Google is working on a way to let you read a bill in your email and pay it right there without leaving your inbox. Facebook is rolling out something similar, letting you transfer money to friends and family right there in the Facebook Messenger app (Android) (iPhone) which split off from Facebook last Spring. You can also send money to anyone through the “Google Wallet” app. None of this can be good news for Western Union.
A widowed friend of ours is still keeping her husband’s Facebook account open, several months after he passed away. She has no plans to close it. Many experts suggest “memorializing” such an account to make it impossible to send messages there, but she sees no reason to do this either. We agree. Survivors probably want to hear from anyone who hasn’t yet learned of the death of their friend so it’s best to keep channels open.
According to a Reason-Rupe poll of more than 1,000 adults, 61 percent said they don’t trust Facebook “at all,” 48 percent said they don’t trust Google “at all;” and 41 percent don’t trust their cell phone provider “at all,” no matter who it is. Forty-five percent also said they don’t trust the IRS (which is perfectly understandable). Interestingly, the IRS and other government agencies rated higher in trust than most web services. More info at Reason.com/poll.
Over a million people have used a free tool from the mathematics giant, Wolfram Alpha, to find out interesting things about their Facebook account. Joy’s report showed the average length of her posts was 5.6 words, her percentage of female Facebook friends was 72 percent, her oldest Facebook friend was 90 and her youngest was 21. The report also listed the friends with the most mutual friends. Start at WolframAlpha.com/facebook. If you don’t already have a Wolfram Alpha account, you’ll have to register but it doesn’t take long and it’s free. There are other neat things there: Wolfram’s main calculator tool is a great way to find out answers to quantitative questions, like, “how much would a ton of gold […]