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Facebook’s latest algorithm tweak makes it more like Twitter (and hopefully better for news)

As anybody who manages a brand page on Facebook knows, the company is constantly tweaking its News Feed algorithm, the little robot that decides which posts each users see and which ones are lost forever in the social media ether. It’s what differentiates Facebook most from Twitter’s raw feed, where the mere suggestion of algorithmic tinkering is enough [...]

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How did Nissan tweet a response to the Royal Baby announcement so quickly?

Filed under: Etc., Marketing/Advertising, Crossover, Nissan, Celebrities A mere seven minutes after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announced they were pregnant with their second child, Nissan had the perfect post circulating on the Twittersphere. How did Nissan know to expect Kate and William were expecting? By paying attention to the Internet zeitgeist. It could [...]

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Journalists get a taste of their own medicine when Apple uses their tweets without permission

By now you’ve probably heard that Apple announced a bunch of new products yesterday. You might also have heard that the company is “getting over its allergy to social media” and that it showed the tech press’s disconcerting obsession with gadgets over real issues, if you’re the kind of person who cares more about how [...]

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The New Apple Watch and Why We Need to Stop Over-Sharing Our Lives

On a day when the spoiled-rotten First World exults in the premiere of Apple’s latest overpriced fashion accessory, I suppose someone has to be the cranky old man, so here goes. While reading about the rollout of the new iPhone 6 and something called the Apple Watch, I stumbled across the following line via The [...]

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Let there be selfies: Ryder Cup hosts backtrack on social media ban, wash the taste of foot from their mouths

Well, that was short lived. Just a day after sparking outrage by attempting to ban posting photos to social media during this year’s Ryder Cup competition, the event’s organizers have thoroughly backtracked on that stance. A statement issued today by the European hosts read, “Social media interaction, photography and the sharing of content are all going to [...]

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Golf’s uptight image remains intact with a ban on social media during the Ryder Cup

The powers that be in the game of golf today proved that the sport deserves every ounce of its reputation as outdated, uptight, and boring. (And I say that as a lifelong golfer and lover of the game.) Just weeks ahead of the biennial Ryder Cup competition, which this year will pit teams from the [...]

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The trouble with open networks: After Twitter cracks down on ISIS, the militants move to Diaspora

Earlier this week, after the Islamic militants of ISIS beheaded journalist James Foley and posted a horrific video of his murder, Twitter suspended a number of ISIS-affiliated accounts. CEO Dick Costolo clarified the company’s policy in a tweet, saying, “We have been and are actively suspending accounts as we discover them related to this graphic imagery” (though, [...]

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Thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge, $50M has been given to ALS research in the time it took to raise $2M last year

I have to admit: When people first started doing the Ice Bucket Challenge, which if you’ve been living under a rock involves dousing yourself in cold water to avoid donating $100 to ALS research, I was pretty annoyed by it. You mean to say people would rather post a narcissistic selfie video to Facebook than [...]

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Twitter Announces the Suspension of Users Posting Images of James Foley’s Beheading

Finally, Twitter has taken a small but significant step toward cleaning up the vile filth being spread anonymously (and otherwise) on its popular social media platform. Effective this morning, Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo announced the suspension of any users who tweet the horrifying images of the beheading of American journalist James Foley by ISIS terrorists. [...]

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Facebook’s Rose-Colored News Feed

Pope Francis. Haim. An inspirational Little League coach. You’ve likely seen these stories on Facebook today, along with ice buckets and your friends’ babies. I know that because they’re sitting atop the social network’s "trending" list. What’s not there at all? Ferguson. Welcome to Facebookworld, where everything’s wonderful all of the time. Read more… Continue [...]

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Sadistic Twitter Trolls Drive Robin Williams’ Daughter to Quit Social Media

As many of us have observed this week, Rush Limbaugh was only the most recognizable troll who turned Robin Williams’ tragic suicide into his own cynical, callous soap box. Predictably enough, the dark, cruel occupiers of Twitter’s anonymous underworld successfully outdid everyone. After being relentlessly harassed online, Williams’ daughter Zelda announced that she was abandoning [...]

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