Archive for the ‘Social Media’ Category

Like many of us, Randi Zuckerberg posted a family snap to Facebook this Christmas. As with many of our snaps, it was funny in context, but a little too candid; you might not want it shared widely beyond your family. Unlike many of our snaps, it contained a billionaire brother in the background.

Randi was outraged when the snap got broadcast to subscribers, who proceeded to share it on other social networks. She got outraged on Twitter. As a result, the photo she was talking about became widely disseminated. And there you have it: even the greatest luminaries on her brother’s billion-strong network cannot always navigate their way in the choppy waters of social media privacy.

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Internet addictions — especially to social media — have been well documented. And the truth is, we’re feeling like we might have a touch of Facebook addiction.

But what’s the psychology behind this disorder?

As it turns out, receiving and answering a notification results in a hit of dopamine, a chemical neurotransmitter associated with the motivation and reward response in the human brain. Dopamine is also released in high quantities when we consume drugs or have sex. Social media notifications can have the same addictive effect.

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Coke Zero is at it again, teaming up with the James Bond franchise to tease the film series’ next movie. This time, they’ve orchestrated an elaborate stunt for unsuspecting train passengers to win exclusive tickets to see Skyfall, the 23rd installment in the 007 saga.

 

The stunt challenged people to race to a certain platform within 70 seconds, all the while dodging human obstacles throughout the busy train station.

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Nicholas Allegra, known by his online handle “Comex,” will no longer be lending his talents to Apple. The noted hacker posted the news on Twitter, stating that after a year as an intern he is now no longer associated with the company, though not because he was outright terminated. In a second tweet, Allegra claimed that the reason for his departure was an overlooked email.

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There’s nothing new about “social media.”

Further, most “social sharing” still happens outside of social networks.

From the very first email sent by researchers in Switzerland in 1971, to modern sites like Google+ and Pinterest, the Internet, and the valuable content it distributes, have always been social.

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A team of photographers organized by Matthew Givot recently followed and documented the final journey of Space Shuttle Endeavor, a 12 mile trip from Los Angeles International Airport to its new home at the California Science Center. In the video, we see the 3-day journey condensed into mere minutes, as well as feel the emotions of the moment as crowds poured into the streets of Los Angeles just to get a glimpse of the spectacle. The result is something that is artistic, powerful and nothing short of beautiful. It’s title, Mission 26, is an homage to the 25 missions to outer space Endeavor had during its career. 

 

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Google‘s third-quarter earnings leaked four hours early Thursday afternoon, sending the stock down more than 8% before trading was halted. Google says R.R. Donnelley, its filing agent, is to blame.

In an e-mail to Mashable, a Google spokesperson wrote:

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