Social Media News, Week of 12/30: The Next Big Thing, Facebook Privacy History, Instagram About-Face, Social Media Stalking, Oversharing Regret

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As the New Year comes to fruition tonight, we at Sgrouples would like to wish you a safe and happy time! And while we all reflect on the past year, let’s talk about some of the most recent social media news stories. Everyone is looking for the next big thing, Facebook’s privacy history is detailed, Instagram takes everything back, social media stalking is rampant…and so is oversharing regret. Read on to find articles and summaries of each!

1. I’m Bored. What’s Next?,  12/30/12The Next Big Thing

Mike Arrington at TechCrunch gives an interesting sound-off to the state of what he’s seen in startups from 2012 and yes, he’s gotten a lot of fatigue from the amount of Facebook-iPhone-Android-centric news out there:

“Meanwhile,” he claims, “I’m still waiting for flying boats. Or something to improve my memory. And the last great human invention, 100% realistic virtual reality via a brain-computer interface. Because once we plug into that, most of us will probably never unplug.”

2. A Short History of Facebook Privacy Failure, 12/26/12

With 2012, concluding with Randi Zuckerberg’s photo-sharing hoopla, Mashable shared a nice infographic detailing the history behind Facebook’s ongoing progress in alienating and annoying their user base.

3. Instagram Does An About Face, 12/20/12

In the wake of much user dissent in regards to Instagram’s privacy policy and terms of service, of which we informed you earlier this week, the company did an about-face fairly quickly. Kevin Systrom, Instagram’s co-founder, said in a blog post on the company’s site that where advertising was concerned, the company would revert to its previous terms of service, which have been in effect since October 2010.

4. Two Out of Thee Brits “Social Media Stalk” Potential Dates, 12/19/12

Social Media StalkingAccording to a new survey of 1,922 single British adults by online dating service parship.co.uk, roughly two-thirds (65%) said that they search for potential dates’ social media profiles online before heading out. In other words, “social media stalking” is rampant.

And even more revealing: Of the 65% who admitted to social media reconnaissance, 77% – 50% of the total – claimed they had previously rejected a date request on the basis of something they had found on social media.

5. People Regret Over-sharing on Social Networks, Study Shows, 12/18/12

A survey from White Hat Media was carried out on 2,000 users ages 18 and older and revealed that a third of them wished they kept some photos and personal information to themselves.

While it isn’t surprising that half of the people surveyed stated they wouldn’t want to have their personal information shared with their followers and online friends, it is interesting to note from the study that 1 in 10 people experienced “difficulties at their workplace after publicly moaning about work” and over 1 in 20 have “missed out on a job because of what they have shared on their profiles (inappropriate language, photos of them drunk or barely dressed, etc.).”

PR expert, Violeta-Loredana Pascal, goes on to note that” 53% of those surveyed said they wouldn’t confide in their followers in a face-to-face meeting. Even if people share so much information, only 44% of users think their details and posts are secure online and 37% admit they are not online savvy at all.”


Images from: http://geekandpoke.typepad.com/geekandpoke/2008/06/the-next-big-th.html, http://www.socialmediaplayground.com/social-media/the-10-ss-of-social-media/2011/08/11/