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  • Two Weeks Without Twitter: An Experiment

    Posted April 30, 2009 - 4:34 pm

    About two weeks ago, though, I deleted my Twitter account and went Twitter-less. I did this for a couple reasons: I wanted to see how hooked I was on Twitter (if at all), and I wanted to see whether or not anyone would notice that I dropped off the map.
  • How Facebook mucks up office life

    Posted April 30, 2009 - 4:19 pm

    If you're anything like the other 200 million users on Facebook, you probably didn't give enough thought when you first signed on to which friend requests you accepted, or whom you invited via the Friend Finder. Now you've got a dangerously random group of friends and friends-of-friends sharing -- and over-sharing -- information, sometimes without your even being aware of it.
  • IBM gives developer portal social-networking makeover

    Posted April 30, 2009 - 12:04 pm

    IBM is looking to drive interest in its DeveloperWorks information portal for programmers with a major dose of social-networking mojo.
  • Facebook's privacy options

    Posted April 30, 2009 - 11:29 am

    Facebook users -- and their managers -- who are concerned about keeping control of their information should get themselves over to the social network's Privacy Settings page without delay.
  • Twitter quitters are fleeing the site in droves

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 4:24 pm

    A Nielsen Co. report released Tuesday shows that 60% of Twitter users do not return to the microblogging site the next month. And for the 12 months prior to Oprah Winfrey joining Twitter this month with great media fanfare, the site had a retention rate of less than 30%.
  • Will Twitter kill IM?

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 10:46 am

    My Blackberry came pre-loaded with AOL Instant Messenger. I've had an account name since the late 90s. So why don't I use AIM on BlackBerry? One word: Twitter
  • How can you handle risks that come with social networking?

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 9:40 am

    Social networking -- whether it be Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter or something else -- is fast becoming a way of life for millions of people to share information about themselves for personal or business reasons. But it comes with huge risks that range from identity theft to malware infections to the potential for letting reckless remarks damage corporate and personal reputations.
  • Seven burning security questions

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 9:28 am

    There's no shortage of burning questions about IT security these days, some sparked by nasty threats, others by economic concerns and some by growing use of social networking and cloud computing. We spoke to about two dozen experts -- IT customers, analysts and vendors -- to nail down some answers.
  • Microsoft's Vine: Emergency Social Networking

    Posted April 28, 2009 - 5:06 pm

    Microsoft Tuesday launched a private beta of its new Vine service, which is designed to allow small groups and organizations to trade vital information via Twitter-style alerts.
  • MySpace app dev platform still a work in progress

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 8:18 pm

    MySpace launched its developer program more than a year ago, and the jury is still out on how successful it will end up being.
  • Google Profiles: How and Why to Get Started

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 11:19 am

    While some industry analysts view Google Profiles as a competitor to Facebook's profiles, Google says the main purpose of Google Profiles (right now) is to create a centralized repository for your information on the Web, so that when someone uses Google's search engine to find you, they actually find you, not another person with the same name.
  • Four Tips for Getting Good ROI from Web 2.0 Projects

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 11:11 am

    Embarq, a high-speed internet and phone company serving 5.7 million customers in 18 states, has had some early success making Web 2.0 part of its overall innovation strategy to improve idea generation and ultimately create new products. Here are some tips you can take from Embarq's success
  • The Polite Way to Take a Break, Ignore, Unfollow on Twitter

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 10:26 am

    From utilizing free applications, to simply "unfollowing" someone after they fail to exercise basic Twitter Etiquette, here's a few ways to deal with bad Twitter players - and not look like a jerk while doing it.
  • MySpace's new CEO is former Facebook executive

    Posted April 24, 2009 - 1:31 pm

    MySpace has tapped a former Facebook executive to be its new CEO.
  • Facebook moves ahead with new terms of use

    Posted April 24, 2009 - 11:08 am

    Facebook, the world's most used social networking site, will soon move ahead with revised rules for how it operates following a row with users earlier this year.
  • With MySpace CEO out, it's time to reinvent the company

    Posted April 23, 2009 - 2:29 pm

    With MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe stepping down, analysts say it's the perfect time for the social networking pioneer to reinvent itself and try to regain some momentum against rival Facebook.
  • MySpace CEO to step down

    Posted April 23, 2009 - 11:11 am

    MySpace's CEO is stepping down, as the site's popularity cools off.
  • 30 ways Twitter will get you in trouble

    Posted April 13, 2009 - 2:06 pm

    As it turns out, Tweeting about pretending to have jury duty to get a day off work or lying on your resume or failing your latest drug test can get you in some serious hot water.
  • Twitter Tips: Safely Blend Personal and Professional

    Posted April 13, 2009 - 10:47 am

    The blurring between the personal and professional life creates perils for Twitter users. Sharing a tweet that has certain personal information could cause you to lose your "followers" or, worse, get you into trouble at work.
  • The Link Letdown: When URL Shorteners Fail

    Posted April 10, 2009 - 9:24 am

    There's been some heated discussion lately about URL shorteners and whether they're useful tools or pure "evil." My initial reaction was that much of the debate was overreaction -- after all, you'd be hard-pressed to send links on Twitter without services like bit.ly to cut down their characters. Lately, though, I've seen some evidence that's made me rethink my position.
  • AMD releases beta of new 3D multimedia browser

    Posted April 9, 2009 - 5:25 pm

    Chip maker AMD has released a beta of a new 3D browser, which is designed to let users easily share multimedia files stored on their PCs with their social networks.
  • UK university offering a master's in social networking

    Posted April 9, 2009 - 10:02 am

    How are us oldsters supposed to gain expert knowledge in using Facebook and Twitter -- other than by actually using the sites? Sign up for a graduate degree in the subject from Birmingham City University.
  • Job Hunting 2.0: Get Social in a Down Economy

    Posted April 7, 2009 - 8:40 pm

    A new collection of Web 2.0 tools, including social networks and online résumé builders that enliven your résumé with multimedia elements, are helping job seekers market themselves in a tough economy.
  • Facebook exec on balancing privacy, business needs

    Posted April 6, 2009 - 10:06 am

    Though Facebook has sometimes been criticized for sacrificing the privacy of its users in order to monetize the service, Chris Kelly, Facebook's chief privacy officer, has presided over the social network's efforts to build out the most sophisticated privacy options in the industry.
  • Chinese social networks ‘virtually' out-earn Facebook and MySpace

    Posted April 6, 2009 - 10:03 am

    Interesting marketing analysis on social networking market in China.

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