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Precarious permanence: Cementing your legacy 140 characters at a time

Precarious permanence: Cementing your legacy 140 characters at a time

By on February 4, 2014 at 12:20 PM.

It pains me greatly to acknowledge it, but blurting out whatever comes to mind on Twitter, Facebook or any number of social channels is a terrible idea. You already knew that, of course, but I’m talking about something more serious. Pecking out a furious tweet with a couple of typos is fairly embarrassing, but lately I’ve become fixated on the long-term consequences that are yet to be fully realized. It’s a notion I haven’t been able to shake since Justine Sacco was hastily fired from her job in December of 2013, and I’m not entirely certain that the world at large paused long enough to digest what that sequence of events truly described.

For those who were off preparing for the holidays, here’s a synopsis: Sacco fired off an admittedly less-than-glamourous tweet before boarding a long flight that was devoid of Wi-Fi. Hours before, she was relatively unknown from a celebrity standpoint. As she was passing through customs at her destination, it became clear that she no longer had a job.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve come to realize that her undoing wasn’t necessarily what she said, but where she said it. More →

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Facebook Mobile Advertising Platform

How Facebook plans to tear down Google’s online empire brick by brick

By on January 24, 2014 at 8:55 AM.

How Facebook plans to tear down Google’s online empire brick by brick

Facebook has ambitions that go well beyond being just a social network. In fact, the company has designs on becoming a ubiquitous online powerhouse with clout that’s at least on par with Google. Sriram Krishnan, who works on Facebook’s mobile ads platform, now writes that he and his team are “running a small test to explore showing Facebook ads in third-party mobile apps,” which would represent a major expansion of Facebook’s reach in the mobile advertising world. More →

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Facebook Princeton Study Response

Facebook gives best possible response to ridiculous Princeton study

By on January 24, 2014 at 8:20 AM.

Facebook gives best possible response to ridiculous Princeton study

Earlier this week we highlighted a study from Princeton that used Google search trends to predict that Facebook would lose 80% of its users by 2017. The study seemed so flat-out ridiculous to us that we gave it our coveted “WTF of the Week” award… and apparently we weren’t alone in questioning its methodology. Facebook data scientist Mike Develin has decided to use similar methods to give Princeton a taste of its own medicine and “prove” that Princeton’s enrollment will crash all the way to zero in less than a decade. More →

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Google+ Unwanted Invitations Criticism

Man who wrote entire book on Google+ has no idea how to stop it from spamming him

By on January 23, 2014 at 12:15 PM.

Man who wrote entire book on Google+ has no idea how to stop it from spamming him

It’s one thing to be a frustrated Google+ user. It’s another thing to be a frustrated user who happened to write an entire book on how to properly navigate and use Google’s social network. Kevin Purdy, the author of Google+: The Missing Manual, took to Twitter on Thursday to rant about how he had no idea how to stop total strangers from sending him invitations to events that he had no interest in attending. More →

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WTF of the week: Princeton researchers say Facebook will lose 80% of its users by 2017

By on January 22, 2014 at 4:04 PM.

WTF of the week: Princeton researchers say Facebook will lose 80% of its users by 2017

We’re used to zany Wall Street analysts making wacky predictions about the tech world, such as the amazing prediction made by Money Map Press analyst Keith Fitz-Gerald last month about a merger between Microsoft and Apple. It’s a little bit rarer to see WTF-worthy tech predictions coming out of established universities that nominally have reputations to uphold as respectable learning institutions. Nonetheless, The Guardian reports that some researchers from Princeton are projecting that Facebook will lose a whopping 80% of its user base over the next three years alone. More →

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Facebook Declining Teen Usage

Facebook’s ‘teen problem’ may not be as bad as you thought

By on January 21, 2014 at 4:24 PM.

Facebook’s ‘teen problem’ may not be as bad as you thought

While Facebook may have a “teen problem,” it may not be as bad as a report from iStrategy last week suggested. According to a report from GlobalWebIndex, Facebook’s usage among teens dropped 2% from Q2 to Q4 in 2013. That is not nearly as nearly as sharp a drop as the 25.3% drop among high schoolers from 2011 to 2014 that was reported in iStrategy’s report. More →

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Facebook Mobile Apps Collection

Facebook still wants to take over mobile with standalone apps

By on January 16, 2014 at 7:20 PM.

Facebook still wants to take over mobile with standalone apps

Even though it failed to take over home screens on Android with the Facebook Home experiment, Facebook is still very much interested in the mobile ecosystem, where it plans to launch several standalone applications this year, The Verge has learned. The company issued major updates for its Messenger app on iOS and Android recently, and Instagram, still a popular photo service, has received its own update not long ago. But Facebook is not done when it comes to mobile apps. More →

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Facebook Paper News Reader

Facebook really wants to know what news you like to read

By on January 15, 2014 at 7:30 PM.

Facebook really wants to know what news you like to read

Facebook will reportedly launch a Flipboard-like news reading feature later this month either as a standalone application for mobile devices or as a “web experience” optimized for mobile devices, people familiar with the matter have told Re/code. Apparently known as “Paper,” and part of a bigger “Project Reader,” the news reader app would offer users quick access to various publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and others, as well as status updates from friends, “all in a visually stunning ‘paper-like’ format.” More →

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NSA Proof Twitter Alternative

New Twitter for paranoids uses Bitcoin and BitTorrent to hide from NSA

By on January 14, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

New Twitter for paranoids uses Bitcoin and BitTorrent to hide from NSA

Fearful of the NSA after all of the Snowden leaks, an engineer in Brazil is creating a secure and decentralized Twitter alternative that uses two tools beloved by digital renegades: Bitcoin and BitTorrent. More →

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Gmail Google+ Settings Controversy

Surprise! You won’t be able to email Larry Page through his Google+ page

By on January 13, 2014 at 4:40 PM.

Surprise! You won’t be able to email Larry Page through his Google+ page

Google’s most recent tactic for pushing Google+ on its user base has drawn plenty of criticism and apparently even Google realizes how potentially annoying it could be for users who get lots of unwanted emails from strangers. The Verge notices that “high-profile” Google+ users have their default Gmail settings set to block any emails that are sent through their Google+ profiles. This is different from the default Gmail settings for the majority of users that allow anyone who views your Google+ profile to send a message to your Gmail account even if you’ve never met them before. The list of “high-profile” users presumably includes Google CEO Larry Page, who has more than 4 million followers in his circles. More →

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Google+ Promotion Criticism

Dear Google: Please stop trying to make me use your terrible social network

By on January 10, 2014 at 3:27 PM.

Dear Google: Please stop trying to make me use your terrible social network

OK, Google, I rely on your for a lot of things. Not only are you my default search engine but you’re also my primary email account (Gmail), my web browser (Chrome), my mobile operating system (Android) and even my primary music streaming service (Google Play All Access). I think it’s fair to say that I am a customer and on the whole I’ve been more-or-less happy with you. But there’s one thing that you’re doing that is driving me crazy: You keep trying to get me to use a social networking website that I have absolutely, positively no desire to ever use or even deal with. More →

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Twitter Shark Tracking Australia

Twitter is now literally a life-saving technology

By on January 3, 2014 at 11:45 PM.

Twitter is now literally a life-saving technology

If Twitter had been around in the 1970s, would Jaws have even been a threat? NPR reports that government researchers in Australia have started equipping sharks with electronic transmitters that post updates on their locations to Twitter whenever they get close to a public beach. Chris Peck, operations manager of Surf Life Saving Western Australia, explains that the goal of the project is to give beach goers real-time information so they can alert others to flee the waters before any sharks even get close to them. More →

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