Social Media Business

Facebook’s New Privacy Issue Highlights Need for Transparency

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Anyone signing up for Facebook must agree to the social network’s Terms of Use, which opens user-generated data to everything from data analytics to product testing. The majority of the time, Facebook keeps its capitalization (some might call it exploitation) of user data firmly in the background; your postings might end up used in a system-wide test, but you’ll never know about it. So it was surprising when, over the weekend, news leaked that Facebook had manipulated the news feeds… continue…

Getting a Job at Sprout Social

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Chicago-based Sprout Social will add about 25 employees at its headquarters by year’s end. The three-year-old social media management platform provider has about 85 employees now, and plans to bring on more engineers and sales reps before January. Sprout Social will also add more engineers and designers during 2014, taking the headcount up to about 200. In an interview with Dice News, Vice President of Operations Rachael Pfenning said it’s the expanding market that’s spurring the growth. The company’s paid… continue…

Twitter’s Job Postings Hint at an IPO

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Twitter’s hiring 88 engineers, but the intriguing jobs it’s posted have little to do with tech. The company’s said to be looking for a financial reporting manager, which it needs for “preparation of monthly reporting materials, quarterly/annual financial statements and Form S-1 when we are ready to go public,” according to USA Today. Since the report appeared, that job listing has disappeared from LinkedIn. A look through other listings on Twitter’s own website offers some hints at its interest in… continue…

How to Get a Job at Travel Site Tripobox

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Having just launched the beta-version of its collaborative travel marketplace, which is designed to simplify the planning of group trips from early research to completed payments, Tripobox is seeking a few good developers. While Tripobox’s IT team is currently based in Barcelona, it’s working to build a core team in its Sunnyvale office, as well, with hiring expected to be completed by the end of the year. The company’s innovative online platform facilitates social interaction among fellow travelers, as well… continue…

Ways AP Could Have Avoided Its Twitter Hack

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A single tweet with a phony bit of news sent the stock market into a brief dive Tuesday, pushing the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 140 points in the three minutes from 1:07 to 1:10 p.m. ET. When the “news” — that two bombs had exploded in the White House, injuring the president — was debunked, the market regained its footing.   Of course, phony information blasts out through Twitter all the time. The difference here is that… continue…

Why Social Networks Make Life Complicated

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The social Web is becoming fractured by social-networking corporations (SoNetCorps). In a search for increased per capita revenue from a plateauing user base, companies are now dividing the social Web into fiefdoms of “FaceyVille,” “Googlandaivia,” “Twitstonia,” “Linkindia,” and so on. Initially SoNetCorps allowed interaction between competing services and built that into their systems. It was in their best interest when they were small and growing because people would follow the links back to the originating site. A link from a… continue…

Is Microsoft Screwing Up the Yammer Acquisition?

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Microsoft’s $1.2 billion purchase of Yammer last year generated a lot of excitement about integration of the company’s enterprise social networking integration with SharePoint, which is expected to happen later this year. Now, controversy’s brewing about how Microsoft is handling the acquisition. Many among Redmond’s enterprise clients, investors, shareholders and end-users were encouraged by the purchase. Social-media functionality has been a major gap in SharePoint, Microsoft’s dominant enterprise collaboration and portal platform. The move seemed to affirm the company’s stated intention to continue… continue…

Facebook Is Sued Over ‘Like’ Button Functionality

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It’s another lawsuit for Facebook, this time over the way its “Like” button works. Supposedly, a Dutch programmer, Joannes Jozef Everardus van Der Meer, patented a similar tool some five years before Mark Zuckerberg founded his now-ubiquitous company. Since Van Der Meer died in 2004, his family has been pursuing what they see as adequate compensation for his inventions. In 1998, Van Der Meer was working on a social diary called Surfbook. He registered a patent for a feature that… continue…

New York City’s 10 Coolest Startups

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Silicon Alley keeps expanding. New York City’s startup scene is flourishing as funding finds its way to the brightest ideas. Money is flowing not only from local heavyweights such as Union Square Ventures and AOL Ventures, but also from legions of angel investors and even Kickstarter. Many of today’s startup pioneers have been around the track once or twice before, and they seem to realize more than ever that every good idea needs to be accompanied not only by wishful thinking,… continue…

For Hacker Intelligence, Visit Their Forums

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The best way to protect your networks is to think like a hacker, and the best way to find out what hackers think is to spend some time on their public discussion boards. This is exactly what the analysts from Imperva, a security research firm, did and the results are intriguing. In last month’s Hacker Intelligence Report #13, they looked at one of the largest discussion forums (they don’t reveal which one, but it has a quarter of a million… continue…