Study says it’s common for people to check on their ex-lovers via social media

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FacebookDo you check on your ex-girlfriend on Facebook? If you said “yes,” you aren’t alone!

According to a recent study about the World Wide Web, it’s common for individuals to use social media sites to monitor the lives of their ex-partners. Most of the time, people keep themselves updated by viewing ex-lovers’ photos, videos, and other uploads.

“Prior to social networking tools, it was more difficult to monitor a former partner’s life,” explained Dr. Brenda K. Wiederhold, editor-in-chief of Cyberpsychology. “While social networking provides many positives, the ability to conduct interpersonal electronic surveillance may lead some individuals to suffer with prolonged feelings of uncertainty after a relationship ends. These results presented here should, however, be interpreted with caution, since the sample was comprised of heterosexual college students and may not extend to other groups.”

For more on the study, please visit this link.

Company unveils top 15 cities in US for social media jobs

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Social Media JobsIndeed.com—the biggest job site in the world—recently unveiled the top cities in the United States for social media jobs.

As expected, San Francisco and New York ranked among the top cities for jobs related to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media sites. Still, some of the other locations may surprise you.

New York is the top location for social media jobs. Not only that, the city that never sleeps has a tremendous lead to the next cities in the ranking.

“We’ve seen social media go from the dorm room to the boardroom in the last decade,” commented Amy Crow, communications director of Indeed.com. “Jobs with ‘social media’ in the title really only tell part of the story—13 times that many jobs include ‘social media’ in the job description … including marketing, customer service, product design, and human resources.”

According to Indeed.com, the top 15 cities in US (in order of ranking) for social media jobs are:

(1)    New York, NY (1,938)
(2)    San Francisco, CA (869)
(3)    Chicago, IL (575)
(4)    Los Angeles, CA (545)
(5)    Washington, DC (463)
(6)    Atlanta, GA (416)
(7)    Boston, MA (386)
(8)    Seattle, WA (324)
(9)    Austin, TX (304)
(10)    San Diego, CA (190)
(11)    Houston, TX (178)
(12)    Portland, OR (157)
(13)    Dallas, TX (157)
(14)    Phoenix, AZ (157)

Indeed.com has around 16-million jobs, and has become one of the most popular job sites in the world—posting 100-million unique visitors last March.

Source: www.venturebeat.com

Teenagers use social media to hitch a ride home

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Online HitchhikingTeenagers aren’t only using social media to connect with their friends. They’re also using the platform to find out more about transportation. And, according to some analysts, this information access has its risks.

In a report from turnto23.com, some students post status messages that say they need a ride home. Unfortunately, these types of status updates can be used against them by assailants that monitor the social media stratosphere.

According to a student, taking a taxi cab is very expensive compared to hitching a ride with a friend.

Posting transportation status messages is becoming very prevalent among the youth.

Crime prevention specialists say that technology is partly to blame for the excessive sharing of information online. Teenagers tend to ignore the risks of posting such messages due to the convenience of smartphones.

In addition, investigators confirm that online hitchhiking is an emerging trend around the nation.

“There are websites dedicated to these ride shares and all you need is an e-mail account,” commented Ashley Glover, a Crime Prevention Specialist from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office.

In these sites, inappropriately configured privacy setups can spell the difference between sharing information to personal contacts and unveiling it to strangers.

“As parents we need to be more responsible,” continued Glover. “We need to check what our kids are putting on their Twitter, on their Facebook.  They need to have those things private, I know its hard, but we just have to monitor everything that they do, their phones, their texts even.”

Source: turnto23.com

Showing off to friends on Facebook might lead to losing friends outside of the social media site

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FacebookDid you know that posting photos on Facebook can affect real-life relationships?

According to a new study from three British universities, frequent photo uploads on Facebook can damage real-life relationships.

The University of Birmingham, the University West of England, and the University of Edinburgh all pitched in to study the effects of frequently sharing images on Facebook.

“Increased frequency of sharing photographs of the self, regardless of the type of target sharing the photographs, is related to a decrease in intimacy,” said the report, which is called Tagger’s Delight.

The report also touched on Facebook brand pages and the subscribers who post on them. “While benefiting brand awareness and critical mass of a Facebook fan page for a brand, organization or cause, sharing photographs may be harmful to those asked to participate.”

For more on the report, please visit CNET.

Facebook helps reunite puppy with owner

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KuraLast week, a puppy was stolen from the parking lot of a Home Depot in Milwaukee. Just as the owner was about to give up, social media helped reunite her with her pet.

Owner Mica Chenault credits Facebook for finding her two-month old St. Bernard, Kura.

“If it wasn’t for Facebook or any of the social media out there or you guys, the media, I never would have found her,” explained Chenault in a related interview.

A thief broke into Chenault’s vehicle, which was parked in a Home Depot. The surveillance camera of the home improvement store caught the SUV leaving the lot with Kura.

Based on reports, a person found Kura wandering around the 50th and North. The person then offered the pet to a family, who willingly took in Kura.

Gina Ragland and her family welcomed the young canine with open arms, immediately setting up Kura’s food and beddings.

And they even gave her a new name. “We started calling her Lucy,” said Ragland.

Just when the Raglands were ready to make “Lucy” a part of their family, Gina’s daughter discovered a missing dog poster on Facebook. And it was undoubtedly Kura.

Despite her family wanting to keep Kura, Gina insisted on returning the puppy to its rightful owner. She explained: “I’m glad that I’m instilling that to my children. We’re just glad she has her dog back.”

“We have no idea where the dognapper is,” commented Chenault. “We have no idea where the car is.  But, I like to think he just got scared from all the coverage about this and he just dumped her off somewhere and a really nice family found her.”

Source: TMJ4

Father blames social-media trolls for daughter’s suicide

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Hannah SmithA teenage girl committed suicide after being sent abusive messages on a social networking site, claimed her father.

Fourteen-year old Hannah Smith passed away on Friday in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. According to her father—Dave Smith, Hannah committed suicide after being sent brutal messages on the website ask.fm, a question-and-answer social media site that let its users exchange questions and answers.

Mr. Smith says that the authorities need to shut down ask.fm and sites that are similar to it.

“On Friday morning my daughter was found hanged,” wrote Dave on a Facebook post. “(I saw) her ask.fm account and someone had been telling her to die. I have just seen the abuse my daughter got and the fact that these people can be anonymous is wrong.”

A new petition calls for greater measures to handle websites like ask.fm.

Experts say that cyberbullying is becoming a prevalent problem. Affirmative action groups have already began campaigning for schools and governments to come together to address the problem.

Source: The Guardian

Louisiana bans driving while using social media

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Social media while drivingTexting while driving is already illegal in the State of Louisiana. And, beginning this month, accessing social media sites while driving will also be against the law.

“Distracted driving is a problem that we’ve seen across the state, and it seems to be growing,” said Melissa Matey, a Louisiana State Police Trooper. “Anytime you become distracted, 37 percent of your brain power is taken off the road. Which means you can get into a crash very quickly, you could possibly hit a pedestrian.”

Based on figures from the United States Department of Transportation, over 800,000 vehicles are being driven by someone using a cell phone.

On August 1, Louisiana will be implementing a new law that bans drivers from using social media sites—like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

“Because of the new technology we had to come up with some laws that address web-based access, posting and reading of wireless communication web-based websites,” said State Rep. Austin Badon for the district of New Orleans. Badon voted in favor of the new law.

Badon says that his next agenda will be to push for a hands-free cell phone law.

Source: www.wwltv.com

Have you ever regretted posting something on Facebook or Twitter?

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internet conceptHave you ever regretted posting something on social media? Well, you’re not the only one.

According to a new survey, many young individuals worry that their posts on Facebook and Twitter can come back to haunt them someday.

The survey, which was backed by FindLaw.com, found that nearly 30% of social media users aged 18-34 say they have posted a photo or comment that they wanted to take back.

Participants said that some of those posts could potentially cause them their jobs or disqualify them from other opportunities. Also, 21-percent of the survey takers said that they have taken down a post because they feared consequences from their employers.

While many understand that social media sites have privacy settings, most users are still worrisome about their posts. But is there a basis for worrying about social media posts?

