judgecorp writes: "Burger King's Twitter account was hacked yesterday, by pranksters who rebranded the feed, tweeting nonsense under the name of Mcdonald's. Today, the account is back under Burger King's control, and McDonald's tweeted a denial that it had anything to do with the incident. Although this sort of event is (we presume) down to slack security by the account holder, it could harm Twitter, as big brands lose trust in the service."
judgecorp writes: "Claims that old private Facebook messages have been leaking onto people's Timelines have been dismissed by the French privacy watchdog, CNIL. Apparently, as many concluded early on, the "leaked" messages were just old Wall-to-Wall posts, that users had mistakenly believed were private. Given the lack of user understanding, now is a good time for Facebook to revamp its privacy help pages. Let's hope users pay attention, and Facebook genuinely resists exploiting their naivety. ."
judgecorp writes: "Mark Benioff, Salesforce.com CEO, has bowed to pressure from the "social sector" and abandoned a bid to trademark the term "social enterprise". The phrase has been widely used by organisations working for social change, Benioff was told in a letter from activists including Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus,founder of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. The term will be dropped from all Salesforce.com's marketing materials."
judgecorp writes: "Two Twitter inventors, Biz Stone and Evan Williams have launched a social content platform called Medium. Apparently, it is not tweeting or blogging; it groups content by topic, lets users rate content, and will develop according to how it is used. As yet, only "friends and family" can actually post."
judgecorp writes: "Frustrated at the off-topic chatter on Twitter, British MP Louise Mensch has launched a supposedly rival service. Despite the name, Menshn, this is apparently not a hoax, but a site aimed at "on-topic" conversation, initially around the US election. Mensch is a former "chick lit" author, and a Member of Parliament since 2010. She has taken part in questioning of Rupert and James Murdoch, and urged for control of social media."
judgecorp writes: "Given that there are now plenty of people who don't get outside of Facebook much, it must be a good thing that the social media giant is now hosting an anti-virus marketplace to help its 900-million users be more secure. However, it looks like the service is heavily slanted towards trial versions of paid-for systems, rather than truly free products, which many Facebook users would surely qualify for as non-commercial users."
judgecorp writes: "FriendsReunited, the UK's first social media success has relaunched with a focus on nostalgia. The site centred on school memories, peaked at 15 million members and was bought by broadcaster ITV for £175 million. Now, it is a nostalgia item in itself."