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Please read this Mashable article about ‘the revenge worm’ that is spreading, like a STD in the dorms, on Facebook. Don’t click the ‘revenge’  link. Don’t get the virus. Mainly because I don’t want to be exposed to it.

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This is a true story. This actually happened to a friend of a friend.

When using a public computer, make sure you log out of Facebook before you leave. When you are on a Mac, make sure you actually ‘quit’ the application, don’t just close the internet browser. If this hit my Facebook ‘wall’ my grandma would be mortified to say the least.

If there is a baby in your Facebook ‘profile photo’, I will assume it is your baby. All of your ‘friends’ will too. We might stalk you for a few minutes to verify the facts and find out how pregnant you got.

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This article, by Mark Walsh, is about brands transitioning their ‘fan pages’ to storefronts.

‘”Social media is rapidly becoming a critically important vehicle for talking with our customers. Now, with our new iFanStore, we’ve opened up an entirely new sales channel for our seasonal, specialty blends,” said Helen Russell, CEO and co-founder of San Rafael, Calif.-based Equator, in a statement.’

The one thing this article doesn’t mention is the Facebook Marketplace. People have always connected on Facebook. Over time, people started connecting to their favorite brands on Facebook. People also started buying, selling and trading things on the Facebook Marketplace. It would have surprised me if these actions did not converge.

After giving it some thought, I am okay with brands using Facebook as a point of sale. I just hope that those brands don’t lose sight of Facebook’s roots – their first job is to connect with their consumers. Quality interactions with their fans will gain more sales in the end.

‘”What’s often ignored is whether the commercialization of Facebook will hurt its social feel,” said Shiv Singh, vice president and global social media lead at Razorfish.

He suggested that e-commerce activities should be presented in ways that don’t intrude on the conversational flow of Facebook. The success of an e-commerce venture via a Facebook page also depends on the product being sold. “I wouldn’t buy a car from within Facebook but I might buy a T-shirt,” said Singh. Or a pound of coffee?’


This article compares the top trends for 2009 on Facebook and Twitter. The fact that Lady Gaga didn’t make the Twitter list and Michael Jackson didn’t make the Facebook list is astonishing to me but the article is far more fascinating than the lists of topics. The article reminds me of the difference between Facebook and Twitter.

I have said before that Facebook is a place for you to connect with people you actually know. For this reason, on Facebook, the exchange is personal. Simply put, Twitter is an information exchange. Twitter has greater search capabilities and less privacy options [than Facebook] so they have the ability to gather more information. I do not care if you know all of the people you ‘follow’  on Twitter and vice versa.

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