Well, according to Careerbuilder, more than 40-percent of employers refer to social media when reviewing prospective employees. And reports say that more and more companies are following this practice.

Source: www.11alive.com

Teenagers teach seniors the basics of social media

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Social MediaIn Washington, teenagers are turning the table on the older counterparts. They’re teaching senior citizens all about social media!

Prior to this arrangement, 95-year old Anne Novak never used a computer. But, now, she is video-chatting with her daughter in Montana on a regular basis.

Teenagers are teaching seniors in Spiritwood Skyper’s Club all about social media. Most of the lessons focus on Skype and Facebook. The end goal of the exercise is to give the seniors something to engage in and keep them connected to their families.

Some of the seniors were initially apprehensive about the idea of using a computer. But the teenager teachers do a good job of introducing them to the idea.

Source: www.komonews.com

Complimentary Social Media and Digital Marketing Webinars Available for All New Jersey Small Businesses

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Social MediaThe Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corporation (WCEC), continues its “We’re Storming Back” Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Program with a social media and digital webinar series throughout the month of August.

[PRWeb press release] — The Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corporation (WCEC), continues its “We’re Storming Back” Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Program with a social media and digital webinar series throughout the month of August. The free webinars are available for all New Jersey business owners and will provide them with the resources and tools to engage customers online and increase awareness of their businesses among a larger target audience. Business owners can register online at http://www.stormingback.org/classes.asp.

Funded by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the WCEC’s We’re Storming Back program is offering three online courses to help New Jersey businesses enhance their online presence and attract new and existing customers. The course topics are:

August 20, 2013 1 PM – 2:30 PM

o    Social Media BS: Business Strategies That Work- Discover the secret to make your business a social media superstar and actually generate leads for your business. Social media has effectively changed the landscape of how owners market their business. Gone are the days when businesses could rely on just having a website. Companies everyday are finding themselves lost when it comes to having a competent strategy to build their brand, market, create sales opportunities to build their business online. Access information will be sent to registrants prior to the class date.

August 21. 2013 1 PM – 2:30 PM

o    Panda and Penguin Panic: The New Rules of Google and Search Engine Optimization- Still one of the best ways to grow a business is to show up in the right place at the right time with the right message. Search engines give business owners that opportunity, yet thousands of them struggle with getting it right. Participants will learn the ins and outs of search engine optimization without the technical jargon. The instructor lays out a plan for business owners to get to the top the right way so Google’s next update doesn’t crush their business. Access information will be sent to registrants prior to the class date.

August 27, 2013 1PM – 2:30 PM

o    The Money is in the List: Email Marketing Tips and Tricks- Email is NOT Dead! While most of the attention is on Social Media and Search Engine Updates, business owners are neglecting one of the most valuable resources they have, their email list! Participants will learn to start and grow an effective email list, create relevant emails to connect with their audience, succeed in acquiring new customers and so much more. Access information will be sent to registrants prior to the class date.

“Local businesses are still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, after tearing our state apart more than nine months ago,” said Penni Nafus, Executive Director of the WCEC. “Social media platforms are cost-effective tools that can efficiently change the landscape of how owners market their business. This complimentary webinar series conveniently allows business owners to tune in and learn how to successfully use social media and digital marketing tools for long-term business success beyond the summer season.”

The WCEC’s “We’re Storming Back” Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Program provides complimentary workshops, training, and resources to New Jersey businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy to help them to recover and thrive in this all-important summer season. The WCEC is helping small businesses storm back from Sandy through webinars and three key training programs: Customer Service Training, Planning for Future Storms, and One-on-One Business Consultations. For more information, please visit http://www.stormingback.org or contact Penni Nafus at (973) 507-9700 or at pnafus(at)wcecnj(dot)org.

About The WCEC

The WCEC, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit corporation, is a U. S. Small Business Administration’s Women’s Business Center. The WCEC provides the tools for individuals to successfully own, operate and grow their small businesses, thereby investing financially, intellectually and emotionally in their communities. The WCEC provides more than 150 classes, seminars and individual consulting sessions each year for more than 5,000 participants. For more information please visit http://www.wcecnj.org/.

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