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Il y a seulement quelques jours de cela, Fanny Gamelin ne savait pas vers qui se tourner pour obtenir de l'aide. Aujourd'hui, des milliers d'utilisateurs de Facebook ont lu son histoire, lui ont apporté de l'aide et admirent son courage.
Son père, Joël Gamelin, dirigeant des Chantiers Gamelin (une entreprise de construction navale), est malheureusement décédé au mois de décembre.... À la douleur de perdre son père s'ajoutaient la fermeture de l'entreprise familiale et les difficultés que cette fermeture présenterait pour les 120 employés qui n'allaient pas recevoir leur salaire. Fanny a décidé de faire quelque chose d'utile.
Elle s'est tournée vers Facebook, où elle a pu partager son histoire, trouver du réconfort et demander de l'aide par l'intermédiaire de son groupe, que plus de 15000 utilisateurs de Facebook ont rejoint depuis le 26 décembre.
Mais l'aide ne s'est pas limitée à la France. Les utilisateurs de Facebook de pays étrangers ont aidé Fanny à traduire son appel d'aide dans d'autres langues et à créer un site web. La collecte de dons qu'elle a lancée est proche de son objectif : « L'annonce de ma mission sur Facebook m'a permis d'aider les employés de mon père. C'est grâce à la générosité des utilisateurs de Facebook que j'espère pouvoir leur donner leur paie à la fin du mois de janvier. »
Charlotte, chef du service User Operations, puise de l'inspiration dans les manifestations de soutien sur Facebook.
Finding Support for the Family Business on Facebook
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A few days ago, Fanny Gamelin didn't know where to turn for help. Today, thousands of people on Facebook are reading her story, lending her support and admiring her courage.
Fanny's father, Joël Gamelin, passed away unexpectedly in December. He was the head of "Les Chantiers Gamelin", a ship design and construction company. While coping with the loss of her father and the closing of the family business, Fanny was also thinking about the 120 employees who would not be receiving their final month's pay. Fanny decided to help.
She turned to Facebook, where she was able to share her story, find a support network, and ask for help by creating a Group. More than than 15,000 Facebook users have joined since December 26.
Facebook users from outside of France also helped Fanny translate her call for help into different languages and create a website to further spread the word. She is close to collecting enough donations to reach her goal. "Sharing my mission on Facebook enabled me to help the former employees of my father's business. Thanks to the generosity of Facebook users, I hope that each employee will receive a paycheck by the end of January."
Charlotte, a Team Lead in User Operations, is inspired by the outpouring of support on Facebook.
- by Charlotte Carnevale Willner on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 4:08pm
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- by Harry Huai Wang on Friday, January 30, 2009 at 4:00pm
Don't you hate being late for friends' birthdays? Well, today, we're helping to put an end to "belated" birthdays on Facebook. Now, on your friend's profiles, you'll be able to schedule the delivery of a gift up to seven days in advance of a birthday.
There are two ways to do this:
1. When your friends have upcoming birthdays, you'll now receive a reminder when you visit their profiles. Here's how: under the Profile Publisher—which allows you to post content directly onto someone's Wall—you'll see a new option in the "Give Gift" tab to hide your... gift until it becomes your friend's birthday.
2. If you subscribe to e-mail birthday reminders, you'll see a link in the email that will take you directly to your friend's profile to give your gift in advance.
Your friends will be able to see that you are giving a birthday gift, but the recipients will only be able to see the gift when the clock strikes midnight on their birthday.
If you don't see these new features just yet, don't worry. We're starting to roll them out today, and they will be available to everyone in the coming weeks.
Harry Wang, a Facebook Engineer, is excited about not having to worry about being "late" ever again.
- by Shaun King on Tuesday, January 27, 2009 at 12:46pmShaun King is the Lead Pastor at The Courageous Church, a new congregation that opened its doors for the first time in Atlanta, Georgia earlier this month. Prior to founding The Courageous Church, Pastor Shaun was a mentor at several inner-city Atlanta schools. He's worked tirelessly in his community as a volunteer and activist, often using Facebook and other online tools to organize. While Facebook does not endorse any particular religion or belief system, we believe that there is broader meaning to Shaun King's story, which is why we've... asked him to post on the Facebook blog about his experiences using the site.
The Courageous Church is a vibrant, diverse community of faith—not just a Sunday morning destination. Our mission is to bring people together from throughout our city to be a catalyst for positive change in the lives of our members and take up causes that are in desperate need of attention. While many of our goals and dreams are tied to the Church, the ways that we've used Facebook to build our organization and reach out to people can be duplicated by anyone for any purpose—religious or secular.
Churches have an important role to play in fostering a sense of community, which is especially important in a city as large as Atlanta. There's a saying around here: when you run out of sugar in Atlanta, you don't borrow it from your neighbor—you just cook something that doesn't need sugar. We're trying to change this prevailing sense of disconnectedness thanks to the pervasive power of technology. People aren't just connected to those that live on their block anymore. They can go online with Facebook and connect with hundreds—even thousands—of friends in ways that are surprisingly deep and real. For so many of us, Facebook is not just an online accessory to our daily lives but an active community that we engage with every day.
