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Facebook used by divorce lawyers in USA

Posted on July 1, 2010

This may sounds obvious to most (though perhaps not to some knucklehead celebrities such as Ashley Cole) but when you’re going through a divorce, don’t go and post photos of your new woman on Facebook when you still have your estranged wife or her friends linked to your profile.

Now, Ashley Cole hasn’t done this himself (though that could have been merely due to the social networking ban the England team faced while they were in South Africa, so stay tuned) but it is incredibly common according to US divorce lawyers; so common in fact that divorce lawyers in the US regularly use Facebook as a means of gathering evidence – and it’s like shooting fish in a barrel.

According to figures from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a monumental (and frightening) 81% of people involved in divorce cases in the US have either used evidence gathered from social networking websites, or faced it! The sites in question include Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and even business website LinkedIn and video sharing site YouTube – the mind boggles as to what people must be uploading to YouTube.

Facebook is the biggest source of evidence online for divorce lawyers, with 66% of all Internet evidence coming from the website. 15% of evidence from online sources comes from MySpace, and just 5% from Twitter.

Linda Lea Viken is the president of the American (more…)

Posted by Carl Hopkinson

Rupert Murdoch wants to charge users to access NewsCorp websites

Posted on October 11, 2009

Rupert Murdoch and Homer Simpson

Rupert Murdoch and Homer Simpson

Rupert Murdoch may be one of the most powerful men in the world when it comes to news publishing, but he’s proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that when it comes to the Internet he is but a ‘newb’.

Murdoch has long been outspoken over the evils of Google and the darn search engine’s insistence on ‘publishing’ content from NewsCorp websites both in the organic listings, and in Google News. Murdoch doesn’t like the fact that Google uses its content and offers it up for its billions (read that Rupert, BILLIONS) of daily users. No, Murdoch would rather Google left NewsCorp’s websites well alone, as I’m sure we all would.

No, hang on… Google sends most websites the lion share of their traffic (they certainly do for us at StuckOn and we can estimate they do for NewsCorp as well) so if NewsCorp manages to remove itself from Google’s index, how will anyone find it?

Actually, that doesn’t matter either because Murdoch also wants to charge (more…)

Posted by Carl Hopkinson

Archbishop Vincent Nichols attacks social networking websites

Posted on August 6, 2009

Facebook has been in the news quite a bit recently as it has been causing problems for school teachers and cheerleading coaches alike; now the social networking giant has come under fire from an Archbishop, who has attacked all social networking websites and the Internet as a whole.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols has attacked the Internet, social networking and email as causing young people to seek ‘more’ friends instead of creating genuine ones. He claims that the Internet is affecting community life in a negative way.

He also blames transient friendships forged on the Internet are to blame for suicides.

According to Archbishop Vincent Nichols, today’s young are losing (more…)

Posted by Carl Hopkinson

Who’s got their Facebook username?

Posted on June 13, 2009

Hands up those who woke up at 5:00am this morning to secure their own name as a Facebook username.

No, we didn’t either. But we did manage to get ours when we eventually logged on at a more civilised hour. This now means that people can start SEO their own names, promote themselves and gain exposure online using Facebook in a way that they couldn’t before.

Of course URLs of this type have been available on MySpace from day one, so only now is Facebook catching up with the needs of the public for ‘vanity URLs’, as they’re (more…)

Posted by Carl Hopkinson

MySpace to wage war on Facebook

Posted on May 31, 2009

The world of online marketing moves so fast that if you stand still, someone will pass you by. Failure to react to this could see you left far behind as your competitors build an unassailable lead over you. It has happened to many businesses over the years, big and small. It has also happened to some of the largest online businesses as well, such as MySpace.

MySpace used to be the place to go for community, interaction and entertainment for the young. It offered a voice for those who felt they weren’t being heard and a chance for people to interact in a way they couldn’t do in the real world.

Then came Facebook. Originally just for the elite, but then opened up for everyone, Facebook overtook MySpace like an Enzo Ferrari passing a Vauxhall Corsa. It had a crisp, clean design. It had widgets. It had a sublime photo gallery system (which has since put Flickr to the sword as well) and it was opened up to developers to create addons for the platform, meaning everyone could have a truly unique space of their own online (without the awful music and stylesheets that dogged MySpace).

Facebook was the new king, and MySpace was left reeling.

Not anymore though, as MySpace’s bosses at News Corp have announced changes are afoot, and changes that will (more…)

Posted by Cheryl Mathews

Learn to make money online for FREE

Posted on May 28, 2009

Everyone wants to know how to make money over the Internet, it’s the perfect dream. You can stay at home while the money rolls in via your computer. However, the reality is a little more difficult as earning money online isn’t as easy as it seems, and most people who try to do it end up failing.

Luckily, US Internet entrepreneur ‘ShoeMoney’ (real name Jeremy Shoemaker) is offering a free 12 week course in just that: Making money online.

For those who don’t know, ShoeMoney is one of the leading Internet experts on making money online and has his finger in more pies than John Prescott. ShoeMoney offers advice to people who are looking to follow in his footsteps (more…)

Posted by Cheryl Mathews

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