Posts Tagged ‘social networking’

Friend Me On FaceGlat (But Only If You Are Female)

July 25, 2011

This post first appeared as “Facebook-like Site FaceGlat to Serve Gender-Segregated Haredi Population” on The Shmooze blog of the Forward.

The term “Glatt kosher” doesn’t just refer to meat anymore. It’s now for social networking, too — at a website that is specifically designed to avoid the meat market aspects of the online world. Ynet reports that there is now a Facebook-type site, aimed at the gender-segregated Haredi population, called FaceGlat.

If you are a guy who trolls social networking sites to get a glimpse of some hot babes, or a woman searching for a nice guy to date, then FaceGlat will not be to your taste. Women and men may only sign up for separate sections of the site, and cannot access accounts of anyone of the other gender. It’s a tsnius (modesty) thing.

The brainchild of 25-year-old Yaakov Swisa of Kfar Chabad in Israel, FaceGlat packs loads of filters to block specific words or types of comments, and to prevent men from sneaking into the women’s section or women from peaking over the virtual mechitzah. The site is still in a start-up phase, and Swisa has said that its setup may need to be tweaked “if the website in its current format leads to ‘negative activity,’ as defined by Swisa, or attracts people who don’t even own a Facebook account at the moment,” according to Ynet.

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© 2011 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

Israelis Like Facebook

June 9, 2011

This post first appeared as “Israelis Can’t Get Enough Facebook” on The Shmooze blog of The Forward.

We all know that Israelis spend more time than the rest of us on certain things, like defending their country, starting cool hi-tech start-ups, and eating really good hummus. What we might not have guessed is that they also spend more time on social networking websites than we do.

According to a global survey conducted and released earlier this week by comScore, Inc., a source of digital market intelligence, Israel ranked highest in time spent per visitor on social networking sites, averaging 10.7 hours per person for the month of April. The average Israeli apparently socializes online far more than his American or Canadian counterpart, who logs only 5.2 and 6.4 hours per month, respectively. Russia came in second with 10.3 hours of social networking per visitor, followed by Argentina with 8.4 hours, Philippines with 7.9 hours and Turkey with 7.8 hours.

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© 2011 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

News Director As Cruise Director

June 3, 2010

Caroline Glick

Just a few hours ago, I posted my Facebook status as a question: “Is it just me, or is anyone else feeling like they are on Flotilla overload?” It felt like my head (and heart) was going to explode if I read one more article or op-ed sent to me via email or social networking site. Everyone has had to weigh in on the so-called humanitarian aid flotilla, the IDF, Gaza, the Gaza blockade, Hamas, the Israeli leadership, the Turkish government, and every other possible angle on the events of this past Monday. Yes, we get it – this is BIG (and not in a good way).

And when there is BIG news, you can always be sure that a parody of it is not far behind. With SNL finished for the season (and besides, it’s not yet Saturday night), the Israeli satirical website Latma Press (“Why Be Annoyed Alone?”) has beat everyone to the punch with a “We Con The World” video starring the Flotilla Choir. It’s the “Turkish Aid to Gaza Song, With Captain Stabbing and Friends.”

You can even see Latma editor-in-chief, Caroline Glick in the video. Truly amazing that she had time to put this together given her day job of Deputy Managing Editor of The Jerusalem Post – it’s not as though things are quiet in the newsroom these days (as though they ever are in Jerusalem…). Given how fast things move today, it’s evident that she and her fellow satirists felt there was no time to lose in getting their (singing) voices on these critical events out there. They clearly took Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s remark that “This [the Mavi Marmara] was no Love Boat,” and ran with it.

This would be funny, if it weren’t so infuriating and sad:

© 2010 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

Update: An article in the UK’s The Guardian on June 6 reported that the Israeli government press office initially released the link to the video to foreign journalists. It later retracted and apologized for the release, with the office’s director Danny Seaman saying that, “the video did not reflect official state opinion.” Many Israelis loved the parody and thought it was great PR for Israel, while others thought it was in bad taste and demonstrated that Israel was out of touch with world opinion. I read some commentary questioning the professional responsibility and journalistic impartiality of Caroline Glick, a high-ranking and experienced newswoman. In any case, the Israeli government should get clued into the fact that often the best hasbara (PR) is of the unofficial, private citizen-produced viral marketing variety, and should accordingly leave well enough alone.