Waitress Disses Customers On Facebook, Gets Fired

Waitress Disses Customers On Facebook, Gets Fired

Brixx Pizza in North Carolina takes social media pretty seriously, because it fired a waitress after she complained on her Facebook page about a stingy couple who occupied a table for three hours and only left a $5 tip. [More]

Diaspora: The Facebook Slayer Where Protecting Your Privacy Is Their Killer App

Diaspora: The Facebook Slayer Where Protecting Your Privacy Is Their Killer App

Instead of just kvetching about Facebook, these four self-described “talented young nerds” are doing something. They’re constructing a new kind of open-source distributed social network called Diaspora, and protecting all your information is at its core. Instead of handing over your bits to a central hub, it goes into your personalized server or “seed.” You own the server, you own your data. Everything is private and encrypted by default. It’s up to you to decide how much or how little you want to reveal. Sound crazy? There’s plenty of people who don’t think so. In just 20 days, the NYU students have raised $93,068 on Kickstarter. [More]

Paper Company Plans Campaign To Encourage Kids To Print Things Out

Paper Company Plans Campaign To Encourage Kids To Print Things Out

If John Williams, the CEO of Domtar Corp., has his way, kids all across North America will be asking for printers this holiday season. Somehow I doubt he’ll have his way, but here’s his plan: his company is about to launch a “Put It On Paper” campaign via print, Facebook and YouTube that will encourage people to print out things like emails and web pages. [More]

Facebook Kills More Of Your Privacy For Cash

Facebook Kills More Of Your Privacy For Cash

Yesterday, Facebook announced an awesome new feature that lets anyone see your current city, hometown, education, work, likes, and interests, even if you’ve set your profile to private. Will this benefit individual users and their friends? Not unless the only thing you remember about your dear friend is that they enjoy leather-play and you’re willing to scroll through reams of headshots to find them. No, this new privacy erosion is for the real clients of Facebook: advertisers, and the data-mining minions that toil on their behalf. However, there are two ways to be totally private. [More]

Latest Facebook Gift Card Scam Nabs 37,000 Victims In One Day

Latest Facebook Gift Card Scam Nabs 37,000 Victims In One Day

When you see a free gift card offer on Facebook, just stay away. Last Friday a fake IKEA gift card scam attracted over 37,000 eager Facebook users, and it’s at least the third one to successfully go viral on the site since late March. [More]

AOL Plans To Sell Or Shut Down Bebo

AOL Plans To Sell Or Shut Down Bebo

Bebo is a social network a few rungs down from Facebook, which for all practical purposes means it may as well be someone’s WordPress blog. That’s why AOL is finally admitting it missed the window for social network dominance and will sell it or close it “soon,” according to an internal memo. If you’ve been hanging on to a Bebo account and hoping the tide would turn, you might want to start checking out the other more popular social networks out there. [More]

Google Says It Will Ask Early Buzz Users To Doublecheck Their Privacy Settings

Google Says It Will Ask Early Buzz Users To Doublecheck Their Privacy Settings

Wired reports that Google will offer a do-over to early users of Buzz, the social network service that has earned the company criticism and a class-action lawsuit. [More]

Anonymous Facebook Employe Says Network Keeps Track Of Whom You Stalk Most

Anonymous Facebook Employe Says Network Keeps Track Of Whom You Stalk Most

In an interview with an unnamed Facebook employee, the Rumpus revealed some disconcerting revelations about the privacy, or lack thereof, in the social network. The most eye-popping of these is that Facebook keeps track of the profiles you click on the most. [More]

Are Your Friends Making You Fat?

Are Your Friends Making You Fat?

A new book out by Nicholas A. Christakis and James H. Fowler—Connected: The Surprising Power of Social Networks…— looks at the way personal relationships affect your life, including everything from your weight to whether or not you smoke or drink bad beer.

Classmates 'Gold' Status User Quits, Can't Get Her Gold Back

Classmates 'Gold' Status User Quits, Can't Get Her Gold Back

Kelly has found that Classmates.com not only makes it extremely tough to cancel your membership, but damn near impossible to get a refund if you sign up for its gold status automatic renewal program.

Facebook Bans Advertisers From Stealing Your Photo To Sell Stuff To Your Friends

Facebook Bans Advertisers From Stealing Your Photo To Sell Stuff To Your Friends

Facebook has firmly told app developers that it’s not okay for them to steal your wife’s photo from her profile page and use it to entice others into a sexy local singles dating service.

Facebook Lets Ads Steal Your Profile Photos To Sell Crap To Your Friends

Facebook Lets Ads Steal Your Profile Photos To Sell Crap To Your Friends