Social Media News, Week of 1/7: “Hipsters” Quit Facebook, Drunk Driving Exposed on Facebook, Facebook Obituaries, and Google+ Required

Stay tuned to the Sgrouples blog every Monday for your weekly social media news!

“What quitting Facebook means for hipster non-conformers who do so?”, “What happens when you brag about your DUI accomplishments on Facebook?,” “What happens when someone fakes you death on Facebook,?” “What does 2012’s social media data look as an nifty infographic?” and “Why do all Gmail users have a Google+ page whether they know it or not?,” are all questions discussed in our top 5 stories this week. Read on to find articles and summaries of each!

1. Quitting Facebook Is The New ‘I Quit TV’ (You Hipster You), 1/4/13

Facebook HipsterHuffingtonPost takes a look at the niche hipster phenomenon of “quitting Facebook” and how ditching Facebook has become a new, elitist form of “conspicuous non-consumption,” on par with refusing television, as argued by New York University assistant professor Laura Portwood-Stacer in a recent article published in the Journal of New Media and Society:

“Once upon a time, being on Facebook meant you were hip. Now, not having a Facebook account is the status symbol – at least to some. Based on interviews with 20 Facebook non-users and analysis of Facebook-quitter confessionals, Portwood-Stacer examined why people leave Facebook, how they communicate their rejection and how their abstention comes across.”

2. Teen boasts of drunken driving on Facebook, arrested, 1/4/13

What happens when 18-year-old Jacob Cox-Brown of Astoria, Oregon has the the indecent temerity to post this to his Facebook page: “Drivin drunk… classsic ;) but to whoever’s vehicle i hit i am sorry. :P .” A good Samaritan will tip off the local police who later arrested Cox-Brown. The Astoria police issued a press release that read: “Astoria Police have an active social media presence. It was a private Facebook message to one of our officers that got this case moving, though. When you post…on Facebook, you have to figure that it is not going to stay private long.”

3. How Almost Anyone Can Take You Off Facebook (And Lock You Out), 1/4/13

Facebook ObituarySure we all are curious where people go when they depart mortality, but where do their Facebook pages go? Facebook actually memorializes pages of the deceased but it seems that the bar has been lowered for how they verify the person in question is actually expired. And with this oversight, BuzzFeed reports that it’s quite simple to turn someone’s Facebook profile into a frozen memorial page.

How? The prankster simply must send the email address of your friend (or enemy) along with an obituary showing a similar name and just like that, they’re among the departed we honor in memoriam. In the case of BuzzFeed, the site killed off its New York reporter John Herrman by sending Facebook an obituary for a 78 year old Nebraskan “John Herrmann” (two “N’s”) from last June. Such pranks mean your victim must spend hours or days persuading Facebook that they’re still here. Of course, you’ll be glad to know, no one can fake your death on Sgrouples.

4. Infographic: 365 Days of Social Media, 1/4/13

A new infographic from iStrategyLabs, based on statistics published by the Huffington Post, lists 100 of “the most fascinating” figures from 2012, focusing on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google+.

5. Google Requires People to Use the Google+ Social Network, Gains Ground Against Facebook, 1/3/13

Amir Efrat at the Wall Street Journal first reported that anyone who creates an account to use Gmail, YouTube and other Google services—including the Zagat restaurant-review website—are also being set up with public Google+ pages that can be viewed by anyone online. A Google spokeswoman says the company began requiring use of Google+ profiles to write reviews to improve the quality of the critiques, which was lower when people were able to leave reviews anonymously. The change also allows people to see reviews by their friends, she says. Google executives say more integration is coming. “Google+ is Google,” says Vice President Bradley Horowitz. “The entry points to Google+ are many, and the integrations are more every day.”


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