Job seekers: 3 simple ways to make recruiters love your Facebook profile

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According to the latest Jobvite survey, released Wednesday, 66 percent of job recruiters polled use Facebook when evaluating a candidate. Additionally, 73 percent of recruiters polled said they’ve hired a candidate through social media — 26 percent of that group said they hired someone via Facebook.

Though LinkedIn remains the dominant social network for recruiting, the study shows that a growing number of recruiters are at least checking a candidate’s Facebook profile before making a hiring decision.

How can you make sure you’ve got all the information a recruiter wants to see? We talked with Jobvite Chief Marketing Officer Kimberley Kasper to find out.

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Infographic: Average Facebook page performance, Sept. 2014

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Is your Facebook page performance up to par?

Every month, Quintly (formerly AllFacebook Stats) compiles the average key performance indicator stats for Facebook pages of all sizes. While this tally doesn’t break down into verticals, it shows how Facebook pages of different sizes are doing in terms of engagement. For instance, in September, 13 percent of engagement for pages with 10,000 to 100,000 fans and 100,000 to 1 million fans were shares. Likes are still the most dominant form of engagement across the board.

The infographic also shows how often pages of different sizes post. Want to see how your page is performing, compared to these averages? Look below.

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How to: Block event and game requests on Facebook

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Are you tired of constant game requests to play Candy Crush Saga? Maybe you’ve got an overeager promoter as a Facebook friend and you’re besieged by event invitations five states away.

Here’s how to silence these notifications and live a cleaner Facebook life.

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Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan donate $25M to CDC to fight Ebola

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks with TechCrunch Founder Michael Arrington at TechCrunch Disrupt. Photo by Courtney Rundles.

Facebook Co-Founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are known for their generosity, regularly donating money to charities.

Zuckerberg announced today another major donation, as he and Chan gave $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control to help fight the Ebola virus outbreak.

Zuckerberg posted on his timeline Tuesday morning about the donation:

The Ebola epidemic is at a critical turning point. It has infected 8,400 people so far, but it is spreading very quickly and projections suggest it could infect 1 million people or more over the next several months if not addressed.

We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn’t spread further and become a long term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio.

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How does Facebook develop securely?

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As Facebook celebrates National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the company’s security team talked about how Facebook develops with security squarely in mind.

Benjamin Strahs, Security Infrastructure Engineer, recently served on a panel organized by Bloomberg Government in Washington, D.C., talking Internet security with representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, Google and Microsoft.

He wrote a blog post Monday detailing Facebook’s mission with regard to security:

Security is core to everything we do at Facebook, and we believe everyone at the company plays a role in keeping our platform safe. Building a security-aware culture means understanding that a security vulnerability popping up in HR could be just as serious as one in our back-end systems. We’re currently celebrating our annual tradition of Hacktober, our internal security awareness initiative that runs all month long and pulls together technical and non-technical teams across the company. Employees participate in trainings, talks, activities like movie nights, and drills that test them to identify suspicious behavior like stray USB keys and fake phishing emails. People who join in the fun walk away with special Hacktober t-shirts and other goodies. After running the program for four years, we’ve seen it take off across our global offices and drive participation in our security discussion groups throughout the rest of the year.

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Facebook comments: now with stickers

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Ever wanted to add Pusheen to a comment on Facebook? Now you can.

Facebook is rolling out support to add stickers (a popular messaging feature) to comments on personal posts, as well as posts in groups and events. It does not appear that stickers can be posted on a page’s post. This works on both desktop and mobile.

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Privacy concerns with Atlas? Don’t believe the hype

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Facebook’s recent re-launch of Atlas unearths an intriguing privacy concern. Should consumer data collected under the premise of social networking be shared with third party publishers, potentially exposing it to any advertiser?

Facebook consumes only 18 percent of its users in app time; 40 percent is of users’ time is spent on games and entertainment apps, which own a fraction of the user data that Facebook does. This wealth of data that Facebook owns harbors a huge blue ocean of opportunity for app developers and advertisers alike – making the employment of Atlas an ROI gold mine.

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Facebook now placing related stories under personal posts

unnamedMany users are accustomed to seeing related posts when they click on a link post within Facebook News Feed.

However, it appears that Facebook is now showing users similar content when they interact with a friend’s post.

Aidas Dalikas, Creative Director of Lithuanian social media firm Socialus Marketingas, noticed on both desktop and mobile that Facebook is showing related stories under posts from friends.

On mobile, Dalikas was able to scroll through photos of people tagged in the post.

On desktop, Facebook prompted Dalikas to see photos of people tagged in the post.

We’ve reached out to Facebook for more information and will update when we hear back.

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Q3 2014: Facebook grows dominance in social logins

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Facebook continues to grow as the dominant social login mechanism around the web, Janrain reports. In Q3 2014, the social network put 2 percent more ground between itself and Google as the main way people log into apps.

46 percent of the social logins around the web happen via Facebook, with Google a strong No. 2 at 34 percent.

Janrain Senior Product Marketing Manager Michael Olson wrote about the current social login landscape:

Despite reports of privacy concerns and young people abandoning the network, Facebook’s value to consumers as a social login provider shows no signs of declining. Facebook increased its lead over Google during the past quarter, marking its second consecutive quarter of growth. Yahoo slipped to its lowest share ever, with Twitter picking up momentum in third place.

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Infographic: Which Facebook brands were most engaging in September?

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Telecommunication brands continue to lead the pack in terms of responding to customers and fans on Facebook. According to Facebook Preferred Marketing Developer Socialbakers, Sprint was the most socially devoted major brand on Facebook in September, responding to 90 percent of comments and questions from fans.

Waggin Train Dog Treats was the leader in terms of post engagement rate, coming in at 15.92 percent.

Want to see what other brands performed well on Facebook engagement? Check out the infographic below from Socialbakers.

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