Friday, March 22, 2013
In the digital age, are we allowing children to use, and potentially abuse, social media at too early of an age? Tell us what you think.
Last March, a student who attended New Manchester High in Douglasville was arrested after allegedly making an online threat against his school. Earlier this month, a Pebblebrook High student from Austell found himself in jail after he allegedly posted threats on Instagram. And last week, Paulding County authorities increased their presence at East Paulding High School as a precautionary measure after a message spread on Twitter said that someone would be bringing a gun onto campus. Though these incidents are seemingly unrelated, one common factor is the usage of online services and social media. In the wake of these incidents, and countless others out there we want to ask: Lastly, many online services require users to be of a minimum age. …
Saturday, January 26, 2013
The powerful social network launches a new feature.
Saturday, January 26
In the latest evolution of Facebook, the powerful social network announced Graph Search, the capability to show users information from their Facebook network. Also, the new tool has business capabilities as well. According to the Los Angeles Times, users can search for things like "movies liked by my friends" or "photos of me and (name of friend)." But for all other queries, Microsoft-owned Bing search engine will handle the results. So when users search for something such as "Jay-Z concerts 2012," Facebook will pass off the search to Bing. Users then will see Bing's results on the left, and information from Facebook on the right. Users also will see Bing ads in both columns. The launch is still in beta mode, and users have to sign up for …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
The social media company is reminding everybody that this is just a test, and a limited one at that, but it is to begin charging a select few to send messages to non-friends.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Several media outlets, including the Independent, are reporting the latest shake up from Facebook - charging a fee for sending some messages. However, this is a test, this is only a test - for now anyway. And only a select few, reportedly, are part of the test case. I hope I'm not one! According to the Independent, a $1 fee is being charged - to the few selected as participants in the test - for sending a message to people who they aren't friends with. The Facebook messaging system reportedly usually deflects unwanted or unsolicited correspondence into a "folder" that can be ignored if the potential recipient so chooses. I guess the $1 will buy a way out of the "ignore" folder and into the recipient's inbox, where they probably can then …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Did you know that Facebook has changed your info? Yes, you now have a facebook.com address.
In an apparent attempt to spur greater use of its messaging service, Facebook has changed the default email accounts of all its users to facebook.com email addresses, NPR and Forbes reported Monday. Facebook launched its email-compatible messaging service, which assigned all account holders new Facebook email addresses, in November 2010. Though expected in some corners to establish Facebook as a major player in the free email market—employees reportedly referred to the new messaging system as "the GMail killer" when it was launched—the Wall Street Journal notes that providers such as Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft continue to dominate the space. What happens when external email comes to your Facebook.com account? Emails sent to your facebook…
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Two Cobb County juveniles are being investigated for identity theft, reported 11Alive News.
Fourteen-year-old Palmer Middle School student Alex Boston of Acworth made national headlines last week after she and her parents filed a civil libel suit against classmates they say bullied her through the use of a fake Facebook page. Now, two Cobb County juveniles accused of creating the page to impersonate the Acworth girl and post racial and sexual material, are being investigated by the Cobb Sheriff's Office for identity theft, reported 11Alive News. According to the Huffington Post, the page suggested Boston smoked marijuana and spoke a language called "Retardish." A racist video and sexual and obscene comments were also left on friends' pages using the fake account. Boston's attorney, Natalie Woodward, told the Daily Report that the…
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Acworth's own shares insights on her upbringing and passion for painting.
When Ricia Graves Entrekin was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in the early '90s, some of her first thoughts were for her passion for art. “It was a struggle for a while,” said the Acworth Patch Facebook Art Contest winner, “but I learned to live with it.” She would not allow disease to take away her paintbrushes and sketchpads, tools that have been her family's stock and trade for generations. Entrekin was born in 1947 near Puget Sound, WA, the youngest of five children. Her father was an operatic baritone singer and her mother was a pianist who painted watercolors. “It was almost a demand to become proficient in music or art,” said Entrekin, and she became proficient in both; not only does she continue her work in the visual arts, she …
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Here are the things you need to know before heading out the door on April 26.
1. Weather. There is a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms today, with partly sunny skies and a high temp near 82 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. South wind is between 5 and 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Going into tonight, there will be a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with mostly cloudy skies and a low temp around 62 degrees. 2. In case you missed it. Cherokee County Mug Shots: The Cherokee County Adult Detention Center supplied Patch with the mug shots and booking reports of the inmates who appear above. At the time of reporting, none of them has been convicted of the listed charges, and all should be presumed innocent. Facebook Art Contest: Pick A Winner: We have …
Monday, April 25, 2011
The artists have submitted their work, now Patch readers, it's your turn to pick a winner.
We have received some great entries in our first Facebook Art Contest. Patch readers, now you get to decide who wins. Cast your vote and let us know which piece speaks to you the most. The entries are labeled 1-5. Vote in our comments section by noting which submission you like the most. You can also vote on Facebook. Find the Facebook Art Contest Album on our wall or under "Photos", and type the word "Vote" in the comments section under your selection. Each person is allowed two votes, one here on Patch and one on Facebook. Please use the honor system when voting. The deadline is Saturday, April 30 at 9 p.m., so spread the word to support your favorite artist, and invite others to join the voting. After that, we'll tally the votes from …
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Here are the things you need to know before heading out the door on April 20.
1. Weather. There is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms today, with mostly cloudy skies and a high temp near 78 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Calm wind is around 5 mph. The NWS predicts that rainfall amount is between a quarter and half of an inch. There will be a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight, mainly before 2 a.m., with a low temp around 60 degrees. Precipitation is in the forecast for Friday, but the weekend is expected to be sunny with highs in the low 80s. 2. In case you missed it. Late Cobb County Teacher Honored: The Goddard School in Kennesaw will host a memorial science fair and Easter egg hunt on Saturday to honor Jane Mathews, who spent 30 years in education before …
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Upload your artwork to our Facebook page for the chance to win a Patch prize and an artist spotlight on Acworth Patch.
Are you a local artist in Acworth? Would you like to gain more exposure for your work? Upload your artwork to our Facebook page for the chance to win a Patch prize and have an artist profile written about you on Acworth Patch. The rules are simple: you must be a local artist (either live, work or study in Acworth), and you must submit only one entry. Simply take a photo of your artwork (any medium), "like" our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AcworthPatch and upload the photo directly onto our wall. Don't have a Facebook account? You can also email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Facebook Art Contest" in the subject line. After we receive all the art entries, we'll ask our readers to vote. The artist who receives the…