Maybe Everyone Just Shut Up About Selfies
This time the Internet's self-selecting propriety police are shocked, yes shocked by a selfie taken by Nate Scimio, a student who was injured, along with nearly two dozen others, in Wednesday's mass stabbing at Franklin Regional Senior High School in west Pennsylvania. The selfie, taken in the hospital after the attack and posted on Scimio's Instagram, shows Scimio in a hospital gown with a bandage on his right arm. Scimio is smiling (perhaps a bit smugly) and pointing at the bandage.» 4 Comments
Teens Favor Instagram over Facebook, Twitter
The kids nowadays prefer that Instagram over the Facebook and Twitters, according to a new survey of 7,500 teens by Piper Jaffray. In its spring 2014 teen survey the consultancy found that 30% of teens ranked Instagram their most important social network, ahead of Twitter at 27% and Facebook at 23%.» 2 Comments
Govs Need Emergency Systems to Combat Social Media Rumors
Social media rumors can sow even more unhelpful (and potentially very dangerous) havoc amid major crises, and governments need to create emergency response systems to swiftly dispel misinformation online, according to a new study titled "Community Intelligence and Social Media Services: A Rumor Theoretic Analysis of Tweets During Social Crises," published in a journal called Management Information Systems Quarterly.» 1 Comments
Social Stocks Tumble
Social media stocks took it on the chin last week, with Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn all suffering declines on Wall Street. And last week's sobering performance is just the icing on the cake after prolonged slumps going back a month or more.» 1 Comments
Social Networks Are Top Phishing Targets
Social networks were the No. 1 target for phishing attacks in the U.S. in 2013, according to a new report from Kapersky Labs, drawing on anonymized data from the company's Security Network. Phishing refers to the practice of creating a fake Web site in order to collect personal information about users, usually for a criminal purpose.» 0 Comments
U.S. Built Social Net To Foster Dissent In Cuba
Social media's utility as a channel for spreading dissent and catalyzing protest movements makes it an attractive tool for intelligence services seeking to destabilize their enemies. On that note, the Associated Press is reporting that the U.S. government created a social network in Cuban, ZunZuneo, which functioned as a sort of primitive "Cuban Twitter" and was intended to help undermine the Cuban dictatorship.» 0 Comments
Turks Vote For Less Democracy
A war is being waged against social media by governments around the world, but there's a surprising twist -- they're supposedly democracies, and the campaigns against social networks are apparently being waged with the consent or even support of their citizens. The Turkish electorate effectively endorsed prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's crackdown on social media, including blackouts imposed on Twitter and YouTube.» 0 Comments
Facebook "Likes" BART
Close on the heels of multibillion-dollar deals to acquire WhatsApp and Oculus and rumors that it may buy drone maker Titan Aerospace, Facebook announced a new long-term strategic alliance with the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, better known as BART.» 3 Comments
Cincinnati Reds Unveil Social Media Zone
Like hot dogs and beer in the stands, sports and social media just seem to go together, and many professional sports teams are creating special areas in stadiums for fans who are also social media maniacs. The list now includes the Cincinnati Reds, who unveiled a social media hub at the Great American Ballpark in downtown Cincinnati.» 0 Comments
Study Identifies "Cyberasocials," Social Media Skeptics
A significant subset of social media users are uncomfortable making new social connections online and view online socializing as less "real" than face-to-face interactions.» 0 Comments
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