Posts Tagged ‘MySpace’

KY Bar: Calls Out Social Media in Proposed Regs.

November 24, 2010

Here is the link to the article I posted in my group “Lawyers who Tweet” about the Kentucky Bar’s proposed regulation of social media.   And here is the text of the proposed rules.

Two thoughts:

  • How can the Kentucky Bar Association single out “social media” from other kinds of Internet activity?  The amendment blithely mentions that non-legal comments on social media websites such as Facebook” and MySpace won’t be subject to advertising regulations.  What about LinkedIn?  Is that also considered a social networking website where comments will be regulated?
  • Its seems to me that regulating “comments” goes to the heart of First Amendment protection.  Advertisements are static communications that reach a broad audience while comments are situational and may only reach on person or very few.  This regulation seems designed to “chill” speech by making attorneys wary of posting anything on a social networking site, afraid it might be construed as advertising.

Companies: take a tip from job seekers

February 8, 2010

This article discusses how job seekers need to post information to their social networking profiles as if the HR person at a company was reading them.  This is the same approach the employers can use with its workers.  Explain how it’s in the employees’ interest to treat their social networking  efforts to best reflect on them as employees.  Can’t hurt at promotion time or in these turbulent days, in case of layoffs.

Facebook MySpace remove sex offender profiles

December 28, 2009

New York State passed a law, Electronic Security and Targeting of Online Predators Act (e-STOP), that requires that sex offenders register with the State, which in turn passes their details onto social networking site operators.  As result, Facebook terminated more than 3,000 accounts and MySpace, nearly 2,000.

 This article wonders if this move will prompt litigation.

Difference a year makes: Facebook pummels MySpace

October 28, 2009

According to the data from Experian Hitwise, Facebook has not only increased its share of social networking hits 200% but now makes up a majority of social networking hits, period.  MySpace has fallen to 30% from leading with two thirds of all social networking hits last year.  Twitter?  Less than 2% and LinkedIn doesn’t appear at all.  Not sure why.


MySpace posting allowed by Indiania high court

October 16, 2009

In a brutal murder case where the defendant was claiming temporary insanity before the trial, a posting to his MySpace profile, undercut these claims.  The Supreme Court found that his MySpace posting was admissible to his state of mind at the time of the trial.


MySpace not liable for attacks from sexual predators

July 5, 2009

“MySpace is immune from liability in cases of sexual assaults stemming from people meeting through the site, a California appeals court ruled. Four girls, aged 13 to 15, sued the social networking Web site after they were assaulted by men they met online.”


Facebook as a cyberbully tool

April 23, 2009

Will 2009 be the year the media exposes the “dark side” of Web 2.0?  With the Craigslist killer and Facebook bullies, it seems likely to happen.  Will it matter?  Probably not.  The Internet is our societal mirror.  If we don’t like what we see, what can we do?  Shutdown the Internet?

Case in point:

“In summer 2007, a music professor at BU was shocked to learn that he had a Facebook page — in his name, with a recent photo and a spot-on bio. But, the professor recalls, “embedded in the document were really scurrilous things that were reputed to have been said by me, and they were quite unpleasant and ugly and immature.”

The remarks provoked a steady stream of online rants and insults. The professor, who asked BU Today not to publish his name, had no idea how long the page had been up or what to do about it. He suspected a disgruntled former student — there had been a few over the years — but had no clue which one.

After many phone calls and sleepless nights, with the help of a friend’s daughter who knew someone at Facebook, the professor persuaded site administrators to remove the page. “It was incredibly anxiety-producing,” he recalls. “I didn’t know how long this would go on. You’re forced into the fairly lonely situation of going to see an attorney and facing the prospect of some kind of litigation.”


Social media Saturdays

January 18, 2009

Another inauguration!   I’m getting new administration fever. Earlier today, I started a Craiglist Scam Watch and now I’ve decided on a Saturday special dealing with social networking.

At first I thought, “me, write on social media?  what do I know?” And then I thought, I’m doing it.  I’ve formed some habits and practices.  I’ve had my ups and downs.  I’m on my learning curve. Why not me?  So here it goes..

Social media is overwhelming

I didn’t feel that way about blogging.  That I understood.  A website with chronologically organized content.   No, it was the Linkedin, the MySpace, the Facebook, the Digg, the Delicious, the Zoominfo, the Jigsaw and most of all, the Twitter.  What got me wasn’t really the number of different social media websites but the why???  Why should I use any of these?  Why should I use some but not others?  Do I really have to learn new paradigms at my age?

Social media is doing it

I decided not stress over the “why” once I realized lots of seemingly sane people were doing it.  I thought, I’ll just do it too. I started with Linkedin. I learned how to add my content, to aggressively connect with a range of people I’ve done business with and whom I want to stay connect too.  I learned how to download data from Linkedin to a contact manager, how to join groups, get alerts about what had changed on people’s profiles, how to ask and answer questions, link-up my blog and website. Suddenly as I did all this I realized the why.  Because it shows people you network with a lot of great information about who you are, who you know, your expertise and business interests that makes sense to maintain on Linkedin rather than your own site. Besides, the connection you have with others is objective validation of your worth beyond what you say about yourself on a website.


Don’t expect to understand the value of social media from an article, book and conversation.  You need to do it and if you are in business, whatever business, you should do it because it maybe the most targeted and effective marketing you can do without spending much money.  Next time my experience (so far) with Twitter.