Social Media

Post-Snowden, Americans Leery on Web Privacy

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The Edward Snowden revelations about the extent of the U.S. government’s electronic surveillance are no longer breaking news, which means it’s time to see whether those disclosures had a long-term effect on how Americans perceive their privacy, and how they protect their data online. Fortunately, some new survey data from the Pew Research Center provides insight into those very questions. While a majority of Americans (9 in 10) have heard about the U.S. government’s extensive surveillance programs, only a third… continue…

R.I.P. Google+?

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Google’s Google+ social network, touted by some as a potential “Facebook killer” upon its 2011 release, could end up split into multiple parts. “Just wanted to confirm that the rumors are true—I’m excited to be running Google’s Photos and Streams products!” Google Vice President Bradley Horowitz wrote on his Google+ page. “It’s important to me that these changes are properly understood to be positive improvements to both our products and how they reach users.” Check out the latest social networking… continue…

Twitter CEO Suggests IT Managers Take Tips From Improv

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When Twitter CEO Dick Costolo advises managers on how to help run his company, he falls back on advice he learned in a somewhat unconventional place: an improvisational comedy stage. Check out the latest social media jobs. “One of the things that you’re always trying to make sure you really pay attention to in improv is being in the moment and listening,” he recently told an interviewer with The New York Times, adding: When I was first learning the trade,… continue…

Twitter CEO Pledges to Curb Trolling

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In an internal memo leaked to The Verge, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo took responsibility for the social platform’s rampant problem with trolls and cyberbullying. Check out the latest social network-related jobs. “We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we’ve sucked at it for years,” he wrote in the memo, dated Feb. 2. “It’s no secret and the rest of the world talks about it every day. We lose core user after core user by not… continue…

Americans Using More Social Networks

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With more than a billion users, Facebook is widely regarded as the social network to beat. But new data from the Pew Internet Research Project suggests that other social networks such as Twitter and Instagram are making strong gains among users, with the potential to challenge Facebook’s crown in future years. For more social media jobs, click here. Although Facebook remains the largest social network, its growth among Americans has slowed to a virtual standstill over the past year, except… continue…

Daily Tip: Reduce Social Media

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A recent survey from the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project found that only 4 percent of Americans think that social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook are “very important” tools for their jobs. Indeed, for all their real or imagined benefits, social networks are bona fide productivity killers. (There’s a reason why many places of employment block access to them during the workday.) For those software pros whose jobs involve social networking in a significant way (such as building… continue…

Facebook CEO: No ‘Dislike’ Button Coming

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For anyone who ever wanted Facebook to build a “Dislike” or “Hate” button into its News Feed, prepare to have your hopes dashed: In a public question-and-answer session, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made it clear that the ubiquitous “Like” button won’t be receiving an evil sibling anytime soon. “Some people have asked for a Dislike button because they want to be able to say ‘That thing isn’t good,’” he said, according to a transcript compiled by TechCrunch. “And that’s not… continue…

Do You Tweet? Mitt Romney Has a Lesson for You

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Over at Slate, a couple of staffers for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign have revealed an interesting tidbit: Every time the campaign posted something to social media—whether a Tweet, Facebook posting, or blog entry—some 22 different individuals throughout the organization needed to approve the outgoing text or imagery. “The downfall of that of course is as fast as we are moving it can take a little bit of time to get that approval to happen,” Caitlin Checkett, who served as… continue…

Daily Tip: Still Watching What You Say Online?

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Last week, Twitter rolled out a new feature that made researchers and archivists very excited: a powerful search engine that can surface virtually every single tweet ever posted. While Twitter already had a “real-time index” with a week’s worth of tweets, this full index is roughly 100 times as large, and grows at a rate of “several billion Tweets a week,” according to the company. In a highly technical corporate blog posting, Twitter suggested that the new search is good… continue…

Does a Startup Need a Moral Compass?

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Ride-sharing service Uber found itself in a lot of trouble this week after BuzzFeed quoted one of its top executives as saying the company should fund opposition research into journalists. The executive, Emil Michael, suggested spending a million dollars to hire a team of opposition researchers and journalists, who would then dig into the personal lives and families of those critical of Uber. While Michael didn’t suggest any such plan was in effect, and apologized for his remarks soon afterwards,… continue…