The advent of a new communications technology like Twitter plays hell with the editorial guidelines at news organizations because it gives independent megaphones to reporters who ordinarily couldn’t be heard unless editors stamped their approval on their copy and sent it to the wire, the printer, or pushed it over the air.
As Chris Scott watched his joke go viral on Twitter, he was given an eye-opening look at how people get away with plagiarism on the web.
On May 14, a regular guy named Chris Scott sent a tweet out to his 1,000 or so followers.
"Oh hi Becky who refused to kiss me during spin the bottle in 6th grade & now wants to play "FarmVille," looks like tables have f*cking turned," the tweet read, referring to the Facebook-based game that encourages its players to relentlessly invite their friends to play along with them.
The tweet was retweeted and faved a handful of times, as many funny tweets are, and then, Scott said, he kind of forgot about it.
A lot of news these days comes from, or is about, Twitter. Entertainment magazines and shows seem to be entirely dependant on celebrity Tweets, like those fish that feed on the random things that fall out of a sharks mouth.
It’s not all random utterances and spats though. Time magazine recently ran an article about the most intelligent celebrities on Twitter. And those of us in the science field are regularly encouraged to Tweet about our research.
Facebook users and privacy advocates erupted in anger recently after New Scientist drew attention to a 2012 study in which Facebook researchers had attempted to manipulate users’ moods. “The company purposefully messed with people’s minds,” one privacy group complained to the Federal Trade Commission.
But the mood study is far from the only example of Facebook scrutinizing its users—the company has been doing that for years, examining users’ ethnicities, political views, romantic partners, and even how they talk to their children. (Unlike the mood study, the Facebook studies listed below are observational; they don’t attempt to change users’ behavior.) Although it’s unlikely Facebook users have heard about most of these studies, they’ve consented to them; the social network’s Data Use Policy states: “We may use the information we receive about you…for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement.”
IF YOU’RE reading this at work right now, you could be at risk of being fired.
New figures reveal Aussie businesses are cracking down hard on web use at work, whether it’s Facebook or Twitter, banking or catching up on the news.
A survey by consumer research company Canstar Blue reveals one in three small business owners are so fed up with their staff’s misuse of the net that they have banned social media at work.
The crackdown is understandable when you consider that more than a third of young people are spending more than three hours a day surfing the net when they should be working, according to the findings. One in five said they spent more than four hours online a day.
Millionaires are taking to social media in surprising numbers—especially to Facebook.
Three-fourths of millionaires in a Spectrem Group survey said they use social media. The wealth research firm said 57 percent of the 1,300 millionaires in the poll responded that they use Facebook, while 41 percent use LinkedIn and 10 percent use Twitter.
"The wealthy are using social media at almost the same rates as the nonwealthy," said George Walper, Spectrem’s president.
Facebook users are being warned not to click on a link that looks like a video of a woman taking her clothes off on a webcam, as it could lead to them downloading a virus that will steal their personal data.
Online security firm Bitdefender issued the warning about the malware, which it believes was developed in Albania.
The link is designed to look like a YouTube video, but when clicked, leads them to sites that try to install the malicious software under the guise of an update to Adobe’s Flash software.
We put a ton of trust in technology everyday, but are you confident enough in two-factor authentication to give out any of your passwords? Christopher Mims of The Wall Street Journal is. In a post on the site proclaiming that passwords are “finally dying,” Mims extolls the virtues of the secure login method immediately after giving out his Twitter password. He says that he’s confident he won’t be hacked because, among other reasons, the second authentication step (a text message containing a numerical code that’s sent to the user’s cellphone, or an app that generates a code should you be outside of cellular data range) is apparently difficult to intrude upon
We all know activity on the Internet on a daily basis moves at lightening speed, but there’s something about having the numbers in front of you that makes it just a little bit more fascinating. This infographic looks at what happens in just one minute on social web.
Facebook has a lot of data about its users, and it also has a data science division dedicated to transforming all that data into interesting information. Earlier this year, the company publicized a series of studies around the topic of love. While many of the results match up well with our expectations (e.g., people tend to marry within their religion), not all of them were so obvious. Here are some things Facebook has learned from looking at your relationship status.