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Mapping the Politics of the Social Web

The folks at Engage used an analysis of Facebook likes to plot the political leanings of the users of various social networking sites. Its accuracy is anyone’s guess, but it is kind of interesting to see who cares more about what. You can click the graphic twice at the site to see the full-size version. [...]

Gender Balance on Social Networking Sites

Oh boy, what does it say about me that I am a member of reddit, Digg, del.icio.us, and G+, but not Pinterest? I don’t know if you can actually say that “chicks rule” just because there are more of them on social networking sites. I don’t even know if there actually ARE more females on [...]

9 Ways Facebook Is Changing People’s Lives

Pan Xunbin / Shutterstock Facebook has over 800 million users, and researchers and pollsters have been busy studying them. Here are some of the ways the site is impacting people’s lives and changing their behavior. 1. You Might Be Addicted If you’re on Facebook, could you go 24 hours without checking your page? According to polls, 80% of [...]

Summer 2011 State of the Web

Matthew Inman at The Oatmeal reports on the current State of the Web. Not only does he have new developments, sales and mergers, new products, websites, and software, but he also gives us his opinions on all of it. The big story is, of course, the ups and downs of social networking sites. Some text [...]

Twitter: A Modern Form of Madness?

There’s no doubt that there’s a mad rush of people and investors’ money going into social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. But are they actually a form of madness? Yes, according to MIT professor Sherry Turkle: “A behaviour that has become typical may still express the problems that once caused us to see it as pathological.” [...]

Know Your Meme: Auto-Tune

The Know Your Meme Blog has a great introduction to the history and technology behind Auto-Tune, the audio effect first introduced in 1997 and made popular when Cher’s single “Believe” made heavy use of the effect in a way that was never intended — emphasizing the warbling of pitch correction rather than simply using it [...]

Facebook Etiquette Rules People Still Break

With new users joining every day, many people either don’t know Facebook etiquette or they don’t care. The Golden Rule, and treating people as you would treat them offline is a good start, but just in case, here are some guidelines for how not to act on Facebook, and other social networking sites. For example, [...]