SOCIAL NETWORKS

  • Twitter users will now see tweets from accounts they don't follow. Here's why 5 days ago

    San Francisco: Twitter said Friday it would start reconfiguring its users' timelines with "relevant" messages from people they haven't bothered to follow at the service. Based on a positive response from its tests, the popular one-to-many messaging service is inching toward the Facebook model of using software to "curate" what users...
  • Here's why lonely people spend more time on Facebook October 14, 2014

    Washington: Feeling of loneliness drives people to Facebook, according to a new study. Researchers found that compared to non-lonely people, lonely people spend more time on Facebook. Lonely individuals who are shy or have low social support may turn to Facebook to compensate for their lack of social skills and/or social...
  • 113-year-old woman fudges date of birth to join Facebook October 12, 2014

    New York: Anna Stoehr, one of the oldest living people in the world at age 113, has finally got herself a Facebook account. What she had to do was to lie about her actual age as the earliest birth year listed on Facebook to create a new profile is 1905. Stoehr,...
  • Why people stalk Facebook profiles of not-so-successful friends October 12, 2014

    New York: When feeling down and out, do you scan through Facebook profiles of friends who are not so successful to find some solace that you are not alone struggling with life? According to a study, people in good mood surf profiles of friends who are successful and attractive. On the other...
  • Mark Zuckerberg addresses the first Internet.org summit in New Delhi; to meet PM Modi on October 10 October 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who is on a two-day visit to India, the second biggest market for the social networking giant, addressed the first Internet.org summit on October 9 in New Delhi. Addressing the summit, Zuckergberg said that more than one billion people don't have the Internet access in...
  • Breakup may cost you Twitter followers: Study October 7, 2014

    London: A romantic breakup could cost you 20 Twitter followers on average, according to a new study. Researchers from Aalto University, Qatar Computing Research Institute and the University of Michigan found that a decrease in cross-messaging on social media can be indicative of an impending split and the event itself predicts...
  • Here's how Twitter brings Bangalore police and people closer October 6, 2014

    Bangalore: Perhaps, the Bangalore City Police is the most interactive police force in the entire India, today. It has not been like this till recently. Then, what has changed in the last few months? The answer is M N Reddi, the new police commissioner of Bangalore. After the unceremonious exit...
  • Twitter grants $10 million to MIT for social data analysis, new tools October 2, 2014

    San Francisco: Twitter gave $10 million to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for research that would explore how people use and achieve shared goals using social networks. Over five years, the university's researchers will organize a vast quantity of content from Twitter, Reddit and other online forums and build new communication...
  • Flashback to 2006: When Orkut was the opium of the Internet masses September 30, 2014

    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 September 30, 2014

    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 September 29, 2014

    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 September 28, 2014

    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...