Tagged: social media

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AOL and Other Online Services

In my early days of computing, I logged on to Bulletin Board Systems (BBSes) to download files and participate in forum discussions. The BBSes I logged into were free, but they were also hard...

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LinkedIn Annoyances

Looking for a job is always hard. Sometimes it seems like there are so many opportunities, but so few options. It’s a daunting task, and there’s no shortage of websites out there purporting to...

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Dealing with Clickbait

Recent years have seen a rise in clickbait articles online. These clickbait articles have alluring headlines that promise to make you lose weight or regain faith in humanity. Clickbait stories tend to be “shallow”....

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Facebook’s News Feed Algorithms

Facebook is at it again, violating users’ privacy in new and bizarre ways. This time it’s a psychological experiment, performed on some. 700,000 users, to see if positive statuses can invoke negative feelings and...

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Outrage, Trolling and Hashtag Activists

Last week, one of my favorite comedians, Stephen Colbert, did a segment on the Colbert Report making fun of the racist name of the Washington Redskins. He did so with his own racist impression...

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The End of Long Lost Friends

When I was twelve years old, my family moved to Michigan, and I had to say goodbye to all my friends in Dupo, Illinois. A few months later, they wrote me a packet of...

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The Broken Dreams of Google Plus

I remember when Google Plus first came out. I was excited about it, so excited that I started emailing my programmer friends just to see if anyone had an invitation to the then-limited system....

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Upworthy and Terrible Headlines

Despite all its annoyances, I’m still a heavy Facebook user, since it’s still the best place to interact with my friends and share funny links on the Internet. For the most part, my friends...

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Facebook vs. the Cable Company

Mark Zuckerberg seems to think that people like Facebook. Why wouldn’t he? The social networking site claims over a billion users. Everybody seems to have a Facebook account nowadays, but just because its popular...

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The Future of Twitter

Twitter has been around for years, but only recently has it become more mainstream. The future of Twitter looks bright in the short term, though eventually though, other services will take advantage of the...