Catching sexual predators through social networking sites

With increased use of social networking sites such as Face book and others, had resulted in children and teenagers vulnerable to potential sexual predators. Now to turn the tables on these predators, the social networking site such as Facebook is using a mix of software technology and collection of personal information from its users thereby helping in catching the probable sexual predators.  Many users may not be aware of the fact, that Facebook has a lot of technology in place for scanning postings and chats looking for criminal activity. This automated technology scans conversations and flags questionable content for human moderators who can read it and then inform the appropriate authorities if desired.

Facebook has made their system quite smart by collecting the data from the sexual predators in order to estimate and examine the inappropriate chat and as such these messages are flagged. Later on, the Facebook security employees determine if they should notify the police about it. This technology was used in the month of March when it flagged a suspicious conversation of a man in his early thirty’s and a thirteen years old girl who were talking about sex. When the man agreed to meet the girl after class the next day, the Facebook employees notified the police who then arrested the man.

Facebook along with other social networking sites are using a mix of technology and human moderators to pick out possible predators among its users. Facebook along with other social networking sites are using online chat records of convicted pedophiles to teach the software what to look for when scanning conversations.  There are indeed effective defense techniques that are available right now, but they are expensive too.  The demerit of these techniques is that they may estrange some of its target audience especially the teenage users who would like to have more freedom of expression.

A severe backlash from the users of Facebook on email switch

The most popular social networking site Facebook is facing a wave of agitations from its users when it changed the email address with the address of the face book. This change has drawn flak among most of its users as they feel they were quite annoyed about how Face book has taken this major decision without seeking prior permission.

Face book first gave indication about the move in April when it released a statement that it was updating addresses on the Face book to make them consistent across its site. At that time majority of them did not take the issue seriously. The emails sent to addresses will appear alongside the posts sent through the network’s internal message system that allows the users to pick up both types of communications from the same place.

This drastic change made by the Face book was first noticed and pointed out by the bloggers over this weekend and thereon spread on to the media houses on Monday leading to a cacophony among the Face book users. Face book spokeswoman Jillian Stefanki issued a statement that the site is also rolling out a setting that allows its users to decide which email addresses to show on their pages.

Undo your gaffs with Facebook’s editing option

Social networking sites act as a platform for people who want to socialize and mingle with people around the world. These websites provide a suitable environment in which two unknown people who have never spoken to each other or haven’t even thought of speaking to each other can become friends just by looking at the photos of the person who they want to make friends with. Facebook is one such site which sits on top of the list of social networking websites and promotes people for photo sharing and socializing on the net through its website.

These sites promote friendship and bringing people together. But sometimes there are instances that these websites become the very reason for bitterness and break-up among friends. There are individuals who say they got offended by the comments of their friend or fiancée or any other relative on Facebook and this initiated the fight between them. But is this the fault of the website owners to see whether people are getting seriously ill-treated and some are misbehaving on the website or the comments posted under photos or pictures are becoming the reason to bitterness and quarrels among friends. Well to curb this problem, Facebook has introduced a new editing option on the website in which after you leave a comment you are free to edit it or even delete it. Earlier, after writing a comment which wasn’t intended to be written, we could only delete the comment. But now, we can edit the comment with ease.

Is it right for Pinterest to go the Twitter way?

PinterestPinterest is the latest social networking tool that is rapidly gaining popularity and fan base due to its design that intrinsically provides for shareable content, which is basically an element of the design seen in most websites. Pinterest has taken this very popular element and allowed users to experiment with the online content of their liking which they ‘pin’ to their profiles and share on a seamless platform for others to see and like. Pinterest allows users to add people who’s ‘pinned’ news and internet ‘stuff’ they’d like to follow making it an interactive social network that is essentially celebrates internet and encourages the culture of social share-ability.

However, there is a raging debate the is currently focusing on the API that Pinterest hasn’t yet released into the public domain for fears on over manipulation and loss of the original social tool structure. API is short for Application Programming Interface which allows developers and programmers to add features as desired and sometime on demand for majority users. The aspect designed runs only on the interface of the social tool and is available for users to use through a financial model which varies from developer to developer. While comparisons are rife about the usage of API and Pinterest’s fears that the tool may eventually go the twitter way that left many developers angry when their additions to the interface were remodeled and integrated into the newer versions of Twitter as a whole.

Facebook hits back at Yahoo

Facebook has fired the latest salvo in the ongoing patent saga between Facebook and Yahoo. The social networking site has accused Yahoo of infringing on 10 of its patents, according to a court filing. The decision comes close on the heels of Yahoo taking Facebook to court over patent infringement last month.

The move only sheds more light on the dark side of technology, where competitors continue to file claim after claim against each other for patent infringement. The patent wars have already rocked the Smartphone and Tablet space with companies such as Apple Inc, Microsoft Corp and Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. embroiled in legal battles.

The other important aspect of Facebook’s move is the timing; the company is all set for an unprecedented initial public offering, valuing the company at up to $100 billion. People following the tech space say companies are more vulnerable to patent suits, when they coincide with IPO’s, investors analyze and think twice before investing. Having said that about Facebook, Yahoo has its own fair share of problems to deal with, the Internet giant is battling against dwindling revenue, while it’s CEO Scott Thompson is facing ire from activist hedge fund Third Point.

Trading and Market Tends: Another Direction the Influence of Social Media Spreads

In 2010, Facebook became world’s most visited online resource beating Google to it. As a countermove, Google started its own social networking space. This particular move gives us an idea about the time we live in.

Social Media has grown and is no longer just a space for communication and content sharing as it originally began. Now social media has started to influence the success of business and has become a thing of interest for investors and consumers.

In 2011, social media began to significantly influence the global markets too such an extent that now it helps in determining trading strategies and stock value.

Citibank Leverages Social Networking as Marketing Tool

In a world connected through online social forums and networks that are gaining importance in terms of market research and clientele acquisition for companies and organizations alike, Citibank has recently invested in the same direction by introducing the reward points through the Facebook social network platform. This trend which was until recently being adopted by socially conscious organizations like non-profits and NGOs and Citibank is one of first few corporates to leverage the user activity on Facebook as a means of inviting potential client interest and marketing their brand.


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