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Facebook to offer email, now AOL cries “look at me!” Oh boy.

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This week, it is expected that Facebook will announce a new email platform to supplement their current social networking offering. The response was quite mixed in the tech world as Facebook advocates swear the world needs an alternative to Gmail (although most people in the know would disagree), while others swore off any possibility of using the service given the existing cavalier attitude toward privacy by Facebook execs.

We asked all of you to take a flash poll to take a pulse on how the real estate community feels about using the new Facebook email coming out soon and although it’s just a sampling, the results are relatively consistent with other polls we now see floating around. The trend in our industry is that Facebook email will be claimed by all so others cannot take their name, but not for actual use. The AG Flash Poll results are as follows:

To clarify the second chart, when we asked “will you actually use Facebook mail?” here is what you said:

  • 59% No, I don’t need yet one *more* place to be. Duh.
  • 13% No, not until it is a proven, stable email service.
  • 21% Yes, but only as an alternate/additional email service.
  • 7% Yes, I will replace my current email service with it.

In a fast moving world where Google is the reigning king of email, calendars, mobile mapping apps, etc. Facebook will likely be appealing to people not in the tech circles or in the professional world. Is this yet one more move to make Facebook more like MySpace?

In steps AOL… I’m trying not to laugh…

AOL is no longer famous for the “you’ve got mail” tagline, rather the “we buy web content” buys they continue to make. AOL is heavily leveraged in several top blogs (like TechCrunch) and is snatching up blogs left and right in a move to remain relevant. This week, they are crying “look at me! I did email first!” by beta testing their new email system, “Project Phoenix” which looks a heck of a lot like Gmail and offers to bring over your Yahoo! messaging as well as Gmail messages, chat and the like.

Why does your email service provider matter? It’s not just about what others think, it’s about functionality, features, flexibility, privacy, stability and more. Facebook sends me messages days after someone has sent them and sometimes they simply disappear. AOL is where we used chat in the 1990s with the well rehearsed A/S/L line that we all faked for fun. I’m not alone in my inability to take either seriously, take a look at what famous web artist, Matt Inman charted about what people read into your email address:

I’m sticking with my own domain which forwards to my Gmail which I use as home base. What are your email plans? What are you sticking with, dumping or trying out?

BONUS: if you’re an email snob like me, Inman did another web comic called “If you do this in an email, I hate you.” You’re welcome.

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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  1. Bryan Thompson

    November 15, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Absolutely hilarious! I wouldn’t use Facemail and I definitely wouldn’t use AOL 88.0

  2. Ashley

    November 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    I’m with you on sticking with the domain name forwarded to gmail.

    However, I’m happy with an email like setup in the messaging department of Facebook. Will I forward my gmail account to it? NO.

  3. Missy Caulk

    November 15, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Same as you, my own domain, and have gmail forward to it.

  4. Ann Cummings

    November 16, 2010 at 5:48 am

    I use my own domain. I can’t imagine using FB email at this point, and why would anyone do that, especially with all the privacy issues that continue to crop up almost daily over there. Love the chart with this article!

  5. Paula Henry

    November 16, 2010 at 5:50 am

    I’ll keep what I have – my own domain and gmail.

  6. Julia

    November 16, 2010 at 11:33 am

    I’m another ‘owndomain.com’ to gmail kinda gal. For each of my websites (and they are legion) I have a separate email acct and they all route through the same gmail account.

    I voted for getting facemail but not really using it. FB is a great way to contact someone if you don’t have phone or email address for them. I’m assuming their email service will make that easier as well…

  7. Ruthmarie Hicks

    November 16, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Gmail – that’s my story and I’m sticking with it! Gotta get to that domain name thing though. It’s been an identity crisis that has held me back. I really don’t want the “Ruthmarie” in the domain. It’s clunky, awkward and hard to remember. (I answer to “hey you!” on reflex because very few people can remember my oddball name.) But on Google – its an awesome name to have. Google my name and page after page all about me. It’s even got my publications from when I was academia. So I feel I gotta keep it in the domain name.

    AOL is launching “The Patch” all over Westchester NY. Very local content. This is national effort. Our area is being saturated with patches. So far there is the New Rochelle Patch, the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Patch, the Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Patch, The Dobbs Ferry Patch, the Bronxville-Eastchester Patch, the Harrison Patch and they just launched the White Plains Patch. Check it out if you like – whiteplains.patch.com/ – I am speaking with the editor about a weekly real estate column.

    Word of warning if you look – you will see the seedy details of our mayor on trial for spousal abuse. I see its on the front page. It’s a 3-ring circus with several complete morons positioning themselves to take the current mayors place should he be convicted.

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New Reddit policy on impersonation mimics other social media giants

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Reddit is the latest social media company to change their policy to protect against deepfake impersonation, because of the harm they can cause.

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Reddit is the latest social media company making updates to their rules and policies ahead of the 2020 election. Companies like Facebook, Twitter, and now Reddit are all trying to make the social internet a safer place to receive information.

Reddit’s new policy officially bans impersonation with the goal of handling “bad actors who are trying to manipulate Reddit, particularly are issues of great public significance, like elections.”

Deepfakes have become a key topic of conversation the last few years. In the wake of the mass spreading of misinformation during the 2016 presidential election, users have grown wearier than ever of the information they see online. Deepfakes are no longer a niche subject, but an everyday pain point that technology companies are scrambling to control.

In a statement made on r/redditsecurity, Reddit informed users of the change to website policy stating, “Reddit does not allow content that impersonates individuals or entities in a misleading or deceptive manner. This not only includes using a Reddit account to impersonate someone, but also encompasses things such as domains that mimic others, as well as deepfakes or other manipulated content presented to mislead, or falsely attributed to an individual or entity.”

