Facebook may be the latest tech company eyeing your health information.
The social network is reportedly looking into creating a healthcare-related app and "support communities" on the site where people suffering from certain ailments would be able to connect, according to a Reuters report.
The "preventative care" would help users improve their lifestyles, it added.
After a study on whether emotional manipulation in the News Feed could make people sad turned into a PR disaster, Facebook has now set up a formal review process for pre-approving research on its users, and Research At Facebook website to centralize all the academic work done on its enormous data set.
Facebook admitting to screwing up with the emotions study, explaining “We were unprepared for the reaction the paper received when it was published and have taken to heart the comments and criticism. It is clear now that there are things we should have done differently. For example, we should have considered other non-experimental ways to do this research. The research would also have benefited from more extensive review by a wider and more senior group of people. Last, in releasing the study, we failed to communicate clearly why and how we did it.”
15Five, a startup that has built a platform to encourage employees and managers to give feedback to each other, is today announcing a new round of funding: it has raised $2.2 million in a “Seed 2″ round.
As with its first round in January 2013, 15Five has again attracted the attention of a host of interesting investors: Point Nine Capital and Matrix Partners, leadership guru Simon Sinek and JustFab’s Adam Goldenberg participated in this round. (The first seed round investors was a large group that included Richmond Global, 500 Startups, Yammer Founder David Sacks, USTREAM founder John Ham, Jason Calacanis, ex-Mashable editor Ben Parr’s Dominate Fund, Sincerely CEO Matt Brezina, and Khosla’s Ben Ling.) This latest funding takes 15Five’s total funding to $3.8 million.
Though the slogan works for marketing diamonds, perhaps it’s more accurate to say that the Internet is forever. Your Livejournal from 2002 can still be found, and so can the picture of you from that one night you can’t remember (even though you took it off Facebook).
Now, every tweet ever made public, starting with Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s first tweet in 2006, is subject to scrutiny by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Laboratory for Social Machines, which aspires to have a better understanding of how information gets disseminated through social media platforms like Twitter. The Wall Street Journal reports that the university “plans to build data visualizations, mobile apps and other tools to ‘create new forms of public communication and social organization.’”
Everyone in marketing and public relations knows just how difficult the job can be. If you are just starting out, you are wise to learn from the key players on this list of industry leaders who have succeed in a big ways in this challenging field. They are all a little different but share these fundamental values:
Willingness to learn and try new things.
Patience with people.
A strong sense of pride in what they do.
Always able to overcome adversity.
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