As Instagram passes its third birthday, a small but growing community of users are beginning to utilize the website for the private exchange of goods. Two million of the site’s annual photo uploads are items being put up for sale, with the actual negotiations taking place via comment threads and private messages.
Among the many items being legally sold through Instagram are firearms. Brian Ries is Senior Social Media Editor at The Daily Beast and joins us to explain.
We’ve found yet another reason to be wary of what you post on Facebook. Potential employers, college admissions officers and vigilant parents are among the entities that monitor the personal information, photos, and links we choose to share on social media. Add to that list credit bureaus and payment processing companies wanting to verify identity and assess credit-worthiness. Neal Ungerleider is a reporter for Fast Companyand someone we regularly turn to for the stranger side of business news. He recently reported on this new twist in the evolving social media story, and discussed it further with us.
Time for a high school confessional…the digital edition. Teenagers and young adults often get stern warnings against over-sharing on social media…one incriminating photo or post could torpedo a college or job application, after all. Now, students across America are turning to online confession pages – anonymous forums for relaying painful experiences, grievances, and the baring of souls. The appeal of anonymity and ease of use found on Facebook makes confession pages extremely popular among young adults. For example, UNH’s Facebook confession page has more than sixty-four hundred followers. Justine Sharrock is West Coast editor at Buzzfeed.com; she joined us to talk about high school confession pages.
Yesterday, I was the recipient of a random act of kindness. While pushing my shopping cart through the aisles of our local Hannaford, I noticed a brightly colored envelope had been dropped in it…inside was a lottery ticket, and a note encouraging me to perform random acts of kindness for others…Well, it didn’t take much digging to figure out that this act wasn’t so random, but part of a project launched by five friends who met in college, and are now staying connected with each other through their generosity toward strangers. The five friends are: Trista Bradt, Ashley Agresta, Kristin Burger, Chelsea Kennedy and Jessica Johnson. We spoke to Jessica about the project. You can follow the “Caz Girls” on their Facebook page, and donate to their other kindness projects at their Go Fund Me site.
Elvis is in the building! Or at least on your smartphone. Despite being laid to rest nearly 35 years ago, the King of Rock n’ Roll still posts on Facebook, and tweets several times a day…here’s a sample: “love me tender, love me sweet, never let me go… hashtag Valentine’s Day deals at Shop Elvis!” The BBC’s Matt Danzico recently looked into the social media afterlives of departed celebrities – he lets us in on how they do it.
Greta Garbo is best known throughout her storied career for her plea from the 1932 film Grand Hotel. She later left the spotlight and chose to live the rest of her life privately and anonymously – an exit considered freakish by the public and a press which shadowed her the rest of her life. Today, we know far more about everyday citizens who’s allure falls far short of Garbo’s.
A sheriff’s office employee in Hampton Virginia alleges that in 2009 he was professionally de-friended after “liking” the Facebook page of his boss’s political opponent. But in a wrongful termination suit that concluded earlier this year, a judge ruled the other way…saying that “merely ‘liking’ a Facebook is insufficient speech to merit constitutional protection.” Ken Paulson is President and CEO of the F
A recent article in the Atlantic magazine caused a firestorm of debate over the social network’s ability to connect humankind, suggesting that it is contributing to loneliness of epic proportions. But not everyone “likes” this theory; some argue that Facebook with its almost one billion users is connecting us in new and powerful ways, even spurring for social change.
Posting on Facebook is an easy way to connect with people, but it also can be a means to alienate them. That can be particularly troublesome for those with low self-esteem.
People with poor self-image tend to view the glass as half empty. They complain a bit more than everyone else, and they often share their negative views and feelings when face to face with friends and acquaintances.
When a company files to go public it has to lay out in black and white the biggest risks that face the firm. What could kill it? What could undermine its business? Wipe out all its investors' money? Executives are required to reveal this by law.