Friday October 04, 2013 | 08:53 AM
Posted by Rob Gould

Today's themes are: Facebook leaves you lonely, unfocused, and possibly dead

Facebook has been everywhere in the news lately. Or, maybe they always are and I just block it out because I'm so tired of hearing about them. As much as I loathe giving them more attention, I've decided to focus on them for this edition of Social Media in the News. Call me lazy.

Honestly, I have a really bad cold. And, I'm overtired. And, I look like a corpse. And, I'm grouchy. And, it's Friday. So, I'm taking the easy way out. Finding stories about Facebook is a bit like shooting fish in a barrel. With that said, I'd like to think that I've curated some of the most interesting stories here. But, of course, you'll have to be the judge of that.

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Now I'll leave you with the real news from the real journalists ...

29% of Americans Use Facebook at Work Every Day | Zoe Fox | Mashable

"How focused are you during the workday? Be honest."

"Almost one-third of Americans — 29%, to be exact — visit Facebook each day while they're at work. Gmail, Yahoo Mail and YouTube are also popular destinations during the workday."

"Statista's chart, below, is based on its own workplace survey that shows the percentage of American workers who visit different websites on a daily basis while on the job."

"However, the chart does not convey how many workers use these sites for work-related purposes."


Whether Facebook Makes You Lonely Depends On How You Use It | Elise Hu | All Tech Considered, NPR

"Not long ago, we reported on a new University of Michigan study that found the more young people used Facebook, the worse they felt. According to the research, Facebook use led to declines in moment-to-moment happiness and overall life satisfaction. But the New Yorker did some further digging and found a few recent studies that show the opposite — that using Facebook can make us happier."

"How did these studies come up with such starkly different results? It all has to do with how you actually use Facebook. Are you actively liking, commenting and chatting with others on the platform? Or are you passively lurking?"


Facebook slips in social log-in dominance | Jennifer Van Grove | CNET

"A noticeably smaller percentage of people logged into Web sites and apps with their Facebook accounts in the past three months, compared with the same period last year, according to data published by Janrain, a provider of user management services."

"In the third quarter of 2013, Facebook captured 45 percent of all social log-ins, meaning the social network was used more than any other identity provider -- Google, Twitter, Yahoo, LinkedIn, and so forth -- as a means to log in to third-party Web sites and mobile applications. Facebook's share of the overall market, however, has been slipping since the third quarter of last year, when it peaked and accounted for 54 percent of all social log-ins."


Facebook Postings Provide Clues to Killing | ABC News

"A Florida woman had posted on Facebook that her husband missed a date with her and she "felt like ripping his face off" before he killed her and posted a picture of her corpse online, according to police documents."

"Jennifer Alfonso, 26, wrote to a friend on Facebook that her husband had overslept and missed a date night with her the evening before the Aug. 8 shooting. She thanked her friend for helping her calm down."

"'I felt like ripping his face off an hour ago,' Alfonso told the friend shortly before the shooting, according to the documents."


Facebook and Twitter in a Battle for the Second Screen | By Vindu Goel and Brian Stelter | The New York Times

"After “Breaking Bad” drew 10.3 million viewers to one of the most crowd-satisfying finales in television history on Sunday, Twitter and Facebook raced to tell the news media about the throngs who shared their instant reactions to the show on the social networks."

"The companies were seeking more than just bragging rights."

"Facebook and Twitter both see the social conversation around television as a way to increase use of their sites and win a bigger piece of advertisers’ spending, which eMarketer estimates will be $171 billion across all types of media this year in the United States. In recent months, they have engaged in an escalating battle — publicly and behind the scenes — to claim the title of the nation’s digital water cooler as they woo networks and advertisers."


Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg: "We'd like to be more transparent" | Shoshana Davis | CBS News

"Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said on "CBS This Morning" Wednesday that any reports that the U.S. government had access to the social networking site's information were false."

"'Those reports were false, and we came out strongly and said it. The NSA or any government does not have direct access to our servers,' she told the 'CBS This Morning' co-hosts."

"She said that the company released the number of how many times the government requested information from Facebook over the last six months. Sandberg also said that Facebook has joined in with other companies in suing the government."


Facebook, Cisco Target Local Business With Wifi Check-Ins | Kate Kaye | Advertising Age

"Facebook wants more people to offer up physical location data at small local businesses. The lure is free wifi through its partner, Cisco."

"Following a test period that originated last year at Philz Coffee locations in the San Francisco Bay area, 1,000 merchants across 50 countries now enable a wifi system with a Cisco backbone and Facebook consumer-facing front end."

"The idea is simple: Allow people to use their Facebook logins to access free wifi in business establishments from mom-and-pop restaurants to international airports. The service provides Facebook with more location data to give to merchants, while giving Cisco and the merchants themselves an easy way for people to connect."



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Rob works as a digital marketing & public relations consultant to agencies, brands, and individuals. He has 20 years of marketing experience. He also currently serves in a volunteer capacity as director of pr/communications for TEDxDirigo. From 2005-2011, Rob served as director of social media & agency communications at The VIA Agency (Portland). Prior to VIA, Rob worked with several PR & advertising agencies in London & Boston. He is a graduate of The University of Vermont (UVM) and a Maine transplant (2002).

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