Social Media Matters: Facebook pic leads to home invasion

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By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Friday, June 1, 2012
Metro section

Facebook pic leads to home invasion

According to a report published May 28 in Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald, a 17-year-old girl posted a photo to Facebook of her 72-year-old grandmother counting a large of amount of cash she kept at home instead of in a bank. What happened next sounds surreal, but it really happened.

About eight hours later at 11:30 p.m., two masked men broke into the home and demanded to speak to the girl.

When the girl’s mother told them that she no longer lived there, the men searched the house for the stash of money. All they came up with, though, was a smaller amount of money and some personal items.

Police are warning Facebook users not to post such pictures online and to ensure that their privacy settings are sufficiently high so as not to allow strangers to see your posts. The two men are thought to be known to the girl, however, police have not yet made any arrests.

Birdwatchers take to Twitter

If you’re a birdwatcher here in New Brunswick and have a Twitter account, be sure to follow the hashtag #nbbirds. This is the hashtag being used by birders to announce their findings and discuss birding in the province. It isn’t very active yet, but it definitely will be as it catches on and birders can find all their New Brunswick birding news conveniently located under one easy-tofind stream on Twitter.

New Brunswick political chat on Twitter

If you’re not into birding, perhaps politics are more up your alley. If so, follow the hashtag #nbpoli on Twitter. Those “in the know” in the province use that hashtag whenever discussing New Brunswick-related political and economic issues. Journalists regularly use the hashtag, as well.

If you’re looking to follow Twitter discussions on the New Brunswick Liberal Party leadership race, follow the hashtag #nblibleader.

And finally, if you’re following the upcoming provincial byelection in the riding of Rothesay, use hashtag #rsayvotes for those discussions.

Facebook hoax roundup

There are some familiar hoaxes making the rounds on Facebook again, many of them oldies but goodies.

First up, if you get a request from a friend to install a Facebook timeline removal app, ignore it. It’s a hoax. Despite what some think, the Facebook timeline is here to stay. While it seems like not all are yet being forced to use the timeline feature, it will come eventually. There is no app to remove it. (Personally, I like it.)

Also, if someone sends you a photo of a supposed mermaid’s beached skeleton, beware! It’s fake, of course, and simply a sculpture by artist Juan Cabana.

Get better engaged on Facebook

According to a report published May 25 on AllFacebook. com, Buddy Media recently released a report called 10 Tips For Better Facebook Engagement.

Among the tips listed in the article: 1) Posts containing 80 or fewer characters had 27 per cent higher engagement rates than posts longer than 80 characters; 2) Brands that posted (or scheduled posts) outside of business hours showed engagement rates 20 per cent higher than those that posted only during business hours; 3) In general, across all industries, engagement rates were 18 per cent higher on Thursdays and Fridays compared with other days of the week; 4) Posts that end with a question result in a 15 per cent higher engagement rate than posts that do not end in a question.

Come back, Crosby’s!

Crosby'sIt’s been more than seven months since Crosby’s Molasses Co. posted one of their hilarious Grandma Fancy recipe videos at As a fan, I hope to see a new video again soon!

This week’s featured YouTube channels

Every week, I feature three YouTube channels for you to check out. Have a favourite channel? Let me know about it and I may feature it here! Statistics are current to May 29.

1) American Idol (66,616 subscribers): If you’re going through American Idol withdrawal like I am, be sure to check out the show’s official YouTube channel. The videos load much more quickly than those on the show’s website. The channel’s 261 videos have a total of more than 91 million views. (Most popular video: Jessica Sanchez: I Will Always Love You – Top 13 – AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 11 – 5,784,298 views.)

2) NBC’s The Voice (61,994 subscribers): Like American Idol, The Voice’s season is now over, but you can relive your favourite moments by watching the channel’s 244 videos that have a total of more than 65 million views. (Most popular video: Maroon 5: ‘Payphone’ – 3,214,965 views.)

(Video no longer online.)

3) Diane’s Gardening Channel – Let’s Grow Green (1,944 subscribers): It’s gardening season again! If you’re looking for tips and tricks, check out any of this YouTube channel’s 267 videos (with a total of nearly 900,000 views). (Most popular gardening-related video: How to Grow Sweet Potatoes Plants in Large Tubs or Containers – 30,021 views.)

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