Stories from the Week that Was – 7/1/12-7/7/12

Here are the top stories I followed this week:

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Patent Bullies Can Hit and Run

Defunct copyright troll Righthaven seeks resurrection

Hold Your Flow! Yoga Sequences Not Copyrightable

Drones decimating Taliban in Pakistan

U.S. drone ‘hijackings’ raise security concerns

Charles Carreon drops lawsuit against @TheOatmeal’s Matthew Inman

Facebook Users Hijack Walmart Campaign to Exile Pitbull to Remote Island

Yahoo and Facebook settle patent lawsuit with strategic deal

“Man is a slow, sloppy and brilliant thinker; the machine is fast, accurate and stupid.”  ~William M. Kelly

Stories from the Week that Was – 5/20/12-5/26/12

Pakistan Blocks Twitter

The Failures of the Facebook Generation in the Arab Spring

IP-Address Can’t Even Identify a State, BitTorrent Judge Rules

Drones Take Flight For Civilian Use

7 Ways To Get Yourself Detained Indefinitely

UK ‘cookie law’ takes effect: What you need to know

“A patent is property carried to the highest degree of abstraction—a right in rem to exclude, without a physical object or content.” -Oliver Wendell Holmes

Stories from the Week that Was – 5/6/12-5/12/12

A mid-week election saw Richard Mourdock topple long-standing Republican Senator Richard Lugar. Has anybody bothered to ask Mourdock or (Democrat rival) Joe Donnelly’s thoughts on legislation like CISPA and SNOPA? Not this week, when all the talk was about Zuckerberg’s hoodie and President Obama’s evolution on same-sex marriage.

Why the New gTLDs Don’t Matter

Clicking ‘Like’ on Facebook Is Not Protected Speech, Judge Rules

Property rights in the cloud: Your data or theirs?

Twitter Defends User In Court Over Occupy Tweets

Think That Email Isn’t a Contract? Think Again

Facebook bans Grooveshark over copyright complaint

How Should We Measure Damages for Defamation Over Social Media?

Mars Rover Opportunity Rolling Again After Winter Break

New NDAA Would Give the Military Clandestine Cyberwar Powers

“All of my friends who have younger siblings who are going to college or high school – my number one piece of advice is: You should learn how to program.” – Mark Zuckerberg

Stories from the Week that Was – 4/22/12-4/28/12

Stories from the Week that Was – 4/22/12-4/28/12

US says intellectual property supports 40 million jobs

How CISPA will affect us [infographic]

Facebook Signs $550M Patent Deal

Judge Adds #Hashtags To Twitter Ruling

House passes CISPA with a vote of 248 to 168

Social Networking Online Protection Act (#SNOPA) Introduced To Protect Users From Having To Divulge Personal Info

Will ’emoticon defense’ disprove cyberbullying?

Why Is a Patent Troll in Luxembourg Suing U.S. Public Transit Agencies?

CISPA: Next Steps

“If you value liberty, privacy and the Constitution, then you will vote no on CISPA.” – Congressman Hank Johnson (D-Ga)




Stories from the Week that Was – 4/8/12-4/14/12

Stories from the Week that Was – 4/8/12-4/14/12

President Obama Signs Into Law The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act

Amazon will now buy your old CDs

Maryland becomes first state to ban employers from asking for social media passwords

Warning from the USPTO Concerning Unofficial Trademark Solicitations

U.S. sees warmest March in recorded history, NOAA reports

SF Students Suspended & Barred From Walking At Graduation Because They Joked About Teachers On A Blog

Facebook To Acquire Instagram For $1 Billion

“Relying on the government to protect your privacy is like asking a peeping tom to install your window blinds.” – John Perry Barlow

Stories from the Week that Was – 1/29/12-2/4/12

Stories from the Week that Was – 1/29/12-2/4/12

I’m sure there was plenty going on this week but I was pre-disposed with the Super Bowl in Indianapolis.

