Facebook now allows you to pre-approve photos before it shows up on your profile by accepting or declining it in your pending posts. With Pending Posts, now you can approve or decline any photo or post you are tagged in before it is visible to anyone else on your Profile, not on Facebook. This does not remove the tag itself. As of right now, your friends can add your name to a photo without your approval. You would have to remove it later if you do not like the photo. This is how you set up Pending Posts:
Today Facebook’s partnership with Miramax goes live: the Miramax eXperience, a video streaming service that allows users to rent films with Facebook credits. The rentals cost 30 Facebook credits, equivalent to $3, and currently offers 20 titles to US viewers. Reuters reports that Facebookers in the UK and Turkey get 10 titles, and that France and Germany will get access to the app soon.
Missouri teachers have filed a lawsuit against the state’s new law that prevents teachers and students from maintaining a “non work-related website that allows exclusive access with a current or former student.” The law, which Gizmodo reports goes into effect next week, is clearly intended to prevent inappropriate sexual relations between teachers and students, but prevents all interactions. The teachers suing say the law infringes on their First Amendment rights.
Elevation Partners has stake in Facebook through their earlier $210 million investment. That stake is currently worth close to $1 billion as it is worth $975 million. Elevation Partners is a venture capital company that is run by Fred Anderson, Roger McNamee, Avie Tevanian, Bret Pearlman, and U2 lead singer Bono.
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It’s almost that time of year again, the magical season of the Pumpkin Spice Latte that brings fanatics to Starbucks in droves. To amp up the excitement, the coffee giant is using Facebook to host a social marketing contest. The challenge and its companion app will be revealed on the Starbucks Facebook Page on Monday, reports Mashable. The contest will pit cities against each other, and the winning city gets the Pumpkin Spice Latte a week before its official release date.
Ford Motor Company wants you to know that the new F-150 EcoBoost gets 22mpg, so they’re using Facebook to host the EcoBoost Challenge. Mashable reports that eight drivers will take the trucks through the competition, best mileage wins a year’s supply of Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasoline. The winner’s city also gets free gas for two hours and 22 minutes at two Shell gas stations.
Most pharmaceutical companies don’t let the general public post on their pages’ Facebook walls, and in fact didn’t join the social network until they were given permission to block those posts. Facebook is changing policies now, though, and forcing the companies to have open walls for Facebook users to post comments. The Washington Post reports that AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson have already shut down pages that they fear will not benefit from the open wall policy, as posts from users describing adverse side effects or negative experiences might hurt business or create legal difficulties.