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Is the Facebook Messenger App Evil?

Thumbnail image for Is the Facebook Messenger App Evil? by Barbara J. Feldman August 11, 2014

Last week Facebook made a change to its messaging service, requiring mobile users to download (and use) a separate Facebook Messenger app, instead of being able to message through your existing mobile Facebook app. The public outcry was swift and noisy! Many didn’t like being forced to download a new app, but most of the […]

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7 Facebook Profiles that Teach US History

Thumbnail image for 7 Facebook Profiles that Teach US History by Barbara J. Feldman June 2, 2014

1) It all started a few years ago when the White House began filling out its Facebook Timeline with photos of past Presidents. Now its timeline goes all the way back to April 30, 1789, when George Washington was inaugurated. 2) Next to catch on was the State Department, whose historian has added important diplomatic […]

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Facebook Quietly Introduces Ask Button

Thumbnail image for Facebook Quietly Introduces Ask Button by Barbara J. Feldman May 26, 2014

In a quiet move towards becoming a powerhouse in the online dating field, this week Facebook added a “Ask” button next to undeclared Relationship Statuses in select profiles. This new “Ask” button joins previous buttons for statuses such as High School, Current City, and Hometown. Upon clicking the “Ask” button, you’ll see a dialog box […]

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Is Facebook Nearby Friends Safe?

Thumbnail image for Is Facebook Nearby Friends Safe? by Barbara J. Feldman April 21, 2014

Over the next couple of weeks your iOS and Android Facebook apps will probably be getting a new social feature called Facebook Nearby Friends. The purpose of this new feature is to share your whereabouts with Facebook friends. But in contrast to previous apps that have tried to tackle the same problem, instead of broadcasting […]

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What’s Up with the Blue Facebook Dinosaur?

Thumbnail image for What’s  Up with the Blue Facebook Dinosaur? by Barbara J. Feldman April 7, 2014

Facebook is testing a proactive approach to user privacy this week with the introduction of a cartoon blue dinosaur. If you haven’t modified your privacy settings in awhile (meaning you are probably several steps behind current best-practices and therefore as out-of-date as a dinosaur!), your next post may be greeted by the this friendly looking […]

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Is the Talking Angela App Safe?

Thumbnail image for Is the Talking Angela App Safe? by Barbara J. Feldman February 18, 2014

There’s been a hoax making its way around Facebook for the second time, claiming that the iOS app Talking Angela is asking your child personal information about their location, and school, and then taking pictures of your child for nefarious purposes. However, none of this is true. According to both Sophos Security and Snopes, the […]

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