Social Networking, Internet Lifestyle And Security News

Passionate about net neutrality? Facebook privacy issues freaking you out? Want to know more about the latest security breach? Here we'll cover the headlines that matter in our ever evolving digitally-connected lives and lifestyles around the world.

Apple is spreading its wings when it comes to using social media to engage its vast user base. That expansion kicks off today with the launch of @AppleSupport on Twitter, which not only will provide Apple Customers with tips and tricks for its products, but also field questions from those in need of technical... 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... Read more...
Google has some fantastic news for JoeBlow58736 and F1irtyGirl25, as well as anyone else who prefers to use their online nickname versus their real identity. You are no longer required to use your real name when creating a Google+ account, representing a reversal in policy that's in place since the social network... Read more...
Soccer might not be the most popular sport in the U.S., but it's certainly growing on Americans. Of course, soccer enjoys an enormous global audience, and if anyone needs reminding of that, just check out the World Cup activity on Facebook. At only halfway through the tournament, there are more than 1 billion related... Read more...
You might want to be careful with that next "Like" on Facebook, because as it appears, companies can use that to their advantage in the event a lawsuit is filed against them. In General Mills' updated legal terms, the company totally backs consumers into a corner if they follow the company on social media, use its... Read more...
If you thought Mark Zuckerberg and company were out of their minds to approve a $19 billion (with a "B") acquisition of WhatsApp, an instant messaging service, you're not alone. Sitting on the other side of the social networking aisle is Google, which knows a thing or two about spending crazy amounts of money on... Read more...
There's a general perception out there that Google's social network is a virtual ghost town, versus Facebook's online playground, which is always bustling with activity. Google's tried to dispel that notion on occasion by revealing user stats, and if you look closely at the latest numbers, you might be surprised at... Read more...
When the NSA forced several major tech companies including Facebook, Google, and Yahoo to cough up data on their users, one got the sense that it was a situation of an unstoppable force meeting an immovable object. The first round of that battle went to the NSA because it had (some shadily-acquired) court documents... Read more...
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, both Facebook and Google should be blushing from cheek to cheek. After the introduction go Google+, the two social networking services have been copying features from each other, inadvertently helping the other to innovate and improve upon their own social playground... Read more...
I doubt it needs to be said, but curing cancer is far from easy. Today, gathering required data isn't so much the problem, but rather having enough people to analyze it is. Wouldn't it be great, then, if there were a way for ordinary people to chip in? It might seem a little outlandish, given we're not all scientists... Read more...
If you haven't heard, Facebook is now a public company. That means that the experience has, and will continue to change into eternity now that the company has to turn a profit to satisfy shareholders. Facebook has been cramming ads into feeds left and right, and is even experimenting with an option that'll let users pay real money to send... Read more...
Remember all the “we don’t need another social network” griping when Google+ hit the scene in June of 2011? Fast forward to today and Google+ has 343 million users, making it second only to Facebook for social network size superiority, according to GlobalWebIndex. Social networks in millions of... Read more...
Glassdoor recently announced its fifth annual Employees' Choice Awards. This list provides a look at the 50 best places to work as selected by people who actually work for these companies. There are a number of tech companies that make the list, but Facebook takes the No. 1 spot. Scoring 4.7 out of 5 stars, Facebook has been reviewed by 159... Read more...
Show of hands: Who’s sick of the Sponsored Stories and other encroaching ads on Facebook? Everybody? Although Facebook is free because Zuck & Co. have a massive advertising machine going, it can get a little obnoxious, and the Facebook advertising train is not slowing down. Soon, Facebook will leverage user... Read more...
We’ve all seen our share of bogus social media activity, be it fake likes, ratings, or reviews, that are paid for by a company trying to goose its sales or generate buzz about some product. According to research firm Gartner, the amount of that bogus activity will account for 10-15% of all social media activity... Read more...
Everyone appreciates a little love on their birthdays, and nothing in human history has done a better job of reminding your friends and family to wish you well on your big day than Facebook (whether you like it or not). Now, Google is adding birthday reminders to your daily Web searching via Google+, too. That’s... Read more...
Guild Wars 2 has finally hit store shelves and the game, according to just about everyone, is a lot of fun. The full sequel to the popular game Guild Wars has been in development for a full five years; Guild Wars originally debuted in 2005. Today is the first day anyone could play; pre-orders were given a three day... Read more...
Tech titans have become accustomed to litigation in recent years as they’re embroiled in perpetual Nineteen Eighty-Four-length patent wars, and now it appears that instead of arguing their cases in front of judges, several companies are planning to address laws by lobbying lawmakers directly. According to a... Read more...
Call Google+ a ghost town if you wish, but in terms of customer satisfaction, it's standing head and shoulders above Facebook, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) E-Business Report released on Tuesday. The report highlights customer happiness on a scale of 1-100, and Facebook, which was... Read more...
We don’t often call out our blog posts in the news, but we thought this topic would be great to spur some discussion. J.D. just posted a little something in our Something Social blog titled, “Google+: The Best Thing That Could Have Happened To Facebook (And Its Users)”. Some of the most common... Read more...
Do you hear that noise? It sounds like pacing, which we imagine is what Mark Zuckerberg spends a fair amount of time doing these days as he contemplates how to fend off Google+ from one day becoming the world's largest social networking site. And before you dismiss that notion, consider this: in less than a month... Read more...
Welp, here goes. Google just opened fire on Facebook, Skype and who knows who else. The company has tried for years to properly get into the social networking field, and it has become somewhat of a running joke at this point. There's Wave, Buzz, and lots of other dead Google dreams, but the Google+ Project may be the... Read more...
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