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Mark Zuckerberg Wants World’s 5 Billion Without Internet To Get Connected (And On Facebook?)

Forget trying to buy the world a Coke — Mark Zuckerberg would like to connect the five billion people on the planet who don’t have Internet with the rest of the online world. And while yes, of course, since he’s the founder and CEO of Facebook, one might assume that the more of those people who have access to the World Wide Web, the more there’ll be on Facebook. But he says it’s really about connecting people. On Facebook. Okay, really — just about connecting. [More]

Domino’s Pizza Is So Used To Complaints, It Can’t Take A Compliment

Domino’s Pizza Is So Used To Complaints, It Can’t Take A Compliment

You know how some people are conditioned to believe that any statement directed at them must be a complaint, so they don’t know how to react when someone says something nice? That’s apparently the mindset of whatever robot responds to customers on the Domino’s Pizza Facebook page. [More]


Cafe Owner Learns That Attempts At Snark Will Not Go Over Well With Customers On Facebook

It is totally okay to be a sarcastic person, as we live in a world where each and every human is unique snowflake. But there comes a time when perhaps it’s not a bad idea to curb that snarky nature, like when dealing with messy customers. A cafe owner in Washington learned that lesson after she posted about a group of crumb-spewing people who had frequented her business. [More]

Dear Facebook: Please Do Not Start Running Video Ads

Dear Facebook: Please Do Not Start Running Video Ads

Ever since Facebook went public in 2012, the pressure has been on for the social networking site (if one considers posting baby photos and Buzzfeed links to be “social networking”) to start leveraging its massive audience for ad revenue. And back when its stock price was around the cost of lunch at a diner, auto-play video ads seemed inevitable. And even after recent upticks in Facebook’s value, it looks like the company wants to drive y’all away with these ads that consumers avoid like the plague. [More]


Facebook Takes My Post Promotion Money, Offers No Way Out

All Carla wanted to do was find out how much it would cost her to promote a status update on Facebook. You know, in case something so important came up that she needed to pay Facebook to share it with the people who she already thought she was sharing her posts with. Only something went wrong and she ended up buying a promoted status. Facebook won’t let her take it back, and there are no humans there to help. [More]


Facebook To Pull Ads From Pages With “Violent, Graphic Or Sexual Content”

A day after Google alerted Blogger users that they could keep publishing explicit content but they won’t be able to profit from it, Facebook has told advertisers that they will no longer need to worry about their ads showing up on pages with content that might get them into hot water by association. [More]


Former Politician Ran Ponzi Scheme Promising Investors He’d Get Pre-IPO Facebook Shares

A former politician who ran for governor back in 1994 has pleaded guilty to defrauding investors in a textbook example of a Ponzi scheme. Craig Berkman admitted that he’d told investors he could get the jump on pre-IPO shares of Facebook, as well as LinkedIn, Groupon and Zynga. [More]

Now with talkies!

Facebook Launches Instagram Videos So You Can Make Moving Selfies Just Like In Days Of Yore

Charlie Chaplin. Alfred Hitchcock. Martin Scorsese. What if all those filmmakers could’ve taken 15-second selfie videos and slapped old-timey effects on them? Think of how great they could’ve been! If only they had Facebook’s new video service for Instagram, complete with all those sepia-toned, vintage-looking filters beloved by self-portrait artists flashing duck faces at their phones everywhere. [More]

Amazon Marks The Passing Of James Gandolfini By Trying To Sell Sopranos DVDs

Amazon Marks The Passing Of James Gandolfini By Trying To Sell Sopranos DVDs

As you have probably already heard by now, actor James Gandolfini has sadly and suddenly passed away at the age of 51. And to add just the right hint of commercialism to this tragic news, Amazon’s Facebook feed was there to remind everyone they can remember the late actor by purchasing DVD collections of The Sopranos. [More]

(Rob in PDX)

Express Your Displeasure With Facebook Friends’ Inane Posts Via New Photo Comments

Sometimes there are no words in the human language that can adequately express the rage/excitement/annoyance/eyeroll one can feel when presented with a friend’s Facebook post. And because, you know, a picture is worth a thousand words, Facebook is rolling out the capability to respond to posts on the social network with photos. [More]


Apple Says It Received 5,000 Data Requests From Law Enforcement, Doesn’t Say How Many It Fulfilled

With many people still wondering about the extent to which the National Security Agency and other authorities were peeping in to consumers’ phone and Internet activities, some of the larger firms caught up in the scandal are making attempts at being transparent about what they did and didn’t hand over to the government. However, some are being more transparent than others. [More]


Facebook Launches Hashtags In Latest Attempt To Keep Up With The #Cool #Kids

A few months back all the kids were chatting on the Internets about how like, Facebook wanted to be a lot more like Twitter? And like, the best way to do that might be to use those hashtag thingies? Those rumors turned out to be true, as the #SocialNetwork is rolling along with the tide of progress and learning to use hashtags. [More]


Facebook Finally Ditching Those “Sponsored Stories” We All Love So Very Much

Remember all that brouhaha over Facebook’s “Sponsored Stories,” the ads that are supposed to be cleverly disguised as simple recommendations from friends? We kind of can’t believe it’s taken this long for Facebook to realize that users are onto their little ruse, but the social network announced yesterday that it’s ditching the ads in favor of a brand new approach toward advertising. [More]

(Daniel Fuentealba P.)

You Should Probably Check Your Facebook Privacy Settings Right Now

If you’re like most Consumerist readers, you’re probably Internet-savvy enough to carefully screen what you say on Facebook, and to use filters when you have something more colorful and interesting to post. Now that everyone from your grandmother to your niece’s cat are on using Facebook, though, everyone could use a reminder of how to set up your privacy settings, how to change who sees a given post, and how to make sure those settings are still arranged how you want them. [More]


SEC Settlement Slaps NASDAQ With $10 Million Penalty For Bungling Facebook IPO

How many acronyms can you fit in one sentence? Please see the above headline, which pertains to a settlement reached by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that will see the NASDAQ (National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations — the more you know!) paying out $10 million for bungling Facebook’s IPO, or Initial Public Offering last year. Whew, try saying that sentence three times fast. Or even once. [More]

Graphic: Which Internet Biggies Are Even Slightly Concerned About Your Privacy?

Graphic: Which Internet Biggies Are Even Slightly Concerned About Your Privacy?

When it comes to online privacy, many consumers assume that their service provider, or the websites they are browsing, have the users’ best interest in mind and that these companies won’t simply hand over your information to authorities. These people are mistaken, as are those who believe that no online companies make user privacy a priority. The truth, as usual, is a bit from column A and a bit from column B. [More]

"I think the show just brought out Amy's inner demonic soul," says former waitress Katy of the famously defensive owner.

How Not To React To Internet Criticism: The Epic Facebook Meltdown Of Amy’s Baking Company

It appears that the owners of Amy’s Baking Company in Arizona expected an appearance on celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s “Kitchen Nightmares” program to vindicate them. They believed that they serve quality food, that they have been unfairly slandered by the entire Internet. Maybe they had never seen the reality program, which features last-ditch efforts to save failing restaurants run by people who are delusional or incompetent…and frequently both. [More]