Facebook winners and losers

Facebook has created a completely new generation of social network savvy individuals who live an online existence, but who is making the most out of the website and who is losing out? T3 investigates...

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will be blowing out the birthday cake candles and sipping on an ice-cold beer as his once social networking baby built within the four walls of his dorm room at Harvard, has now sprung spectacularly onto the computers of office workers across the globe some five years later.

While most have had the pleasure to share their most intimate thoughts and photos of their daily lives on their widening community of pals, not all have fond memories of the friend-collecting site.

 

By Facebook appointment
Who says football clubs don't listen to their fans any more? With Championship club Norwich City having sacked their current manager Glen Roeder, calls were made for Norwich legend Bryan Gunn to take the managerial reigns. No sooner had Gunn's daughter launched a Facebook group to get her dad the job, that 1,500 Canaries fans threw support behind her dad. Gunn was appointed manager and oversaw a thumping 4-0 victory against Barnsley.
Facebook status: Winner (unless they get relegated)
Read the full story here: Channel 4

 

Caught on camera
There is an art to concealing your incessant Facebook checking. One sacred rule clearly is to make sure there are no camera teams floating around your work place. Obviously a Facebook amateur, CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin failed to notice the looming television camera over his shoulder as he checked to see if his George Bush friend request had been accepted.
Facebook status: Loser - A schoolboy Facebook error for all to see
Read the full story here: Media Bistro

 

Electing to party hard
Her manifesto was to prove that young people like herself were more than just 'hood-wearing yobs wanting to get drunk'. But when pics of her drunken antics made it onto her Facebook page, it was a classic tale of political hypocrisy. Laura Pye who became the youngest person to be elected a council member at 18, could be seen cavorting in her local constituency of Henley Town and posing with alcohol in scantily clad garments. She did however mention that she does take her council work very seriously
Facebook status: Loser - She could well have been the first and last 18-year-old council member
Read the full story here: The Daily Mail

 

Far from Conservative behaviour
We are well aware that there are perhaps more than the odd few in the main opposition party who harbour some rather old-fashioned views on society, but clearly this bout of Facebook captured behaviour posted by former Conservative Party aide Philip Clarke was more than towing the line. Emma Claire Pentreath, a constituency officer for the Hammersmith and Fulham MP, Greg Hands, was posted blackening up their faces with a burned cork. Mr Clarke was suspended from his role and no doubt those featured in the picture were dealt similar punishment.
Facebook status: Losers - Clearly not acceptable behaviour for Facebook or anywhere else
Read the full story here: The Guardian

 

Getting Honda back on track
When it is just too much energy to band together a group of supporters with banners in hand to argue your cause, log on, set up a Facebook group, and wait for change to happen, and the support to grow. 'Let's buy F1 Honda' was one of the more ambitious attempts through the social networking site to raise sufficient funds to get the financially stricken F1 team racing in next season's Formula 1 championship. With a rather large sum of £40m needed, the group needed 400,000 members to commit £100 of their money to cover a season.
Facebook status: Losers - with only 236 members our maths skills tell us that there is a long way to go before we see Jenson back in that driving seat.
Read the full story here: Web User

 

House party rampage
Sweet sixteen this was not - A group who have become known as the Facebook Republican party, gatecrashed Georgina Hobday's 16th birthday party causing thousands of pounds worth of damage. Despite her parents putting bouncers on the door of their £1.5m Brighton home, news caught swift on Facebook of the bash, and the 40-strong group of youths made their way into the event, smashing light bulbs and tearing up the garden.
Facebook status: Losers - Having second thoughts about making that party group?
Read the full story here: The Daily Mail

 

How not to pull a sickie
Whether you have just walked the dog, or burnt your toast, you can announce it to the Facebook world, and you are likely to get the odd few random comments. Announcing however, that after a heavy drinking session you intend not to go to work followed by a rather strong expletive, it is likely to have a little more of an explosive response. Australian call-centre worker Kyle Doyle who claimed the day off was for medical reasons, was left red-faced after his HR department drew him to his publicly known sickie via a screengrab of his Facebook page.
Facebook status: Loser - Gloating is not always that good
Read the full story here: The Register

 

Not fairy clever
Having got past the initial 'lying to your boss about a family emergency' stage, US banker intern Kevin Colvin got kitted out in glitter and wings for some serious Halloween partying. Overlooking the fact that his fellow workers might be perusing their Facebook the next day and stumble across his picture was something that clearly was the least thought out part of his plan. With the pics doing the office rounds, his boss got caught of the interesting photos and in a comforting e-mail to the intern he wished all was well while adding, 'Nice wand'.
Facebook status: Loser - if not for getting caught out, for wearing that shocking green number
Read the full story here: The Australian

 

 

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