Social Networking

Vine Branches Out to Android

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Vine is offering its popular video mobile app on Android, branching out from its iOS base where it’s grown from 13 million users in a year. Vine, which made the announcement Monday, has not only gained traction since Twitter acquired it in October – five months after it was founded by Dom Hofmann and Rus Yusupov, but it’s hitting the sweetspot of pre-teens. With Vine, Twitter is able to reach into the mindset of tweens, a group who tend to… continue…

Yahoo Promises Not to Screw Tumblr Up

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Yahoo has a history of making high-profile acquisitions that subsequently implode in spectacular fashion. continue…

Google Bets Analytics Will Boost Google+ Fortunes

Google’s social network features new tools, including automatic photo sorting and hashtags, that rely heavily on databases and semantic analysis. continue…

Networking: More About Quality Than Quantity

Posted In Looking in Tech
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Networking may instill fear in introverted IT professionals, but to score big on your job hunt, it’s just one of those things that you’ve got to do. But for those who tend to be gun-shy in schmoozing your way to a job, recent survey results from recruiting firm Robert Half Technology offer some comforting figures. For starters, the majority of IT workers surveyed by the company say the quality of their professional network is “very important” to their overall success.… continue…

Foursquare Could Open Check-In Data to Advertisers: Report

The Website may become more aggressive in the information it lays bare to monetization. continue…

‘Future Perfect’ Sees Progress Through Peer Networks

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Long celebrated as one of the Internet’s deepest philosophical thinkers, Steven Johnson uses the publication of his eighth book, Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age, to make the case that a new model of political change is emerging, transforming every aspect of modern life along its way. Johnson is a huge fan of networks of all kinds, but especially distributed networks, the kind of decentralized peer-to-peer connections that pretty much define what the Internet is all about.… continue…

Twitter Adds Mobile-App Developer Tools

Twitter has upgraded its Cards system to accommodate mobile-app developers and retailers. continue…

Alone Together: How We Use Technology to Keep Us Apart

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What’s wrong with technology? For one thing, it’s slowly but surely destroying our ability to have meaningful human relationships. At least, that’s what sociologist and MIT professor Sherry Turkle says. She’s been tracking the effects of technology on human interactions for close to 30 years, and she’s worried. In her compelling new book Alone Together, Turkle says our online lives, which barely existed when she wrote Life on the Screen in 1995, have become all-too-comfortable substitutes for direct human interaction. When today’s… continue…

Why Social Networks Make Life Complicated

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The social Web is becoming fractured by social-networking corporations (SoNetCorps). In a search for increased per capita revenue from a plateauing user base, companies are now dividing the social Web into fiefdoms of “FaceyVille,” “Googlandaivia,” “Twitstonia,” “Linkindia,” and so on. Initially SoNetCorps allowed interaction between competing services and built that into their systems. It was in their best interest when they were small and growing because people would follow the links back to the originating site. A link from a… continue…

Web-Connected Devices Outnumber U.S. Residents

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U.S. households contain 425 million PCs, mobile devices, and Web-connected televisions, according to The NPD Group. continue…