Is Your New ‘Facebook Friend’ The FBI?

When tweets can make you a jailbird Maxi Sopo was having so much fun “living in paradise” in Mexico that he posted about it on Facebook so all his friends could follow his adventures. Others were watching, too: A federal prosecutor in Seattle, where Sopo was wanted on bank fraud charges. Tracking Sopo through his […]

Big decline in gaming on Facebook

Social gaming had been one of the biggest growth areas in video games, but the category has recently fallen on hard times. Numerous top Facebook games have taken a steep dive in popularity over the last few months. It’s not just the everyday ebb and flow of users between games, either. According to numbers from […]

Career-Killing Facebook Mistakes

With more than 400 million active visitors, Facebook is arguably the most popular social networking site out there. And while the site is known for the casual social aspect, many users also use it as a professional networking tool. With that kind of reach, Facebook can be a valuable tool for connecting to former and […]

Five Facebook No-Nos for Divorcing Couples

Pictures or discussions of new purchases or vacations are fun, but they might color the court’s view of your finances and affect your settlement. If you’re in a custody battle, your ex’s lawyers would love to present you as the nonnurturing type. Delete all the crazy party photos. It’s not just your page you have […]

Facebook’s Bad Image is Getting Worse

The Business Insider has reported that, when he was 19 years old, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg had an instant messenger conversation where he boasted about his access to the personal data of Facebook users and called those users “dumb” for trusting him. Facebook issued a report neither confirming or denying the story. Whether or not […]

End of Privacy: Your Facebook ID is marketers’ Holy Grail

Armed with your e-mail address, data miners can hit Facebook and match it up with your user ID. That key unlocks a treasure trove of personal information. At bare minimum, your ID provides access to your name and profile photo, no matter what privacy settings you have. Those who stick with Facebook’s recommended settings will […]

Facebook Fixes Bug That Allowed Friend Deletion

Facebook has fixed a flaw that let hackers delete Facebook friends without permission. The flaw was reported Wednesday by Steven Abbagnaro, a student at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York. It was patched Friday afternoon, Pacific time, after the IDG News Service notified Facebook of the issue. The bug was a variation of an earlier […]

Things to Stop Doing Now on Facebook

Using a Weak Password Avoid simple names or words you can find in a dictionary, even with numbers tacked on the end. Instead, mix upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols. A password should have at least eight characters. One good technique is to insert numbers or symbols in the middle of a word, such […]