A new study from the Pew Research Center found that using social networks including Facebook, Twitter and others, as well as other means of digitally sharing experiences, isn’t as stressful as some claimed in the past. But the overall social networking experience may become an invisible burden for many, who unknowingly pay the “cost of caring.” More →
Get ready to cringe, ladies and gentlemen. Social media has completely penetrated our lives, and things were taken to the next level in 2014. What started as a few simple websites where people could communicate and keep each other up to date on their personal lives has become a core part of the Internet experience. People use social media sites to communicate with each other, brands use social media sites to communicate with potential customers, and even politicians now use social media as a key tool with which they can make their messages heard.
Of course, sometimes those messages are huge mistakes that politicians instantly regret posting, and now it’s time to laugh and cringe as we relive the 10 worst posts of the year. More →
Netflix may have a brand new features in the works to keep users glued to the screen watching its upcoming TV shows, one Twitter user has discovered. As Rich Greenfield noticed on Twitter, the official Marco Polo Twitter account — Netflix’s upcoming TV series — has a Tweet Me a Reminder button appended to independent tweets that’s probably going to be used to register a fan’s interest in the show.
Get ready to add a new account to your Twitter feed. Amazon reviews can be surprisingly helpful when making purchasing decisions, especially now that the best and most helpful reviews always seem to rise to the top thanks to Amazon’s review rating system. Some reviews, however, are written not just to help shoppers on Amazon’s website, but also to entertain them. Such was the case with Amazon’s collection of the funniest product reviews of all time, and now we have another, ever-growing batch of reviews to enjoy courtesy of an amazing Twitter account. More →
It hasn’t taken long for iPhone users to start having fun with some of iOS 8’s new features. One iPhone user decided to experiment with composing entire tweets based on iOS 8’s autopredict feature that gives you suggestions for what words you’re likely to use next in a sentence. The user started out with just one word and picked autopredict suggestions about where to go from there and the results were about as ridiculous as you’d expect. More →
Judgmentalism has been a staple of societal life for longer than I’m even capable of understanding, and as such, folks have been handing out criticisms for just as long. It’s common practice for creators to look down on other creations, and moreover, to bestow opinions on current events without ever being asked. It’s an issue that has surely been around for some time, but it feels as if social media has only served to add fuel to the proverbial fire.
Talking heads of the tube were bad enough, but at least there were only a smattering of those. Now, we have billions of those same heads, and unlike television, their words remain linkable, searchable, and retweetable ad infinitum. More →
Germany on Tuesday crushed Brazil in a World Cup semi-final game that will remain in the history of the sport for breaking numerous records – the European team scored five goals in the first half, with the game ending 7-1 – but also in Twitter’s history. The Next Web reports the Brazil vs Germany semi-final match registered 35.6 million tweets, becoming the most tweeted sports event ever. More →
“Three inseparable friends enjoying a laugh, and one moron in the corner drooling over some meaningless Silicon Valley gossip.”
I’m spending far less time on social media these days than I once did. A combination of factors have led to this. First off, there’s the inherent risk of saying something that ends up crossing an esoteric line and gets you fired while you’re high above the Atlantic en route to Africa. Second, it’s simply too noisy to make sense of in any sane amount of time. And third, I’ve found that focusing more on my surroundings — things that I choose to take enjoyment in — leaves less time for negativity to find its way into my soul via someone else’s keystroke. More →
One of the most fascinating trends in recent years has been the increasingly important role Twitter plays in news coverage. From storms and tragedies to elections and celebrations, the commentary of every individual with a Twitter account is just a few clicks away, so Google is teaming up with the social network to begin including tweets in its Public Alerts service during times of crisis.
You won’t be able to stop reading this Twitter account that sends out random bits of overheard conversations in NYC
Ever wanted to spend a day as a fly on the wall in a public place and just listen in to what people are talking about as they passed you by? Well now you have a Twitter account you can follow that’s doing it for you. @Conversnitch is an account that has been set up to listen in on and then tweet out bits of conversations of people who are walking through a particular area in New York City. The Guardian informs us that the account has been set up by two artists who used “only a credit card-sized Raspberry Pi computer, a microphone and a Wi-Fi card hacked into a lightbulb fitting, and a piece of open source software hosted at Github” to create a snooping device that is virtually undetectable. More →