Social Media en Does Facebook and social media change your brain? <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Atlantic compares social media to how photography changed us, and the world. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomas Mucha </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The explosion of Facebook and social media in recent years has sparked plenty of interesting societal, psychological and economic questions:</p> <p> Why do so many people willingly splash their lives across the web?</p> <p> What does it say about privacy in 2012?</p> <p> How is this explosion changing media, technology and other industries around the globe?</p> <p> A <a href="" target="_blank">great essay in the Atlantic</a> by Nathan Jurgenson tackles all of those questions and more.&nbsp;</p> <p> The big idea?</p> <p> Social media&nbsp;&mdash; like photography and other technologies before it&nbsp;&mdash; is altering the way that humans look at the world.&nbsp;</p> <p> Here&#39;s how Jurgenson puts it:</p> <blockquote><p> For those who use Facebook, whose friends are on the site and logging in many times a day, we have come to experience the world differently. We are increasingly aware of how our lives will look as a Facebook photo, status update or check-in. As I type this in a coffee shop, I can &quot;check-in&quot; on Foursquare, I can &quot;tweet&quot; a funny one-liner overheard from the table next to me and I can take an &#39;interesting&#39; photo of the perfectly-formed foam on top of my cappuccino. It is easy; I can do all of this and more from my phone in a matter of minutes. And, most importantly, there will be an audience for all of this. Hundreds of the people I am closest with will view all of this and some will reply with comments and &quot;likes.&quot;</p> <p> Simply, I have been trained to see the world in terms of what I can post to the Internet. I&#39;ve learned to live and present a life that is &quot;likeable.&quot;</p> </blockquote> <p> To Jurgenson &mdash;&nbsp;&quot;social theorist of media&quot; who is working on a dissertation at the University of Maryland on &quot;self-documentation and social media&quot;&nbsp;&mdash; this should come as no surprise.</p> <p> Technology has always changed the way that we view and interact with the world, from the discovery of fire, to the invention of the wheel, to <a href=";lpg=PP1&amp;dq=david%20nye%20railroad%20perception%20landscape&amp;pg=PA53#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false" target="_blank">the high speeds of railroads</a>, to the earth-centric-shattering miracles of the space program.</p> <p> Living life on the web is just another step on that long technological march.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Facebook Social Media Business Culture & Lifestyle Technology Macro Mon, 16 Jan 2012 21:07:00 +0000 Thomas Mucha 5687622 at Yelp IPO: review site set to go public at $12 to $14 a share Yelp, the user-generated business review website, is set to go public at a price of $12 to $14 a share. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Need to Know Social Media Technology United States Fri, 17 Feb 2012 19:39:00 +0000 Meena Thiruvengadam 5692271 at Gawker hires Fox News employee to spy <p> Gossip news website Gawker said Tuesday that it had hired a mole within Fox News to deliver reports anonymously on the behind-the-scenes workings of the right-leaning network.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> media Social Media Business United States Tue, 10 Apr 2012 21:32:00 +0000 Alexander Besant 5699936 at A snapshot of GlobalPost on Facebook A 30-day breakdown of GlobalPost's readers on Facebook. Social Media Entertainment Mon, 23 Apr 2012 19:13:26 +0000 5701503 at Does Chavez govern by Twitter? <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Venezuela's president tweets from Cuba to announce multimillion-dollar state expenditures. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Leff </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Venezuela President Hugo Chavez said he approved $500 million to revamp the naval infantry. Nice hunk of cash. That was just one in a long list of announcements that Chavez has made recently &mdash; <a href="!/chavezcandanga/status/198176148981682176" target="_blank">on Twitter</a>.</p> <p> Chavez is battling cancer and his frequent absences &mdash; for radiation treatment in Cuba &mdash; are <a href="" target="_blank">fanning speculation</a> that his rule could soon come to an end.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Social Media World Leaders Chatter Technology Venezuela Fri, 04 May 2012 21:32:00 +0000 Alex Leff 5703201 at Are Facebook's days numbered? (VIDEO) Eric Jackson, founder of Ironfire Capital, believes Facebook is close to its demise. