Is Facebook affecting the way our minds function? It’s a safe bet to say that the vast majority of those looking at this infographic will have to resist the urge to click on the Facebook notification icon appearing at the top.
It doesn’t matter if you know that isn’t an actual Facebook notification. It doesn’t matter that you probably have your Facebook page open in another tab. You still want to click the picture of a notification icon just to be sure nothing will happen. This is the way our minds have been trained to react to things that have become staples of our society.
Think back to just one decade ago… Can you remember when your social life was dependent on phone calls and “in person” interactions rather than written text, pictures and icons?
Take a look at this infographic brought to you by Best Masters of Psychology to learn more about the ways that online interactions are affecting our brains. And, while you’re at it, go ahead and post it on Facebook for your friends to see! Addiction or not, this new method of communication doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.
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On Wednesday, Linkedin became the first social media network to have released an IPO (initial public offering), raising 353 million dollars by offering 7.8 million shares at $45 per share. Linkedin opened for trading on the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) at $83, which is up 84% from its IPO price. With its huge opening day “pop” and its market capitalization exceeding 4 million dollars, it is considered to be the most valuable US Internet IPO since Google in 2004.
Linkedin announced its intention to go public in January of this year. In 2010, Linkedin hit the 100 million user milestone in March and finally achieved profitability with a net income of $10.1 million and net revenues of $161.4 million by the third quarter of 2010.
LinkedIn is the first of a slew of anticipated social media IPOs set for the next year or so. Others include Facebook, Zynga, Groupon, Pandora, Kayak, Yelp, Rovio and Zillow. Renren, hailed by some as the Facebook of China, went public this month and raised $743.4 million.
As we all know Facebook has taken over the internet. It is currently the second most visited site and has roughly 500 million users. With all the publicity and success that Facebook has had, they have also had a significant amount of backlash from users about privacy concerns. So what can you do? The first and obvious solution to your concerns would be to cancel your account. This may seem like the easiest and quickest solution, but it really isn’t. Facebook is everywhere, most people you know use the site, and it is used as a means of communicating with current as well as past friends and schoolmates. Not only would you be losing your access to those people and the information they post, but also missing out on opportunities with many organizations. More and more organizations are joining Facebook’s Connect Network and incorporating the site’s development tools into their own web pages. There are over two million sites on the web that you can sign up with by using your Facebook password and login and that number is only growing with each passing day. It is getting to the point where not having Facebook can be a disadvantage and can lead to missing out on great opportunities.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg
By now you are probably thinking, “Well how do I keep my Facebook account, receive all the benefits it provides, while at the same time protecting myself and my privacy?”
It’s rather simple. Make yourself invisible, well nearly invisible. You can set up your account to make it where only your existing friends can see your photos, account activity, or where you checked in. Changing your settings to only allow friends this access will protect your privacy rights and ease those concerns, while still allowing you to use all of the great features Facebook has to offer.
So how do you change your privacy settings? First go to Facebook and get yourself logged in. Next, in the top, right-hand corner click on “Account.” Then proceed to ‘Privacy Settings’ page and click “View Settings.” On this page it will give you a list of different attributes to the site and what your current setting is for those particular features. Change all of those to ‘friends only’. Next click on ‘Customize Settings.’ From this page you can change your settings on what you share with people. Change those to ‘friends only.’ Now for the third-party websites and applications. Return to the ‘Privacy Settings’ page and click ‘Apps and Websites’ then choose the option to edit. This page shows you exactly what third-party websites or applications you have given access to. Check this list and remove any that you don’t want to have access to your information. Another setting to change on the ‘Apps and Websites’ page is under ‘Instant Personalization.’ Click on ‘Edit Settings’ and uncheck the box at the bottom of the page to block other websites from obtaining your information. The last line of defense is also found on the ‘Apps and Websites’ page. Go to ‘Public Search’ and click ‘edit’. From here just uncheck the box and this will stop search engines from finding your Facebook profile.
So if you are having any privacy concerns in regards to your Facebook account or just simply don’t want people to find you very easily, just go into your settings and try some of the above suggestions. You certainly don’t have to apply all of these great tips, but even doing a few will help ease those concerns and allow you to keep that increasingly important Facebook account.
You probably use Facebook primarily to talk to people you know. However, many of these people may live in different parts of the country, or even different continents. Have you ever wondered where Facebook is most popular, or what countries interact with one another the most through Facebook? Here is an interesting graphic that draws it all out for you… literally!
Paul Butler, a Facebook intern, describes his creation, “What really struck me, though, was knowing that the lines didn’t represent coasts or rivers or political borders, but real human relationships.”