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Is Facebook wisdom better than news shows?

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Lloyd “Pete” Waters
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You know, I really do miss David Brinkley, Walter Cronkite, Ted Koppel and a few of the old news reporters. It’s just not the same these days without them.

How about you?

I don’t spend much time watching any of the news channels beyond 10- to 15-minute intervals. And when I do, it’s like watching a mixed martial arts event. How many takedowns will there be tonight?

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Each news station is trying to convince you how smart its anchors and hosts are ‘politically’ and would like to influence your thinking and secure your vote.

The only problem is many of their scheduled experts appear way below the normal Dargan IQ range to me and are not very convincing.

So, even though my Facebook friends have some of their own weird opinions, I nonetheless find their comments worth pondering.

It’s time once again to share a few of them with you. I’ll leave the Mason jar undisturbed on my bookcase tonight.

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So kick back, relax, and let’s see if we can find a bit of wisdom in today’s presentation:

• “When you go home tell them of us and say for your tomorrow we gave our today.” Anyone remember D-Day on June 6?

• “The employee shortage is so bad these days, long-haired freaky people can now apply.” Do you remember that song?

Here’s a good one:

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• “If you know the significance of these numbers you may be an old timer — 33-45-78.”

• Overheard at an auto parts store:

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“I need a headlight”

“What’s it for?”

“So I can drive at night.”

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And more posts:

• “Cicadas taste like shrimp. Who among you would eat one to find out? … Asking for a friend!”

• “Some days you don’t realize how good the good ole days were until they’re gone.”… I’m thinking that one might be true.

• “The heaviest burdens we carry are the thoughts in our head.”

And one from history:

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• “I’m so old I can remember when people treated unemployment as an embarrassing secret, not a life goal.”

I’ll bet if we had an economic depression today, there wouldn’t be as many people protesting to get a job as they did in 1933.

• “A car’s weakest part is that nut holding the steering wheel.” I had to think about that one.

Here’s a critical thought from a Facebook member:

• 3 people never to trust:

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Religious leaders who tell you how to vote.

Politicians who tell you how to pray.

Draft dodgers who tell you how to be patriotic.

More posts:

• “The leading cause of injury in old men is them thinking they are still young men.”

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I was reminded of that one yesterday.

• To all of those calling for “Father’s Day” to be changed to “Special Persons Day,” you already have a day of your own … April 1.

Facebook folk don’t hold much back.

This one is really noteworthy:

• “British scientists have determined that the chicken came first, not the egg because the protein which makes egg shells is only produced by chickens.”

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Now you can put that mystery to rest and ponder how in the world that happened?

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• Imagine a picture of a cicada with this caption: “Darn, been sleeping for 17 years and the 695 Beltway is still under construction.” That one made me laugh out loud.

Here’s some helpful advice for my dieting friends:

• “Stop eating out, cook at home and you’ll lose weight.”

Don’t you agree there is more helpful information on a Facebook page than the daily news shows?

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To get you prepared for summer:

• “Things you learned as a kid — never kick a cow patty on a hot day.”

And here’s another:

• “I’d rather live on a farm in the middle of nowhere than a big house in the city.”

Here’s some good advice too:

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• “Helping one person might not change the world but it could change the world for that one person.”

• “When God made daughters, he gave me the best;

And he really did!

• “A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit.” — Greek proverb

• “Life is a flower of which love is the honey.” — Victor Hugo

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• “Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait for an answer.”

I like that one, and always remember this advice:

• It is “far better to light the candle than to curse the darkness.” — William L. Watkinson

Amen.

Lloyd “Pete” Waters is a Sharpsburg resident who writes for The Herald-Mail.

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Facebook Messenger Is Launching a Split Payments Feature for Users to Quickly Share Expenses

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Meta has announced the arrival of a new Split Payments feature in Facebook Messenger. This feature, as the name suggests, will let you calculate and split expenses with others right from Facebook Messenger. This feature essentially looks to bring an easier method to share the cost of bills and expenses — for example, splitting a dinner bill with friends. Using this new Split Payment feature, Facebook Messenger users will be able to split bills evenly or modify the contribution for each individual, including their own.

The company took to its blog post to announce the new Split Payment feature in Facebook Messenger. 9to5Mac reports that this new bill splitting feature is still in beta and will be exclusive to US users at first. The rollout will begin early next week. As mentioned, it will help users share the cost of bills, expenses, and payments. This feature is especially useful for those who share an apartment and need to split the monthly rent and other expenses with their mates. It could also come handy at a group dinner with many people.

With Split Payments, users can add the number of people the expense needs to be divided with and, by default, the amount entered will be divided in equal parts. A user can also modify each person’s contribution including their own. To use Split Payments, click the Get Started button in a group chat or the Payments Hub in Messenger. Users can modify the contribution in the Split Payments option and send a notification to all the users who need to make payments. After entering a personalised message and confirming your Facebook Pay details, the request will be sent and viewable in the group chat thread.

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Once someone has made the payment, you can mark their transaction as ‘completed’. The Split Payment feature will automatically take into account your share as well and calculate the amount owed accordingly.


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Tasneem Akolawala is a Senior Reporter for Gadgets 360. Her reporting expertise encompasses smartphones, wearables, apps, social media, and the overall tech industry. She reports out of Mumbai, and also writes about the ups and downs in the Indian telecom sector. Tasneem can be reached on Twitter at @MuteRiot, and leads, tips, and releases can be sent to tasneema@ndtv.com.

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Facebook Owner Meta Launches New Platform, Safety Hub to Protect Women in India

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Meta (formerly Facebook) on Thursday announced a slew of steps to protect woman users on its platform, including the launch of StopNCII.org in India that aims to combat the spread of non-consensual intimate images (NCII).

Meta has also launched the Women’s Safety Hub, which will be available in Hindi and 11 other Indian languages, that will enable more women users in India to access information about tools and resources that can help them make the most of their social media experience, while staying safe online.

This initiative by Meta will ensure women do not face a language barrier in accessing information Karuna Nain, director (global safety policy) at Meta Platforms, told reporters here.

“Safety is an integral part of Meta’s commitment to building and offering a safe online experience across the platforms and over the years the company has introduced several industry leading initiatives to protect users online.

“Furthering our effort to bolster the safety of users, we are bringing in a number of initiatives to ensure online safety of women on our platforms,” she added.

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StopNCII.org is a platform that aims to combat the spread of non-consensual intimate images (NCII).

“It gives victims control. People can come to this platform proactively, hash their intimate videos and images, share their hashes back with the platform and participating companies,” Nain said.

She explained that the platform doesn’t receive any photos and videos, and instead what they get is the hash or unique digital fingerprint/unique identifier that tells the company that this is a known piece of content that is violating. “We can proactively keep a lookout for that content on our platforms and once it”s uploaded, our review team check what”s really going on and take appropriate action if it violates our policies,” she added.

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In partnership with UK Revenge Porn Helpline, StopNCII.org builds on Meta’s NCII Pilot, an emergency programme that allows potential victims to proactively hash their intimate images so they can”t be proliferated on its platforms.

The first-of-its-kind platform, has partnered with global organisations to support the victims of NCII. In India, the platform has partnered with organisations such as Social Media Matters, Centre for Social Research, and Red Dot Foundation.

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Nain added that the company is hopeful that this becomes an industrywide initiative, so that victims can just come to this one central place to get help and support and not have to go to each and every tech platform, one by one to get help and support.

Also, Bishakha Datta (executive editor of Point of View) and Jyoti Vadehra from Centre for Social Research are the first Indian members in Meta”s Global Women”s Safety Expert Advisors. The group comprises 12 other non-profit leaders, activists, and academic experts from different parts of the world and consults Meta in the development of new policies, products and programmes to better support women on its apps.

“We are confident that with our ever-growing safety measures, women will be able to enjoy a social experience which will enable them to learn, engage and grow without any challenges.

“India is an important market for us and bringing Bishakha and Jyoti onboard to our Women”s Safety Expert Advisory Group will go a long way in further enhancing our efforts to make our platforms safer for women in India,” Nain said.

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Facebook Adds New Trend Insights in Creator Studio, Which Could Help Shape Your Posting Strategy

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Facebook’s looking to provide more content insight within Creator Studio with the rollout of a new ‘Inspiration Hub’ element, which highlights trending content and hashtags within categories related to your business Page.

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As you can see in these screenshots, posted by social media expert Matt Navarra, when it becomes available to you, you’ll be able to access the new Inspiration Hub from the Home tab in Creator Studio.

At the right side of the screen, you can see the first of the new insights, with trending hashtags and videos from the last 24 hours, posted by Pages similar to yours, displayed above a ‘See more’ prompt.

When you tap through to the new hub, you’ll have a range of additional filters to check out trending content from across Facebook, including Page category, content type, region, and more.

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That could be hugely valuable in learning what Facebook users are responding to, and what people within your target market are engaging with in the app.

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The Hub also includes insights into trending hashtags, within your chosen timeframe, which may further assist in tapping into trending discussions.

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How valuable hashtags are on Facebook is still up for debate, but you’ll also note that you can filter the displayed results by platform, so you can additionally display Instagram hashtag trends as well, which could be very valuable in maximizing your reach.

Much of this type of info has been available within CrowdTangle, Facebook’s analytics platform for journalists, for some time, but not everyone can access CrowdTangle data, which could make this an even more valuable proposition for many marketers.

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Of course, overall performance really relates to your own creative, and thinking through the action that you want your audience to take when reading your posts. But in terms of detecting new content trends, including hashtag usage, caption length, videos versus image posts, and more, there’s a lot that could be gleaned from these tools and filters.

It’s a significant analytics addition – we’ve asked Facebook for more info on the rollout of the new option, and whether it’s already beyond test mode, etc. We’ll update this post if/when we hear back.

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