All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Likes’

State Department Bureau Spent $630,000 Garnering Facebook Likes

In your “why-the-hell” story of the day, it appears that a federal agency spent $630,000 in a campaign to acquire Facebook likes over the last couple of years. The Bureau of International Information Programs, part of the U.S. Department of State, is responsible for foreign public diplomacy and communications. Its job is to “provide and support the places, content, and …

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Facebook Adds New Tags For Publishers To Increase Likes, Follows

Facebook announced the launch of two new Open Graph tags for publishers and journalists (OG:Publisher and OG:Author). These allow publishers and story authors to get more organic likes and follows. “As mentioned in our documentation, media publishers should include Open Graph tags in their article’s HTML to generate better previews of their content when shared on Facebook,” notes Facebook’s Voja …

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No, Your Facebook Like Won’t Pay for ‘Mermaid Girl’ Surgery

A new hoax making the rounds on Facebook claims that users must like, comment, and share in order to fund surgery for a little girl born with mermaid syndrome. Although this one is different from many we’ve seen recently because it alleges a partnership between Facebook and CNN, it’s the exact same in the only way that matters – it’s …

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Is Liking Something On Facebook An Act Of Free Speech?

Last year, a Virginia judge ruled that a Facebook “like” is not protected by the First Amendment. The story goes like this: Deputy Sheriff Daniel Ray Carter of Hampton, Virginia “liked” the page of “Jim Adams for Hampton Sheriff.” Carter’s boss, Sheriff B.J. Roberts, saw this, and then when Roberts won the election against Adams, Carter was fired. Carter claimed …

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Bing Gets More Tightly Integrated With Facebook

Bing has added a bit more Facebook integration to its social search features. Now, you can comment on and like Facebook content right from Bing. “Bing already lets you view Facebook updates and comments from your friends in sidebar, but now you’ll also be able to add your own Likes and comments to your friends’ Facebook posts directly from Bing,” …

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Your Facebook Likes Won’t Save Lives Says Powerful New UNICEF Campaign

According to UNICEF, 19,000 children die every day from preventable causes. And your Facebook like isn’t going to save a one of them. The United Nations Children’s Fund Sweden division is calling people out with a powerful new ad campaign: we need money for polio vaccines and your slacktivism isn’t helping. “Like is on Facebook, and we will vaccinate zero …

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Man Stabs Wife in the Face Over a Facebook Like

A Philadelphia man is being held on $1 million bond after stabbing his wife in the face and neck over a Facebook like. 49-year-old Thomas Troy Young admitted to stabbing his 33-year-old wife Carla Brown back in March over her Facebook actions. Reportedly, Young stabbed Brown because he was angry that she had liked someone else’s post on the site. …

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Colbert Takes on That Revealing Facebook Likes Study

A couple of weeks ago, we looked into a recent study by Cambridge University on Facebook likes and just how revealing they are. Long story short – they’re quite revealing. The researchers were able to accurately predict subjects’ activities and personality traits based on what they liked on Facebook, even when those likes weren’t specifically about the particular proclivities. For …

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Facebook No Longer Lets You Unlike Pages Directly from the New News Feed

It appears that Facebook has made a small tweak as a part of the new news feed, which is currently in the middle of a slow, delicate rollout. It appears that Facebook is putting an obstacle between users and their ability to unlike pages that they follow. Well, Facebook hasn’t really added anything – they’ve removed a shortcut which pretty …

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What Are Your Facebook Likes Revealing About You? (Hint: It’s a lot)

Is it possible that you are unwittingly outing yourself – as gay, as a conservative, as Muslim, or as a pot smoker – by simply liking stuff on Facebook? Sure, you could easily do this by liking the “Gay Men’s Alliance for Rolling Joints #420″ page (I don’t think this really exists, just an example). But that’s not what we’re …

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1 Million Facebook Likes Can Get You More Than a Puppy, If You Know What I’m Sayin

Apparently, 1 million Facebook likes is the new measurement for something you don’t think is possible but is totally possible, and really not that hard. Yesterday, we told you about the cute kids who won a new puppy, after their parents told them they could get one if they could generate 1 million Facebook likes. The kids posted a cute …

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Kids Win Puppy from Stubborn Parents by Getting a Million Facebook Likes

Most of the time you can be sure that your “like” or “share” on Facebook is about as useful as “hoping” it will come true. Share this photo 5 million times and this sick little boy gets a new kidney? Nope. Like this photo and I may split my lottery winnings with you? HAH, nope. Like this photo and me …

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