Monday, December 3, 2012
Congratulations to Paul Tranfaglia for receiving the most votes on his image.
The votes are in, and local photographer Paul Tranfaglia's image of the Bunker Hill-Zakim Bridge as seen from Pleasant Street is the winner of Charlestown Patch's Facebook cover photo contest. The image was one of more than 20 that were submitted through the contest, and it received 13 votes in the final round, which ran Nov. 19-21. "Some very fantastic photos here. But I will vote for #2 because it best depicts Charlestown," Patch reader Bette Task wrote about Tranfaglia's picture. Another Patch reader, C Ellis, wrote: "#2 shows a neighborhood, which to me represents Charlestown best." Coming in second place, with four votes, was "Charlestown at Twilight," photographed by Patch reader Jay Poole. Also receiving votes: Tranfaglia will …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Check out these local establishments' Facebook pages.
[UPDATED, Wednesday, 8:40 a.m.] According to people who track this stuff, as of November 2012 Facebook has about 1 billion users and more than 42 million pages. That's a lot of people talking, sharing photos and playing Farmville. Quite a few Charlestown businesses have joined Facebook, where they share updates, deals, photos and other information with people who "like" their pages. Charlestown Patch is among them (and if you haven't "liked" us yet, please do so today). Liking a business is a great way to find out what's new on the menu at your favorite restaurant or whether your coffee shop will be closed on a holiday—plus you can tell them just how much you loved that turkey club, yoga class, new pair of shoes or whatever else you bought…
Monday, November 12, 2012
Upload a picture taken by you that best represents Charlestown.
Our readers are our site’s biggest assets, and when we were thinking about what photo to use for the top of our Charlestown Patch Facebook page, we figured we’d leave it up to you. We are inviting you to share your favorite photo of your neighborhood. So readers, now is your chance to get your best town photo out there for all to see! Upload a picture taken by you that you think best represents Charlestown. The winning photo will be the featured photo at the top of Charlestown Patch’s Facebook page. You have until noon on Friday, Nov. 16 to upload a photo you think best represents the neighborood. Here’s how to enter: Our readers will help us pick the winner. You, the reader can vote for the winner in the comments section of an article …
Monday, August 27, 2012
Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson is looking to learn about offering paperless voter registration—and the ability to do it Facebook, too.
Looking to increase and save money on voter registration, Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson called for a hearing to assess the feasibility of paperless voter registration—and using Facebook to register online. During Wednesday's Boston City Council meeting, District 7's councilor spoke about the state of Washington offering the ability to register to vote online through Facebook by using a program engineered by Facebook and Microsoft. Jackson said research has show that voting online costs three cents while voting on paper costs eight cents. New York City is offering online voting registration, as well, said Jackson. "Both Facebook and Microsoft have offices here—let's get them in and see how we can continue to expedite this …
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Is Facebook making us lonely?
Last week the smiling face of Mark Zuckerberg was front page news in papers around the country. The much anticipated IPO of the social media company he co-founded concluded the first day with an estimated value for Facebook of $105 billion. The results of this unimaginable event made Facebook the 25th largest company in the United States. The size may seem surprising for many reasons but statistically, 1 out of every 13 people on Planet Earth use Facebook. The exponential growth in popularity of this company has given rise to many theories and critiques. In the May issue of ATLANTIC, Steven Marche has written an evocative article: Is Facebook Making Us Lonely? Marche develops the question and places it into the context of this age and …
Friday, May 18, 2012
Shares in the most popular social media company go on sale today to the general public.
There's much advice out there regarding Facebook shares going on sale today after it set its initial public offering stock price at $38 per share. Some say you shouldn't buy it today. Others advise to buy early and as much as you can. While still others warn the market is rigged against small investors. So what are your plans? Does this remind you of the late '90s? Please let us know by taking this poll and commenting below.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
A couple weeks ago, we asked you to submit what pictures you thought we should use as the cover image for our Facebook page. Well, reader Jared Kofsky jumped to the task, offering two iconic images for us to choose from. Take a look at them both above. Then, below, let us know which of the two you think we should use.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Facebook has updated our page format. What image do think we should use up top?
Facebook forced all pages to transition to its new Timeline format last week, including the Facebook Page for Charlestown Patch. As a result, our Facebook page now features a cover photo. For the moment, we're using a photo of there taken for a Pearl Harbor Day photo gallery. But we'd like to put up something different, and we'd like you to help us. We've had a number of great photos on our Photo of the Day feature. Perhaps we should use one of those. Perhaps, instead, we should use an all-new image from you. If you have an image you'd like us to use, upload it to this gallery. If it's an image from our Photo of the Day feature, post a link to it in the comments.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Facebook follower tells complainer to "get a life."
Charlestown Patch’s social media followers had a sharp response Monday to a link we posted to a post about motorcycles parked outside the Teamsters Local 25 building in Sullivan Square. A user at citizens connect posted this complaint: “Every time the Teamsters meet they park their bikes there and they are NEVER ticketed. If an ordinary citizen parked their bike there try would be towed They also park their cars in the Sullivan Circle rotary and, again, are never ticketed. Why is this allowed to happen?” Our Facebook followers took offense to the complaint. “It's once a month for 9 months out of the year on Sundays. People need to get lives,” said Mary Beth Emerson Lovejoy. “This must be the YUPPIES complaining. Do we complain when they …
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
A Facebook group urging residents in Charlestown to get out the vote is building support on the social network.
A new community group has popped up on Facebook: Vote Charlestown. Their goal seems to be straightforward: Get more people in the neighborhood to the polls in upcoming city, state and national elections. They've cited that the turnout in the last local election was 1,607 out of the 10,747 registered voters in Charlestown. Organizers behind the group want to demonstrate that the Charlestown vote is strong and that people in the community are plugged into local issues, and want to hold their elected officials accountable. Here are the details from the "info" link on the Vote Charlestown Facebook page: