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Facebook's controversial 'real names' policy has been tweaked to make it easier for people with pseudonyms or unfamiliar names to use the social network.
The company requries users to go by their legal or "authentic" names, which it says makes people accountable for their actions and roots out bullying. However, it has been criticised by advocacy groups, who say it has discriminated against transgender people, abuse victims and ethnic minorities.
The policy has seen many accounts suspended because members went by a different name to the one they were born with, or just because they have been reported by online trolls. Facebook accounts including a woman named Isis and Lord Toby Jug have been suspended.
In response to criticism, Facebook said it was testing new options that will make it more difficult for individuals to be targeted online, and allow users to explain why they are using a certain name on Facebook.
After nearly a year of testing, a Facebook executive has announced that Facebook at Work could be launching within a few months.
The new version allows users to create a work account separate from their personal account, and allows interaction between coworkers. Anything shared with fellow workers will only be visible within the company. Company admins can view their company's Facebook at Work insights, which include employee signup, group and posting activity.
Once launched, the service will be open to all companies and there are plans to charge "a few dollars per month per user" for premium services such as analytics and support.
According to Julien Codorniou, Facebook's director of global platform partnerships, 95% of the existing platform has been adopted for Facebook at Work. However, he noted, Candy Crush won't be available on the work platform.
The fact that Facebook is more than likely already used by most employees and employers for personal use can only be a good thing. Familiarity with how the platform works means very little training is required and no new software to learn.
By Mike Thayer
Rod Sullivan has no shame. He will say and do just about anything to further his agenda..... More government.
Here's his latest on the minimum wage hike county supervisors have forced upon communities, from his blog Sullivan's Salvos:
*More On The Minimum WageI continue to get questions on the impact of the minimum wage, and I continue to tell people I believe it will be a good thing for the local economy. But I am already seeing several logical fallacies emerging in the arguments I get from opponents.Because many folks clearly do not understand the difference between anecdotes and data, I’ll clear it up ahead of time. Let’s begin with this example: Some claim an increase in the wage will cost jobs. There are lots of studies out there that show this is NOT true. (But they will keep repeating the lies.) Here is what will happen:The minimum wage has not yet changed. Yet some businesses are closing, while others are opening. The same thing will happen after the minimum wage is increased. It is part of the normal churn of our economy. But THEN opponents will have a bogeyman – they can blame the wage increase! In reality, the anecdote of what happens in one business is just that – an anecdote. We will need to review the whole sample before we know if there was an effect on overall employment. (Again, studies show little effect.)
Similarly, increased wages result in increased consumer demand, which leads to increased economic activity, which leads to increased hiring. So you’ll probably see ten North Liberty businesses hire two extra people each, and ten businesses hire one person each. Then a business will close, and 15 jobs will be lost. Critics will blame the wage increase. But what critics will not say is that there has been a net increase of 15 new jobs in town. Trust me – this line of attack will be starting soon.
Clearly, Rod Sullivan doesn't understand the difference between anecdotes and data, otherwise he would have used some actual data in his blog post to support his claim that "...increased wages result in increased consumer demand, which leads to increased economic activity, which leads to increased hiring." That's all horse manure and Sullivan didn't cite ONE source!
But that's how Sullivan operates, you're supposed to take his horse manure at face value. He is a county supervisor after all... His rhetoric isn't factually based, it's emotionally charged.
Well here's some DATA, which debunks Sullivan's B.S.
An employer who has 20 employees making minimum wage will see a $10,000 annual increase in wage costs for every 25 cents the minimum pay is raised, according to the Employment Policies Institute. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce website, small businesses are least able to absorb the thousands of dollars in additional labor costs that a minimum wage increase creates. Some solutions that small businesses can employ include reducing staff or cutting costs in other areas such as marketing.
The effects of the minimum wage on company bottom lines can cause a rise in consumer prices, according to the Balanced Politics website. The company profit margin is a financial indicator that is reported to share holders and used to determine the financial health of an organization. If small businesses are faced with an increase in the minimum wage, they will need to find a way to absorb those extra costs and preserve their profit margins by raising prices to the customers.
CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: Check out the following hypocrisy by Blog for Iowa... Liberals love to hate religion, trying to discredit and/or cry foul with it at every turn. But gosh, when the iconic Pope happens to share their ignorant belief on human-caused global warming, well gee-whiz, the Pope and religion is all of a sudden credible!
As the spiritual leader of 1.2 billion Catholics and the first to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress, Pope Francis’s recent visit drew large enthusiastic crowds in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia. In Washington, he devoted more of his address to climate change than any other topic.
While the Pope also addressed issues like poverty and immigration, Church teachings on opposing abortion, contraception, and same sex marriage received only fleeting mention. And his doctrinal orthodoxy extended to women when he clearly rejected the notion of female priests.
Facebook's solution to the frequently requested "dislike" button is here.
The company revealed today it is testing "Reactions," a set of six emoji that can be chosen when liking a post simply doesn't feel right.
"As you can see, it's not a 'dislike' button, though we hope it addresses the spirit of this request more broadly. We studied which comments and reactions are most commonly and universally expressed across Facebook, then worked to design an experience around them that was elegant and fun," Chris Cox, chief product officer at Facebook, said on his page.
It's hard to imagine the world still turning after you pass away. But the sun will continue to rise and set, the oceans will continue to ebb and flow, and Facebook will still be home to cat videos and politically fueled arguments.
But what about your social media profiles? Unless you've shared your passwords, your family or significant other will likely be locked out of your accounts.
Facebook has been grappling with this issue for a number of years; in 2009, it allowed people to turn the profiles of deceased users into memorial pages. But Facebook is now adding a new option that users can select prior to their death: a legacy contact.
Pick your "legacy contact" wisely: Be it a family member or friend, they'll be able to post announcements and messages on your memorialized timeline, respond to new friend requests, and update your profile picture and cover photo.
You work so hard to get visitors to your site. You spend money promoting your site either through pay per click search, banner or other forms of online advertising. You may also be spending countless hours optimizing your website content for search engines, in the hope that your site will rank at the top of the search engine results for your most important keywords. You may also be using traditional marketing strategies to get visitors to come to your site, such as press release submissions, public relations, newspaper advertising, or word of mouth strategies.
But what happens when visitors finally come to your site? Are they buying your products? Are they opting to receive your newsletter? Are they subscribing to your members-only content? Finding a way to get qualified prospects to come to your site is one thing; making them do what you want them to do is another. Getting traffic is meaningless if you are not able to keep your visitors and turn them into buyers.
Real-time tweets are returning to Google search results thanks to a new deal between Twitter and Google, Bloomberg reports.
Instead of crawling Twitter's site for content, Google will now have access to Twitter's firehouse of data generated by its 284 million users.
This isn't the first go-round between Google and Twitter, though. The two companies formed similar agreements in 2009, but let the deal lapse in 2011 as Google was ramping up its efforts with Google+.
It's about that point in the new year when many people began abandoning their resolutions, but not many people have millions of people watching them like Mark Zuckerberg does.
The Facebook CEO, who has vowed to read a book every two weeks focusing on cultures, beliefs, history or technology, revealed his second book club pick is page turner from psychologist Steve Pinker that argues violence in humanity has declined over time.