Monday, October 8, 2012
Is Facebook overstepping its boundaries by scanning private messages in order to "like" links on a user's account?
Monday, October 8, 2012
Facebook reported last week it now has over a billion users. Is the company now overstepping its boundaries with its new tactics? According to a report on TechRadar.com, the organization has been shown to scan old posts and likes, sometimes of a private nature, in order to "Like" things on a user's behalf. Users have reported "proved" that its been occuring, with one even placing a video of the action on YouTube. The video has since been removed from the popular video-posting website. According to Gizmodo.com, employees proved that the likes do increase, but they say a Facebook spokesman said it is only to bump up an items likes, and that it won't per se show you, the user, liked it. "Although messaging will auto-increase a page or link's …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Local officials also chimed in.
We asked you to tell us what you thought of today's Voter ID ruling on our Facebook page, and quite a few of you spoke up. Some readers pointed out many of the arguments already expressed - the need to prevent fraud, disenfranchisement of legitimate voters, the quick implementation of the plan. William Panetta, the first to respond, said, "It should not be put on hold. This is an important election and voter fraud is a big problem so why would anyone object to the law unless they want to cheat." Mark Rice said, "It's hard to argue against a law requiring people to prove identity in order for them to be permitted to vote. But it seems a bit disingenuous to require it to be implemented in a way that would, in all likelihood, block many …
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Many users complain formerly private messages are now publicly visible. Facebook denies it. Are you seeing this problem?
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Family members identified the teen killed in Saturday's crash.
The teenager killed in a weekend auto accident has been identified by family members as 16-year-old Austin Perdue of Mont Clare. Perdue, a rising sophomore at Spring-Ford Area High School, was killed when he was ejected from the back seat of a car that crashed on Longford Road in Upper Providence. A memorial page was created on Facebook, which at last count had over 200 members. "We were all very fortunate to have you in our lives even for the short time you were here, you made an impact on the lives of many, your [sic] were full of life and your personality was one of the most colorful of anyone we have ever met," posted Tuesday Rosenberger. Multiple tweets refering Perdue were also posted on Twitter. "R.I.P austin perdue... miss you …
Monday, June 25, 2012
The ubiquitous social networking service has changed the default email on the profiles of all its user accounts to facebook.com addresses.
In an apparent attempt to spur greater use of its messaging service, Facebook has changed the default email accounts of all its users to facebook.com email addresses, NPR and Forbes reported Monday. Facebook launched its email-compatible messaging service, which assigned all account holders new facebook.com email addresses, in November 2010. Though expected in some corners to establish Facebook as a major player in the free email market—employees reportedly referred to the new messaging system as "the GMail killer" when it was launched—the Wall Street Journal notes that providers such as Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft continue to dominate the space. What happens when external email comes to your Facebook.com account Email sent to your …
Friday, March 23, 2012
A social media initiative by a young Spring-Ford student has emerged on Facebook.
Suicide is not an easy topic. It's not a light subject to handle. It's certainly not an issue many young people think about fighting for. But one Spring-Ford ninth grade student has decided to become a friend to anyone and everyone in her district who needs it. "After discussing with my parents a recent suicide in our school, I wanted to do something to help students," said Alicia Cummings. "I started Spring-Ford S.O.S. on Facebook for the student who needs information and support. It is hard approaching counselors in school so I want students to have another option." Cummings said she wants people to know her as someone they can trust. She said her peers can talk to her about anything. "I shared my Facebook page with friends and students…
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Several people have complained about energy company employees requesting gas bills and posing as workers with Consumers Energy. Patch asked its editors to investigate locally to find out what residents are saying.
Some area residents and business owners have answered a knock at the door, over the course of the past year, to find employees from a gas company asking to see their bills or account information. We asked local residents to share their experiences with the energy company, which was identified as Spark Energy. There has been a lot of talk in the Michigan area about a smiliar company called Direct Energy. The companies are not related. While many of our responders shut the door on these door-to-door specialists, one person was heavily distracted by life. Needless to say, with the guard down, this person got played. Below is a first-person account of the incident. The resident asked to remain nameless for protection of identity: "These people…
Friday, December 23, 2011
Local clubs will host a benefit car show at Rubright Racing, 826 North Lewis Road in Limerick, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 31.
Scott Grebe's Facebook entries are a clear testament to his love of family and friends. Some of his posts are heartbreaking. "My world is crashing down," he writes last month. "I think (about) what this world would be like without me and what it would be like to not be in pain and free of all worries, (but then) I look at my beautiful wife sleeping next to me and I think that would cause her more pain (than) I am in." Despite his recent cancer diagnosis -- which left his family struggling to pay bills -- Grebe, 43, of Pottstown, maintains a sense of humor. "I am at my lowest as far as money goes," he writes last week. "So (thinking of what to sell next,) some tools, car parts, blood or some sperm ... " That wide range of raw, human …
Friday, November 25, 2011
A look at a new business in town.
Kelly's Worldclass Automotive in Limerick is a new and, according to owners Pat and Christi Kelly, thriving, family-owned automotive repair service center. The business has had its doors open since June 2011 and is being graciously welcomed in the Limerick community, according to Christi. "Running our business in Limerick has been an exciting, yet challenging experience," she said. "We had been looking to open an automotive repair shop off and on for a few years. We never found the right place and when we were least expecting it, a friend of ours was able to offer a great opportunity with an excellent location." Christi said her and her husband feel comfortable at the 444 W. Ridge Pike location, because their kids have had the opportunity …
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown and Java's Brewin'/Salon Evolve in Limerick are participating in the TerraCycle program together.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Elmwood Park Zoo has joined the initiative to recycle and upcycle with the New Jersey program, TerraCycle. With lots of motivation and a few friends, Elmwood's own Maria Romano Trampe' is teaming with Bob and Lisa Barretta of Java's Brewin' and the girls at Salon Evolve to help spread the word about the zoo and its recycling efforts. TerraCycle is a program that aids in waste collection. It can take unconventional items like chip bags, juice pouches and candy wrappers and turn them into completely usable items in American society, such as park benches and lunch bags. "I saw an article on them and what they were doing and really sparked an interest," Romano Trampe' said. "Elmwood is a conservation zoo. We pride ourselves on trying to do …