By Brianne Moore
Media attention of suicides attributed to cyberbullying has turned a spotlight on popular social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Now Facebook is stepping up in the fight to prevent these tragedies by introducing a new feature that allows users in the U.S. and Canada to report any suicidal comments posted by friends. Clicking a “Report Suicidal Comment” link or using the report links throughout the site will prompt an immediate e-mail from Facebook to the person who posted the suicidal comment, urging them to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Users can call the Lifeline or engage in a confidential online chat with a crisis worker.
Workers from two centers in the Lifeline network will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to Facebook users. The Lifeline, which began partnering with Facebook back in 2006 to assist at-risk users, already responds to dozens of people every day who express suicidal thoughts on Facebook. The Lifeline is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and provides free and confidential crisis counseling to anyone in need and has answered more than 3 million calls since its launch in 2005. The network is currently comprised of 152 local crisis centers.
According to Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA, more than 36,000 Americans die each year by suicide. “These deaths are even more tragic because they are preventable,” Benjamin said in an official release. “We have effective treatments to help suicidal individuals regain hope and a desire to live and we know how powerful personal connections and support can be. Therefore we as a nation must do everything we can to reach out to those at risk and provide them the help and hope needed to survive and return to productive lives.”
When you think about Facebook, your thoughts are almost certainly stuck in the notions of updates, privacy, and tagging of unfortunate party photos – thats why it may well come as a surprise to you that today’s news isn’t about any of those things, it’s about the social network teaming up with Greenpeace for a truce that says the former will adhere to the latter’s renewable energy agreement. The announcement comes down today in a way that allows us much in the way of high-fives and handshakes and not so much in the way of actual hard facts on what’ll be done in the future, but the outlook is positive. Facebook’s previous use of “dirty data” as they call it is set to be no more if all goes well in this particular situation. What we’ve got here is, again, a truce between Greenpeace and the social site, as the environmental organization previously used Facebook as a rally cry for the fact that many websites of such mass as Facebook use physical technology here in the non-digital space that’s not as environmentally friendly as they would hope. This week Facebook took the situation to heart and has started its way back out of the grime. As Marcy Scott Lynn of Facebook’s new sustainability program says: “Facebook looks forward to a day when our primary energy sources are clean and renewable, and we are working with Greenpeace and others to help bring that day closer.” – Lynn Continuing to explain exactly what’s going on in this situation is Tzeporah Berman, co-director of Greenpeace’s International Climate and Energy Program, who notes: “Greenpeace and Facebook will now work together to encourage major energy producers to move away from coal and instead invest in renewable energy. This move sets an example for the industry to follow. This shift to clean, safe energy choices will help fight global warming and ensure a stronger economy and healthier communities.” – Berman What Facebook will be doing is using clean and renewable energy in its data centers, with a “Green on Facebook” initiative and an Open Compute Project starting up soon that’ll aim to create new low-cost, high-efficiency technology for data centers through the future. Greenpeace says this initiative “raises the bar” for Apple, Microsoft, Twitter, and the whole gigantic website team. Do you think the love for our environment will spread to the biggest beats in the industry?
When you think about Facebook, your thoughts are almost certainly stuck in the notions of updates, privacy, and tagging of unfortunate party photos – thats why it may well come as a surprise to you that today’s news isn’t about any of those things, it’s about the social network teaming up with Greenpeace for a truce that says the former will adhere to the latter’s renewable energy agreement. The announcement comes down today in a way that allows us much in the way of high-fives and handshakes and not so much in the way of actual hard facts on what’ll be done in the future, but the outlook is positive. Facebook’s previous use of “dirty data” as they call it is set to be no more if all goes well in this particular situation.
