THERE’S ONE ADJECTIVE Facebook uses over and over to describe the kind of content it hopes to show you. Whether it’s about the stories that come up in your Newsfeed, or ads, or apps, there it is, front-and-center in a press releaseor nestled in an interview quote or headlined on a blog post. The word? “Relevant.”

Remember the irony of that the next time you wake up in the morning, open Facebook, and look at the handful of notifications that have, oh, somewhere between zero and negative one thousand things to do with you.

You’ve probably noticed recently that Facebook seems to have a real problem adhering to an appropriate notification volume, or defaulting to an acceptable definition of what exactly is important enough to warrant you be notified about it. Here’s what happens lately: You see you’ve got a notification and you get excited! Like Pavlov’s dog, Facebook has trained you to expect something interesting, something relevant to you specifically, when you click that little icon. But lately? It’s not an alert that someone has commented on your (admittedly stunning) new profile photo. No, it’s an alert about a post from a literal stranger with whom you’ve shared nothing but the decision to click “Join Group” in 2011. Other times, it’s a reminder that a four-year acquaintance is interested in attending an event “near you” sometime this week. Your excitement quickly becomes disappointment. There is no treat for Pavlov’s dog anymore, only reminders of distant acquaintances birthdays.

Over the last year and a half, Facebook has paid increasing attention to the notifications feature of its platform. It started in 2015 with the (now abandoned) decision to turn the notifications tab into a sort of all-in-one information hub. Around the same time, Facebook released its short-lived Notify app, which was shut down in June of this year, just seven months after it launched. But while the app itself was dissolved, Facebook made a point to mention that it had “learned a lot about how to make notifications as timely and relevant as possible” with Notify, and that it would be incorporating the functionality into other Facebook products. (Facebook did not respond to a request for comment by publication time.)

The result of all this seems to be that instead of getting a few notifications about your friends and family, you are now by default opted in to receiving many notifications from random people who are, at best, tangentially related to you.

If you think this is starting to sound a lot like spam, well, you’re not wrong. The good news is, you can turn these notifications off. The annoying thing is that they aren’t off by default for things like Facebook Groups already. But if you have five or ten minutes, here’s how to fix your notifications in Facebook’s settings.

How To Change Notifications for Facebook Groups

Click on the little downward-facing arrow on the top toolbar of your Facebook page, where you’ll see settings. Click it, and then click notifications in the left column.

On this page, Facebook lets you change the notification settings by device. So choose accordingly, depending on whether you want your notifications changed on mobile, desktop, or both.




Under the “What You Get Notified About” section, you’ll see Group Activity. Click edit.


A pop-up dialogue will appear with all the groups you’re a part of. Change the notification settings to either All Posts, Friends’ Posts, Highlights, or Off.

While most of the options are self explanatory, Highlights is not, and that’s likely the source of your problems, since it is selected by default in many cases. According to Facebook, choosing Highlights will notify you for “suggested posts” and posts by your friends—“suggested” of course being the semantic word-ball that got us into this mess.

Once you’ve chosen your notification preferences, click the X to exit. Your changes should automatically be saved.

And that’s it! Hopefully this will have solved much of your notification woes. Of course, you saw that Groups notifications aren’t the only thing you can change. If you’re annoyed by things like birthday and event reminders, or live video notifications, you can change those there, too.

Happy Interneting!

Source : http://www.wired.com/2016/08/change-spammy-group-notifications-facebook/ 

Categorized in Social

If you are job searching, it is well worth your time to prioritize a thorough sweep of your social media account content to ensure you are comfortable with your online brand. Monitoring your privacy settings on your social media accounts is highly recommended, especially during a job search.

Surveys such as the Jobvite’s Social Recruiting Survey for 2015 and the Annual CareerBuilder Social Media Recruitment Survey report these statistics regarding social media and how recruiters utilize social media for recruitment efforts.

  • 96 percent of recruiters use or plan to use social media in their recruitment efforts.
  • 52 percent of employers now use social networks to screen candidates.
  • 35 percent of employers say they are less likely to interview an applicant they cannot find online.
  • LinkedIn is still the most popular recruiting network and is used by 87 percent of survey respondents.

