Actually, Facebook doesn’t do anything to you… your stupidity does!
The BBC reported an unusual phenomenon that took place recently. The incident is much like what happens to a lot of what one puts on the internet… it can quickly spread like wildfire! Your intentions are modest, but cyberspace has the potential to exponentially grow the most “un-ambitious” goals.
“Rachel Ross, 15, had organised the gathering of friends at her home in Wallasey, Merseyside, while her parents attended a wedding.
But when details went on Facebook the house was overrun by gatecrashers.
Jewellery and antiques were stolen, the house was ransacked and beds were urinated in.
Rachel’s father Michael said his wife Nicola broke down in tears when she saw the devastation.
His daughter was supposed to be staying away at her friend’s house, but sneaked back in for the party.
“They must have told their friends through Facebook that they were having a party, thinking they were talking between themselves, and obviously a lot of other people got wind of it,” Mr Ross said.
“The next thing, they had loads of gatecrashers coming down, events took hold and they couldn’t control it any more.”
Eggs were thrown at windows, a present bought for a christening had been urinated on and a sauce fight had been held in the house.
Mr Ross said: “The smell is outrageous. As soon as you walk in, it just hits you. It’s like a blocked toilet or the pub the next day.”
Pictures and toys were broken and the family’s possessions were strewn across three floors.
“I’m just disgusted with what people can do, how people can urinate on children’s beds,” Mr Ross said.
“It’s just ridiculous. I hope the parents find out who they are and are disgusted with them.”
Then you have Facebook in the sports world. We’ve heard of Chad Ochocinco and exercise his freedom of speech on the internet… and now:
Oregon coach dismisses WR Jamere Holland following expletive-filled Facebook post
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon coach Chip Kelly announced Sunday he had dismissed Jamere Holland from the team, hinting it was because of the wide receiver’s expletive-filled post on the player’s Facebook page.
Kelly said in a statement released by the school that Holland was dismissed for violating team rules, but didn’t elaborate. Asked by The Oregonian if the violation was related to Holland’s Facebook post on Saturday, the coach said: “I won’t get into the specifics, but you’re smart enough to figure it out.”
Holland updated his Facebook status after linebacker Kristian Kiko Alonso was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants. Alonso is the fourth Oregon player to be arrested in the past month.
In his post, Holland mistakenly concluded Alonso had been kicked off the team and blasted the move as unfair and damaging to the Ducks.
Holland wrote in a later post: “I wish I could block whites as friends and only have blacks LOL, cause apparently I’m misunderstood.”
School spokesman Dave Williford said Alonso remains on the team, “contrary to Internet reports, rumors and Jamere Holland.” Complete Story Found at The LATIMES website HERE
Does Facebook fuel divorce?
Reporter Richard Mullins wrote, “If eHarmony is the Web site bringing lovebirds to the threshold of marriage, Facebook is the one showing up for the divorce.
The world’s most popular social media site is revolutionizing the divorce experience, pouring toxin into virtually every stage of a collapsing marriage.
Rekindling old flames into blazing affairs. Exposing the “Exhibit A” that divorce lawyers wave in the courtroom. Providing a global stage for feuding spouses to torch each other’s reputations in multi-media splendor.”
Journalist Monica Merce wrote, “The trend of using information from the Internet in family disputes has been growing for years. A recent survey, however, shows that most divorce lawyers across the nation, like Mr. Hanzelik, now depend on social networking sites as a matter of routine.
According to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 81 percent of divorce attorneys say they’ve seen an increase over the past five years in the number of cases involving social networking evidence.
Facebook has become the primary source of online divorce evidence, with 66 percent of divorce lawyers saying they use the site regularly, according to the survey. Fifteen percent said they use MySpace and 5 percent use Twitter, the survey showed, while 14 percent said they use other Internet sites to cull information.
Academy president and Nashville-based lawyer Marlene Eskind Moses said Facebook has become “such a rich source of information” that it goes without saying that it will help in divorce cases. For that reason, she said, she usually advises clients to either take down their Facebook pages completely or use them only for business purposes while they are going through a divorce.”
Maybe people should take cyberbuzz.com’s advise:
Here are 5 ways to save face with Facebook:
1. PRIVACY – You can create multiple levels of profile access for different friends. Your true pals can see all on your site, while those who you have a more professional relationship with will only be able to see things like your contact email, a few profile photos and your feed. Look in the upper right hand corner of your profile and click the Privacy tab. Set the permissions for different levels and then sort your friends from there.
2. SHARED FEEDS – If you want to use your profile to boost your career, start posting interesting articles for others to see and comment on. Many blogs have a “Share This” button on them that will let you add it to your Facebook page. You could also use the Notes feature as a blog with insight you may have on issues in your industry.
3. GROUPS – You may think it’s fun to join the “Everyday at 4:20 I Crave Doritos” Group, your boss wont.
4. EASE ON THE APP INVITES – Yes, you think superpoking and zombie biting is fun, most of the rest of us don’t. Facebook apps spread like viruses by asking you to immediately invite your friends to add what you just added. If you have a lot of professional contacts on Facebook, spamming with invites will quickly get you “unfriended.”
5. WHAT WOULD MOM SAY? – Here’s a rule of thumb when posting pictures of statii or notes to Facebook – don’t put up anything you wouldn’t want your mom to see. It should keep you within the bounds of professionalism, without losing your entire personality.
Facebook has evolved beyond college kids. The largest demographic, and the fastest growing, on Facebook is those 25 or older. Which means your boss is on it, and using it to check up on you.
And Facebook is just getting started! www.CMSWIRE.com recently posted this piece on how Facebook will be ready to counter Google Buzz!
Facebook’s Got Talent
The team behind the second most popular website in the U.S. is referring to the purchase as a “small talent acquisition.” Said the Facebook team: “We’ve admired the engineering team’s efforts for some time now and this is part of our ongoing effort to add experienced, accomplished technical talent.”
It’s worth mentioning that Facebook’s purchase of FriendFeed was also described as an addition of talent, but the conditions this time are different. While FriendFeed continues to operate separately from Facebook a whole seven months after being acquired, Octazen is already closing its doors.
“Absolutely not. Per what I just said, this is creating a new category of communication. It’s filling a niche, which is not currently met in the market. I think something unique is happening on Buzz that will continue to evolve. It’s hard to create a trend line or extrapolate too much from six days of use, but certainly conversation and the conversational Web is a place where Buzz has excelled. I think it is unique and offers a compelling interesting experience.”