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Facebook Files for IPO

Facebook’s IPO filing not only made a statement as the largest for any technology company but a glimpse into their earnings shows their attention to detail. In 2011, FB reported a net income of $1 Billion. Not $950 million or $1.2 Billion. Perhaps it was a shout out to Justin Timberlake’s famous line from “The Social Network,” but the facts remain, they are very much in control. Not only will Mark Zuckerberg become one of the wealthiest men in the world, nearly 1,000 employees are expected to become millionaires overnight. Who would’ve thought playing farm games all day could be worth so much!

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أطرف تعليقات للشعب المصري لسنة 2011

ظهرت على الفيسبوك، فكرة الأفضل، فاختار النشطاء مواقف وشخصيات وتعليقات شهيرة، علقت في أذهان المصريين على مدى العام الذي أوشك على الانتهاء، ومنحوهم لقب الأفضل..

– ”أفضل رجل لـ عام 2011 .. الراجل اللي ورا عمر سليمان”

– ”أفضل حركة سياسية ظهرت في عام 2011 .. حركة ”كفاية” بقى خربتوا البلد ”

– ” أفضل مؤثرات صوتية .. تامر بتاع غمرة “

– ” أفضل سيناريو .. سيناريو الانفلات الأمني “

– ” افضل محلل استراتيجي .. عمرو مصطفى “

– ” أعلى مرتبة شهيد .. الشهيد الحي، شهيد السويس مرشح مجلس الشعب “

– ” أفضل معلومة .. شهداء 25 يناير ماتوا في أحداث يناير “

– ” سؤال عام 2011 .. من أنتم؟؟ .. وتوفى القذافى بدون الحصول على الإجابة للأسف “

– ” الفيلم الذي أثبت أن اقتصاد بلدنا لسه بخير .. فيلم “شارع الهرم” “

– ” المرأة التي هزت عرض مصر .. علياء المهدي “

– ” أفضل شيئ الذي يركبه الجميع للقضاء على الثورة .. عجلة الانتاج “

– ” أكبر تغيير حدث في مصر .. تغيير أرقام الموبايل “

– ” أفضل أغنية اتغنت لشباب الثورة .. ياريت سنك يزيد سنتين عشان سنك كده صغير “

– ” أفضل تعليق .. جدع يا باشا “

– ” الكتاب الذي مات بعدد فصوله بني آدمين .. كتاب “وصف مصر”

– وأخيرًا منح أهل الفيس بوك لقب “أفضل عيون” لعيون الشاب الدكتور “أحمد حرارة “


Facebook Status Update Saves Woman, Child in Hostage Situation

The woman hid in a closet with a laptop and posted a message saying that she and her son would be “dead by morning” if no one came to their aid, Police Sgt. Jon Arnold told The Associated Press. A friend read the post and notified police, who came to her rescue on Saturday.

Police arrested Troy Reed Critchfield, 33, who was jailed Saturday while they investigate charges of aggravated kidnapping, child abuse, aggravated assault, forcible sodomy, domestic violence, animal cruelty and other charges.

According to the report, the woman told officers that Critchfield took her cellphone and another phone in the home that belonged to a disabled child. He also forcibly blocked her from opening the door.

The woman, who is unnamed in the report, had bruises, but refused medical treatment. She told police that Critchfield also treated her son roughly and refused to let her feed the family dog.

This isn’t the first time Facebook has been central to a hostage situation. In June, a man named Jason Valdez, also in Utah, updated his status on the social network during a 16-hour standoff with SWAT teams. Valdez eventually shot himself in the chest as officers swarmed the room. Valdez survived the incident and was sent to jail in July.


Social networking booming in Egypt & Russia

People in poorer countries send text messages more often than those in wealthier countries. Men in Spain and Germany access the Internet on their phones twice as much as women do.

And use of online social networks grew dramatically in Egypt and Russia over the past year, most likely as part of the recent political upheavals in those countries.

These are among the results of a new report that measured the usage of digital communication in 21 countries. The survey by the Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project found that text messaging is now a widespread global phenomenon: In the countries polled, 75% of cell phone owners say they text.

In almost all the countries surveyed, the use of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter didn’t change much from 2010 to 2011. Two notable exceptions were Egypt, where 28% of respondents now use social networks — up from 18% last year — and Russia, where social-networking use rose from 33% to 43%.

Facebook and other networking tools played a prominent role in the revolution that toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in February. Protesters organized so effectively on social networks that the Egyptian government shut down the Internet for five days in an unsuccessful attempt to quell the uprising.

Observers say social networks also have helped mobilize protesters in Moscow, where tens of thousands have filled the streets to speak out against Russian parliamentary elections they say were rigged. The Pew survey found that only 6% of Internet users in Russia were not on social-networking sites.

Researchers conducted the survey face-to-face and via telephone in the spring of this year. Sample sizes in each country ranged from 700 in Japan to more than 4,000 in India.

Among the survey’s other findings:

Of the countries surveyed, text messaging was most common in Indonesia and Kenya, where 96% and 89% of people said they regularly send texts. By contrast, 67% of people in the United States were frequent texters.

In Spain, 29% of male cell phone owners use their devices to access the Internet, compared to 13% of female phone owners. This mobile-Web gender gap was also pronounced in Germany (26%/11%) and in Turkey (30%/14%).

