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12/26/2014
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Top 10 Social Network Blunders Of 2014

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media sites really stepped in it this year. Check out these 10 boneheaded moves that infuriated users.
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GinaCucina
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12/27/2014 | 2:19:49 PM
How about age?
How about age discrimination? I once did a phone interview with a big-name Silicon Valley company. On the phone, they were excited about my product knowledge, direct use, and tech history. They invited me for an in-person interview. They closed by saying, "You'll love working here. Almost nobody is over 30." (Gulp.)

I showed up, and you could tell by their reactions that my 40-something age was not at all what they were expecting. The interview went downhill from there.

Lest you think this is unusual, it is not. Age discrimination is rampant at tech companies, where they believe that anyone with a measure of maturity can't possibly understand technology. In reality, most of us were using computers back when there was no GUI, WYSIWYG, or SaaS.
SachinEE
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SachinEE,
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12/27/2014 | 4:19:33 AM
Biased?
Google's staff diversity stats have been an issue with people that work the IT sector. It brings a delicate question into the fray: is google partial towards certain races? 
SachinEE
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12/27/2014 | 4:17:23 AM
RE: LinkedIn "blocking" feature
"This is the first I've heard that LinkedIn has had "Stalking" issues?  LI has always been my favorite among the social networking sites.  I am starting to loathe Facebook - their forcing a messanging app on you and the social experiments just really stink..."

LinkedIn basically lets me contact my employers and other people who are working under me and share specifics. Facebook is a big no-no in this aspect because Facebook can get distracting really quick. Although I am a regular facebooker, I think their experiments were criticized because they said the wrong thing at the wrong time.
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12/26/2014 | 6:20:14 PM
RE: LinkedIn "blocking" feature
This is the first I've heard that LinkedIn has had "Stalking" issues?  LI has always been my favorite among the social networking sites.  I am starting to loathe Facebook - their forcing a messanging app on you and the social experiments just really stink...
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12/26/2014 | 3:22:55 PM
RE: LinkedIn "blocking" feature
LinkedIn has long been at the top of my list to rail against.  It purports itself to be a "professional" networking platform but has no substantive way to stop anonymous lurks to profiles.  Sure, it implemented a "blocking" feature, which by the way, does not work til **after** a stranger looks at your profile details and does not work at all with anonymous stalkers.  The ability to block only works after someone has already gleaned your contact/work info and only IF that person was not lurking anonymously.  Thanks, Jeff Weiner.  In the final analysis, as roughshod as Facebook has invaded user privacy, the fact is, LinkedIn is a joke as a "professional" social networking platform.  Which speaks volumes. 
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