So when we decided to launch The Courageous Church here in downtown Atlanta, it was natural to build our community from within the Facebook community. We organized a Facebook group and invited friends in Atlanta and around the world to join. But we didn't stop there. We shared information—status updates, messages, wall posts, notes and more. Leading up to our church's grand opening, we purchased Facebook ads to attract more attendees to our first service. For less than half the cost of traditional marketing activities, our Facebook ads engaged tens of thousands of people throughout Atlanta helping us generate an audience of nearly seven hundred people for our first Sunday service. Facebook helped us connect with people like Tiffany Nichols and Whitney Wright, and today, over half of the people that are a part of our church first learned about us on Facebook.
We've also used Facebook to rally our congregants around important causes. We recently took up an effort to purchase new school uniforms and toys for every child at a local Atlanta elementary school. Our congregants used Facebook to share our mission and mobilize their friends. Our initiative spread like wildfire. With the support of hundreds of people from twenty-two states in the U.S. and several countries around the world, we raised more than $20,000 for our efforts.
At a time when people are struggling to find a place where they belong, we're inspired by the connectedness that Facebook enables. We encourage other organizations to think about how to use technologies like Facebook to galvanize and elevate their efforts. We shouldn't accept the idea that we don't know our neighbors.
Shaun King, the Lead Pastor at The Courageous Church, hopes you'll reach out, connect and reap the rewards.
- by Randi Zuckerberg on Friday, January 23, 2009 at 12:32pm
The inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama was a historic and monumental occasion. As people gathered in Washington, D.C. to watch the inaugural festivities, the energy on Facebook was palpable, too. Millions of people logged into Facebook to share the experience with their friends and family. Over 2 million status updates were posted through the CNN.com Live Facebook feed with 4,000 status updates per minute on average and a huge spike of 8,500 updates when President Obama began his speech. We're thrilled that you and so many others chose... to actively participate as history was being made—by sharing the experience with the people that matter most to you.
During his inaugural address, President Obama called for "a new era of responsibility," and today many of you are also getting involved in your community through Facebook. Whether it's through President Obama's new group, USAservice.org, Facebook's partnership with ServiceNation or a local charity, we encourage you to get involved. Become a fan of your favorite nonprofit or service organization, utilize Facebook events, groups and status updates and share what you're doing with your Facebook friends. Rise to the occasion and respond to President Obama's call to action.
The past couple years leading up to President Obama's inauguration have been an exciting time in American politics. Luckily, this is only the beginning. We can't wait to see how you can make a meaningful difference across the world in 2009 and beyond—in your community and on Facebook.
Randi has a newfound respect for news anchors after her day as a CNN.com correspondent.
- by KC Estenson on Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 1:14amKC Estenson is the Senior Vice-President and General Manager of CNN.com. He's working closely with the Facebook team to give you a new way to connect with the people you care about during the events that shape our lives. We've asked him to post on the Facebook blog about how CNN and Facebook will be bringing you and your friends a new way to interact during the inauguration of President-Elect Barack Obama.
This Tuesday, January 20th Barack Obama will be sworn into office as the 44th President of the United States. To celebrate this historic... occasion, 4 million people are expected to join the festivities in Washington D.C. The rest of us will try to tune in from home--or even the office--to watch. But don't just sit passively as history is being made. Important moments like this are all the more memorable through shared experiences with the people that matter to you. Thanks to our work with Facebook, you can now have this shared experience at CNN.com.
Simply go to the CNN.com Live video player where, thanks to Facebook Connect, you can log in using your Facebook account information.
From here, you'll be able to see which of your friends are also watching and interact with them just like you would on Facebook itself. Update your Facebook status and comment on your friends' statuses to share your thoughts and opinions, all while watching the inauguration in real-time.
RSVP today for President-Elect Barack Obama's inauguration, hosted by CNN and Facebook, on Tuesday, January 20th. We'll begin at 8AM EST, with the swearing-in ceremony at 12PM EST, followed immediately by Obama's inaugural address.
KC Estenson, the Senior Vice-President and General Manager of CNN.com, hopes you'll tune in with all your friends on January 20th.
- by Mike Honda on Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 1:49pmMike Honda is a U.S. Congressman representing the 15th Congressional District of California, which encompasses parts of Santa Clara County including San Jose and much of Silicon Valley. Since he first took office in 2001, Congressman Honda has been a leading advocate in the areas of education, healthcare and technology. We've asked him to post on the Facebook blog today about how he recently used Facebook to share the experience of the inauguration of the next President of the United States, Barack Obama, with his constituents.
In just a few... days, the United States will celebrate a historic moment—the inauguration of President-Elect Barack Obama. We face an era of great opportunity but also one that holds many challenges for Americans and people around the world. As the country transitions from politics to governance, I'm reminded of the Obama campaign's constant refrain and call for change.
