Posts Tagged: ‘Facebook’

It’s no big surprise then that feverish conversation about how romance plays out on Facebook, with earnest analyses on the significance of poking (just don’t.), friending and relationship status-updating, has started to shift to other hipper social platforms. Over at Elle, for instance, Anna Deutsch proposed that Instagram flirting is the new new, and that hip guys forgo Facebook friending to instead scroll through women’s personal photo collections and “deep like” as a sign of their affection — or at the very least sexual intention…

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In 1978, Oberlin psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes coined the term “impostor syndrome” to describe an underlying feeling of being a fraud that often results in undercutting one’s accomplishments. In part two of our four-part series on Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In,” Caroline and I unpack the imposter syndrome in the workplace and explore how to banish that fear because it seems to particularly affect successful women. Sandberg writes that she first heard about imposter syndrome while attending a speech called “Feeling Like a Fraud” by Dr. Peggy McIntosh from the Wellesley Centers for Women, and she later told Salon, “I believe that had I not heard that speech, I would not have the job that I have.”

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Way back when in 2009, one of the early episodes of Stuff Mom Never Told You on the topic of women and negotiation struck a major chord with me. The gist of it was dismal: working women don’t negotiate their salaries nearly as much or as aggressively as men do, and I was one of those working women. Up until that point, I hadn’t done a good job negotiating for myself, and even though I relatively fresh out of college, it was a stinging realization because it felt like I was already off on the wrong foot — or at least the lower-earning foot…

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Last year, Chris and I did a TechStuff episode about Facebook’s IPO and the controversy surrounding it. Facebook’s opening stock price during its IPO was $38 per share. In theory, a company’s stock price should reflect the value (and potential value) of that company. You take the number of shares that exist, multiply it by the share price and you’ve got a rough estimate of a company’s value. In Facebook’s case, that value amounted to a whopping $16 billion. But questions about Facebook’s real value began to pop up shortly after the IPO and that’s where we run into trouble.

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First, let me say they made me write this. They being the marketing department, the people who make others write about themselves in blog posts about contests that the writer figures into as a prize. Would it be too unsettling to write about myself in third person instead? Let me try that.

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Hot on the heels of recent changes to your Facebook profile is the f8 conference. That’s a developer conference held by Facebook that gives app developers a look into upcoming changes to the platform that will help them design the next generation of Facebook apps. Facebook was kind enough to live stream the keynote presentation of the conference, giving all of us a glimpse into what we can expect (beyond the predictable backlash that always accompanies any change). So what did we learn?

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Today is a day that will live in online social network myths and legends — the day when Google Plus drops the invitation-only requirement and allows anyone to join. It’s also a day that sees Facebook making more changes to the way your news feed displays on your page. Since there’s a long history of Facebook users reacting negatively to changes, this might mean Google Plus will get a boost right out of the gate. But is that boost going to have any staying power at all?

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When it rains, it pours. August tends to be a slow month for tech news. As the month began, it looked like this year would follow the trend as tech bloggers and reporters wait for the inevitable plunge toward the holiday shopping season. But some recent events really generated a lot of news in the technosphere. So much news, in fact, that I need to summarize several stories to catch up.

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The media have been talking about how some rioters in London have been using smartphones and social media sites to coordinate their movements to avoid being caught by the authorities. Zack Whittaker at ZDNet wrote that while some people are using Facebook and Twitter, one of the tools of choice is the BlackBerry Messenger, which encrypts messages so they can’t be read by third parties.

For its part, Research in Motion (RIM), BlackBerry’s parent company, said it would cooperate with the authorities to identify people alleged to have participated in the riots, though according to the BBC the police have to prove they know the identities of the phones’ owners under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act before they can acquire the records, rather than searching messages for people using riot-related keywords in text messages, e-mail and social media posts.

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Awesome is one of those words that gets watered down through overuse. Literally, it means something that inspires a feeling of awe. That is, it’s something that fills you with reverence, fear or some other overwhelming emotion. Colloquially, we use it to describe anything that’s impressive or good. Once in a while, we use it for something that is just okay. So where does Facebook’s announcement fall in the spectrum?

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