The Week in Social: Facebook have $20 for you, Trek & The City, SaneBox and a great Kate Bush cover

Facebook want to give you $20 million, Picard meets Carrie, reclaim your inbox and listen to a wonderful cover of This Woman’s Work.

How much of the $20 million will *you* get from Facebook? Hint: Probably nothing.

Facebook $20 Settlement Class Action

Last year Facebook settled a class action lawsuit about how it used people’s data as part of their Sponsored Stories advertisements (long story). It agreed to pay a whopping $20 million to those users in the USA who were ‘affected’.

Kind of.

The number of people who can make a claim could be as high as 100 million. A number, reckons the judge, which may mean that ‘some class actions could be too big to settle’.  So, between now and May, we wait and see how many US-based Facebook users claim their share of the fund.

If [writes Laurie Seagall of CNN Money] the fund has $12 million after legal fees and 1.2 million people make claims, everyone gets $10. But if 12 million people make claims, everyone gets only $1.

At some point, the lawyers will decide if it is ‘economically feasible’ to pay all of the claimants. If it becomes ridiculous, the money will be shared out to a group of not-for-profit  Internet privacy advocacy groups.

Will you apply?

Fraley Facebook Settlement

Follow This: Star Trek & The City

Star Trek & The City Twitter CoverTwitter has spawned many accounts that could exist in a parallel universe. KimKierkegaardashian mashes the philosophy of Soren Kierkegaard with the perhaps equally existential tweets of Kim Kardashian:

Similarly, KantyeWest does what you would imagine:

The latest mashup star imagines plotlines from what could, I must admit, be the Best Television Show ever: Star Trek: The Next Generation meets Sex & The City.

Install This: SaneBox

Screenshot from SaneBoxIf your email is a total mess (despite the magic promised by smart filtering and the supposed wonders of Gmail’s Priority Inbox), you might find SaneBox useful.

Basically, it uses magical pixies to work out what email is less important and moves that stuff to a separate folder. The tool then sends you an aggregate email of all of those non-urgent messages that you can scan at your leisure.

Grab your 14 days free trial now and then, like me, you may be sorely tempted to keep the service for a couple of dollars a month.


Daddy’s mp3reet: Octover

“In Italy… they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock” quipped Orson Welles.

Singapore is supposedly the “Switzerland of the East” and all it’s produced is economic success and lots of NO FUN ALLOWED laws. However, here comes electronic duo Octover (Vanessa Fernandez and Jason Tran) with a cover of Kate Bush’s gorgeous ‘This Woman’s Work’. Powerhouse vocals over polite-but-intense glitchy electronica.

Octover’s self-titled debut is available now via Bandcamp.


Enda Guinan is a consultant and trainer offering advice on social media strategy for individuals and small businesses. Get in touch to see how you can make the best use of your time and energy as you put together your social media plans.



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