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Social Media Technology Weird Wide Web Tue, 05 Jun 2012 18:11:00 +0000 Stacey Leasca 5706784 at Al Jazeera Twitter account hacked by Bashar al-Assad's supporters In a string of tweets, the hacker or hackers ask The Guardian's editors if they know they're "participating in violence in Syria," and accuse Al Jazeera of "fabricating another child martyr."<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bashar al-Assad Internet Social Media Twitter Conflict Zones Syria Politics Thu, 05 Jul 2012 17:33:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5710691 at Menshn 'Twitter-killer' launches in the US Two weeks ago saw the launch of a new social networking site — Menshn — that sought to change the way conversations work online. At the time, the site's co-founder, British Member of Parliament Louise Mensch, told TechCrunch's UK editor Mike Butcher that she had decided to found the site in a bid to create a better system for debate than Twitter. The self-described "obsessive user of social media" (she currently has over 60,000 Twitter followers herself) was sick of the off-topic tweets she saw, and wanted a better way to follow the topics she wanted than the chaos of hashtags. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Social Media Social Networking Twitter Business United Kingdom United States Fri, 06 Jul 2012 20:49:00 +0000 Adam Taylor, Business Insider 5710785 at Anti-US protests and the challenges of '21st century statecraft' In a speech on Tuesday, President Obama touched on the realities of information-sharing technologies playing a wide role in world affairs. "At a time when anyone with a cell phone can spread offensive views around the world with the click of a button, the notion that we can control the flow of information is obsolete. The question, then, is how we respond."<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Embassy attacks Social Media Asia-Pacific Middle East United States Tue, 25 Sep 2012 21:56:22 +0000 Lizzy Tomei 5720021 at Tweet at your own risk — Bolivia’s Big Brother could be watching <p>LIMA, Peru &mdash; Bolivian cybernauts are up in arms at suggestions by high officials in President Evo Morales&rsquo; administration that it may regulate social media. Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera floated the idea that online critics could be held accountable. But the president has backed away from crushing digital dissent.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Social Media Bolivia Politics Fri, 02 Nov 2012 04:17:00 +0000 Simeon Tegel 5724691 at Obama: Don't want a tax hike? You better tweet it! <p class="textBodyBlack">President Barack Obama is pushing his &quot;fiscal cliff&quot; plan with a famililar campaigning strategy: social media. The White House launched a new Twitter hashtag Wednesday in an effort to encourage Americans to express their support for Obama&#39;s plan to extend the George W. Bush-era tax cuts, which are set to expire at the end of the year, for middle-class Americans.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Social Media World Leaders Politics Global Economy United States Thu, 29 Nov 2012 18:55:18 +0000 Cadie Thompson, CNBC 5727577 at The queen’s tweets <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; ">LONDON &mdash;&nbsp;There are no &ldquo;selfies.&rdquo; No late-night rants or public feuds with foreign royal figures. No pictures of corgis with &ldquo;LOL!!!&rdquo; captions.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 20px; ">But with nearly a half-million followers, The British Monarchy &mdash; the queen&rsquo;s official Twitter account &mdash; is one of a steadily increasing number of official social media channels shaping the royals&rsquo; public image.</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Social Media World Leaders Strange But True United Kingdom Sat, 08 Jun 2013 10:26:11 +0000 Corinne Purtill 5852725 at Turkey's Twitter problem <p>ISTANBUL &mdash; Even as authorities moved to crackdown on social media amid a widening protest movement that engulfed cities across Turkey in recent weeks, Turkish officials are also emerging as avid users of both Twitter and Facebook.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Social Media Want to Know Turkey Sun, 30 Jun 2013 16:32:05 +0000 Stephen Starr 5870697 at Facebook is 'friending' Latin America <p>LIMA &mdash; Latin America, where 1 in 3 people already have Facebook accounts, will increasingly drive the social network&rsquo;s global profits.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Argentina Companies Social Media Americas Peru Want to Know Emerging Markets Brazil Chile Colombia Mexico United States Venezuela Fri, 02 Aug 2013 19:19:00 +0000 Simeon Tegel 5901308 at