NLRB Acting General Counsel releases new memo on social media cases

Facebook and Twitter: Key moments in social media law [Infographic]

Facebook’s Registration Statement on Form S-1

5 Ways Twitter Is Changing Media Law

Hate to admit it but Indianapolis has been best Super Bowl site ever

“It is not enough that you should understand about applied science in order that your work may increase man’s blessings. Concern for man himself and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors, concern fo the great unsolved problems of organization of labor and the distribution of goods — in order that the creations of our mind shall be a blessing and not a curse to mankind. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.” Albert Einstein, in an address at Cal Tech, 1931.

Stories from the Week that Was – 11/20-11/26/11

Stories from the Week that Was – 11/20-11/26/11

Fighting The Pseudonym Cyberwar

The Facebook Parents’ Dilemma: COPPA and my daughter turn 13

Google Now Censors The Pirate Bay, isoHunt, 4Shared and More

Copyright and the First Amendment: The Unexplored, Unbroken Historical Practice

Feds Seize 130+ Domain Names in Mass Crackdown

Rogues Falsely Claim Copyright on YouTube Videos to Hijack Ad Dollars

“I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours.”  John F. Kennedy

Stories from the Week that Was – 11/6-11/12/11

Stories from the Week that Was – 11/6-11/12/11

Don’t Believe Facebook, Spotify’s The Only Open Graph Music App Winning

Two-thirds support social networking blackout in future riots

Facebook nears settlement with FTC on privacy

Social Media Impact by Nonprofit Issues [Infographic]

Six-year project to tweet the Second World War

“If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

Businesses, Know thy Facebook Admin

The new Facebook Pages (which I personally think are a nice upgrade) just made the workplace social media equation a little more complicated. Pages now act and feel like personal profiles and your organization’s Page can now post updates directly on other Pages’ Walls. The upgrade could be great for B2B networking, but it also enhances legal risks to Page admins and their organizations.

New Page Example: After logging in and upgrading the Page, I switched my Facebook access over to control of the Vonnegut Library (just click “Use Facebook as Page” under “Account” and it gives you a full list of the pages you admin).

Then I went to Nuvo‘s wall and posted a message. (Thanks Nuvo!) Rather than posting as Kenan Farrell, I’m now able to post as the Vonnegut Library.  For comparison, I also posted an update on Nuvo’s wall the “ol’-fashion” way, by tagging Nuvo in a status update.

While controlling a Page, the Notifications will be your Page’s notifications rather than personal notifications. The Friend tab will be all the folks who’ve “Liked” your Page.

You can see on the right in the image above, under the list of Admins, “Use Facebook as Kenan.” Facebook has made it extremely easy to switch back and forth between personal and business identities.

This upgrade goes a long way toward allowing businesses* to communicate independently of a particular individual’s identity. No longer restricted to their own Walls, Pages can go forth throughout Facebook and spread their unique message. Pages now allow organizations to more directly have a unified, branded voice in Facebook politics:

My caution to businesses…know your Page admins. Don’t give your company’s bullhorn to someone with whom you’ve had no discussion about communication strategy. Make sure they understand what is and isn’t appropriate to be saying on behalf of the company. Make sure they understand proper usage of trademarks, both yours and those of 3rd parties.

Admins must be increasingly mindful of which account they are posting from, especially since it is now so easy to switch back and forth between personal and business accounts (or switch to another unrelated Page account. I manage 8 accounts myself…what might be appropriate for one Page may not be from another). Defamation, privacy and securities lawsuits await the casual admin who makes personal comments from a business Page. FTC and unfair competition lawsuits await those who make business comments from a personal account (e.g. false testimonials, unsolicited endorsements).

Related note: be sure to have a CEO, owner or some other key employee listed as an Admin. With all the recent news about companies losing their domain names to wayward IT staff, you want to be sure you have a stake in your organization’s Facebook Page.

What do you think of the new Facebook Pages? A business communications boon or a legal minefield?

(*I use the term “business” broadly above. Read it to include most anybody who has a Page they’re using to promote a product or service.)