Social Networking

  • Flashback to 2006: When Orkut was the opium of the Internet masses 2 days ago

    Google is 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 idea of how popular and...
  • Goodbye, Orkut! Google's first social network shutting down today 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Orkut, Google's first foray into social networking, is closing down today. Announced three months back, Google is going to shut down its early social-networking service, Orkut, on September 30 to focus on its other social networking initiatives. Orkut was launched ten years ago but has failed to put...
  • Readers are now shaping stories: Writers and readers go mobile and social at online literature social network Wattpad 3 days ago

    San Francisco: Allen Lau considers himself living proof that love of good writing is alive and well in the age of streaming video and terse text messages. He offers as further evidence the 32 million people who each month visit online literature social network Wattpad, which he and Ivan Yuen launched...
  • Ello: An 'anti-Facebook', ad-free social network gets viral surge 4 days ago

    Washington: In a matter of days, the new social network Ello, described as the "anti-Facebook" for its stand on privacy and advertising, has become perhaps the hottest ticket on the Internet. Created last year as a "private" social network, Ello (www.ello.co) recently opened its doors on an invitation-only basis. Because of the...
  • Anti-Social Network - Another potboiler by Piyush Jha in Mumbaistan series September 23, 2014

    Most of us have become social-networking junkies. I myself spend a better part of my day on Twitter like many others. Now, what Piyush Jha has done here in Anti-Social Network is something commendable. He took something, twisted it on its head and presented it in the form of a...
  • China shuts around 1.8 million accounts in pornography crackdown: Report September 20, 2014

    Beijing: China's Cyperspace Administration has closed nearly 1.8 million accounts on social networking and instant messaging services since it launched its antipornography campaign in April, state news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday. The campaign has been focused on shutting down websites showing pornography and services used to solicit prostitution. Most of the...
  • Selfie addiction may lead to low selfesteem September 19, 2014

    London: Those who are habitual selfie takers are prone to having low selfesteem, says a study. The research, conducted by moneysaving app VoucherCloud, found that over half of young people take selfies at least once a week. Nearly 60 per cent of youngsters admitted that behind their smile is a low selfesteem....
  • Mail.Ru takes over 'Russia's Facebook' VKontakte September 17, 2014

    Moscow: A media company owned by Kremlinfriendly oligarch Alisher Usmanov has splashed out $1.5 billion to gain full control of Russia's most popular social network, VKontakte, referred to as 'Russia's Facebook', bringing an end to a monthslong dispute that saw the original investors sue each other in court. Londonlisted Mail.Ru Group...
  • Why some Facebook users spy on their lovers' online activity September 16, 2014

    New York: Look closely at your partner's recent Facebook behaviour to find out if he is spying on you. According to a new study, some young lovers are increasingly monitoring their partners and boast about their relationships on the social networking site. "Facebook users in romantic relationships are more likely to...
  • Habitual Facebook users prone to phishing attacks by criminals September 16, 2014

    New York: If you are perpetually online on Facebook and do respond to anonymous friends' requests without considering how they are connected with those sending the requests, beware of phishing attacks. According to a new study by an Indianorigin researcher, habitual use of Facebook makes individuals susceptible to social media phishing...
  • Cloverpop, an anonymous social network that helps you make decisions September 15, 2014

    Los Angeles: Wondering if it is the right time for you to get married or buy a house? A new website may make the decisions easy for you. The website developed by Cloverpop, a San Franciscobased company, allows people to use an interactive web experience to easily move past biases and...
  • Facebook activity can accurately reveal personality traits of strangers September 14, 2014

    Washington: People can accurately detect the personality traits of strangers through Facebook activity, according to a new study. However, changes to the social media site in the past three years could be making it harder to do so, scientists said. Researchers at The University of Kansas sampled 100 Facebook users, paralleling the...
  • Facebook can make you lonely, depressed: Study September 8, 2014

    London: Do you often feel you have wasted time on Facebook or termed it as a meaningless activity but still cannot let your eyes move away from the screen? You are at the risk of developing depression. According to new research, while the social networking site is there to help you...
  • Facebook ready to spend billions to bring the whole world online: Mark Zuckerberg September 6, 2014

    Mexico City: Facebook Inc is prepared to spend billions of dollars to reach its goal of bringing the Internet to everyone on the planet, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said. "What we really care about is connecting everyone in the world," Zuckerberg said at an event in Mexico City hosted by Mexican...
  • Facebook rolls out 'privacy checkup' to help users better manage what they post September 5, 2014

    San Francisco: Facebook on Thursday began rolling out its "privacy checkup" aimed at helping users of the huge social network better manage sharing their information and postings. The new system uses a blue dinosaur to guide Facebook users through its maze of privacy settings for personal information and for sharing their...
  • Women more addicted to their cellphones than men September 1, 2014

