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Facebook's famous "like" symbol. Mlynskey2 (talk) 04:34, 10 March 2015 (UTC)

Facebook is a popular social networking site started in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg. It began as a social network of Harvard students to get to know each other but within months other colleges became part of it to. By the end of the following year Facebook was opened to the public and has been growing ever since and on the 21 July 2010 hit half a billion users.[1]

Facebook went public in 2012, offering shares at $38 a share. At the end of the first day’s trading, Facebook had a market capitalisation of US$105 billion.[2]

EIT Facebook Group

A really useful facebook group for EIT students is "EIT School of Computing" (use search) often listing job opportunities. Intended for all BCS (& associated Diploma) students, graduated & current.


There are many security issues surrounding Facebook including identity theft, malware, social engineering, phishing and privacy.

Social engineering - also called no-tech hacking - is when the identity thief surfs through profiles that have relaxed security settings or gain access by friending people. They gather the personal details that the user has freely published about themselves. These details may be adequate enough for the thief to assume the users identity. However, there is another use for these details; no-tech hacking into other accounts the user might have. This was the case 2009 when a hacker called Croll managed to gain access to some of Twitter's employee accounts just by using information that was available to the public.[3]

On Facebook third party applications can access user information. Accepting an application will grant it these rights. It is important to be careful about accepting applications because they could contain malware or phishing software. The programmers of the fake Facebook dislike button took advantage of people wanting to be able to 'dislike' rather than 'like' something and put their malicious program in that. The application granted the programmer access to the user's personal profile and details.[4]

Posting & Privacy

Before posting on Facebook there some implications to be aware of in terms of privacy and security:

  1. Be aware of your posting audience and what your settings are - who are you allowing to see what you are posting.
  2. Posts can be customize-able in terms of who can see what your posting, eg - if you are posting something you don't want your parents to see or some of your friends, you can customize who cant see the post and who can.
  3. Don't post anything you wouldn't tell some one in person
  4. Don't post anything about going away, bank details - including lost wallets/cards etc for security reasons

NatashaDrew (talk) 09:49, 16 March 2015 (UTC)

An example

Take This Lollipop” asks for access to your Facebook account in order to give you a customised video featuring a crazy-eyed, dirty-fingered man going through your Facebook profile, photos, and location information in order to hunt you down. It’s designed to prey on any Facebook privacy fears you may have, especially if you have a dirty, sweaty ex-boyfriend who resembles the guy in the video (Bill Oberst). [5] While harmless, this gives you a great insight into the sorts of data that is visible by granting an app access to your account. Try it. Take this lollipop

Resolving the Issues: Four Tips

The following tips show a few ways to be aware in an online social networking environment:[6]

  1. Understand security settings - granting everyone access to you personal information and photo is asking for trouble.
  2. Do you really have 300 friends? Don't friend just anybody, when they become a friend they can see all your information and photos and can copy any of it.
  3. Only accept applications from a trusted source.
  4. When posting consider if there is any information in the post that a malicious person could use. Good examples include location, birth date, addresses and phone numbers.

Now Pages are set up similar to Trade Me

I feel the following article is relevant to learning and teaching in Business sales and marketing online.

Pages with catchy names such as Pre-Loved have been created to Buy Sell or Swap anything from a $5 to a $300 item to a car or house. These pages have been in circulation for some time. Membership to these pages are 2,000 to 6,000 plus. They are created as private but seen by anyone but only members can post. How do you become a member? you will request and you must be nominated by 3 existing members and only then, an admin person will approve you. You must be of 18 years age and there are further rules documented to how one would sell, buy, swap or even give away. Photos of the articles are posted. Administrators do not make money so there is no fee to pay. The operation is local therefore most items are by pick up unless arranged. There a limited amount of trust in each other. Though i have not experienced issues with these pages, i must say the page that was first originally set up is more trustworthy than others which have followed the same model. However the follow list is what i do recognise that one should be aware of. Also to note from the admin rules, you can go to a mutual place for pick up.

