Facebook Broken on Purpose

Many of us managing Facebook fan pages have noticed something strange over the last year: how our reach has gotten increasingly ineffective. How the messages we post seem to get fewer clicks, how each message is seen by only a fraction of our total “fans.”

It’s no conspiracy. Facebook acknowledged it as recently as last week: messages now reach, on average, just 15 percent of an account’s fans. In a wonderful coincidence, Facebook has rolled out a solution for this problem: Pay them for better access. (more…)

A Guide on How to Manage Money in College

Budgeting and living within one’s means can be a difficult task for anyone. However, it can be particularly challenging for college students, who typically have limited funds and unfamiliar expenses such as rent and tuition. Despite such challenges, it’s best to begin managing your money while you’re still in college and to form good spending and student savings that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

In theory, how to manage money in college is simple: Don’t spend more than you earn. Note your total income by semester, month or week. Then add up all your expenses for the same time period. Make sure your expenses are less than your income; if they’re not, find a way to cut expenses or boost your income.

Gift Giving on a Budget

Your best friend’s birthday is coming up, but you just spent the last of the money in your bank account on textbooks for your English class. Christmas approaches (along with finals), but you haven’t even started your shopping, and you don’t know how you’ll pay for gifts for your family and friends. Scenarios like these are all too common for the busy college student with limited funds, but presents don’t have to be an ordeal. Here are some helpful hints. (more…)


Following the Presidential Campaign: How and Why

Another election year is upon the United States and President Obama is facing a huge challenge: the challenge of being re-elected. Now many Americans ask the old question, “Why should I vote, one vote doesn’t matter.” The fact of the matter is that if 1,000 people in each city believe that, and about 100,000 people end up not voting, those 100,000 votes could have changed the election drastically. (more…)