Anthony De Rosa

Separating truth from fiction about Facebook

By Anthony De Rosa
March 5, 2013

There’s a lot of inaccurate information out there about the way Facebook is promoting posts from people who pay for it. Some of this misinformation comes from writers using their experiences as an example of how things happen to everyone on Facebook, not realizing they’re different than many other people on the service or other people who use the “follow” option (formerly known as “subscribe.”) There’s also an unfortunate tendency to not check facts with Facebook. 

Most people don’t care about their digital privacy

By Anthony De Rosa
December 17, 2012

Most of us simply don’t care about our digital privacy. Sure, you see people citing their displeasure every time Facebook changes their terms of service, but with more than a billion users, few actually leave. Today, Instagram took a chance on its own privacy policy, betting that people will treat its service the same way. Instagram now will feature advertising on its mobile application that uses your name, likeness and content, tracks your location and shares the data with Facebook.

You don’t own your hashtag

By Anthony De Rosa
November 28, 2012

Today the Obama administration unveiled a hashtag “#My2k” to push their “fiscal cliff” message that if middle-class tax cuts aren’t extended, middle-income families will lose $2,000 of income a year. Soon after, conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation purchased the following sponsored tweet that appears at the very top of any search for #My2K:

Where social media fails

By Anthony De Rosa
October 19, 2012

I’ve been thinking a lot about my use of social media and how helpful it is in informing the people who consume it. This election season has particularly made me think more critically about how sometimes the short, context-less text updates can lead to a poorly informed public. I’m certainly not the first person to realize this, as Craig Kanalley recently wrote in detail. People increasingly latch on to the latest minutiae of the campaign, the Big Bird, the binders, the memes, which have little relevance to the actual issues that matter: employment, foreign policy, the expanding income gap, so on and so forth. Here’s what we plan to do to improve the signal to noise ratio.

Facebook brings new ad opportunities to brands

By Anthony De Rosa
February 29, 2012

Facebook unveiled a number of new opportunities for advertising on their social network today, the biggest being the ability to post ads to mobile devices, which they had not yet been offering.

Three challenges for Facebook’s IPO – Tech Tonic

By Anthony De Rosa
February 25, 2012

Can Facebook live up to the hype? I uncover three problems standing in the way of Facebook’s future growth.

Red flags in the Facebook S-1 filing – Tech Tonic

By Anthony De Rosa
February 25, 2012

Sam Hamadeh of PrivCo talks with me about the potential pitfalls in Facebook’s S-1 filing yesterday and why he’s bearish on Facebook’s IPO. Watch and find out why you might want to hold back some irrational exuberance when FB shares debut.

Open source politics: Reddit drafts “The Freedom of Internet Act”

By Anthony De Rosa
February 25, 2012

Reddit users have taken it upon themselves to draft legislation in place of SOPA and PIPA, unsatisfied with Washington politicians, who seem to have shown a willful ignorance of how the Internet actually works. Using a Google Doc open for anyone to help write and edit, they’ve come up with a draft version of “The Freedom of Internet Act”

The most interesting data points in Facebook’s IPO

By Anthony De Rosa
February 1, 2012

Here are some of the most interesting bits of information in Facebook’s IPO filing: