The Week: Most Recent The Digital Age:Facebook recent posts.en-usMon, 13 May 2013 13:43:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent The Digital Age:Facebook from THE WEEKMon, 13 May 2013 13:43:00 -04009 suspected criminals who got themselves caught via social media [Updated]<img src="" /></P><p>The "stupid criminal" story has long been a staple of local crime reporting, late-night talk shows, and comedy-news programs such as NPR's <em>Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!</em> And now, the magic of social networking is giving ne'er-do-wells a new venue to thwart themselves, often in front of large audiences. Call it "cops-and-robbers 2.0," says Winston Ross at&nbsp;<em>The Daily Beast</em>. Driven by "a self-destructive combination of ignorance, narcissism, and generation-specific disregard for their own privacy," social-media (un-)savvy crooks are making life much easier for cops. Here, nine suspected crimes uncovered...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a> and <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Mon, 13 May 2013 13:43:00 -0400Why Facebook is developing a location-tracking app<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Facebook is developing a new location-tracking app that will silently follow where your phone (and thus you) are at all times, reports <em>Bloomberg</em>. The social network already records GPS coordinates whenever a user posts new status updates or photos, but this new application would apparently hum along in the background at all times, a lot like Apple's Find My Friends app or Google Latitude.</p><p class="p2">Details of this initiative remain sketchy, and Facebook declined to comment on&nbsp;<em>Bloomberg</em>'s report. Still, in the past two years, Facebook has acquired&nbsp;Glancee&nbsp;and&nbsp;Gowalla, two location-based...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Tue, 05 Feb 2013 10:05:00 -05004 things we learned from Facebook's confounding earnings report<img src="" /></P><p>Wall Street just isn't sure what to make of Facebook. The social networking giant beat expectations in its latest quarterly earnings report, raking in $1.56 billion in revenue &mdash; a 40 percent jump over the final quarter of 2011 &mdash; but booked $64 million in profit, a 79 percent slump from a year earlier. The company's stock, which plummeted after its heady initial public offering in May 2012 but has regained a lot of lost ground in the past three months, dipped in after-hours trading, signaling that investors are leery of Facebook's narrowing profit margins &mdash; or perhaps of CEO Mark...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Thu, 31 Jan 2013 07:00:00 -0500The Manti Te'o hoax: What is 'catfishing'?<img src="" /></P><p>Perhaps you were near a computer late Wednesday when the internet spontaneously combusted upon learning that Manti Te'o, star linebacker for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, was involved in a heartbreaking, frequently publicized relationship with a young woman who lost her battle with leukemia in September&hellip; but didn't actually exist, at least according to a thrilling investigative story published on <em>Deadspin</em>. This, of course, posed a very serious problem for <em>ESPN</em>, <em>The</em>&nbsp;<em>New York Times</em>, and countless other media organizations nationwide that were led to believe Te'o's made-for-TV narrative...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Thu, 17 Jan 2013 17:10:00 -0500Facebook's free phone call app: Why you should never pay for minutes again<img src="" /></P><p>Facebook already has your eyeballs. Now it wants your ears too. Starting this week, whenever users in the U.S. boot up Facebook's Messenger app on&nbsp;iOS, they'll be able to make in-app phone calls to anyone else with an iPhone. For free.&nbsp;</p><p><em>The Verge</em> reported the news late Wednesday after noticing that <strong>a Free Call button had suddenly appeared in the application</strong> (to get to it, hit the "i" icon in the corner). The social network had previously tested free voice calls in Canada, and promised that a stateside version was on its way. Android owners are out of luck for now, but expect the feature...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Thu, 17 Jan 2013 11:15:00 -0500Everything you need to know about Facebook's Graph Search<img src="" /></P><p><span ><span >Say hello to Facebook's&nbsp;</span><strong >Graph Search</strong><span >. At the most basic level, it's a sophisticated search engine that lets you more easily navigate the social network's untapped troves of data to find the answers you're looking for.&nbsp;</span></span></p><p class="p1">It works kind of like Google, except instead of combing the vast expanse of the internet, you're searching within Facebook's trillions &mdash; yes, trillions &mdash; of connections. It scours everything in the Facebook universe, including people, places, images, "likes," and so on.&nbsp;<span >You'll also be able to use filters to better refine your search.</span></p><p class="p1">Soon, at the top...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/chris-gayomali" ><span class="byline">Chris Gayomali</span></a>Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:40:00 -0500Why is Facebook charging $100 for messages?<img src="" /></P><p>A little digging by <em>Mashable</em> has turned up a strange new initiative from Facebook. While you can already send a message for free to a friend &mdash; or a friend of a friend &mdash; the ubiquitous social network is now giving you the option to pay a hefty $100 to send a message directly to a total stranger's inbox. Without ponying up the cash, your message goes to the dreaded "other folder,"&nbsp;aka "Facebook's dumping ground for all messages it guesses you won't want to read urgently," where it will likely be completely overlooked. (By the way, have you checked your "other" folder recently? Do...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jessica-hullinger" ><span class="byline">Jessica Hullinger</span></a>Fri, 11 Jan 2013 09:50:00 -0500Facebook couples pages: 4 disgusted responses<img src="" /></P><p>If you're one of the millions of people who bravely ticked the "in a relationship" box on Facebook, congratulations: You have a new profile that pulls the photos, status updates, and likes of both you and your beloved onto a single page. Facebook has offered "friendship pages," which collect all the correspondence between two Facebook friends in a single place, since 2010. But a recent and arguably adorable upgrade automatically curates the interactions between any two people listed as "in a relationship" and places them on a page with the cutesy address Some couples may love...