Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Montgomery County will be installing 292 parking meters.
Montgomery County will install 292 parking meters this spring near Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, the county announced on Facebook on Monday. The meters will be along these streets: • Medical Center Drive between Great Seneca Highway and Key West Avenue. • Broschart Road between Key West Avenue and Medical Center Drive. • Blackwell Road between Broschart Road and Great Seneca Highway. In a press release, the county cited more parking turnover and relieving congestion as the goals of the meters. The parking rates will be 65-cents an hour, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. No payment will be required on weekends or holidays.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
"Like" the page for Purple Line information in your Facebook news feed.
The Maryland Transit Administration has launched a Facebook page focused on the Purple Line, a planned 16-mile light rail that will connect Bethesda and New Carrollton. The controversial project has drawn fire in the Bethesda and Chevy Chase communities from some advocates for the Capital Crescent Trail, along which a portion of the line is set to be built. The Facebook page, launched by MTA’s community outreach staff, will highlight upcoming meetings and events, maps, information and news articles, according to MTA. The public also is invited to weigh in with their questions and comments. Dubbed "Maryland Purple Line," the page had 129 "likes" as of Thursday morning. “Like” the page for Purple Line updates in your Facebook news feed.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
At what age should children be allowed on Facebook?
Is your 10-year-old child ready for Facebook? In an attempt to bolster the bottom line for investors, Facebook is considering lowering its minimum age of 13 to register, The Washington Post reports. "The move highlights what analysts say will be a recurring problem for the newly public firm: Facebook needs to find ways to increase revenue and please its shareholders, but those actions can stir privacy concerns," The Post reported. Since its beginning, Facebook has slowly broadened its scope from being restricted to college campuses to opening access to the general public. Now, Facebook's minimum age requirement is 13, and users who falsify their age to participate violate the site's terms and conditions. "Facebook said it hasn’t made …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Facebook executives announced the new feature Tuesday morning on Good Morning America encouraging its 900 million users to let others know if they are organ donors, according to a Washington Post report.
You might be familiar with the tiny heart on driver's licenses marking the license's owner as an organ donor. Now, you might find the tiny heart on Facebook, too. Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced the social networking giant added the ability to both register as an organ donor and demonstrate it in your profile on ABC's "Good Morning America" Tuesday morning. The new initiative, which encourages Facebook's 900 million users to let others know they are organ donors, was motivated by Zuckerberg's relationship with Apple's late co-founder, Steve Jobs, and Zuckerberg's girlfriend, according to The Washington Post. The two each encouraged Zuckerberg to use Facebook as a means for spreading social awareness. Facebook's FAQ …
Friday, October 7, 2011
Executives from Facebook, Cartoon Network help O'Malley push anti-bullying pledge.
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley joined executives from Facebook and Time Warner on Thursday to encourage students and parents to sign an anti-bullying pledge. In recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month, O'Malley spoke in front of hundreds of students at Arundel High School, asking them to do their part to stop harassment of young people, particularly through the use of online platforms such as Facebook. "The Internet's given your generation an amazing ability to connect that we never had before," O'Malley said. "But the issue is how we choose to use that connection. We can choose to use it to be cruel … or we can choose to be good." O'Malley was joined by his wife, Judge Katie O'Malley, along with Joel Kaplan, vice president of U.S…
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Facebook campaign targets July 26 County Council hearing; opponents will wear purple at Harry Potter premiere.
Hundreds of high school students—most of them not yet old enough to vote—are mounting a Facebook campaign against Montgomery County’s proposed youth curfew. Within hours of County Executive Isiah Leggett's proposal on Tuesday—which would ban anyone under 18 from public places after 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends—former Richard Montgomery High School student Abigail Burman launched “Stand Up to the MoCo Youth Curfew!,” a Facebook event calling on teens to converge on a County Council hearing set for July 26. “The idea behind the curfew is a laudable one in that we all want to keep our kids safe,” said Alan Xie, a co-organizer of the Facebook rally and the Board of Education's student member. “In reality some studies have shown…
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Discovery Communications hosted an event by the Ad Club of Metropolitan D.C. in its "Best of D.C. Marketing Series" with professionals who specialize in social media.
Making your mark in social media can be difficult with millions of new Twitter names, blogs, and Facebook accounts on the web. This process can be especially difficult for a small business that is already inundated with balancing a budget, among other responsibilities. Needless to say, making your presence known is possible! Patch attended a panel Wednesday with top professionals who specialize in strategic social media planning for businesses organized by the Ad Club of Metropolitan of D.C. The panelist included Gayle Weiswasser (vice president of social media at Discovery Communications), Jack Macleod (vice president of business development at New Media Strategies) and Cary Lawrence (vice president of business development at SocialCode…
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Is your child ready for social networking?
One evening, I logged into my Facebook account, looking, as usual, for new pictures of my nephews and nieces, updates from friends and relatives and anything untoward from my ninth-grader. She knows I read what she posts; it was a prerequisite for her membership. To be honest, her exchanges are typically adolescent—sometimes charming, sometimes banal and only rarely eyebrow-raising. Even then, they're really not all that bad, and in general, although I admit I might be biased here, her posts are more entertaining than some of my long-lost acquaintances who announce that they've just finished drinking the best cup of coffee they ever had or completed some peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches. She's done well with the responsibility, and so I …