Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Donna O'Brien started the Facebook page "Don't Tell Me How to Grieve."
A few weeks ago, Donna O'Brien launched the Facebook page "Don't Tell Me How to Grieve," inspired by the many losses she has experienced, including her father, boyfriends and friends. "With the loss of my friend Ron Dulong of Braintree (3 years ago), I was so upset for so long I could not control my sadness or any emotion," O'Brien said in an email. "The only way I can explain the feeling is it just 'sucked the life out of me.'" And so when she heard about the attack on the Boston Marathon and the many people who lost loved ones or who were grievously injured, O'Brien, a 1990 Braintree High School graduate, decided to get the word out about her page, and offer resources there for those affected. O'Brien and her friend Nicole, whose mother …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
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Bickford's at the Rotary, Jimbo's at Five Corners, paying 25 cents to see a double feature at the Braintree Theater, hitting Howard Johnson's at 2 a.m., Pat's Variety Store, Grossman's Lumber, Fasano's Diner, The Ground Round, Valley's Restaurant, the old KFC where Viola's was on Route 37. Memories of these Braintree restaurants and stores were among the more than 200 recently shared on Braintree Patch's Facebook page. Whether giving directions based on where a place used to be or just reminiscing, like most New Englanders Braintree-ites are fond of picturing an old haunt and their time spent there grabbing a bite, watching a movie or loitering as a teenager. Here are some more memories: "Cookies Cookin.....use to order a pound of cookies …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
The social media giant is testing a fee service to send messages with a small group in the U.S.
Soon, Facebook might have a message for users wishing to send notes to the inboxes of people who aren't friends. Pay $1 first. Facebook is testing that fee service "with a small percentage of individuals—not businesses—in the U.S.," the Associated Press reported Thursday. "The company says charging for messages could help discourage spammers," the AP said. Would you pay the fee? Tell us in the comments section.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
This week may be your last opportunity to vote on proposed privacy changes on Facebook. The social media site has opened up polls for users to vote on a number of policy updates to the site's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and Data Use Policy. Among those changes would be the abolition of users option to vote on changes in favor of a question-submission and webcasts. Voting opened Tuesday and will end on Monday, Dec. 10. Thirty percent of Facebook's population would need to vote against the changes to stop them from passing. The poll closes at 3 p.m. on Dec. 10. So what changes are being proposed? According to TechCrunch, the changes boil down to four updates: In the past, Facebook users have been able to vote in support or …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
As the Nov. 6 election nears, political discussion is getting heated. How much do you share of your political opinions with your Facebook friends?
Maybe you're a die-hard Democrat, and you think Joe Biden wiped the floor with Paul Ryan in the vice presidential debate Thursday. Or maybe you're a staunch Republican, you believe Paul Ryan was on top of his game. Do you share these opinions with your Facebook friends? Maybe you shouldn't, suggests a recent article on Boston.com. People of all political leanings told the Globe they're learning too much about their friends' and relatives' attitudes. The article is informed by data from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. The study found that 18 percent of Facebook users have blocked, unfriended, or hidden a friend because of political differences or a distaste for the sheer volume of the friends’ political posts. …
Saturday, September 1, 2012
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Saturday, September 1, 2012
Want to keep up with what’s happening in your community even when you can’t log onto the Braintree Patch website? Just click the “Like” button at the top of our homepage and you’ll join the 700-plus Patch readers who follow our Facebook updates on a daily basis. You can also visit our Facebook page directly to join us and your neighbors on this platform. Just like the Patch website, our Facebook page is updated regularly with the stories we cover, events happening in our area and more. Plus, the Facebook page provides another place for you to connect with your neighbors about issues that matter to you. We also provide fans with sneak peeks of stories that have yet to publish and frequently use the page as a quick way to reach out with …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
An area student has been the victim of an Internet crime on Facebook, DA Michael Morrissey reported recently.
Parents, educators and local police should be wary of students falling into a Facebook trap by someone who created a fake profile posing as a teenage girl, Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey said in a letter received by Braintree Public Schools and presented to the School Committee earlier this week. An area student – Morrissey did not specify which town – recently friended someone appearing on Facebook as "Sarah John," whose photo made her appear to be a teenager and who has yet to be identified. "After a few months as a passive friend, this Sarah John initiated conversations that led to the student sharing personal information," Morrissey wrote in the letter. "Sarah John is now trying to extort money from the student and …