Only 4 percent of recruiters do not use social media in the recruiting process. The data in these surveys also revealed that the 96 percent are mostly using LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, in that order, to research candidates.

I consulted Eric Pierce, Director of Louisville Operations at Brooksource, on this the subject. Brooksource specializes in IT hiring, recruiting and staffing needs. Brooksource is ranked #1 in the medium-sized company category in the 2016 Best Places to Work in Kentucky by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management.

Pierce does conduct internet research on candidates prior to interviews, he said. Brooksource hires much of their staff directly out of college and internet research can be more helpful in screening candidates than a resume with little experience listed. Like other organizations, cultural fit and ability to work in teams is a critical component of evaluating candidates.

But, according to Pierce, “An individual’s social media footprint is a decent indication of how someone is going to fit in with your company’s mission and goals.”

LinkedIn is Pierce’s primary resource when conducting candidate research. He suggests that having a basic LinkedIn profile set up is very important in the professional world. While LinkedIn profiles have not replaced standard resumes, some companies using the LinkedIn job board allow candidates to apply with their profile, rather than submitting a resume.

Pierce may also skim Facebook or Twitter and perform a Google search to identify any red flags on candidates during the recruitment process. Red flags may include racist or sexist comments, scandalous photos, etc. He also mentioned the importance of teamwork in the Brooksource culture. Candidates with excessive Twitter battles or those with themes of expressing combative language may not be a good fit for his team.

Lack of a LinkedIn profile may also indicate a red flag. Technology and social media play a large role in what Brooksource does, so it seems only fair that Pierce is screening candidates with these tools. Pierce shared that no one is suggesting that candidates should not be genuinely themselves. However, candidates should remember that companies are not required to hire you. If you consider yourself to be opinionated or often share offensive content on social media, consider reviewing your privacy settings.

Candidates can use social media to their advantage by sharing content that is genuine and allows others to get to know you in a positive way. Share about your passions, family and hobbies. Pierce says, “Any well-rounded, hireable person has a personal life and a professional life. On the professional side, you should have a LinkedIn account.”

If you are unsure if something is appropriate for social media during your job search, chances are, it is not worth posting. A great advantage to social media is that it is easily updated. You can rebrand your image and ensure potential employers, family and friends see content that you are comfortable being associated with your name.


Categorized in Search Engine

Facebook Messenger is launching new security features to better protect user messages from prying eyes (like those of, say, the FBI).

The company announced Friday that it built a new feature inside Messenger called “secret” messages, or private conversations that are end-to-end encrypted. These messages will be stored only on the sender’s and recipient’s devices, not on Facebook’s servers like regular Messenger messages.

Facebook is also rolling out what amounts to a self-destruct timer for these messages, which means you can set them to disappear automatically after a set period of time (from five seconds to 24 hours).

Messenger is the latest in a string of private messaging services to bust out some kind of end-to-end encryption in the last six months. Others include Viber, which launched end-to-end encryption in April, and Facebook’s other messaging app, WhatsApp.

The timing of all this doesn’t feel coincidental. The move comes just a few months after government agencies and tech companies battled over user privacy. Government agencies like the FBI don’t like end-to-end encryption because it provides a security risk when it’s used by criminals. Users (and tech companies), on the other hand, seem to love the idea, as they like to know their private messages are actually private.

Facebook says that you’ll have to turn on a secret chat manually for it to work, because Messenger is cross-device (meaning people can carry their conversations from their phones to their laptops to their tablets). Since messages that are end-to-end encrypted only live on the devices they are delivered to, a secret chat on your smartphone won’t be accessible via Messenger on your tablet, for example.

Secret messages will roll out to a limited test group to start, but Facebook “fully expects this to be available to everyone by end of the summer,” a spokesperson said.

Source:  http://www.recode.net/2016/7/8/12126764/facebook-messenger-encryption-disappearing-messages-security-update

Categorized in Others

Social media has overtaken television as young people's main source of news, according to a report.Of the 18-to-24-year-olds surveyed, 28% cited social media as their main news source, compared with 24% for TV.

