Social Networking

  • India records highest social networking growth: Study Yesterday

    Bangalore: More Indians are logging into Facebook and Twitter accounts, as evident from a record growth of 37 per cent in social networking during 2013, according to a study by eMarketer. "Indians are increasingly logging into Facebook and Twitter accounts, with the country recording the highest social networking growth of 37.4...
  • Facebook revenue rises 61 per cent, stock hits record high 4 days ago

    San Francisco: Facebook fast-growing mobile advertising business helped drive a 61 per cent increase in revenue during the second quarter, beating Wall Street's financial targets and sending shares to a record-high in after-hours trading on Wednesday. The world's No 1 Internet social network said on Wednesday that it saw increased interest...
  • New social networking websites pay you for what you post 5 days ago

    San Francisco: Facebook and most other social networks are built on the premise that just about everything should be shared - except the money those posts produce. At least two services are trying to change that. Bubblews, a social network that came out of out of an extended test phase last...
  • Is Facebook addiction pushing up divorce cases? 5 days ago

    London: If you think excessive Facebook use by your spouse is behind your divorce, then you may be right, says a study. Researchers, however, said that their findings do not establish a "cause-and-effect relationship" and need further individual data. For the study, they looked at the rise of Facebook use and...
  • What happens to your online accounts when you die? July 17, 2014

    Washington: You've probably decided who gets the house or that family heirloom up in the attic when you die. But what about your email account and all those photos stored online? Grieving relatives might want access for sentimental reasons, or to settle financial issues. But do you want your mom reading...
  • Google+ no longer requires people to use their real names July 16, 2014

    San Francisco: Google+ apologised and stopped requiring people to use their real names while mingling in the online social network, as it looks to gain ground on market leader Facebook. "When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on...
  • New social network gives a penny to users everytime they post or share July 16, 2014

    Washington: A new social network says its goal is sharing among its users - including some of the profits. Bubblews, which is launching a new platform Wednesday, aims to bring together people by giving a small slice of ad revenues to users for each time they post or share. Founders Arvind Dixit...
  • Facebook may make people self-centred, less empathic: Study July 14, 2014

    Washington: Some features of Facebook, which allows us to stay connected, may be making us self-centred and less empathic towards others, a new study suggests. The study by Dr Tracy Alloway, from the University of North Florida, investigated the relationship among adult Facebook users, between ages 18 and 50, and found...
  • Are you ready to give up Facebook for 99 days? Here's why and how July 10, 2014

    London: What if you are asked to perform a different kind of fasting - to log out from Facebook for 99 days! Do not fret as this is a challenge set out by a Dutch creative agency Just. Called "99 Days of Freedom", the non-profit initiative asks whether people would be...
  • 68% of Instagram users are female: 10 interesting Instagram facts that you should know July 7, 2014

    After Facebook and Twitter, Instagram has become another popular social media tool for users. Here is an infographic that tells 10 little-known facts about the photo sharing app. ...
  • Facebook's mood manipulation experiment 'messed with people's minds' July 4, 2014

    WAshington: A controversial Facebook experiment on mood manipulation "messed with people's minds," privacy activists said in a formal complaint to US regulators on Thursday, seeking an urgent investigation. In its complaint to the US Federal Trade Commission, the Electronic Privacy Information Center said the study - which has been widely criticised...
  • Facebook admits 'terrible' communication gaffe on emotion manipulation experiment July 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Facebook communicated "terribly" about a controversial study in which it secretly manipulated users' feelings, the social network's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg admitted Wednesday. Sandberg's comments came as British authorities said they would question Facebook over the experiment to see whether it broke privacy laws. The research was an experiment...
  • UK probing Facebook over emotion manipulation experiment July 2, 2014

    The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) in the UK is investigating whether Facebook broke data protection laws when it allowed researchers to conduct a psychological experiment on users of the social network, the Financial Times reported. The data regulator is probing the experiment and plans to ask Facebook questions, the newspaper reported....
  • Confessions of a rehabilitated Orkut addict July 2, 2014

    2004 Kolkata Book Fair. Our gang of college friends were roaming around the ground browsing books. Debarati picked up a copy of The Simoqin Prophecies. "See this?," she exclaimed. "The author Samit Basu is my friend on Orkut!" Those were the days of Orkut. Cell phones were still primarily used for...
  • Bosses use social media for personal purposes at work more than employees July 1, 2014

    London: Bosses are more likely to use social media for private purposes during working hours than their subordinates, a new study has found. The research from the University of Bergen (UiB), Norway, shows that managers are more critical of private use of social media at work. However, middle managers and top...
  • Flashback to 2006: When Orkut was the opium of the Internet masses July 1, 2014

