Beginning in Spring 2014, the RoomSync app will use Facebook (online and via mobile) as a tool to help students choose who they want to be roommates with.
RoomSync is partnering with Campus Apartments LLC, the largest student housing company in the nation, to offer this unique experience to college students attending school in the U.S.. This innovative way of picking a roommate will cut out the middleman [the school] and give the student a personal opportunity to choose who is the best fit for them.
Through this partnership, Campus Apartments’ residents will be able to browse potential roommates through the RoomSync app based on a variety of topics, including interests, mutual friends and academic majors. This specially-designed tool empowers students to choose a roommate whom they feel best fits their living environment, rather than relying on the traditional process of site staff manually assigning roommates based on questionnaires. Once a resident selects a compatible roommate on RoomSync, the property’s leasing office receives a full roommate report, eliminating the paper process entirely. The matching service will be available to Campus Apartments’ owned properties and a portion of third party managed communities. Each property will have a Campus Apartments-branded app with complete RoomSync functionality and support.
Not only will this help students gain a better living experience overall, but it will also “lower percentages of room transfer requests, improve student academic outcomes and decrease the severity of roommate conflicts,” says Robert Castellucci, co-founder and president of RoomSync.
To learn more about the app’s latest feature, visit www.RoomSync.com.
About Campus Apartments
Campus Apartments, LLC, the oldest and one of the largest privately held student housing companies in the nation, is a leader in the development and management of university-affiliated real estate. The company has more than $2 billion worth of assets under management with more than 34,500 beds in 25 states. For more information on Campus Apartments, please visit www.campusapts.com.
RoomSync provides roommate matching software to more than 150 student housing communities, on-campus housing departments, internship programs and conferences. RoomSync empowers residents to find roommates by mutual Facebook friends, common interests, lifestyle questions, academic majors and more. RoomSync also offers whitelabeling services, which allow clients to have a custom-branded environment with all the same RoomSync functionality. The company was founded in 2007 and is based in Gainesville, Florida. For more information, please visit www.RoomSync.com.
As up and coming artists, you dream of being the next opening act at a major concert or show. If such an opportunity appeared today, would you waste any time taking it? NO. Of course not…no matter how much it may cost you.
Well, artists may want to think twice. According to DJ Smallz, a new scam is happening to artists on Facebook. The “Opening Act” scam appears as a great opportunity to open up for a larger artist. A person will inbox the details about the show and suggest that you solidify your spot by making payment via a Green Dot prepaid card. This is a scam. Problem is that it’s hard to detect if the Facebook account initiating contact is a fraud or not. People may “catfish” their victims by posting pictures of celebrities and shows on their pages. These pictures to may appear to be the real deal. Instead, they are not and are causing the struggling artist to lose unnecessary money while on their pursuit to make it big.
DJ Smallz explains that he has had many artists to contact him saying they were scammed. Therefore, he offers up lessons that will help prevent you from being their next victim. Check it out below:
For assistance with other areas of the music business, visit Smallz’ SouthernSmokeUniversity.com.
In addition, the Green Dot prepaid cards are being used to trick money out of poor defenseless Facebookers. To prevent you or a friend from becoming a victim, here’s an explanation on how the scam operates from Publishers Clearing House website:
It often works like this: someone claiming to be a PCH representative contacts you and informs you that you’ve won a big PCH prize. But in order to claim that prize, you must go out to Walmart or a convenience store to purchase a prepaid card. You’re instructed to put a certain amount of money on the card and then provide the card number to the “reps.” Once these fraudsters have the card number, they’ll wipe the card clean of the money on it and disappear. You’ll never see your alleged prize OR the money spent on the card again. Yikes! (via PCH Blog)
The best way to stay scam free is to never conduct transactions online with a stranger. For artists, if a person promises you opening act slot or performance spot on a show (and you have to pay first), don’t believe it. The legitimate opportunities will be established through networking and building relationships. If the “rep” can’t meet you in-person, always second guest their legitimacy.
“When your mom, grandmother, auntie and all the rest of your older family members joined Facebook, it’s time to find another social media outlet to congregate.” – Teenager
This is one of the reasons why Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his team are trying to figure ways to get this age demographic back interested. According to reports, Facebook has seen a slow drop in shares and their missing teenagers are one of the causes. With apps like Twitter and Instagram, Facebook doesn’t allow a friendlier outlook for the younger generation. Other apps are just more “hip” in comparison to Facebook. Also, the issue with privacy is a biggie for kids too.
Research shows teens’ growing interest in other social apps like Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, and a recent Pew study found more than half of teens have avoided certain apps because they’re worried about privacy.
Twenty-six percent of teens have uninstalled an app after learning it was collecting their personal information, according to the study.
Zuckerberg was livid this past summer when critics called Facebook “not cool”. But, honestly, Zuckerberg must be living under a rock because Facebook isn’t cool. You can ask anyone under 35 that.
It may be time for the Facebook staff to go back to the drawing board and come up with a creative way to make the app/site fun again. Because sometimes kids just want to stay away from family and old classmates…aka people who may judge them.
What do you all think? What can Facebook do to regain its younger members?
When Instagram rolled out the capabilities to embed photos, this was a relief to many bloggers and news sites. Twitter posts can be shared as well. Now, Facebook is following suit with its sharing capabilities.
If you are a blogger and would like to post someone else’s Facebook message on your site, you can go to that post and click on the “Embed Post” option. You will then be able to copy the code and then post/message, photo, videos, or other random content to your website. But, the embed option only work if that Facebook member has a public page or their security settings are open to nonsubscribers or nonfriends/fans who have access to the page.
On Wednesday April 24, Facebook users will have the opportunity to celebrate the anniversary of one of most influential artist of our time. This historic event will span across the globe servicing over 1 billion users. The event will commemorate the release of Bob Marley’s Kaya: 35th Anniversary Deluxe Edition CD. The celebration will begin with the online listening party followed by a live concert broadcast from the Roxy Theater in Hollywood. His son, 5 time Grammy Award winner Ziggy Marley, will be performing.
Bob Marley & The Wailers originally released ‘Kaya’ in 1978. Universal Music Enterprise will release the 35th anniversary album on April 23. The anniversary album will feature 24-tracks all completely re-mastered. Marley’s music continues to live on an inspire. He legacy is felt deepest in this new era in which images, music, and inspirational quotes are highly regarded as one of the most followed online figures. On Facebook, for instance, Bob Marley ranks in the Top 25 of all Facebook pages garnering over 42 million fans. His page also ranks in the Top 10 of all celebrity pages. He’s sold more than 50 million records worldwide and is inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, GRAMMY Hall of Fame, and Hollywood Walk of Fame.
To honor this icon legend, join in on the fun Wednesday, starting at 7:00PM (PDT). At 9:00PM, immediately following the album stream, the FREE live concert will air. Video streaming will commence on the Facebook pages of Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley, and Legends In The Cloud, as well as www.bobmarley.com and www.ziggymarley.com.