What we’ve got here is, again, a truce between Greenpeace and the social site, as the environmental organization previously used Facebook as a rally cry for the fact that many websites of such mass as Facebook use physical technology here in the non-digital space that’s not as environmentally friendly as they would hope. This week Facebook took the situation to heart and has started its way back out of the grime. As Marcy Scott Lynn of Facebook’s new sustainability program says:
“Facebook looks forward to a day when our primary energy sources are clean and renewable, and we are working with Greenpeace and others to help bring that day closer.” – Lynn
Continuing to explain exactly what’s going on in this situation is Tzeporah Berman, co-director of Greenpeace’s International Climate and Energy Program, who notes:
“Greenpeace and Facebook will now work together to encourage major energy producers to move away from coal and instead invest in renewable energy. This move sets an example for the industry to follow. This shift to clean, safe energy choices will help fight global warming and ensure a stronger economy and healthier communities.” – Berman
What Facebook will be doing is using clean and renewable energy in its data centers, with a “Green on Facebook” initiative and an Open Compute Project starting up soon that’ll aim to create new low-cost, high-efficiency technology for data centers through the future. Greenpeace says this initiative “raises the bar” for Apple, Microsoft, Twitter, and the whole gigantic website team. Do you think the love for our environment will spread to the biggest beats in the industry?
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Facebook’s Timeline feature was made available to the social network’s millions of users worldwide Thursday, offering the biggest change to the service’s signature profile pages in its history.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Timeline at the Palo Alto company’s f8 Developers Conference in September. The very visual new feature allows Facebook members to store and share videos and photos from the most important moments of their lives, organized year by year. It also will include a map showing where on the planet you spent your time over the past year.
“We wanted to make Timeline a place you were proud to call your home. Timeline is a completely new aesthetic for Facebook,” Zuckerberg said at the introduction of Timeline.
The service has slowly been rolling out to some users for the past two months, but it is now available for any Facebook member to access by visiting www.facebook.com/about/timeline, Facebook engineering manager Paul McDonald said in a blog post Thursday. Users who do not actively visit that site to switch to Timeline will be prompted to do so at the top of their profile page when they sign in at a later
After accepting Timeline, users can view and edit their Facebook material to ensure that only the information they want to appear will show up on the new profile page. Facebook members can use up to seven days to review their past posts, photos, videos and more before their Timeline appears to other users.
The 7-day review period and in-depth editing features are part of Facebook’s effort to calm any concern from users about their privacy. Members who move to Timeline will also be able to view their new profile as it will appear to friends and the public by selecting “View as” from their main drop-down menu, marked with a gear.
In September, Zuckerberg said the draw of sharing their lives would supersede any privacy concerns with Timeline.
“I think everyone wants to collect this stuff,” Zuckerberg said, “and have the story of your life.”
In an emailed statement, a Facebook spokeswoman pointed users toward Timelines already set up by celebrities as an example of the new technology, including Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow and singer Britney Spears.
Staff writer Mike Swift contributed to this report. Contact Jeremy C. Owens at 408-920-5876; follow him at Twitter.com/mercbizbreak.
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On the field, Chad Ochocinco is having the worst season of his career. Just 13 catches, and none of the touchdown variety.
So, even though we haven’t seen much of Chad on SportsCenter lately, he was welcomed at Emerson College on Tuesday night, as a guest lecturer for Professor David Gerzof Richard’s Social Media Class. The Boston Herald sat in, and reported Ochocinco gave five tips on how to thrive in social media, while also upgrading your love life. From the Herald:
Be inventive: “I’m creative and, because of the way I am, I’ve been able to get the following I have.”
Don’t censor yourself: “I curse in my feed. I can express myself in ways other athletes can’t, and so I can relate to everybody.”
Have comebacks ready: When Ochocinco finds a negative comment, “I answer back witty, and then, everyone else (all his other followers) does too.”
Do it yourself: “Nobody touches my Twitter feed ever . . . That’s all me.”
And use it as a dating site: “I met my fiance on Twitter . . . And it’s because we had a fight!”
If you are a fan of the NFL, I am sure you have heard the name Tim Tebow mentioned at least a few (thousand) times this season.
But, for a change, let’s turn to Twitter and see some of the top tweets by the famous Denver Broncos QB in 2011. Many of these tweets include some other well-known athletes and celebrities.
Tim Tebow, Brian Dawkins and Bill Cosby
This whole string of tweets started with a tweet from celebrity Bill Cosby, who tweeted, “I told you about Tim Tebow. Now you better jump on the band wagon because this is a great team to root for.” Included with this tweet was a link to a YouTube video made by Cosby himself.
Cosby then tweeted again directly to Tebow, saying, “Hey @TimTebow, just keep up the good work! Take good care of my former Eagle, @BrianDawkins.”
This brought Brian Dawkins into the conversation. Dawkins responded by tweeting, “Wow. Props Mr. Cosby!RT @BillCosby: I told U abt Tim Tebow. Now U better jump on the band wagon.”
Tebow himself rounded out the Twitter conversation by tweeting, “Thank you Mr. Cosby! Really appreciate your support! Big fan of yours…and Jell-o too haha MT @BillCosby.”
The video created by Bill Cosby included in this tweet conversation talks about Cosby’s future visit and show in Denver, and tells people if they want to know what the weather is going to be when he is there, to just ask Tebow.
Tim Tebow and Dwight Howard
This string of tweets began with Orlando Magic‘s Dwight Howard. He sent a tweet to Tebow in early November 2011, which read, “@TimTebow keep up the good work. Despite all the haters u work hard u got heart and u got Jesus. U can’t lose.”
To this, Tebow responded, “@DwightHoward thank you brother, will do! Jesus is above all else!”
He then quickly followed with, “And btw @DwightHoward if the lockout continues, you @KingJames need to come get fitted for your Broncos uni’s!”
Howard shot back with, “@TimTebow lol ion need in shoulder pads hahaha I was born with some. And bron don’t need a chin strap. He already got a strong chin lol Jk.”
The Twitter conversation ended with Tebow tweeting, “@DwightHoward lol don’t you worry, we’ll find a way to squeeze them shoulders into some custom made pads hahaha”
Could you imagine Howard in a Denver Broncos jersey? How do you think he would do on the team?
As you can see, while the whole country is talking about Mr. Tim Tebow, even celebrities and other athletes are jumping on the Tebowmania bandwagon.
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A month after announcing plans to divorce Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore is in no rush to divorce herself from his name on Twitter.
A month after announcing plans to divorce Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore is in no rush to divorce herself from his name on Twitter.
Moore, who tweets as including, well, us — that she change her name.
Also read: Demi Moore (@MrsKutcher) Needs to Change Her Twitter Handle Now
“Changing my twitter name isn’t a top priority right now,” she tweeted late Thursday. “Sorry it bothers so many of u. Should I not tweet until I do? Does it really matter?”
Yes, but… since when does whether something matters have anything to do with celebrity news? Is @MrsKutcher trying to bankrupt an entire industry?
Moore first adopted the handle in jokey recogniton of Kutcher’s intense involvement with the medium, and has continued to tweet using the name in the month since she announced her divorce plans.
Also read: Moore Announces Divorce, Citing ‘Vows That I Hold Sacred’
Kutcher famously became the first person to reach 1 million Twitter followers in April 2009 after challenging CNN in a race to the landmark. He celebrated his victory by promising to donate $100,000 to help prevent malaria.
Kutcher, who tweets as @aplusk, has since climbed to just under 8.8 million followers. Moore has roughly half as many.
Kutcher took to Twitter frequently in the months before the divorce announcement to try to dispel speculation about his marriage. In late September, he tweeting a link to the music service Spotify to indicate that he was listening to Public Enemy’s “Don’t Believe the Hype.” He later wrote, “When you ASSUMME to know that which you know nothing of you make an ASS out of U and ME.”
At about the same time, Moore posted a photo of herself with her eyes closed and the caption, “I see through you….”
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Article source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/15/idUS257754330320111215
The move follows a two-year campaign by environmental group Greenpeace, which argued that the company’s massive energy consumption was contributing significantly to climate change.
The agreement comes after Greenpeace united 700,000 supporters behind its Unfriend Facebook campaign to lobby the company to change its energy policies. “This move sets an example for the industry to follow,” said Tzeporah Berman, co-director of Greenpeace’s international climate and energy programme. “This shift to clean, safe energy choices will help fight global warming and ensure a stronger economy and healthier communities.”
In April 2011, a Greenpeace report, How Dirty is your Data?, calculated that 53.2% of Facebook’s electricity was generated by coal. Energy consumption by datacentres is growing rapidly and each of Facebook’s US datacentres is estimated to consume the same electricity as 30,000 US homes.
Facebook said it wanted to develop its platform to work more closely with Greenpeace to “promote environmental awareness and action” after the two organisations published a joint statement on future collaboration.
Marcy Scott Lynn, of Facebook’s sustainability programme, said it looked forward “to a day when our primary energy sources are clean and renewable, and we are working with Greenpeace and others to help bring that day closer. As an important step, our datacentre siting policy now states a preference for access to clean and renewable energy.”
She added that Greenpeace had been “particularly effective” in using Facebook, saying: “We are excited to work with them to explore new ways in which people can use Facebook to engage and connect on the range of energy issues that matter most to them – from their own energy efficiency to access to cleaner sources of energy.”
Facebook’s commitment to renewable energy “raises the bar for other IT and cloud computing companies such as Apple, IBM, Microsoft, and Twitter”, said Casey Harrell, senior IT analyst for Greenpeace International.
The environmental group has argued that IT companies, by increasing their electricity consumption while avoiding increasing demand for coal, could become a strong force in helping move countries to low-carbon economies.
In October, the company announced plans to build a “green” datacentre in Lulea in northern Sweden that would handle all data processing from Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Powered primarily from renewables, the planned facility will cover 30,000 square metres – about the size of 11 football pitches.
NEW YORK: “We generate substantially all of our revenue and players through the Facebook platform and expect to continue to do so for the foreseeable future,” Zynga wrote in its IPO prospectus.
Technically, the admission is called a risk factor. But since Zynga, the wildly popular maker of mobile and social games such as “Mafia Wars” and “FarmVille,” generates about 95 per cent of its revenue through Facebook, the worry for investors is that its relationship with Mark Zuckerberg’s social network is less a risk factor than a business model.
And how Zynga ultimately performs as a public company — it is aiming to raise $925 million at a $9 billion valuation when it begins trading on the Nasdaq on Friday — will depend in large part on its ability to break free from Facebook. Or at least its ability to convince investors that it can do so.
So far, however, the skeptics remain unconvinced. At Zynga’s IPO roadshow luncheon in San Francisco on Monday, investors spent most of the question and answer time with Zynga executives asking about Facebook.
“Any time you have such a large reliance on a single company, you have to be concerned,” said Dan Niles, chief investment officer of AlphaOne Capital Partners, who didn’t attend the luncheon but watched one of Zynga’s presentations over the Internet.
From an investment perspective, ignoring the fact that all but 5 per cent of Zynga’s $828 million in revenue in the first nine months of this year came from Facebook could be detrimental.
Zynga conceded that point in its IPO prospectus, noting that, “any deterioration in our relationship with Facebook would harm our business and adversely affect the value of our Class A common stock.”
Facebook takes a 30 per cent cut of the revenue Zynga derives from the social network, which features more than 222 million monthly active Zynga users, according to the data tracking website AppData. Zynga itself makes most of its money from less than 3 per cent of its players who buy virtual items like trucks and poker chips.
Being so dependent on one company clearly poses risks to Zynga’s growth potential. If Facebook’s user growth slows, for instance, Zynga’s growth is likely to slow as well. Or, in an extreme case, if Facebook suddenly decided to banish games, it could harm Zynga’s entire business.
Zynga is also beholden to Facebook in other ways. According to a regulatory filing on July 18, the company has to publish some of its games exclusively on Facebook before other platforms.
What’s worse, Zynga may have botched one main attempt it has thus far made at trying to break away from Facebook.
When the company unveiled its new online platform “Zynga Direct” during a rare media event at its San Francisco headquarters in October, it was billed as a way for Zynga to deal directly with its consumers without an intermediary.
But when players visited Zynga’s website to sign up for a user name, called a “Z Tag,” they were told to first install the Zynga app on Facebook, giving the impression that it was being more closely integrated with the world’s largest social network instead of being weaned off of it.
The counter argument is that Zynga’s reliance on the platform may attract investors looking to bet on Facebook’s growth. With Facebook’s IPO at least several months away, there currently are not many ways to gain exposure to Facebook on the stock market.
“Ahead of Facebook’s IPO, Zynga is the closest proxy investors have,” said Robert W. Baird Co analyst Colin Sebastian. “As of today, Zynga is highly dependent on Facebook and could bring in investors who are looking to find ways to gain exposure to social media.”
Akram Yosri, managing partner of 3i Capital Group, attended Zynga’s roadshow presentation in New York and said he was satisfied with how management responded to questions about Facebook and how Zynga can grow in partnership with the social network.
“They didn’t dodge the question,” said Yosri, whose firm has $1.4 billion in assets under management. “As long as it’s a working relationship, it’s a plus for Zynga because Facebook is going to be there a long time and has a proven business model. ”
Zynga also gathers lots of data on its millions of users, more than half of whom are female, which marketers could find attractive.
CHINA AND BEYOND Still, Zynga faces a long road to a less Facebook-dependent future. According to regulatory filings, Zynga’s contract with Facebook doesn’t come up for review until 2015. This gives it three years to find new revenue sources outside the social network such as moving into new markets like Asia and making more games for mobile devices.
In July, Zynga entered mainland China’s games market for the first time, partnering with Chinese platform Tencent for a local version of the game “CityVille.”
“Zynga has at least until that time to expand its presence in Asia and it is trying to do that aggressively in mobile,” said Steve Sorrano, an equity analyst at Calvert Investment Management, which has $12 billion of assets under management.
Sorrano added, however, that investors might find Zynga too risky to bet on while it is building out its business in these new areas since it is unclear whether the company can deliver a high enough or sustainable return on capital investment.
“That’s a relative unknown for a young company in an industry that is developing this rapidly. This raises risks for going in(to the stock) that early,” Sorrano said.
Zynga’s total expenses rose 115 per cent to $747.9 million in the first nine months of the year, a sign that its international ambitions are adding to costs.
With regard to mobile, while games such as “Words With Friends” have become hits, its roughly 13 million mobile users are dwarfed by the hundreds of millions of users who play it on Facebook.
While Zynga was one of the earliest game makers on the Facebook platform, it lacks that first mover advantage on mobile. For instance, Disney released a mobile game in September called “Where’s my Water” that is ranked ahead of some Zynga titles in Apple’s App store.
And investors said that Zynga may already be losing market share on Facebook itself, as video game companies such as Electronic Arts make large acquisitions to compete with it. Indeed, AlphaOne’s Niles pointed to EA’s “The Sims Social” game, which has 28 million monthly active users, as a successful example of encroachment by another video game company on Zynga’s turf.
Over time, however, there is hope the Zynga can break free from Facebook with services like “Zynga Direct.” Though that service still has no date for when it will launch or which games will be available, Sterne Agee analyst Arvind Bhatia said that it “should help reduce Zynga’s platform risk somewhat.”
Facebook on Thursday expanded the availability of its Timeline feature worldwide.
Timeline was announced in September, and serves as a digital “this is your life.” Once available, users can chart their entire Facebook history via Timeline, from their first friend to the most recent status update.
The social network first rolled out Timeline in New Zealand last week in order to monitor speed and performance in an English-speaking country. That testing apparently went well, and the feature is now available around the globe.
“Timeline gives you an easy way to rediscover the things you shared, and collect your most important moments,” Paul, an engineering manager on the Timeline team, said in a blog post. “It also lets you share new experiences, like the music you listen to or the miles you run.”
Users will get a seven-day review period before their Timeline is posted to the Web, though it can be published earlier, too. Timeline will replace your existing profile, but stories and photos from that profile will be ported to Timeline.
In reviewing your Timeline, you can opt to hide or feature certain stories. To feature something, mouse over the story and click the star to expand it to two columns. The pencil icon will also let you hide, delete, or edit a post.
Posts will include a privacy drop-down menu that lets you select who sees your information: public, friends, only me, or custom.
Timeline adds a new, private feature known as Activity Log, which allows you to review all your posts and activity. Here, you can also adjust your privacy settings via a drop-down menu that lets you decide if an item should be included in Timeline. With Activity Log, you can drill down to certain categories, like photos or posts from apps.
To access Timeline, go to facebook.com/about/timeline and click the “Get Timeline” button on the bottom right. Facebook will also add a notice to the top of your profile starting tomorrow. The feature is also available on Android phones and via m.facebook.com.
Timeline was released to developers in September, and more than one million people signed up for the beta, Facebook said last week.
Last month, meanwhile, the Federal Trade Commission announced a settlement with Facebook that requires the social network to be more transparent about its privacy policies and submit to regular audits.
According to the FTC, Facebook “deceived customers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public.”
For more on Timeline, check out 10 Things You Should Know About Facebook Timeline and the slideshow above. Also see Facebook Timeline and 5 Other Ways to Visualize Your Life Online.
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