5:43 PM, April 10th, 2012

Holy smokes, is Ashley Judd’s media smack-down getting ‘liked’ or what?!

Find out what nearly a quarter million of you are buzzing about! 


Holy smokes, is Ashley Judd’s media smack-down getting ‘liked’ or what?!

Find out what nearly a quarter million of you are buzzing about! 

Reblogged from Newsweek
11:46 AM, April 10th, 2012
One billion dollars might seem like a high price to pay for a company with 13 employees and not much, if anything, in the way of revenues. But that’s what Facebook will pay to acquire Instagram, maker of a popular photo-sharing app for mobile phones. And though at first glance the deal might seem nutty, it may turn out to be a brilliant strategic maneuver—and a bargain to boot.
Dan Lyons likes Facebook’s billion dollar bet on Instagram for one big reason: mobile
1:06 PM, April 9th, 2012

I’m excited to share the news that we’ve agreed to acquire Instagram and that their talented team will be joining Facebook.

For years, we’ve focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we’ll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests.

12:08 PM, February 29th, 2012

Word Cloud of the Day: Last week, we made word clouds out of our Facebook fans’ one-word descriptors for the four GOP candidates. Subsequently, we got a few calls for us to give Obama the same treatment, so yesterday we asked the same question to our Facebook fans: to describe Barack Obama in one word. Here’s the resulting word cloud

4:32 PM, February 13th, 2012

Having too many Facebook friends can make you depressed


  • 354Facebook friends ought to be your limit source

» There’s nothing wrong with denying that friend request: A recent study presented at the annual Society for Personality and Social Psychology meeting asked a group of participants to check their friend’s status updates. After doing so, they rated their lives as “much less satisfying” than a group that didn’t check their news feed. They looked at how many friends the users had, and found that 354 friends was roughly the point at which reading status updates started making them sad. The theory is that status updates often paint a disproportionately positive picture of peoples’ lives. Readers of said updates compare their own lives to those represented in status updates, and figure that they’re having a lot less fun than everybody else. The solution, then, is to either clean up your friends list, or become befriend a bunch of depressed misanthropes.

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You can still be our friend.

Reblogged from ShortFormBlog
10:14 AM, February 2nd, 2012

Frontpage: Thursday, Feb. 2nd

  1. Washington Senate Passes Gay Marriage: CORRECTION: If it also passes the House, Washington would become the 7th state to legalize same-sex marriage. [Earlier we implied that the law had already passed both state houses.]
  2. Sharron Angle to Endorse Santorum: The Tea Party favorite likes Santorum, saying, “He is a strong fiscal and social conservative who stands on principles above politics.”
  3. Pakistan Charges PM With Contempt: Things getting more turbulent in the Pakistani government— the supreme court says it will charge Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani with contempt of court. 
  4. Facebook Founders Strike RichGoing public is great news for Facebook’s early investors—some well known, and some not so well known. The graffiti artist who painted the walls of Facebook’s first office stands to make $200 million. Good call not taking the cash. 
  5. Snow Traps 11,000 in SerbiaEurope’s deep freeze has trapped 11,000 Serbian villagers in the mountains with 16 feet of snow. Emergency crews are trying to clear the snow and deliver supplies, but more snow is expected soon.

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Watch: John Avlon asks whether Mitt Romney cares about poor people

Photo: A man smokes in sub-zero temperatures near a subway station in Kiev. (Gleb Garanich / Reuters-Landov)

5:18 PM, February 1st, 2012

Letter from Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, in social network’s IPO filing



Facebook was not originally created to be a company. It was built to accomplish a social mission — to make the world more open and connected.

We think it’s important that everyone who invests in Facebook understands what this mission means to us, how we make decisions and why we do the things we do. I will try to outline our approach in this letter.

At Facebook, we’re inspired by technologies that have revolutionized how people spread and consume information. We often talk about inventions like the printing press and the television — by simply making communication more efficient, they led to a complete transformation of many important parts of society. They gave more people a voice. They encouraged progress. They changed the way society was organized. They brought us closer together.

Today, our society has reached another tipping point. We live at a moment when the majority of people in the world have access to the internet or mobile phones — the raw tools necessary to start sharing what they’re thinking, feeling and doing with whomever they want. Facebook aspires to build the services that give people the power to share and help them once again transform many of our core institutions and industries.

There is a huge need and a huge opportunity to get everyone in the world connected, to give everyone a voice and to help transform society for the future. The scale of the technology and infrastructure that must be built is unprecedented, and we believe this is the most important problem we can focus on.

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Dripping with idealism the Winklevi probably never considered.

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(Source: sec.gov)

Reblogged from ShortFormBlog
12:39 PM, February 1st, 2012
People never would’ve thought that Facebook could’ve made it on its own, but now people are saying to themselves that Facebook could theoretically be a multibillion-dollar company.
Steven Levy,  Newsweek June 25, 2007 (via nwkarchivist)
Reblogged from Newsweek Archivist
11:43 AM, February 1st, 2012

Frontpage: Wednesday, Feb. 1

  1. Pakistan Helping Afghan Taliban: A classified NATO report obtained by the BBC, based on thousands of interrogations, concludes that the Taliban has widespread support among the Afghan people and is being directly assisted by Pakistan’s intelligence service.
  2. Rich Patrons Fuel Romney Campaign: Federal election filings released Wednesday show that over 60 corporations and wealthy individuals gave checks of over $100,000 to Mitt Romney’s super PAC, Restore Our Future. Without giving through the super PAC, each of the donors would only legally be allowed to contribute $2,500 to the campaign.
  3. Gingrich Refuses to Drop Bid: Newt Gingrich is vowing to continue his campaign despite his double-digit loss in Florida.
  4. Romney: “I’m Not Concerned About the Very Poor”: “We have a safety net there,” Romney said on CNN Wednesday Morning.
  5. Facebook Prepares $5B IPO: You know what’s cool? 

Photo: A Ron Paul supporter wore a sticker on his head at an event at Colorado State University.

Watch: Newsbeast: How the U.S. Gov’t Helped Create Mexico’s Drug Kingpin 

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4:48 PM, January 31st, 2012


DEVELOPING: According to IFR, a sister publication of Reuters, the social networking website Facebook will file for an initial public offering of $5 billion on Wednesday.

Read more: Facebook to file for $5 billion IPO Wednesday

Reblogged from Reuters
7:07 PM, December 19th, 2011


13 Beautifully Geeky Facebook Timeline Banners

Smart, sophisticated, beautiful Facebook cover art like this should be a priority for you in 2012.

Bottom, middle. Also, Ron Swanson + Tammy 1 + Tammy 2 tattoos. 

Reblogged from Michael Hayes
9:06 AM, November 23rd, 2011
When considering even the most distant Facebook user in the Siberian tundra or the Peruvian rain forest…a friend of your friend probably knows a friend of their friend.
5:33 PM, August 17th, 2011
If you start prioritizing Facebook warriors, you could get to a stage where they are getting the same sentences as they would for rape.
Roger Smith, director of the human-rights group Justice, which promotes reform of the legal system, in comments on the UK’s harsh treatment of teenagers and 20-year-olds whose Facebook posts have led to multi-year sentences.
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