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Flight attendant out of job after Facebook remark

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Social media is a great thing, but this article from Yahoo! News reminds us that it can be negative if not used correctly. 

A Cathay Pacific flight attendant was fired for writing on her Facebook wall that she wanted to throw coffee in a passengers face because she didn’t like the ousted Thai Prime Minister, who just happened to be the passengers father. The attendant made other negative comments, including that she will keep on fighting until the girl’s clan can no longer “live like fleas on the Thai soil.” She also posted a photo of the passenger’s seat number. On her Facebook page, the former attendant recently said she resigned to take responsibility.

The things we post on Facebook can get us into trouble if we aren’t careful and this is a perfect example.

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Written by jenniferhlowe

December 5, 2012 at 3:40 am

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The End of the Facebook Like Bubble

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In today’s world, social media outlets, such as Facebook and Twitter, are critical for news organizations and brands. A recent article on digiday.com lays out the new reality for brands that hope to increase sales and recognition by creating Facebook pages where one simply has to click “like.” The “like” button on Facebook is no longer free advertisement for brands now that the social media site has changed it’s newsfeed settings. The new settings cut the number of messages the fans see, which has resulted in a 38 percent decline on the brand’s outreach. Basically, if the brand doesn’t pay up, it receives less recognition. This can be an even bigger problem for smaller brands because it’s harder to reach more people in the Facebook world. The newspaper and broadcast industries thrive on advertisement, but companies aren’t used to paying for social media outlets.

This is bad for brands, but for a Facebook user like myself, this can be a good thing. I may like a business or brand on Facebook, just as I may like a movie or an artist, but that doesn’t mean I want them cluttering my newsfeed every day with advertisements and promotions. As a matter of fact, I often “unlike” them when it becomes too much. 

I found this article to be interesting and relevant to social media. I didn’t even realize this happened on Facebook until I read this story. Thank you, digiday.com.

Written by jenniferhlowe

November 27, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Think before you speak (or type)

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Denise Helms, a twenty-two year old California woman was removed from her job at Cold Stone Creamery and is currently being investigated by the FBI for her racist and borderline threatening facebook status. Her status said, “Another 4 years of this (N-word), Maybe he will get assassinated this term.” This brings me back to the question I asked in my last blog about Donald Trump, I understand that not everybody is going to be excited with the outcome of the election; but why take it to such extremes where you have to be SO negative and derogatory?  There is a respectful way to go about voicing your opinion, and if Romney would have won the campaign people would have had to voice their opinions in a respectful manner, and regardless of disappointment he still would have been recognized as “our” President, and by “our” I mean America. So why is there such a big difference?

Helms’ facebook has been deactivated, and when asked about her comments this is how she responded:  “The assassination part is kind of harsh. I’m not saying like I would go do that or anything like that, by any means, but if it was to happen, I don’t think I’d care one bit.”

The video of her interview can be found below:

Written by alaiyabenjamin

November 10, 2012 at 11:51 pm

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Interactive Coverage of Election Tuesday

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One thing that stood out on Election Tuesday was the amount of interactive coverage of election results, and special social media platforms that encouraged people to vote.

Facebook had a real-time visualization map of the geographic location of voters in the country. When you logged on Facebook on Tuesday I’m sure you saw the “I voted” button on the top of your home page. This likely encouraged voters to get out to the polls.

Election results were reported in an interactive way. The Huffington Post has an interactive  infographic devoted to results state by state, county by county. It covers electoral votes, popular votes, results for House, Senate, Governor, and referendum results. It presents what can be confusing information in a simple, easy to understand map. It’s interesting to see how coverage of the elections have evolved. No longer are we stuck watching the television. 

Written by apriljana

November 9, 2012 at 12:03 am