Social networking is generally more common in wealthier nations, largely driven by the fact that they have higher rates of Internet access. For example, 53% of respondents in Israel and 50% of respondents in the U.S. said they use social networks, compared with 5% in India and 2% in Pakistan.

source: cnn

This Is Why You Were Friended or Unfriended [STUDY]

While some Internet interactions are online-only relationships, the most common reason we add friends on Facebook is because we know people in real life.

According to recent research from NM Incite, for 82% of Facebook users, knowing someone offline is reason to add them on the social network. The next most common reason for adding a friend is having many mutual friends, a practice reported by 60% of users.

The remaining reasons for adding friends include superficial aspects of your Facebook profile such as physical attractiveness and friend count — which is not surprising considering many users make their posts and comments visible to only their Friends. You can see the complete results of the study in the graphic below.

When it comes to why we unfriend, there are more possible explanations. Fifty-five percent of Facebook users call offensive comments cause for removing someone from their networks. The next most common reason is not knowing a friend well (41%) and sales soliciting (39%). The remaining explanations are a variety of social media etiquette SNAFUs.

Men are more likely to use Facebook for professional networking and dating. For women, Facebook is the place to connect with real life friends, snag deals and express creativity. Women are more likely to remove friends for offensive comments or a weak offline relationship.

The “State of Social Media Survey” polled 1,895 social media using adults (age 18 and older), recruited online between Mar. 31 and Apr. 14 through online forums, blogs and other social networking platforms.

Why do you friend and unfriend people on Facebook? Let us know your practices in the comments.

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Facebook, Google refer suicidal people to help lines

Computer networks can’t feel or understand jokes, but software engineers have hardwired some compassion.

Mechanisms in place in Facebook‘s system and in Google’s search engine can look for suicidal messages and direct people to help.

Facebook is encouraging its 800 million users to use a system the company created to flag suicidal or otherwise violent messages. If someone is posting unsettling photos or writing status updates about killing himself or herself, friends can click on a “report suicidal content” link.

At Facebook, staff members are monitoring these reports at all times of the day, a spokesman told CNN in June. Facebook investigates each report and may send a suicidal person an e-mail offering phone numbers for suicide hot lines, he said.

That feature has been around since at least the summer, but Facebook said in a statement on Tuesday that it is expanding a partnership with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

In addition to phone support, the lifeline will now let Facebook users communicate with suicide prevention specialists in a Web chat room, the statement said.

The national suicide hot line and Facebook have been partnering since 2006, lifeline project director John Draper said in a statement.

Google added a feature to its U.S. search engine in April 2010 that displays a picture of a red telephone and the phone number for the lifeline when people are searching for suicide-related topics. Earlier, the company launched a similar feature for a poison-control hot line after receiving an e-mail from a mother who had trouble finding the number when her daughter ingested something poisonous, a Google spokeswoman said.

“In times of crisis, it’s important to try to help people by quickly providing information,” the spokeswoman wrote in an e-mail. “It’s a privilege for Google to be working with the NSPL and to be providing support on this important issue.”

1.78 million Facebook users may die in 2011

Facebook has defined an "active" user as one who has logged in within the last 30 days.

Does Facebook really have more than 500 million “active” users?

According to data from digital-legacy planning firm Entrustet, a big portion of these users will soon no longer be considered “active,” by any reasonable measure.

The company compared Facebook usership data with average death rates from the Center for Disease Control, and discovered that this year, around 480,000 Facebook users may pass away in the U.S., and 1.78 million worldwide.

These figures are only likely to grow year to year, especially as Facebook expands pass the 600 million user mark.

So many profiles now fall out of the range of an “active” user. Beyond the deceased, there are endless duplicate accounts — Entrustet found that 150% of 20- to 24-year-olds in the U.S. are on Facebook — not exactly a plausible tally.

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What’s more, a recent Gartner report estimated that in the coming years, roughly one in every ten of your friends on Facebook and other social networks will be nonhuman, meaning they’ll be “social bots,” automated profiles created by brands and organizations to engage consumers.

With profiles of the departed presumably being left untouched, with social bots soon to be plaguing the network, and with duplicate accounts running amok, how can Facebook ever provide an accurate “active” usership count?

For the deceased, Facebook has created a system of “memorializing” accounts, which adjusts a profile’s privacy settings to be seen only by confirmed family and friends. Immediate family members may also request the removal of a loved one’s account.

But the onus is on the deceased’s relatives — if the “memorializing” feature is not activated, Facebook will continue to assume the profile still represents an active user. The same assumption goes for duplicate accounts as well — Facebook relies on users to merge accounts and report fake profiles.

To address this issue, Facebook has defined an “active” user as one who has logged in within the last 30 days. Thus, a month after a user passes away, that user is no longer considered “active,” appropriately.

For organizations and businesses registered for the social network, Facebook distinguishes their accounts as “profiles” rather than “user pages,” and does not count them as active users.

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But for duplicate and fake accounts, keeping them accountable is more difficult, as users might be willing to log in to multiple accounts.

So while the company’s latest partner Goldman Sachs has been boasting of Facebook’s 600 million-plus userbase, it’s unclear just how accurate those figures will be if investors — and advertisers, for that matter — ever choose to parse the details.