Facebook has won a $873 million judgment against a Canadian man who bombarded users with millions of unsolicited messages about drugs and sex.
U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel signed the default judgment Friday, resolving a lawsuit that Facebook filed in August against Adam Guerbuez of Montreal and his business, Atlantis Blue Capital.
Facebook alleged that Guerbuez had fooled users into revealing their passwords so he could send out more than 4 million messages that included promotions for marijuana. Guerbuez could not be located for comment.
The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company predicted the judgment will be difficult to collect, but is hoping that its size discourages future abuses at its site.
Will facebook acquire Twitter?, there are a lot of rumors lately about Facebook buying up Twitter, they where reportedly offering about $500 million in stock for the company. But according to sources talks have broken up over concerns about the actual value of the facebook stock and over Twitter's future revenue potentional.
If your facebook addiction has grown to a point where you can't control it and you'd like to quit for good then you should consider closing your facebook account. This is a multi-step process. If you just go and deactivate your account it will deactivate it but it will leave all of your information in place, it just won't show it. So if you decide in the future to reactivate it, then you have everything intact.
If you really wan't to quit facebook and remove all of your personal info from facebook then you should follow these steps:
Remove every friend
Leave any groups that you either started or joined
More and more people seem to become addicted to Social Media networks, specially facebook. What is it that makes us stare at those blue profiles on facebook so much?, is it a spell?.
Facebook has a great user experience overall compared to the other Social Media hubs, for example hi5 is full of crappy apps, overformatted user profiles that scream out at you and a bunch of kids just looking for attention. One of the features I like most about facebook is that you can't change your profile layout & colors, some people find this annoying but it keeps things really slick.
So you go ahead and tell us, why is facebook so addictive for you? leave us a comment....
10. You feel popular when someone "tags" you in a photo (it shows others that you do actually get out). 9. The mini-feed was a hot topic of discussion for a while among your friends. 8. You think "poking" is a valid form of flirting. 7. You have Facebook "friends" that you've never met in person. 6. As soon as you meet someone in real life, you go home to search for them on Facebook. 5. You feel cheated now that everyone can join. 4. You have pressured someone to join just so you can "friend" them. 3. You think your image is controlled by your profile picture. 2. You've created a group and evangelized everyone to join. 1. You think that wishing someone "happy birthday" on their wall is sufficient.
And as a bonus...
0. You want to be the first Facebook dating "success story."
Here are some tips to avoid becoming a facebook junkie:
Keep a list of your Facebook schedule (if you have one) and your non-Facebook goals with you and in front of you at all times.
Once you've discovered your capacity for being addicted to Facebook, you should probably avoid other social networking sites like MySpace.
As with any task that involves discipline, it always helps to do it with a friend. One option is to have a trusted family member or friend do this for you.
For those who found out you can re-activate your account, try this before you de-activate your account: Open up notepad and type in some random text (lskdjfd). Login to Facebook and change your password. Copy the text that you just typed in notepad in the password fields and change your password. Deactivate your account, and clear your clipboard history.
If you are looking for a way to actively decrease the frequency of your Facebook visits, change your password to a long string of numbers. Write this down on a piece of paper, and place it somewhere that is annoying to reach or out of reach. This way, whenever you want to log on, you will need to dig out the paper for your password. This is to deter you from logging on by making it a chore. If you start to remember the numbers, just repeat the process.
To keep updated about your Facebook friends' status updates, subscribe to your friends' status updates RSS feed in your email program or other RSS reader that you already use. For example, you can get this feed in MS Outlook 2007 where you can read what your friends are up to along with your email. This eliminates one major reason people regularly log in to Facebook.
1. Work has become a nice break from Facebook, rather than the other way round.
2. When you're not on Facebook, you're trawling the internet for a new job as you're convinced you'll be sacked for excessive Facebooking very soon.
3. The first thing you think when you are fired for excessive Facebooking is, 'Great, now I can spend more time on Facebook.'
4. You've become a Facebook pusher. "Try it once, you'll love it..." you say to networking virgins.
5. You obsessively check your friends'/ex-boyfriends'/total strangers' list of friends to see if they have more than you. And if they do...
6. ...you become a friend thief. Who cares if you don't know them? All's fair in love and Facebook war...
7. The last time you had any intimate contact was when you were 'poked' by some guy you haven't seen for two years. Actual sex is so last century.
8. You've just spent the last hour looking at photos of someone you don't even know.
9. When it comes to meeting people, if they're not 'on' they're not worth bothering with. Who needs real friends when you're trying to reach the elusive 150 mark with your virtual ones?
10. You forget your best friend's birthday but you figure she'll be perfectly happy if you 'gift' her a cocktail and a Happy Birthday balloon.
11. You've had three group invites this morning but seem to be having yet another quiet night in tonight.
12. You turn down a night out at the pub quiz to play Scrabulous. Its a game, you're playing it with a friend and having a drink while you do it. What's the difference?
13. When it comes to solving real-life problems, your Magic 8 Ball application has made decision making easy. So what if you were in love with the guy it told you to dump? Plenty more fish in the Facebook sea...
14. You haven't had a food fight for ten years but now your day isn't complete until you've thrown something at a friend. It's a sign of affection, you know.
15. You're dreading your holiday because you can't face going cold turkey.
Facebook is the 4th most-trafficked website in the world (comScore)
Facebook is the most-trafficked social media site in the world (comScore)
Over 55,000 regional, work-related, collegiate, and high school networks
More than half of Facebook users are outside of college
The fastest growing demographic is those 25 years old and older
Maintain 85 percent market share of 4-year U.S. universities
No. 1 photo sharing application on the Web (comScore)
More than 10 billion photos uploaded to the site
More than 30 million photos uploaded daily
More than 6 million active user groups on the site
Our Translation Application is first step for us in helping users all over the world connect and share information with those that matter the most to them – wherever they live and in whatever language they choose
In a little over five months, we have released the site in more than 20 languages, including Spanish, French, German, Russian and Korean. Our goal is to offer Facebook in as many languages as possible, as quickly as possible.
More than 400,000 developers and entrepreneurs
Over 24,000 applications have been built on Facebook Platform
140 new applications added per day
More than 95% of Facebook members have used at least one application built on Facebook Platform
The Facebook account deletion process is straightforward. All you need to do is simply, login to your Facebook account, then click Account and from the Deactivate section choose Deactivate.
That was easy, isn’t it? The only caveat is that Facebook won’t actually wipe out your account but just keep it inactive. Therefore if you want to permanently delete your account, you should manually do the following:
1. Delete your photo 2. Delete Comments and messages you wrote 3. Delete your friends from your friends list. 4. Leave all your networks and groups you have joined. 5. Delete all your photo albums.
If you want to reactivate your account, just login to Facebook with your email and password. You’ll be then instructed on the procedure to follow in order to reactivate the account.
For developers interested in integrating Facebook Connect support for their web, iPhone, or desktop apps, Facebook has announced that the signup process is now open. Interested developers can head over to the submission page and request that Facebook activate your Facebook Connect-enabled service.
However, this doesn’t mean that all requests will be approved - that is still coming at some point in the future. (Some have speculated that that will happen by November 30, but a full November launch looks unlikely at this point.) Facebook says, “As we continue to see developers produce great user experiences, we intend to open this process more widely so that you can build and launch without an approval process.”
Facebook is a social networking website launched on February 4, 2004. The free-access website is privately owned and operated by Facebook, Inc. Users can join networks organized by city, workplace, school, and region to connect and interact with other people. People can also add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profile to notify friends about themselves. The website's name refers to the paper facebooks depicting members of a campus community that some US colleges and preparatory schools give to incoming students, faculty, and staff as a way to get to know other people on campus.
Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook while he was a student at Harvard University. Website membership was initially limited to Harvard students, but was expanded to other colleges in the Ivy League. It later expanded further to include any university student, then high school students, and, finally, to anyone aged 13 and over. The website currently has more than 120 million active users worldwide.
Facebook has met with some controversy over the past few years. It has been blocked intermittently in several countries including Syria and Iran. It has also been banned at many places of work to increase productivity. Privacy has also been an issue, and it has been compromised several times. It is also facing several lawsuits from a number of Zuckerberg's former classmates, who claim that Facebook had stolen their source code and other intellectual property.