Twitter has launched
an entirely overhauled version of Twitter, today, including a new version of its website, its apps, and TweetDeck (now native on Mac, rather than using Adobe AIR!). You currently need to download the latest version of the Android or iPhone app to see the new version of the website. Dan Frommer offers some good first impressions
posted by gilrain
on Dec 9, 2011 -
It seems that there is increasing frustration
with the current state of email leading some to look for more technical solutions, such as Shortmail - an email client/social networking tool which attempts to redefine what its creators see as a broken relationship with email described on their blog
as a "river of trash." , while others
to turn to less technological solutions
to lessen their email burden. [more inside]
posted by SpaceWarp13
on Jul 13, 2011 -
The best social network you've (probably) never heard of is one-five-hundredth the size of Facebook. It has no video chat feature, it doesn't let you check in to your favorite restaurant, and there are no games. The company that runs it has just four employees, one of whom is responsible for programming the entire operation. It has never taken any venture capital money and has no plans to go public. Despite these apparent shortcomings, the site's members absolutely adore it. They consider it a key part of their social lives, and they use it to forge deeper connections with strangers—and share more about themselves—than you're likely to see elsewhere online.
is such a great community and social network. Prev
posted by Foci for Analysis
on Jul 7, 2011 -
"Unlike the link ... likes are arguably easier to create. Moreover, they are explicit endorsements rather than implicit ones. Therefore, they carry more weight once they are pulled through the lens of our friends. More so than links, this new network of signals allows content to find you, rather than you having to go find it. The rise of likes, just as links before it, will create all kinds of new businesses. And we're just getting started." Are likes poised to replace links as the Web's primary signal?
Then again, it just might be getting out of hand
posted by bayani
on Feb 22, 2011 -
By helping other people look happy, Facebook is making us sad. The human habit of overestimating other people's happiness is nothing new, of course. Jordan points to a quote by Montesquieu: "If we only wanted to be happy it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are." But social networking may be making this tendency worse. Jordan's research doesn't look at Facebook explicitly, but if his conclusions are correct, it follows that the site would have a special power to make us sadder and lonelier. By showcasing the most witty, joyful, bullet-pointed versions of people's lives, and inviting constant comparisons in which we tend to see ourselves as the losers, Facebook appears to exploit an Achilles' heel of human nature. And women—an especially unhappy bunch of late—may be especially vulnerable to keeping up with what they imagine is the happiness of the Joneses.
posted by jason's_planet
on Jan 29, 2011 -
Vox, the social networking/blogging platform set up by [former] LiveJournal parent company SixApart, is closing down
posted by mippy
on Sep 3, 2010 -
attempts to measure influence on Twitter. Recognizing that follower count does not measure influence, Klout considers 25 factors
to determine how engaged you are with your network, how widely your tweets are read, and how likely your tweets are to drive action (retweets, replies, clicks). [more inside]
posted by Faust Gray
on Jun 30, 2010 -
is a cross-platform research management tool which features article databasing, PDF annotation, online backup, private, shared and public collections, metadata lookup on Google Scholar, direct exporting of multiple citation styles to Word, OpenOffice and BibTex, the ability to add documents directly from a web browser, and social networking with other members in your field of study. Like Zotero
), but out of the browser and with note-taking abilities. For Windows, Mac and Linux.
posted by l33tpolicywonk
on Jun 11, 2010 -
Do you have a life-changing medical condition? Patientslikeme (mentioned previously in a 2008 post on mood conditions)
is a way for you share information online with other people who have the same condition. Some of the conditions with groups established already are epilepsy, depression, and Multiple Sclerosis.
Started by 3 MIT engineers who had personal experiences with ALS (Lou Gherig's disease), the site is funded by partnerships with healthcare providers
who have access to anonymised data about the member base. The stated goal in their Openness Policy
has a plain-English description of what happens to information that members share.
posted by harriet vane
on Mar 16, 2010 -
Web 2.0 Suicide Machine This machine lets you delete all your energy sucking social-networking profiles, kill your fake virtual friends, and completely do away with your Web2.0 alterego.
posted by special-k
on Dec 18, 2009 -
"To mark the 40th anniversary of the Internet, DARPA has announced the DARPA Network Challenge
.... The challenge is to be the first to submit the locations of ten moored, 8 foot, red weather balloons located at ten fixed locations in the continental United States. Balloons will be in readily accessible locations and visible from nearby roadways." Teams must register by December 1st and have two weeks to submit balloon locations. [more inside]
posted by jessamyn
on Nov 2, 2009 -
Asymmetrical friendship: Tired of the relentless positivity of social-networking sites, where, as on Facebook, all you can be is a “friend” of someone? Greg Smith responds
to a journal article
that addressed the topic, among others; Smith calls for “asymmetrical friendship – this is cynicism put to good use.” Because there are times when somebody “friends” you on Facebook when what you
think of them
is more along the lines of “enemy combatant.” [more inside]
posted by joeclark
on Oct 27, 2009 -
The End of Solitude.
In an age when many people are rarely alone, in near-constant contact with social networks composed of both friends and strangers, are we facing the end of solitude as we once knew it? Have we lost the ability to enjoy our own company, and learned to fear loneliness instead? William Deresiewicz seems to think so.
posted by sarabeth
on Jan 25, 2009 -
uses cutting-edge technology to identify topics you might be interested in based on your browsing history, public records, health records, email activity, legal filings, and web profiles.
posted by dhammond
on Feb 23, 2008 -
Meetup Alliance - Meetup.com
, the social networking site, probably best known for becoming a driving factor in Howard Dean's
presidential campaign, has created the Meetup Alliance
offshoot site, which allows local groups (whether organized through other networking sites or just locally) to link up and create global "alliances."
posted by adamms222
on Dec 5, 2007 -
Late Night Shots
is an "invitation-only" social networking site for elite GOP youth of Washington, DC that the late Steve Gilliard
mockingly described as "the best and whitest."
The Wonkette blog has devoted an entire section
to the site that documents Late Night Shots' racism
, date rape
, anti-Islamic prejudice
, and incest with second cousins
, at least until Wonkette's editor
started getting invited to their parties. The founder of Late Night Shots, Reed Landry
, plans to take his networking site to other cities, but even though Wonkette has lost interest, the Washington City Paper has attracted scrutiny to the site again with a juicy new exposé
posted by jonp72
on Jul 12, 2007 -
Viewing American class divisions through Facebook and MySpace:
"Hegemonic American teens (i.e. middle/upper class, college bound teens from upwards mobile or well off families) are all on or switching to Facebook
. Marginalized teens, teens from poorer or less educated backgrounds, subculturally-identified teens, and other non-hegemonic teens continue to be drawn to MySpace
. A class division has emerged and it is playing out in the aesthetics, the kinds of advertising, and the policy decisions being made." (Related blog post
posted by heatherann
on Jun 25, 2007 -
12 of the Best Music Social Networks
Internet radio may be facing uncertain times
, but many musical social networks continue to thrive. This article surveys Flotones
, Mercora Radio 2.0
, the popular Last fm
, five others as well as some additional sites, like Kompoz
, mentioned in the comments.
posted by psmealey
on Jun 23, 2007 -