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Recently I heard about some teenagers having their parents as a friend on Facebook. They said that although their parents are their friend they still block them for some things. Isn’t the whole reason why a parent would have a Facebook to see what their kids are doing? Facebook is created to keep in touch with people that you haven’t talk to. For a parent that is great to catch up with people they haven’t seen for a while. But to use it to sneak up on your kids is distrust. Plus for a teen to block their parents obviously their is things they don’t want their parents to see. My Mom honestly I don’t even think knows how to get on Facebook and make a page. Would you care that your parents were spying on you and your friends? Does it even matter? Or is the whole thing distrust and having private settings is sneaky?



Facebook has faced a lot of criticism lately with its privacy policy. The newest feature deriving critique is called “Instant Personalization”, which allows websites to personalize your experience based on the public information into your Facebook profile. It has allegedly been exposing users’ private information to the public without their consent. Facebook has also changed its privacy policy so that public information on users’ profiles such as “current city, hometown, education and work, and likes and interests” would be transformed into “connections” that can be shared openly on sites with similar interests. These two new features are ways Facebook profit from users’, selling information to websites and marketing campaigns. It is expected that more advertisers and marketers will partner with Facebook, which means that Facebook will continue to update its privacy policy, exposing more and more of users’ information each time.

That A Girl

Many already know of Hugh Heffner and the affluent lifestyle that he lives. Many are envious of his unique living situation and the beautiful half-clothed woman that surround him nearly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Well men of all ages, your about to get “new specs” which will help you see more into Hef’s world. Playboy’s June edition hits newsstands Friday, is equipped with new 3-D glasses so you can view the playmate of the year in stellar fashion. By adding the 3-D glasses to the magazine, Playboy is hoping to increase sales as they have plummeted over the past four years from 3.5 million to 1.5 million. After viewing a sample of the June edition, in my opinion this is certainly one for the ages and one to pick up for yourself or your buddy. As hard as it is to believe Playboy has been around since the 1950’s with the man Hugh still in charge after all these years. I admire Hugh and I wish him the best on the new 3D addition, as I am sure it will be a guaranteed sensation for the male audience.


Just recently, Facebook announced that they had to close down the Facebook chat whilst they did some repairs due to privacy issues.  An option for people to view their profiles as though they were their friends went out of hand and caused people to be able to see chats and friend requests of their friends.  When people used the preview profile option, they were able to access their friends chats but the bug is now being fixed.  The Facebook chat will be disabled until the problem has been solved, but the workers at Facebook said that it shouldn’t be too long until the problem is solved.  Hopefully something like this will not happen again on Facebook as it is dangerous.  Some people could be talking about private things whilst their friends were basically eves-dropping on their conversations.  It is not a good thing when the privacy of a website like Facebook is failing.  Many people may stop using the website because of it.


Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that allows its users to send and read messages online for free. Unlike blogging though, Twitter only allows up to 140 characters per post. However, it is a good way to mark down sudden thoughts or to rant about something that is bothering you. It is also a good way to connect and stay in touch with friends. On Twitter, you become friends with another user by following them, their tweets (posts) would then be displayed on your wall when you log on. All users can send and receive tweets publicly and/or privately and can participate in conversations and threads with people all over the world. Celebrities like Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, Lady Gaga, Nicole Richie, John Mayer etc. are frequent users who update their followers with interesting tweets daily. Twitter has been getting a lot of exposure in the media recently and it really is everywhere! (If you see a blue bird on the corner of an ad, it is probably asking you to follow them on Twitter) It’s on the web, news channels, commercials, search engines, blogs etc. Twitter is like the new Facebook but people here in IMG are still somehow reluctant in opening an account. It may seem difficult to use at first but I strongly recommend it as it really is the big thing right now. If you don’t not a Twitter user already, open an account on, you will be sure to be entertained!

Google, Facebook, and Twitter

Have you ever wondered just how much money the internet tycoons of today are worth?  Well I recently found a website that told me the worth of some of the most successful internet tycoons.

I think that everyone is familiar with Google right?  Well the co-founders: Sergey Brin and Larry Page are both worth around $17.5 billion.  They were both introduced to each other by a professor from Stanford called David Cheriton who is also now worth around $1.6 billion because of Google.

Jeff Bezos who founded Amazon in his garage in Seattle is now worth around $12.3 billion.

In 1995, Ebay was launched by a French-born immigrant called Pierre Omidyar.  He is now worth around $5.2 billion.

The Harvard University student who set up Facebook in 2004, Mark Zuckerberg is now worth around $4 billion.

The co-founders of Yahoo, David Filo and Jerry Yang are now worth a considerable $1.4 billion and $1.3 billion.

As you can see, these self made billionaires have created well known websites that have changed the way people look at the internet.  Who knows what the next website will be.



Many of us today have the social network “Facebook.” Actually to tell you the truth, every student, peer, and adult I have spoken to, has a Facebook account of his or her own. Even many of my friend’s parents have Facebook, fortunately mine do not. This past Saturday, January 30, a fistfight between two gangs of girls broke out outside of a Southwest Philadelphia high school and left three victims wounded. Facebook turned out to be where the “conflict” started. Girls from both gangs verbally assaulted one another via Facebook and agreed to meet later that night. Never the less, 15 shots were fired that night as a result of an “online” dispute. Facebook is a plus in many ways, as I have one myself. It allows people to communicate with their peers at the touch of a button and keep in contact with peers who are half way across the world. I have noticed that nearly every IMG student on campus has a Facebook or some sort of social networking in order to communicate with so many foreign friends. Many relationships develop on Facebook and it is no doubt a great way to express who you are. However, as seen through this incident here, you must be careful what you say on the Internet and who you end up getting involved with. Had these girls not had access to Facebook, harsh words could have prevented and in the end more importantly, so could have 15 gunshots.


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