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As widespread as social media is, and as close as it is to many of our lives, there's still much to learn about it. This is especially true with regards to how shared goals are achieved, and exactly how people are using social media to spread information. Companies like Twitter stand to gain from such advanced knowledge, as do many others, so the company has put up $10 million to have the Massachusetts Institute of Technology create tools that would help us better understand such things. MIT is calling its lab for the project "Laboratory of Social Machines", and it will begin by snatching a lot... Read more...
A single letter of the alphabet has the Internet pondering what in the world is coming next from Tesla Motors. It's the letter "D," which Tesla Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Elon Musk casually tossed in a vague Twitter post along with a date -- October 9, 2014 -- for the unveiling of whatever the "D" might be, as well as "something else." There's also a picture accompanying the post. Comparisons to the Batmobile exiting the Batcave are inevitable, though don't expect a DC tie-in with whatever the D ends up being. A more likely scenario is that Tesla is getting ready to introduce the Model D, which... Read more...
With the holiday shopping season right around the bend, companies will be ramping up efforts to draw eyeballs to their wares and solicit your business. Enter Amazon and the introduction of a new shopping hashtag that allows Twitter users to add items to their Amazon Wish List simply by tweeting. Just include #AmazonWishList and a link to the item you're jonesing for in your tweet, or reply to a tweet containing an Amazon link with the aforementioned hashtag. "Twitter offers Amazon customers a great environment for inspiration and discovery," said John Yurcisin, Director of Social at Amazon. "#AmazonWishList... Read more...
One of the biggest dilemmas facing the decision makers at Twitter is how to turn a highly popular microblogging platform into a money generating machine. Integrating ads is one answer, though it's not the only one. In the near future, you might see a "buy" button inviting you to purchase goods and services from tweets posted to the social network. How will it work? To begin with, Twitter is reportedly partnering with payments company Stripe Inc. to save credit card details so that a person can purchase an item with a just a couple clicks. "We want to be a bridge between a consumer wanting something... Read more...
Update, 8/28 - 3:15PM - It looks like the account in question is actually restored and functional at this point. The group's last post was about two hours ago.  We reported earlier this week about a collective called Lizard Group that was not only causing some major hassles for certain MMO companies and its players, but also caused a flight carrying a Sony executive to ground due to a hint of a bomb being on board. While this all played out, Lizard Group kept everyone up to date through its Twitter account, which had no shortage of further threats and taunts. It seemed to take forever, but... Read more...
Have you ever wanted to analyze your Twitter posts? The microblogging service is making it possible to do that through its Tweet activity dashboard, a new tool that lets you see how people engage with your posts in real time, compare your posting activity every month and see how they trend over a period of time, and get a detailed view of the number of retweets, replies, favorites, follows, or clicks a particular Tweet receives. For the casual user, it's a neat tool that you might check out every so often as a novelty, or more often if you want to take better advantage of the social networking... Read more...
Here's a story that just keeps getting stranger. Lizard Group, a hacker group that claimed responsibility for Sony's PSN downtime over the weekend, has created a stir that'll no doubt have the FBI involved. As if claiming that it took PSN down wasn't enough, it tweeted earlier today to American Airlines that it had been "receiving reports" that a plane carrying Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) president John Smedley also had explosives onboard. Importantly, the group did not claim that it had anything to do with said explosives, only that it knew of them onboard. Twitter threats are taken just as... Read more...
College is supposed to be a place of higher learning and where attendees are given their freedom to decide what they want to do. However, Northern Illinois University is restricting some of that freedom when it enacted an Acceptable Use Policy that bans torrents and denies students access to social media sites and content deemed “unethical” or “obscene.” A student attending NIU posted about the policy, which was enacted on July 25, on reddit under the username darkf and how he had discovered the new policy when trying to access a Wikipedia page for the Westboro Baptist Church.... Read more...
Just hours after photos and videos showing what appears to be the horrifically disturbing beheading of James Foley spread across Twitter, the microblogging service posted a policy update that now allows family members to request the removal of images of the deceased. At the same time, Twitter left itself an opening by saying it may not be able to honor every request depending on public interest factors. "In order to respect the wishes of loved ones, Twitter will remove imagery of deceased individuals in certain circumstances. Immediate family members and other authorized individuals may request... Read more...
Like just about every social networking service, Twitter tries out new things every once in awhile. Unfortunately for Twitter, people are creatures of habit, so these changes don't always go over very well, particularly the most recent one -- now when you click on the star icon to favorite a tweet, it will get retweeted on the main timeline. According to The Next Web, this new functionality has been in place at least since the beginning of August for some users, though it appears that Twitter has begun expanding the feature to more users over the past several days. The problem users have with this... Read more...
In a filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Twitter disclosed that around 23 million of its monthly active users are actually bots, or programs that automatically post updates "without any discernible additional user-initiated action." That works out to about 8.5 percent of of the microblogging service's total monthly active users. This is an important metric for advertisers to consider because those automated programs aren't going to generate any sales from ads. They do, however, serve different purposes -- some are nefarious, such as spamming nonsense that nobody... Read more...
Watching T-Mobile chief John Legere handle business in the public eye is a lot like watching Monty Python and the Holy Grail for the first time -- you're caught off guard by silly shenanigans time and again and bouts of hysterical lunacy. Mind you, we're not saying Legere is a lunatic, and a look at T-Mobile's performance in recent quarters makes a strong argument that there's a method to his madness. Hell, we're just content to enjoy the wild ride, which at the moment is coming at the expense of Sprint. Let's back up a moment. Back in June, Sprint, the nation's third largest wireless carrier,... Read more...
Facebook has long been under fire for its seemingly lackluster care to user privacy, something that became a hot topic this past week as the company forced its mobile users to transition to its Messenger app in order to have messaging capabilities. Well, as hard as it might be to believe, there are some instances when the company does care about our privacy, enough to work towards protecting our data from overly aggressive law enforcement. Last fall, Facebook was forced by the New York district attorney's office to hand over account profiles for 381 users - users that ranged from teenagers to grandparents.... Read more...
Technology journalists and fans of electronic gadgets suffered a gut punch on Sunday, as it came to light that Evan Blass will no longer post leaked photos of unreleased products. If you're wondering, "Evan who?," then perhaps you better know him by his Twitter handle @evleaks. Blass built a reputation for himself through his evleaks handle by consistently getting his hands on press photos long before they were officially released. You can hear the collective sighs from Samsung, LG, Microsoft, and every other company that's ever been on the receiving end of a leaked press photo. "All good things... Read more...
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