The platform isn’t trying to make a mass change to it’s often humor driven culture. Parody and satire are still allowed forms of impersonation so long as the joke is obvious. Reddit has vowed to always take context into account when looking at cases of user impersonation.

It’s a good sign for society when popular social platforms start taking their role in controlling the spread of false information seriously. Companies like Reddit are in a position to create real change in the way we spread and consume information about major global events.

What’s unclear is how much man power these companies are putting behind their policies. Reddit ends their statement by pointing users to a report form that users can submit if they or someone else is the victim of impersonation. The question users should be asking is how long would it take to get a response or see action on these reports?

Policy changes are great, but if companies are simply throwing them onto their fine print with no resources behind enforcement then it’s not social change, it’s just legal jargon to protect their ass.

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Image size is a vital factor into usability of your brand

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Keep all of your social media profiles and products looking their best with the social media image size cheat sheet for 2020.

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We can safely say that the one thing social media will assuredly do in 2020 is only get more powerful. As such, it’s important to keep up with the sizing information for social media images to keep all of your profiles looking fresh. Make A Website Hub has the official rundown in their annual Social Media Image Sizes Cheat Sheet.
Twitter:
• Profile Photo: 400 x 400 pixels / Displays at 200 x 200 pixels (a maximum 100 KB file size)
• Header Photo: 1500 x 500 pixels (a maximum 10 MB file size)
• In-stream Photo: 440 x 220 pixels (a maximum 5 MB file size for photos and 3 MB file size for animated gifs)

Facebook:
• Cover Photo: 820 x 310 pixels (a preferred maximum file size of 100 KB)
• Profile Picture: 180 x 180 pixels
• Shared Image: 1200 x 630 pixels
• Shared Link: 1200 x 627
• Event Image: 1920 x 1080 px (Shows in feed: 470 × 174 pixels)
• Highlighted Image: 1200 x 717 pixels (appears on profile at 843 x 504 pixels)

Google+:
• Profile Image: 250 x 250 pixels
• Cover Picture: 1080 x 608 pixels
• Shared Image: 497 x 373 pixels

Instagram:
• Profile Picture: 110 x 110 pixels
• Photo Size: 1080 x 1080 pixels
• Video to Stories: 750 x 1334 pixels
• Photo Thumbnails: 161 x 161 pixels

Pinterest:
• Profile Picture: 165 x 165 pixels
• Board Display Image: 222 x 150 pixels
• Pin Sizes: a width of 238 pixels (with scaled height)

Tumblr:
• Profile Image: 128 x 128 pixels
• Image Posts: 500 x 750 pixels

YouTube:
• Channel Cover Picture: 2560 x 1440 pixels (for desktop), 1855 x 423 pixels (for tablets), 1546 x 423 pixels (for smartphones), and 2560 x 1440 pixels (for TV)
• Video Uploads: 1280 x 760 pixels

LinkedIn:
• Personal Page
o Personal Background image: 1584 x 396px
o Standard Logo: 400 x 400 pixels
o Profile image: 400 x 400 pixels
• Company/Brand Page
o Background image: 1536 x 768px
o Standard Logo: 400 x 400px
o Business / Career Cover Picture: 974 x 330 pixels
o Square Logo: 60 x 60px
o Business Banner Image: 646 x 220 pixels
o Standard Logo: 400 x 400px

Ello:
• Banner image: 2560 x 1440 pixels
• Profile image:360 x 360 pixels

WeChat:
• Profile Photo: 200 x 200 pixels
• Article Preview Header: 900 x 500 pixels
• Article Preview Thumbnail Image: 400 x 400 pixels (Displays at 200 x 200 pixels)
• Article Inline Image: 400 px x Any size px

Weibo:
• Cover Image: 920 x 300 px
• Profile Pictures: 200 x 200px (Displays at 100 x 100 px)
• Banner: 560 x 260 px
• Instream: 120 x 120 px
• Contest Preview: 640 x 640 px

Snapchat:
• Geofilter: 1080 x 1920

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Facebook wants to show how “inclusive” it is with new logo

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Facebook has a new logo, but you won’t see any change on the mobile app. The social network giant wants to expand to be more inclusive with this logo

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Facebook has a new logo, but you won’t see any change on the mobile app. It’s easy to think of Facebook as just the social network where you avoid (or start) political debates with friends and family, but that’s just a piece of the picture. The new logo reflects Facebook’s ongoing expansion as a company beyond their original social network.

Facebook’s roots as a social networking company are undeniable. People have been using the platform to connect with family and friends across the globe since 2004. For many of us, Facebook is part of our everyday lives. It’s how we chat with friends across the globe, meet our partners, join communities, and sometimes it’s even part of our work life.

We have seen Facebook take on some big new projects this year including the announcement of Facebook Horizon, a social virtual reality world expected to launch in 2020. Facebook’s identity as a company now expands far beyond the Facebook app.

Facebook is the parent company of 74 companies including some equally popular and well-known apps such as Instagram and Whatsapp. The company operates out of 60 offices world-wide and employs over 43,000 people.

The new logo is part of an effort to create a clearer distinction between Facebook the parent company and Facebook the social network.

According to Facebook, “The new company branding is designed to help us better represent the diversity of products we build, establish a distinction from the Facebook app and communicate our purpose in the world.”

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The main design differences between the two logos are the font and the color. The corporate logo is designed in all caps using a font designed in-house. The type is san serif and open with consistent letter width throughout.

Unlike the true shade of blue that we all associate with the social network’s logo, the color of the new corporate logo will be fluid. The color will change depending on the environment such as the product it’s promoting. The corporate logo can be depicted as either solid colors or a gradient.
Facebook has been more than just a social network for a long time, now their logo can help them reflect that.

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