    Google has announced that it will be shutting down its once-popular social networking website Orkut on September 30. The glory days of Orkut are now long gone with its last bastions India and Brazil also switching their loyalties to Facebook, this news item from eight years ago gives us an...
  • Orkut is shutting down and here's what you can do to preserve the memories forever July 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Google is shutting down Orkut, its "first foray into social networking," to focus on YouTube, Blogger, and Google+ services that have proven more popular. The technology titan will pull the plug on 10-year-old Orkut on September 30. Chances are that you didn't log in to your Orkut account in...
  • Google to shut down Orkut on September 30 July 1, 2014

    San Francisco: Google will shut down its early social-networking service, Orkut, which was launched ten years ago but has failed to put Google ahead in what has become one of the Web's most popular businesses. Google said it will shut down Orkut, which is widely used in Brazil and India but...
  • Is Facebook guilty of manipulating user's emotions? June 30, 2014

    Facebook secretly manipulated the feelings of 700,000 users to understand "emotional contagion" in a study that prompted anger and forced the social network giant on the defensive. ...
  • Facebook experiment sparks criticism: Is Facebook guilty of manipulating users' emotions? June 30, 2014

    Facebook secretly manipulated the feelings of 700,000 users to understand "emotional contagion" in a study that prompted anger. CNN-IBN takes calls of people from across the country and asks them whether Facebook is guilty of manipulating users' emotions. ...
  • Facebook under fire over 'creepy' secret study that manipulated users' emotions June 30, 2014

    Washington: Facebook secretly manipulated the feelings of 700,000 users to understand "emotional contagion" in a study that prompted anger and forced the social network giant on the defensive. For one week in 2012, Facebook tampered with the algorithm used to place posts into users' news feeds to study how this affected...
  • How to respond to negative comments on Facebook June 29, 2014

    There are times when our opinions on a given subject differ from those of our friends and acquaintances. And with the widespread use of social networking sites, such disagreements are often expressed on public platforms than in person. It is observed that difference in opinions often lead to clash of...
  • Kolkata teenage girl committs suicide after Facebook harassment June 26, 2014

    Kolkata: A 17-year-old Kolkata school girl has committed suicide after alleged harassment on Facebook. The victim, a class XI student and resident of Behala Parnasree in west Kolkata, hanged herself at her room on Tuesday and left a six-page suicide note blaming one of her Facebook friends for abetment. The...
  • India to clock fastest Facebook user growth globally in 2014 June 22, 2014

    New Delhi: India, which has the highest number of Facebook users outside the US, will account for the fastest growth in people logging on to the social networking platform this year, research firm eMarketer said. "This year, eMarketer predicts, the country (India) will enjoy 40 per cent growth in Facebook users,...
  • ISIS releases video urging western muslims to join movement June 21, 2014

    Baghdad: While unrest is Iraq is worsening with each passing day, the dreaded terror outfit ISIS has now released a video urging Western Muslims to join the movement. In the video released, some of the militants are seen urging in English and Arabic to reach the masses. ISIS is also...
  • What the world is sharing online during the World Cup June 21, 2014

    New York: Twitter and Facebook lit up in a World Cup frenzy this week as millions of people around the world took to social media to share in the ups and downs of the matches. Defending champion Spain's stunning elimination Wednesday after a 2-0 defeat to Chile generated a lot of...
  • All about Facebook's targeted ads and how you can opt out June 20, 2014

    New York: If you use Facebook, the specific ads you see have been based mostly on what you do on Facebook - your profile information, status updates, likes and interests. That's changing. The company says it will soon give advertisers more options to tailor ads to what you do outside Facebook....
  • Facebook restored after a brief outage that affected users globally June 19, 2014

    New Delhi: After temporarily going down for over half an hour, Facebook is now back up. Users can now log in to the social networking site and all services seem to have been restored. The Facebook app for Android, which earlier failed to load news feed, is also working fine...
  • Indians find Twitter complex to use: Survey June 12, 2014

    New Delhi: The socially-active Indian youth stays hooked onto Facebook for hours, but its Twitter's "complexity" that has hampered popularity of the microblogging site, a study by India's largest software services firm TCS today said. According to Tata Consultancy Services' (TCS) GenY 2013-14 report, Facebook emerged as the most...
  • No immediate plans to launch Twitter in China: CEO May 29, 2014

    Washington: Twitter hopes to eventually find a way to launch a service in China but has no immediate plans in the country, chief executive Dick Costolo said Wednesday. Costolo told the Code Conference that the messaging service is in the "very beginning stages of conversations about what it would look like...