I always thought it was peculiar when a friend, or family member, announced on Facebook, that his or her father died. What was more shocking was when the sorrowful post received 100 “likes.”
I could never figure out if that meant Facebook members were happy that the father died or they just wanted to acknowledge the post. Of course, I knew that it meant “acknowledgement,” but it still disturbed me.
Voila! Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg must have sensed my frustration. In a recent meeting, he admitted the company was working on a way for Facebook users to show “empathy” when it was inappropriate to “Like.”
Zuckerberg said they were not going to produce a “Dislike” button because he was not interested in turning Facebook into a platform “where people voted up or down.”
Therefore, Facebook is contemplating a “Sorry” button because they feel it’s more appropriate. Nothing has been finalized.
Watch the video to hear Zuckerberg talk about the possibilities.
I was stunned tonight when I saw a post from Sheryl Sandberg on my Facebook feed. I can only assume that everyone got it. Over hundred thousand people instantly commented on her post wishing her nothing but the best.
The post is so sad to read even though it is a beautiful tribute to her husband, Dave Goldberg. The world has changed. Sheryl decided to share her emotions publicly on social media. Years ago, we all privately mourned. Maybe it’s better just to belt it out.
In any case, it is heartbreaking.
My friend’s father, a big time judge, died when he couldn’t get his iPhone to work. He mastered the iPad, but at 87, for some reason, his new iPhone was giving him trouble. He tried to work it for days. One night he told his wife, “I will never get this thing.” He had his dinner, went to sleep and never got up.
When I heard this story I thought to myself, “I can totally relate.” Not that I think I’m going to die, but I actually felt the Judge’s exasperation. We all get challenged by technology from time to time. If the Internet goes down, or I lost my passwords, or even if I can’t check-out of an online store, I get so frustrated. The out-of-control sensation really makes you feel like you are on the outside, looking in. You feel totally disconnected. I wonder if the judge felt so overwhelmed that he just gave up?
I just wanted to share that story with you. Don’t give up. Call on someone to help you, I do that everyday.
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On a personal note.
Introducing the other H in HWH PR. Stanley Hochstadt, a prince of a man. It’s been years since we’ve seen each other, but I still feel close to him. I just became friends with him and his wife Sandy on Facebook. Thank you social media.
Sandy and Stanley Hochstadt
This may have been all over the mainstream press the other day, but I just wanted to point out that I find it pretty amazing that a successful person like Mark Zuckerberg just keeps accomplishing new challenges all the time. If I were him, I would probably be sitting on a lounge chair on some beach somewhere, watching the world go by.
The Facebook founder surprised a audience of students at Tsinghua University in Beijing earlier this week by speaking to them in Mandarin Chinese. The video above captures that moment.
His first words were, “I’m very glad to be in Beijing. I love this city. My Chinese is really a mess, but I study using Chinese every day.”
Nevertheless, he still managed to speak for a half hour on what Facebook is doing in China. I wonder what Zuckerberg’s true motivation was to learn a very difficult language. He’s married to a Chinese woman, Priscilla Chan, who was there to guide him all the way. Or, will there be some major growth spurts for Facebook in the Chinese market. We are just seeing the first signs now. Maybe, we all should be learning the language.
You are not going to believe this. The
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department recently reported that local area residents call 911 when their Facebook doesn’t work.
While this is pretty funny, it’s also very sad. So many of us are addicted to social media. The minute it doesn’t work, we impulsively call the cops.
Facebook reported that “nervous residents feared that they were permanently cut off from the world of pictures of friends and their meals. They had been choking 911 and the regular police number.”
I also guess that Facebook is, for many folks, their connection to the outside world. Without it, they panic. I know many of my friends are Facebook voyeurs. They never post. They just snoop.
Okay by me.
I have been bossy my entire life. I’m bossy in my business life as well as my personal one. I’m sure that plenty of people have called me bossy behind my back. They certainly have to my face. I know that I must not have liked It at the time but it never altered my life one bit nor did it give me much grief.
Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Marketing Officer of Facebook, has started a worldwide campaign through her Lean In organization to ban the word “bossy” when it comes to describing women because it has caused major career setbacks. Sandberg also said it deflates a young woman’s self esteem and discourages her from becoming a leader.
While I agree with Sandberg that calling someone bossy could be discouraging and hurtful, it should not be that painful for any woman.
This kind of thinking reminds me of the women I know who are afraid to walk Into a Louis Vuitton or Gucci store because they feel intimidated. That infuriates me because the sales staff are ordinary ladies who are taught to adopt a certain attitude. I tell friends to pretend they are the female version of Richard Gere in Pretty Woman. They have to demand that the retail staff suck up to them. It works every time.
My advice to women is to get a number of significant achievements under their belts before acting like a know-it-all. No one likes a smarty-pants. Once they have made their mark, then they can start asserting themselves. By the way, this is true for men too. Exercise common sense. You can’t go wrong.
Ever since I heard about Facebook buying WhatsApp a few weeks ago for billions of dollars, I really wanted to spell out this unbelievable story for you. Between some research on my part with business friends and a great story that is about to be published in Forbes, you will have enough of the facts to talk about it with your children and grandchildren
I doubt that when Jan Koum, 38 and Brian Acton, 42, founders of WhatsApp, started their company in 2009, they ever thought they would become billionaires just five years. But that’s exactly what happened when Facebook bought WhatsApp for $4 billion in cash, $12 billion in stock plus $3 billion in restricted shares.
WhatsApp is an instant message company that has handled 10 billion messages per day.
Koum was an engineer who moved from Ukraine to the U.S. with very little money. He will join the Facebook board and, after taxes, pocket $6.8 billion.
Acton was ex-Yahoo engineer who got turned down for jobs at Twitter and Facebook. He will make $3 billion after tax.
WhatsApp only generated $20 million in revenue but Zuckerberg believes this app is going to make him a lot of money.
Read the inside scoop from Forbes on WhatsApp by just clicking here.