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The following article is a very good read for awareness in the use of Facebook and the information, pictures that we post when we use Facebook.

The lead-off for this week’s Facebook Follies has to be the Vancouver riots. Canadians love their hockey. When an upstart American hockey team from Boston stole their fire (er, ice?) in this year’s Stanley Cup Finals, Vancouver Canucks fans took to the streets to riot, smashing windows, flipping cars, robbing stores, and generally causing lots of mayhem.

As you would expect, many photos and videos were taken, and some of the rioters felt compelled to document their participation via Facebook. That may get them put in the penalty box. One outraged Maple Leafer, upset about the destruction of the city, began collecting incriminating Facebook updates and photos from various social media sites on a Tumbler called Vancouver 2011 Riot Criminal List (Tagline: “Anonymous crime in a Web 2.0 world? I don’t think so!”).

Now, the police are using that with social media sleuthing, along withfacial recognition technology from Canada’s insurance companies, to identify and prosecute rioters and looters. Check out some of the puckish updates posted to Facebook, like that from infamous Vancouver rioter Brock Anton, in this week’s slideshow.

Again, a reminder to my dear readers, what you say and do on social networks can and will be used against you in a court of law.

Of course, these reminders don’t always work. People post things they regret to Facebook all the time — so often, in fact, that researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have done an academic study of it — their paper is titled “‘I regretted the minute I pressed share’: A Qualitative Study of Regrets on Facebook” and will be presented at a privacy symposium next month.

The researchers surveyed hundreds of people about their Facebook use, asking for anecdotes about content they most regretted hitting “share” on. At right is probably the most embarrassing story of them all — a woman who accidentally posted a sex tape of her and her husband while uploading a video of her daughter taking her first steps. (Keep those videos in different files, folks! You wouldn’t keep your XXX films  in the cupboard with the family movies; why keep them together on your computer?)

The researchers found that “23% of 340 study participants reported having regrets.” If you don’t want to be a “regretter,” here are some things to avoid posting to Facebook:

“Consuming drugs and alcohol; sensitive topics such as sex, religion and politics; the use of profanity; venting personal and family issues; comments about work; expressing overly negative opinions or comments; regrets regarding arguments with others; making ‘bad jokes,’ and revealing lies and secrets.” If you avoid these topics, the upside is that you’ll have less regrets! The downside is that you’ll be far less entertaining to your friends.

And let’s admit it. Our friends sometimes enjoy seeing us do stupid things on Facebook. At least that’s my takeaway from our third and last Facebook folly of the week.

A man who took a woman hostage in Utah decided to post updates about the stand-off with police to Facebook. Jason Valdez posted a photo of her to Facebook, captioning it, “Got a cute ‘hostage,’ huh.” His friends replied by warning him about a SWAT team in the bushes, reports CNet.

Some of his friends “liked” his updates about shooting at the cops. If Valdez recovers from shooting himself, he may want to rethink those friendships. They sound like bad influences.

Meanwhile, CNet reports that police are trying to decide whether to charge the friends who warned him about the position of the SWAT team with obstruction of justice.

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Since I’m generally a fan of Facebook, I’ll end this on a positive note: sometimes the social network saves lives! A Florida woman who broke her leg while folding laundry (only in Flori-duh) couldn’t get to her phone to call for help, reports WPTV, but she was able to pull her body over to the computer (over the course of 10 hours) and post a status update, “Call 911, I need help.” (Personally, I would have gone with the funnier, “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up. But seriously, plz call 911.”) The woman has just25 friends, but one of her children saw the update and sent help.

Are there any mothers out there whose children refuse to friend them on Facebook? I advise you to send them this story to guilt them into accepting your friend request.

Source: Forbes
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