social networks

The social network bugaboo: being connected isn’t all bad

The social network bugaboo: being connected isn’t all bad

Social networking is the next great bugaboo, being pegged as the sole source of this generation's seemingly inevitable (not to mention unfounded) decline into self-obsession and isolation. It has been called a great threat, a facilitator of narcissism. Critics say social networking in its many varied forms will lead to a sort of deconstruction of society, an ironic twist on its social-centric underpinnings. Is it all really so bad, this ever-present reality of social connections in an often solely-digital form?

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Google+ Insight takes aim at upset Facebook users

Google+ Insight takes aim at upset Facebook users

Today, Google is announcing they will reveal info on page reach metrics, showing us things like how many saw a picture or video, or interacted with a post of ours. Insights will give a day-to-day synopsis of engagement is clearly aimed at enterprise customers who want a stronger social presence, but why is Google doing this?

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Facebook explains changes to News Feed

Facebook explains changes to News Feed

Late last year, Facebook changed their algorithm for News Feed. The news had many content providers calling foul, but Facebook didn’t relent. The change meant we’d see less in our stream, and the company has now explained why they went ahead with the alteration.

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Secret Service seeking sarcasm detector

Secret Service seeking sarcasm detector

Social networks pose some interesting issues related to communication: tweets and statuses persist beyond the initial sentiment, are often exposed to large groups of people, and lack cues that help determine in what way a statement is meant. As such, certain statements said in jest could land the ones who shared them in hot water.

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Tumblr joins roster of social networks with @mentions

Tumblr joins roster of social networks with @mentions

It is no secret the Internet is a breeding ground for its own sort of language, a common amalgamation of symbols, smileys, acronyms, hashtags, and @mentions. Twitter was the breeding ground for the latter of those staples, bringing into popularity a feature that makes it easy to grab another user's attention by using an @ symbol to tag them and send a notification their way. Such functionality is available across many services -- Facebook, Disqus -- and starting today, Tumblr.

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Facebook popularity has tanked among teens, latest study shows

Facebook popularity has tanked among teens, latest study shows

Social networking options continue to grow, and as more become established as popular and frequently-used options, teenagers find more incentive to gravitate away from the once-staple, Facebook. It is no secret that Facebook usage among teenager has been decreasing in recent times, and the latest study on the subject further validates this, showing Facebook's popularity among older teens as "dead".

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