750 Million Users…Mwa ha ha ha
Reports are swirling about Facebook’s latest and greatest milestone. “A source close to the company” informed Techcrunch that the social media giant has reached and surpassed the 750 million user mark. This feat comes less than one year after reaching 500 million users. While the company has not confirmed or denied the report, it’s not hard to believe. Nowadays it’s hard to find someone other than your grandparents who don’t have a Facebook page….well actually; my grandfather is on Facebook more often than I am. I think I’ve proven my point.
However you want to call it, Facebook has teamed up with yet another big name: Netflix. Reed Hastings, Netflix chief executive, is now working on the executive board at the social media giant. The reason being to make Facebook a more video friendly site
Facebook plans to become a place for users to upload and share videos, much like it has been for pictures. There are also hints that make it appear that Facebook is looking to stream production videos, so the new Netflix partnership will undoubtedly aid in that regard.
Facebook Used as a Tool in Hostage Situation
Picture it: An Ogden, Utah gang member, holding a woman hostage is engaged in a 16-hour standoff with police. The motel where the man is taking refuge is surrounded by SWAT teams, the man is wielding a gun, and he does what any criminal in his situation would do – gets on Facebook.
Yes, that right. Jason Valdez, 36-year-old Nortenos gang member, posted six status updates, added 15 new friends, and answered numerous comments made by friends and family who were watching the stand-off as it happened on the social media site on Saturday morning. Valdez claims that the woman in the motel room with him was there by free will, however after she requested to leave and he denied her request, she then became his hostage.
Valdez eventually shot himself in the chest and is currently in stable condition at a local hospital. The female hostage was unharmed and no charges are being filed against her, which won’t necessarily be the case for some of Valdez’ Facebook friends. Those users who utilized the social media site to give Valdez tips as to the locations of police officers could face charges relating to the obstruction of justice.