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 13 Nov 2012 11:40:00 -0500Has Facebook finally entered the smartphone era?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Facebook's share price is soaring right now, putting the company on track for its best performance since it debuted on the stock market in May. The social network's sudden leap into the stratosphere is due to what many analysts are dubbing its "mobile mojo," after the company reported that 14 percent of its advertising revenue, about $150 million, came from mobile devices in the third quarter. Facebook has been criticized for failing to adapt to the era of smartphones, which are increasingly becoming the dominant platform for internet usage, and the latest news is <strong>the first solid evidence that...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 24 Oct 2012 13:02:00 -0400How Facebook and Twitter are trumping sex<img src="" /></P><p>What could possibly tempt college kids more magnetically than sex, cigarettes, and booze? If a new study from the University of Chicago is to be believed, Facebook. Well, social media generally, says Doug Barry at <em>Jezebel</em>. To be fair, "the urge to have sex is stronger," but "people are more likely to succumb to the urge to float around on the social-media lazy river by checking Twitter and Facebook, the two most alluring internet sirens around." In other words, "social media's seductiveness is, quite simply, more powerful than sex."</p><p><strong>I'm not buying it. How did this study work?<br /></strong>Researchers at Chicago...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 11 Oct 2012 10:46:00 -0400Does Facebook need a 'want' button?<img src="" /></P><p>Since it launched two years ago, Facebook's "like" button &mdash; the one that now appears nearly everywhere you look on the internet &mdash; has been a resounding success. The social network boasts that over 1.13 trillion of the little blue thumb icons have been clicked since the feature made its debut as part of Facebook's Open Graph platform, giving the company's data team access to a massive trove of consumer tastes and preferences. Now according to <em>Reuters</em>, Mark&nbsp;Zuckerberg and his cohorts are testing a "want" button as Facebook looks to extend its revenue streams beyond advertising. But...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 09 Oct 2012 15:41:00 -0400Facebook's completely bizarre first commercial... about chairs<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong> To commemorate passing the 1 billion user mark, Facebook has released its first TV commercial, a spot that's ostensibly designed to make you genuflect before the awesome connective power of... Facebook. The problem is: People are laughing at the "truly weird" commercial instead. (Watch it below.) It opens with shots of chairs, some containing humans, before announcing quixotically, "Chairs are like Facebook." But it's not just furniture: "Doorbells, airplanes, bridges," which "people use to get together so they can open up and connect about ideas," are <em>also</em> like Facebook, the voice-over...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 04 Oct 2012 17:15:00 -0400Facebook's 1 billion user milestone: By the numbers<img src="" /></P><p>Early Thursday, Facebook announced it had reached the 1 billion user mark, a mere eight years after the wildly popular social network launched. The milestone was actually reached on Sept. 14, but founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg&nbsp;waited until this morning to announce the achievement on NBC's <em>Today</em>. (Watch the video below.) "Thank you for giving me and my little team the honor of serving you," Zuckerberg wrote later. "Helping a billion people connect is amazing, humbling, and by far the thing I am most proud of in my life." Here, a look at the historic milestone, by the numbers:&nbsp;</p><p class="p2"><strong>More than...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 04 Oct 2012 10:00:00 -0400Why do perfectly nice people turn into rude jerks online?<img src="" /></P><p>"Why are people so nasty to each other online?" asks Elizabeth Bernstein at <em>The</em> <em>Wall Street Journal</em>. On Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and pretty much every other website on the internet, comment threads can devolve into petty, mean-spirited shouting matches. In other words, perfectly reasonable people turn into rude jerks. Why?</p><p class="p1">According to Bernstein:</p><p class="p1" ><em>Anonymity is a powerful force. Hiding behind a fake screen name makes us feel invincible, as well as invisible. Never mind that, on many websites, we're not as anonymous as we think &mdash; and we're not anonymous at all on Facebook. Even when we...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 02 Oct 2012 17:00:00 -0400Will Facebook get a revenue jolt from its new gift service?<img src="" /></P><p>Facebook already helps hundreds of millions of people keep track of their friends' birthdays. Now, the social network is parlaying those special reminders into a money-making business with a new initiative called Facebook Gifts. On Thursday, the company announced that users will be able to buy and send real, tangible presents to their Facebook friends, including Starbucks gift cards, flowers, stuffed animals, cupcakes, and more. A notification will be sent to the recipient either privately or via their Timeline, and the gift itself will show up on their doorstep a few days later. The new feature...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 28 Sep 2012 17:00:00 -0400Facebook's stock bump: Did Mark Zuckerberg get his mojo back?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">"They're calling it the Mark Zuckerberg bump," says Jessica Guynn at the<em>&nbsp;Los Angeles Times</em>. On Wednesday,&nbsp;a day after&nbsp;Zuckerberg&nbsp;made his first public comments since the company launched its disastrous IPO in May,&nbsp;Facebook's share price climbed more than 7 percent to close at $20.93. While the stock is still 45 percent below the IPO price of $38, it was a rare good day for Facebook, which has been plagued by concerns that it doesn't have a model for sustainable revenue growth. Investors described Zuckerberg, who delivered his remarks before an audience at the Tech Crunch...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 13 Sep 2012 12:10:00 -0400