Have you ever wondered what happens to your Facebook Profile after you die? Would you like a friend to continue using your account for you as a memorial to your life or would you rather have it permanently deleted? You may soon get your wish as Facebook has added a new setting that gives users these options when you die. These features were among the most requested by users who gave feedback on its memorial page policies. Although this will initially only be available in the US it is thought these setting will soon also be available in UK.
Anew survey suggests that a large number of teddy bears use social media websites and travel on holiday with their adult companions covering on average over 10,000 miles in their lifetimes. This proves that although most people start the relationships with bears while they are small, many carry that relationship into adult life. However, the biggest surprise revealed in the survey is that men are twice as likely to set up a profile for a teddy bear friend, online.
Facebook is about to add support for hashtags to help users keep track of popular topics being discussed on the social network. Adding the “#” sign to a word will turn it into a clickable link which brings up a feed of what other people are saying about the same topic – similar to Twitter. Facebook said it offers a “larger view of what’s happening”. The move is seen as a move to stop Facebook falling behind other services which support hashtags including Pinterest, Tumblr, Google+, Sina Weibo, LinkedIn and Instagram, which is owned by Facebook.
Facebook now has more than one billion people using it every month, founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced on television in America. He says that since its launch in 2004 those users have been responsible for 1.13 trillion “likes”, 219 billion photos and 17 billion location check-ins. Since its early days at Harvard University, Facebook users have befriended each other 140.3 billion times – although the bears can reveal there is no truth in the rumour that our friend Andrea deleted 11.7 billion friends during a foul mood one wet Wednesday in 2008!
Another scam is doing the rounds on Facebook offering a £175 Tesco voucher to the gullible. The scam invites you to share the offer on your Facebook page and then post the comment “Thanks Tesco”. The page that pops up when you click to claim the fake voucher looks legitimate and even contains the Tesco logo, branding and company slogan. But after posting to your own Facebook page, you are automatically redirected to another website. If you have anti-virus software installed and up to date then this is where you will be warned. However, if you have no anti-virus, or it is not up to date, you will be lead into the sophisticated scam.
As many of you know, Razzi has his own Facebook account and a few friends with whom he swaps messages and statuses just like anyone else uses a social networking site. Just recently our friend Andrea invited Razzi to play Pool on Facebook with her and he was pretty good at it. He has been practising quite a bit with our friends Andrea and Christina and got even better. He now spends quite a bit of time playing random people on Facebook Pool but, the problem is, he beats most of them.
As most of you have already found out, Facebook has been attacked by unknown spammers with pornographic and violent images using a browser vulnerability. Facebook say they have now removed the offending images posted in what appears to be a spam attack. They say they are improving their systems to defend against similar attacks in the future.
We have been asked a few times over the weekend about the Facebook campaign to replace your profile picture with your favourite childhood cartoon character. The campaign is supposedly aimed at boosting awareness of violence against children. However, no one seems to know where this originated and it has raised a few people’s suspicions.
Facebook has admitted that some of its most popular applications are transmitting User Identities (UIDs) to advertising and internet tracking companies. The admission follows a Wall Street Journal investigation, which discovered that some Facebook apps, including FarmVille, sent user information to third parties.
The Bears would like to warn everyone that there is currently a scam being attempted on Facebook. The latest Facebook scam offers to give you a “dislike” button but instead just posts spam messages to your status. It also attempts to get you to fill in an online survey, for which the scammers are paid.
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