Thursday, May 23 2013 6:28 AM EDT2013-05-23 10:28:58 GMT
As of 5:30 Thursday morning, a 14 News Crew is at train derailment on Oak Grove Road. Officials say a train car has come off the track and are currently waiting for a crew from Louisville to get it backMore >>
Officials say traffic is blocked near Kight Lumber and Morgan Avenue.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 5:03 AM EDT2013-05-23 09:03:58 GMT
A mobile home catches fire in Henderson for the second time in just over 24 hours. It happened at 622 Graves Drive. Officials say the back of the home caught fire Tuesday night just before midnight andMore >>
Officials say the back of the home caught fire Tuesday night just before midnight and then again around midnight Thursday morning.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:16 AM EDT2013-05-22 09:16:17 GMT
Nearly 60-thousand "Lea" panel, loft and bunk beds in various sizes are being recalled. It turns out the side mattress support rails can break, posing a fall hazard. The rails are on 34 different LeaMore >>
Nearly 60-thousand "Lea" panel, loft and bunk beds in various sizes are being recalled.More >>
Keeping the meltdown-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in northeastern Japan in stable condition requires a cast of thousands. Increasingly the plant's operator is struggling to find enough workers, a trend that...More >>
Keeping the meltdown-stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in northeastern Japan in stable condition requires a cast of thousands. Increasingly the plant's operator is struggling to find enough workers, a trend that many...More >>
TRI-STATE (WFIE) -
What do you "like" on Facebook?
Users around the globe are obsessed with the Like button and they're reaping the benefits, from discounts to contest wins, to inside information about their favorite brands.
But experts say there's more to the Like button than first meets the eye.
Facebook has found a new use for the Like button. It's a new feature called Sponsored Stories.
If you like something, in this case Starbucks, your face might show up next to an ad for Starbucks.
Privacy advocates say, that looks too much like an endorsement.
Now they're telling Facebook users, it's a good idea to look before you "like."
Annie and her friend Chris both love Facebook. But, when it comes to the Like button, they have very different views.
"My Like is hard to get. When I Like, I want it to really mean something," Chris said.
"And I would say that I Like things probably about once an hour. Is that too much?" asked Annie.
Not for advertisers, who have been embracing Facebook in a big way. Hundreds of thousands of them have created pages for their products, hoping to grow the number of "fans" who "like" them.
"Liking has become the 21st century bumper sticker. It's kind of your way to show your identity and say, 'Hey I like this brand,'" said Bulbstorm CEO Bart Steiner.
Steiner says companies recognize the power of the thumbs up, knowing it grows their list of potential customers, and are willing to offer big rewards to those who click it.
"Virtually every brand that's been on Facebook for a while has done some kind of sweepstakes," Steiner told 14 News.
From luxury vacations to fine jewelry to high-tech electronics, Like something on Facebook and you can win.
But that's only the beginning of the benefits.
"Offers, discounts, or access to unique information. Or you can give your feedback to a brand for the first time and have them really be able to listen to it," said Steiner.
But you may want to think twice before you click. Experts say there are also potential drawbacks.
"Consumer beware, when you like a brand, you might be used as part of an advertising campaign," warned Steiner.
Your support may show in a brand sponsored ad for all your friends to see. And Facebook is even stepping it up with a new product called sponsored stories, where not only your name but your picture will show up on top of an ad.
"The data shows that very often those can be two or more times as effective as an advertising medium. Because by putting my likeness there, they've essentially given my endorsement," Steiner said.
Craig Spiezle of the Online Trust Alliance says you should be concerned with privacy issues as well.
A lot of these likes are connected to apps that ask you for personal information in order to enter a sweepstakes, get a special deal, or more.
"How is that data being used? How can you delete it? How long is it kept? And perhaps one of the most important things, Who's it shared with?" are a few of the questions Spiezle presented.
Read privacy policies and check your own privacy settings, too.
They may not be set or optimized for privacy settings by default," noted Spiezle.
As for Annie and Chris, whether they Like a lot or a little, they can agree on one thing.
if you're concerned about privacy, Facebook says anything your friends are seeing as a sponsored story is actually something they would have already seen in your news feed.
And also, a sponsored story never goes to anyone who's not already your friend.
But five users recently sued, saying Facebook wouldn't let them opt out of sponsored stories. A judge ruled against Facebook, saying it had to give users control over their personal info.
So, Facebook is planning to add tabs to help you control who sees your sponsored content.
Of course, if you want to be avoid the hassle, you can just opt not to hit Like button in the first place
To read more about Facebook's settlement and the $10 million penalty, click here.
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:24 AM EDT2013-05-23 04:24:26 GMT
Those who knew the victim of a deadly shooting in Princeton speak out to 14 News about the struggles they say she had with the suspect. Authorities tells 14 News the suspect, Jason Perry is in the GibsonMore >>
Those who knew the victim of a deadly shooting in Princeton speak out to 14 News about the struggles they say she had with the suspect.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:54 AM EDT2013-05-23 04:54:04 GMT
MISSOURI CITY, TX (KPRC/NBC) - A Texas high school teacher's heart wasn't beating when she delivered her baby, but three of her co-workers are credited with saving her life and her newborn's. Erica Nigrelli,More >>
A Texas high school teacher's heart wasn't beating when she delivered her baby, but three of her co-workers are credited with saving her life and her newborn's.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:58 PM EDT2013-05-22 00:58:27 GMT
A New York man was arrested for making threatening phone calls to the families of the victims of the Newtown school shooting and Connecticut lawmakers. On Dec. 14, 20 first graders and six adults wereMore >>
A New York man was arrested for making threatening phone calls to the families of the victims of the Newtown school shooting and Connecticut lawmakers.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 12:21 AM EDT2013-05-23 04:21:05 GMT
Law enforcement from Indiana and Kentucky were in the 14 News Interactive Center answering your calls and taking any tips to help catch those most wanted. Some of the cases we've featured have ended withMore >>
law enforcement from Indiana and Kentucky were in the 14 News Interactive Center Tuesday night answering your calls and taking any tips to help catch those most wanted. Some of the cases we've featured have ended with suspects in custody.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 01:26:04 GMT
An Evansville man has been arrested on charges of child exploitation. Around 9:00 Wednesday morning, Indiana State Police and detectives from the Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force executedMore >>
During an investigation, detectives were able to download multiple images depicting child pornography and trace the online activity to an Evansville man's home. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 7:09 PM EDT2013-05-22 23:09:42 GMT
Three new businesses are moving into Downtown Evansville, in hopes of cashing in on the area's revitalization. The newest bar, Babel, has a swanky, sophisticated atmosphere. Owners say before 10:00More >>
Three new businesses are moving into Downtown Evansville, in hopes of cashing in on the area's revitalization.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 9:06 PM EDT2013-05-23 01:06:34 GMT
Gibson Co. dispatch confirms a report of shots fired in the area of Los Aztecas on W. Broadway in Princeton. According to our media partner, the Princeton Daily Clarion, shooting suspect fled the sceneMore >>
Princeton Police Chief W.W. George tells 14 News the suspect, believed to be her boyfriend, shot the woman as she and her 13-year-old son were walking in the Los Aztecas parking lotMore >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 5:04 PM EDT2013-05-21 21:04:55 GMT
Toledo's water theft investigator is looking into another complaint of water service being improperly received in a home. On Tuesday, a garden hose was found connected from a house to another home.More >>
The city of Toledo's water theft investigator is looking into another complaint of water service being improperly received in a home. On Tuesday, a garden hose was found connected from a house on Arden Place to another home where service had been shut off. More >>
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