears that the days of stalking someone’s Facebook page to find out their information such as relationship status, hometown, schooling, etc is long gone. In an unannounced update, Facebook has introduced a new “Ask” button to the pages of its’ users.

With the “Ask” button, a users friends and followers must now ask them about their relationship status, their phone number, or where they reside, as it will no longer be displayed directly on the page.

Friends and followers will also have the ability to ask about any other information that the user has not allowed to be publicly displayed on the page. Critics are claiming that by using the “Ask” button, users are then sharing private information with Facebook, which they can then use for marketing purposes.

Critics also claim that asking someone about their relationship status via the button will come across as being a bit creepy and invasive.

Others are happy about the new button claiming to feel a bit safer now that their personal details are not publicly displayed and would rather have friends ask about those details, that way the user can pick and choose with whom they feel comfortable sharing that information.

Facebook has yet to release any official comment about the addition of the new “Ask” button.

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Facebook Looks At Featuring A New Button

Facebook2(PCM) While I was hoping for a “dislike” button, the latest news from Facebook is that the company is currently testing a read-it-later “Save” button. The button would allow you to essentially bookmark pages that come up on the web News Feed and store them on your profile page for you to read at a later time.

Almost two years ago, Facebook purchased Spool, a read-it-later app, that featured the ability to save not only articles, but video and other content to your phone so that you could read it at a later time. The app could also be used with or without internet capability.

Facebook has been toying with the idea of the “Save” button for quite some time and conducting tests, but the feature has never seen a complete roll-out and full release. It appears that right now the “Save” button is only appearing on the Facebook website and has not branched over into the mobile site as of yet.

According to TechCrunch.com, here is how the “Save” button will function:

Below an external link’s preview window near the Like button, those in the test group see a Save button. When clicked, it saves a link to the article to a “Saved” section of their Timeline. A shortcut to that Saved section also appears on their homepage’s left rail navigation sidebar. The Saved section shows a site’s headline, link, thumbnail image, the person who originally posted the article to your feed, and a share button.

The idea behind the “Save” button is to further push Facebook as a news gathering hub, and it is surely the company’s hope that referral traffic will pick up. There is some concern, especially with the mobile version of the site about it clogging up an already tight space on the mobile screen, however we are sure that they will be able to come up with something to streamline the process.

 

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Facebook Denied Whatsapp Co-Founder Brian Acton For A Job In 2009

(PCM) Talk about one heck of a comeback!  There has been a ton of internet buzz lately circulating around Facebook’s purchase of the messaging app WhatsApp founded by Brian Acton and Jan Koum for the price of $19 billion dollars in cash and stocks.

However, recently tweets have surfaced from the account of WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton that claim he was turned down for a job with both Facebook and Twitter back in 2009.  How’s that for irony! We are fairly certainly Acton is laughing himself all the way to the bank after closing the recent mega-deal with Facebook.

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Both Acton and Koum, who were both formerly employed by Yahoo!, left Yahoo! to form WhatsApp back in 2009. The company grew in record numbers over the past five years and currently boasts 450 million users worldwide. It is hailed as the most popular messaging app for smart phones.

The new business venture with Facebook will give WhatsApp “the flexibility to grow and expand” say Koum, who also joined the board over at Facebook as another part of the deal.

The recent acquisition between Facebook and WhatsApp marks the single highest price ever paid for a tech-start-up company.

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Why Facebook Will Implode By The Year 2017

Facebook-broke1(PCM) It goes without saying that many, if not all of us are completely and totally addicted to social networking especially Facebook. Just think about how many times throughout the day you are checking your page, liking the statuses and pictures from your friends and family, laughing over silly memes, etc. But have you really thought long and hard about what Facebook really is and just how long it can last.

It seems that more and more people are beginning to realize that what you share on Facebook essentially belongs to Facebook. The social networking juggernaut is the ultimate data collection tool and a good portion of that data is information that most people probably do not want collected.

While Facebook is an absolutely wonderful tool in keeping people connected, many people are beginning to think twice about their privacy and just how much of their personal information is being shared throughout the network. It also doesn’t help that the company’s IPO was released so very late. Normally that is something that should be brought out in the open right away, however Facebook took their time and waited until they were beginning to decline in popularity before releasing the information. Definitely not a smart move on their part. Facebook has been on a slow and steady decline for several years now and things do not necessarily seem like they are going to be looking up.

One of the major problems that Facebook has is that there is just too much information being shared and there is really no proper way for users to be able to access everything that is being thrown at them. Yes, Facebook has made some changes where only news and information from your close friends and associates a.k.a. the people you interact with on a daily basis will show up in your Newsfeed and they are significantly cutting back on the amount of memes that pop up, swapping those out for legitimate news, however is that enough?

Another major issue is that Facebook is filled with a ton of spam. Thousands of users that sign up for accounts everyday are not even real individuals and many of the “fake” accounts are in the business of selling “Likes”. Imagine, if a “like” suddenly meant nothing. Companies would not longer want to push their pages and a huge driving force behind Facebook would be lost.

Facebook has broken the trust of its’ core users over the years with all the privacy changes and social plugin’s, many of which have effected the user’s account and experience without their knowledge or permission. This has led many users to abandon Facebook and any new users very hesitant to create an account. Without new users the company can not continue to grow, hence why we make the prediction that Facebook may indeed implode upon itself by the year 2017.

No need to worry just yet, Facebook is definitely still going to be around and probably always will be to some capacity, however many of the factors listed above may be enough to knock them down a few pegs and open up room for some of Facebook’s competitors to bask in the spotlight for a bit.

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Snapchat Refuses $3 Billion Dollar Offer From Facebook!

snapchat(PCM) There have been so many acquisitions of various social media networks between various companies these days that is incredibly hard to keep track of who owns or controls what anymore. Today it has been announced that Snapchat has refused a $3 billion dollar offer from Facebook, who were looking to overtake  the internet start-up that is wildly popular among teens.

Snapchat allows users to post/share smartphone photos which then vanish after appearing for a few seconds. Because Snapchat is so popular with the teenage demographic there has been concern over inappropriate content, but because there is no real trail it is hard to track down anything specific.

Many are speculating that the reason behind Facebook’s offer to buy out Snapchat is due to a recently announced decline in daily use by teenagers in the U.S. and they are trying to stay ahead of trends in the demographic.

Rest assured Snapchat users, the mobile messaging company, is not going anywhere anytime soon!

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