Change means giving people a voice. Change means harnessing the collective knowledge of our citizens. Change means getting involved. Today, more and more of these voices and citizens are online. So when it came time to award tickets to the inauguration ceremony, I naturally decided to celebrate President-Elect Obama's innovative spirit and go online via Facebook to ask people to share their ideas and suggestions for change.
Two programs were created for constituents to request tickets. One asked people to post to my Facebook Page about why they want to attend Obama's inauguration. The other asked my constituents to propose ideas for how to reduce educational inequity and reform America's education system. In addition to reflecting on the historic meaning of this inauguration, I also wanted to get people to think about a specific area in dire need of change. Today, children in America receive vastly unequal educational experiences and opportunities due to substantial differences in school funding. As a former teacher and principal, eliminating these injustices is one of my top priorities.
Those who shared particularly interesting perspectives and stories were given tickets to the Presidential inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C. Comments flooded in and this past week, I hosted a ceremony to congratulate the ticket recipients and posted their submissions online.
Ticket recipient Paula Messina, a professor at San Jose State University, told us her inspiring story. Paula wrote, "Without a decent education, I wouldn't be where I am now... If I can do my part to energize the next generation of educators, I'll be doing my part to help bring the excitement of learning to countless youngsters in the Bay Area and beyond." I also provided a ticket to Courtney Horn, a high school freshman, who asked for one on behalf of her mom to show gratitude for the sacrifices she made for her family as a single mother. Also, check out the rap video that Amani Green from San Jose submitted, explaining why she is excited about going to the inauguration.
This approach elicited many thoughtful and creative responses, which further validates my belief that technology is driving a fundamental change in how people engage one another. Facebook—a platform for people to share, interact and organize—is one of the core components of this transformation. More than ever before, you have a voice to facilitate change.
I'd like to hear from you today. How can we continue this dialogue and collaborate to enhance civic participation -- online and offline? How can we most effectively harness the collective knowledge of the American public to improve policy making and bring a brighter future for the next generation? Post a comment on my Page, write on my Wall and encourage your friends to join our conversation, as well. Thanks for participating—I'm listening.
Mike Honda, the U.S. Congressman representing the 15th Congressional District of California, hopes to hear from you on Facebook.
- by Jon Fougner on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 7:13pm
My friends and I have been watching a lot of movies lately and sharing our reviews on Facebook. After several of them updated their Facebook status to rave about the movie, "Slumdog Millionaire," I finally bought a ticket, and I wasn't disappointed. This year, a lot of conversations about the latest films and most popular TV shows are happening on Facebook, and the timing couldn't be more auspicious.
The movie and entertainment award season is upon us. The Golden Globes and Academy Awards are fast approaching, but the People's Choice Awards,... which picks winners based on the opinions of viewers, kicks off award show season tonight.
This evening's award recipients won't be the sole center of attention, either. Throughout tonight's TV broadcast, the People's Choice Awards will feature comments that you and other fans have left on their Facebook Page.
Appear prescient with smart "guesses" that will dumbfound your friends and family by doing some homework and seeing how the nominees stack up on Watercooler's TV show applications. For instance, the finalists for People's Choice for Best Television Drama are "CSI", "Grey's Anatomy" and "House". Of the three, Watercooler's applications for both "House" and "Grey's Anatomy" are popular, with over a hundred thousand Facebook users combined.
You can even share your predictions of tonight's winners with your friends across the web using Facebook Connect, comment on CBS' The Insider, and you'll have the option to publish that story back to Facebook, where your friends can see it, too.
If you feel like your favorite movie or television show is award-worthy, Facebook helps give you a voice. The British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) uses a Facebook application by Flixster to solicit votes from viewers to help determine award winners. In 2008, the majority of popular voting for BAFTA occurred on Flixster's Facebook application.
Facebook can also put you ahead of the curve with next year's award winners. Beginning next week, Facebook will have previews of many top independent films selected for this year's Sundance Film Festival. Look for more updates on the festival's Facebook Page throughout the next couple weeks.
Whether it's award season or not, people are joining the conversation on Facebook everyday. With tens of thousands of Facebook Pages for your favorite films, TV shows and actors, not to mention a plethora of Facebook applications, you don't have to sit passively through awards season anymore. Facebook allows you to engage and even influence, which makes you a winner, too.
Jon hopes the People's Choice Awards gives his Facebook comment a shout-out tonight, "The people already chose at the box office—'Dark Knight' is the movie of the year!"
- by Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 1:37am
Today, we reached another milestone: 150 million people around the world are now actively using Facebook and almost half of them are using Facebook every day. This includes people in every continent—even Antarctica. If Facebook were a country, it would be the eighth most populated in the world, just ahead of Japan, Russia and Nigeria.
When we first started Facebook almost five years ago, most of the people using it were college students in the United States. Today, people of all ages—grandparents, parents and children—use Facebook in more... than 35 different languages and 170 countries and territories.
The full potential of the web is to make the world more open, so everyone has a voice and can share what is important to them. With 150 million voices and counting, we can't wait for the rest of 2009, and we look forward to offering even more ways for you to connect with the people who matter most.
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