First they targeted Nicolas Sarkozy’s Facebook page, and now they have targeted none other than Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg’s page on his own social networking website according to a report.
An unknown hacker hacked into the Facebook account of the 26-year-old celebrity CEO and recent Times Person of the Year, and posted this message.
“Let the hacking begin: If Facebook needs money, instead of going to the banks, why doesn’t Facebook let its users invest in Facebook in a social way? Why not transform Facebook into a ‘social business’ the way Nobel Price winner Muhammad Yunus described it? http://bit.ly/fs6rT3 What do you think? #hackercup2011″
The post has since been deleted and Zuckerberg’s page is now back up again. Facebook has not commented about the hack and there is no mention about it on Mark Zuckerberg’s now online Facebook profile either. No-one knows how the hacker broke into his account.
Online security firm Sophos has posted this video about the hack.
The number of Facebook friends you have is correlated to the size of your amygdala, the center used to process the memory of your emotional reactions in your brain, according to a new study published in Nature Neuroscience.
The volume of your amydala has been connected to the size of the circle of those you come in contact with even with nonhuman primate species before, so Kevin Bickart and his coauthors took the idea and tested it out on people who interact with people on Facebook.
Using 58 adults with varying sizes of Facebook friends, the scientists figured out how many people each individual involved in the study regularly interacted with.
Then, they determined how many different groups of Facebook friends the person was in contacted with. Those two data points were compared to the volume of the amygdala and hippocampus, the later of which should not change in size depending on the size of the social network.
The results showed that the size of a person’s amygdala increased with more friends and more complex social networks.
So much for saying that people you interact with on Facebook aren’t really your friends. And, even if we might not know them personally, our brains are definitely making an emotional connection.
Myspace, once a leader in social networking before the ascendancy of Facebook, is trading its social networking focus to target the music, celebrities, movies, television, and games that Gen-Y’ers love the most.
The company announced on Wednesday that it is launching a beta site that will be based on this shifted focus.
The growing popularity of social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook is encouraging financial services organisations to start interacting with their customers using these channels.
In the past couple of weeks, ING Direct launched a soft social media campaign in tandem with the introduction of Charles – the orangutan that replaced comedian Billy Connelly as the face of the bank. Customers can access Charles’ Facebook page through the bank’s home page and leave comments.
“Charles can chat with people through the site and he is also on Twitter,” says an ING spokesperson. “Our social media campaign is more of an experimentation exercise and we’re leaving it to grow organically.”
TWITTER is developing a penchant for keeping its CEOs’ tenures as brief as its 140-character limit.
Evan Williams has become the second Twitter co-founder to step aside after a two-year stint, making way for a colleague considered to be better suited for steering the next phase of the company’s rapid growth.
Known simply as @Ev on Twitter, Williams intends to focus on product development while continuing to work for the company.
The change in command at the privately held company turns over Twitter’s leadership to Dick Costolo, an early investor who was hired as chief operating officer a year ago. Since Mr Costolo’s arrival, Twitter has moved into larger offices in San Francisco to accommodate a payroll that has swelled from a few dozen people to about 300 employees.
Mr Costolo, 47, also has played a key role in devising an advertising for Twitter as it tries to make money from an online audience that ballooned from 3 million registered users when Mr Williams became CEO in 2008 to 160 million now.
A recent redesign of the Twitter website opened up more opportunities to sell ads without disrupting the stream of messages by creating a new pane for photos, video and other information, including marketing messages. Williams oversaw the website’s new look.
In a joint interview, Mr Williams and Mr Costolo said they believed Twitter had reached another critical juncture that called for different leadership skills.
Positive language about learning new things and serving the self-interest of readers is the most common characteristic of blog post titles that get shared the most on Twitter, according to new analysis posted on the blog Smart Data Collective.
Essentially the analysis sought to identify which words or phrases have a positive versus negative bearing on what is likely to get your content tweeted.
The author, Greek data mining consultant Themos Kalafatis, found that the words increase, socialize, automate and manage appear most in posts that prove popular.
Terms including write, talk and trust appear to have a negative weight on the likelihood of a post being retweeted.
With this information, an analyst may then identify why such words tend to commonly exist in popular Social Media posts.
If you’ve ever wished celebrities like actress Demi Moore or tween-star Justin Bieber would follow you on Twitter, now’s your chance — but you’ll have to cough up some cash for the privilege.
EBay Inc. is hosting a charity auction called TwitChange, through which people can bid to have celebrities follow them, retweet their posts or tweet their username on Twitter for three months.
Money raised from the auction, which runs through Saturday, will go to aHomeInHaiti.org and its efforts to rebuild the Miriam Center, which is based in Haiti and houses special-needs children.
More than 180 celebrities are involved in the auction, ranging from Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine to actor Zachary Levi.
As of late Monday, Dana White, president of mixed-martial arts group Ultimate Fighting Championship, was in the lead with $15,600 after 86 bids. Levi, who plays a computer nerd implanted with spy secrets on NBC show “Chuck,” was behind him with $14,900 raised.
Both auctions offer to follow the winner on Twitter for at least 90 days, repost one of the winner’s own postings and broadcast the winner’s username to the celebrity’s list of Twitter followers.
There were also plenty of celebrity Twitter opportunities below $100: A listing for comedian, talk-show host and actor George Lopez to retweet a message from the winner was going for $38 after 19 bids. A listing for rapper Snoop Dogg to do the same rose to $67.55 after 7 bids.