Issues i recognise:

  1. People come to pick up items from your house now they know where you stay.
  2. To take item to a mutual place to meet wont be good on your own.
  3. Delivering to the buyers house may not be safe.

There is Learning for security purposes recognised here. The following link is a slideshare on "Face Book Marketing"

TuparoaTuparoa 10:26, 11 March 2014 (UTC)


Facebook Fan Page Customisation: Tips, Tricks, Applications (Betonio, 2010, December 19)[7]

Facebook Pages for Businesses

Facebook now offers (and has for a while) pages to businesses to create representation on the Internet for their business in a socially engineered setting.[8] Facebook claims that this will lead to increased turn over and exposure for businesses (big and small) Facebook Business pages are no different from an average users account, and has the full range of features that a usual Facebook has. Facebook also offers advertising for pages that are made on Facebook (regardless of their business status) -SamuelNZ 03:56, 3 April 2014 (UTC)

Facebook's logo. Ktaylor (talk) 09:53, 12 March 2015 (UTC)

Small business don't really end up gaining anything from Facebook and mostly end up wasting the money spent on it. Facebook asks businesses to pay for likes and also asks businesses to pay for posts. These premium rates for both is unreasonable and drives the cost of marketing on Facebook into the stratosphere. Perhaps this model works for celebrities or famous brands that can build up huge followings organically. But for small businesses that closely track their spending, Facebook Pages in their current incarnation are a bad investment. Rohan2101 (talk) 04:17, 12 March 2015 (UTC)

Facebook in the Classroom

Facebook claims that students and teachers can productively co-exist and interact on the social network, and even claims that it is a vital tool for teaching and learning in the 21st century. Last year, the company teamed up with the Education Foundation to produce a "Guide for Educators", to explain why Facebook is a good platform for collaboration within and beyond the classroom.

Rather than spend money on a bespoke software tool for collaboration between students and teachers, schools could just allow students to log onto their Facebook accounts and access material there instead. (Curtis 2014)[9]

- Mlynskey2 (talk) 04:53, 10 March 2015 (UTC)

Facebook Groups is a tool students can use to collaborate on and communicate about papers they are studying. Group privacy can be adjusted to suit the group. They can be open to the public or closed to invited individuals only.[10] Small, closed groups are an effective way for students to collaborate. - Ktaylor (talk) 09:21, 12 March 2015 (UTC)

Facebook now has a group of individuals that can work together to contribute a knowledge base. When seaching around for information regarding a topic, you could try to find it on Facebook. [11] Instead of trusting Wikipedia, just ask the crowd on Facebook, someone will be able to assist you on more of a personal level.


Kiwihedgehog (talk) 07:01, 17 March 2015 (UTC)

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A big question that may lead to problems is whether a teacher is allowed to befriend students on facebook. A fastcompany-article from 2014 ( reports about a female substitute teacher(79) from New Hampshire who was fired because she was facebook friends with 250 students. The main question raised is "Can (and should) Facebook be used to facilitate better relationships between teachers and students?"

Using Facebook for teaching is a good way of engaging students, as many of them will be on the site before, during and after the lecture. (Lipton 2011) [12]

A serviceman accesses social media channels, using a desktop computer. MOD 45156050

Powellmark94 (talk) 00:27, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

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-Phkoeller (talk) 04:00, 12 March 2015 (UTC)

Facebook is now widely used all around the world. But are students really agree with using Facebook for teaching and learning? There are lots of friends in their Facebook, they may not want to share or discuss their assignments with their tutor openly. (Meyer 2015)[13]


Joyceyi (talk) 04:03, 19 March 2015 (UTC)


Facebook Year in Review Feature

Facebook has new feature called, Year in Review. Whereas, Facebook reminding you what exactly you have posted on your timeline a year ago, or few years ago such as a photo or just a normal post. It will appear on your News Feed on the same date. User will get a preview of that post and it is really up to the user to repost it or not.Delosa1 (talk)


VmvIcon References.png References

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  10. Help Centre. (2014). How are Pages different from groups? Which one should I create?' Retrieved 12 March, 2015, from
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