    Washington: Women are more likely to use cellphones for texting or emails to build relationships and have deeper conversations, while men prefer using their devices for entertainment purposes and accessing social networking sites, a new US study has found. Women college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on...
  • Facebook upgrades mobile search to let users look for friends' old posts August 30, 2014

    San Francisco: Facebook on Friday said it is dabbling with letting members using smartphones or tablets search for past posts of friends at the leading online social network. Facebook is testing using keywords to find old posts, the Californiabased company said in an email response to an AFP inquiry. Search results remain...
  • 'What is this WTF your friends use on Facebook?' 16 questions your parents ask that make you wonder why you introduced them to social media August 27, 2014

    Wow! Your parents are on Facebook. You have to add them. That fateful day when you added your parents as friends on Facebook was probably the last day you were happy about them joined the social networking site. Since then you have only been the IT guy of your house....
  • Twitter cheat sheet: Here's what to keep in mind while posting image, video tweets August 27, 2014

    Did you know that the length of your tweet is restricted to 117 characters if you add an "https" link to it? Check out the infographic below to know even miniscule details about your Twitter profile and the tweets you send out. ...
  • Social media not a vehicle of debate, instead encourages selfcensorship: Study August 27, 2014

    Washington: People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hotbutton issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center. The study, done in conjunction with Rutgers University in New Jersey, challenges the view of social...
  • Twitter to remove images of deceased on families' request August 20, 2014

    Bangalore: Twitter said it will remove images or videos of deceased individuals at the request of family members. "In order to respect the wishes of loved ones, Twitter will remove imagery of deceased individuals in certain circumstances," according to a statement tweeted by Twitter spokesman Nu Wexler on Tuesday. Immediate family members...
  • 5 mustknow tips for parents on what not to post on social networks August 20, 2014

    New York: Privacywary parents are increasingly pausing before they post photos, names and other information about their wee ones on social media. Some are choosing a complete blackout, while others opt for nicknames and a few carefully selected snapshots. Here are some social media tips for parents, relatives and friends. Limit audiences Facebook's...
  • Baby blackout: Why parents are opting to keep babies off Facebook August 20, 2014

    New York: Behold the cascade of baby photos, the flood of funny kid anecdotes and the steady stream of school milestones on Facebook. It all makes Sonia Rao, a stayathome mother of a 1yearold in Mountain View, California, "a little uncomfortable." "I just have a vague discomfort having her photograph out there...
  • No child's play: Why online bullying is going from bad to worse August 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Exposure to the cyber world may have helped children expand their mental horizons but it has many downsides, the latest being cyber bullying. A concerned government and industry stakeholders are now taking steps to spread awareness and educate people to stop this turning into another modernage malaise. "Child bullying...
  • Presenting an authentic image on social networks includes elements of fakery August 16, 2014

    London: People fake parts of their online image in order to conform to social norms and expectations, a new study has found. Presenting an authentic image on social network sites (SNSs) includes an element of fakery, researchers said. Researchers at Aalto University in Finland discovered that being authentic is very important...
  • Your Facebook messages will soon disappear from the mobile app. Here's how you can retrieve them August 9, 2014

    New York: Smartphone users will soon see their messages disappear from the main Facebook app to the new Facebook messenger. The change will take place in coming weeks, Mashable reported. Users have already started noticing the change, but it will not affect all of Facebook's mobile users. Only iPhone and Android users...
  • Do you post photos on Facebook just to get noticed and earn likes? Here's what it tells about you August 9, 2014

    London: If you have the habit of uploading more photos on Facebook to feel noticed and earn more "likes", it is more likely that you may be a "neurotic" than an extrovert. According to a study that reveals your personality via Facebook, extroverts change their profile photos quite frequently while neurotics...
  • Facebook launches Mentions app for celebrities in India; makes it easy for public figures to interact with fans August 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Facebook's Mentions app that made its debut last month is now available in India and over 40 other countries around the world. The Mentions app has been designed for Facebookrecognised or verified celebrities to help them manage their public figure pages. It makes it easy for public figures...
  • Foursquare kills checkin, launches revamped app August 7, 2014

    Washington: The locationbased social network Foursquare unveiled its new local search and recommendation service Wednesday after splitting off its app enabling friends to keep track of each other. The "allnew Foursquare" debuts as a personalised tool that learns about users' tastes and interests through their smartphone habits. The new app now...
  • Collector bans inflammatory posts on social networking sites ahead of festive season August 7, 2014

    The district administration banned the inflammatory posts on social networking sites ahead of festive season, a precautionary measure after such posts led to communal tension in the neighbouring Khandwa town last month. "Due to the Khandwa incident and the festival season, the district administration has decided to ban inflammatory and objectionable...