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism research also suggests 51% of people with online access use social media as a news source.

This trend and the rising use of mobile phones to access news are undermining traditional business models.

Chart showing that more people now access news from social media in the US, but most use news apps in the UK

The report, now in its fifth year, is based on a YouGov survey of about 50,000 people across 26 countries, including 2,000 Britons.

In its introduction, the report says "a second wave of disruption" has hit news organisations around the world, with "potentially profound consequences both for publishers and the future of news production".

Analysis: Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC Technology correspondent

For older media organisations struggling to find a profitable path in the online era, there is little comfort to be found in this report.Under 10% of readers in English-speaking countries have paid anything for online news in the past year - so advertising looks the only sustainable business model.

No wonder, then, that the march of the ad-blockers is seen by some news businesses as a threat to their very survival.And while there still seems to be a big appetite for news, it is to social-media platforms that users are increasingly turning to find it.

This means Facebook is the most powerful force in global news, potentially offering publishers access to vast audiences but leaving them dependent on the whims of its algorithm.

The good news for the old media is it is still producing far more of the heavyweight news stories read by the online audience, with readers turning to the newcomers for softer fare.

The bad news is that making money out of the expensive business of serious journalism is getting ever harder.

Chart showing that Facebook is the top social network for news out of 26 countries surveyed.

Facebook and other social media outlets have moved beyond being "places of news discovery" to become the place people consume their news, it suggests.

And news via social media is particularly popular among women and young people.
Meanwhile, sales of printed newspapers continue to fall, while consumers remain reluctant to pay much for online news content.

The study found Facebook was the most common source - used by 44% of all those surveyed - to watch, share and comment on news.

Next came YouTube on 19% , with Twitter on 10%.
Apple News accounted for 4% in the US and 3% in the UK, while messaging app Snapchat was used by just 1% or less in most countries.

Facebook has recently been embroiled in a row over whether its trending topics section - which is edited by humans and designed to highlight the subjects being discussed by users around the world - was suppressing stories that supported conservative political viewpoints.

The social media giant strenuously denied the accusations, and an internal investigation found no evidence of bias - but it did make a number of changes, including:

updating terminology in its guidelines to human reviewers
giving more oversight to the review team no longer relying on lists of external websites and news outlets to assess the importance of topics in stories

News by algorithm

According to the survey, consumers are happy to have their news selected by algorithms, with 36% saying they would like news chosen based on what they had read before and 22% happy for their news agenda to be based on what their friends had read.

But 30% still wanted the human oversight of editors and other journalists in picking the news agenda and many had fears about algorithms creating news "bubbles" where people only see news from like-minded viewpoints.

"People like the convenience of algorithms choosing their news but are worried about whether that would mean they were missing out on key points or challenging viewpoints," said lead author Nic Newman.

Percentage who have paid for online news in last year

Norway 27%

Poland 20%

Sweden 20%

Italy 16%

Denmark 15%

Finland 15%

Japan 12%

Netherlands 12%

Belgium 12%

France 11%

Switzerland 10%

Australia 10%

Spain 10%

USA 9%

Ireland 9%

Portugal 9%

Canada 9%

Germany 8%

Hungary 8%

Czech Republic 7%

Austria 7%

Greece 7%

UK 7%

The other big change noted by the research was the continued rise of smartphones to access news.

Most of those surveyed said they used a smartphone to access news, with the highest levels in Sweden (69%), Korea (66%) and Switzerland (61%), and they were more likely to use social media rather than going directly to a news website or app.

Chart showing that more people surveyed in the UK now access news via mobile rather than desktop

The report also suggests users are noticing the original news brand behind social media content less than half of the time, something that is likely to worry traditional media outlets.

Such outlets "cannot afford to ignore social media, especially if they want to reach young people and women", said Mr Newman, but he admitted that created a dilemma.

"In doing so, they risk losing control of content and that relationship with the reader which can drive them to other content, so they have to balance using social media platforms with building up a loyal user base of their own," he said.

The report is supported by BBC News, Google and Ofcom, among other partners.

Source:  http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-36528256

Categorized in Social
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