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Your Facebook Friends Have More Friends Than You

Posted February 3rd, 2012 at 5:17 am (UTC-4)
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And Other Surprising Findings From a New Facebook Study Doug Bernard | Washington DC “Facebook was not originally created to be a company,” wrote founder Mark Zuckerberg in a letter this week. “Facebook exists to make the world more open and connected, and not just to build a company. We expect everyone at Facebook to […]

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#McMistake: How Social Media Can Fail

Posted January 24th, 2012 at 2:48 pm (UTC-4)
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A Cautionary Tale Of Hashtags Doug Bernard | Washington DC It’s become commonplace to hear people praise the virtues of social media. Facebook and YouTube are replacing radio and TV as the first stop for new movie previews and political advertising. Anyone who’s anyone has their own Twitter page and RMS feed. News outlets all […]

The Note Card Confessional

Posted January 5th, 2012 at 3:24 pm (UTC-4)
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Why Are So Many Teens Spilling Their Secrets on YouTube? Doug Bernard | Washington DC They go by titles like “Secrets and Confessions.” “If You Really Knew Me.” “Notecard Confessions.” Their form, by now, is fairly standard. A young person sits silently in front of their computer webcam, cards in hand. Music plays in the […]

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Four Degrees of Facebook?

Posted November 23rd, 2011 at 5:22 pm (UTC-4)
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And the Campaign Against “Breaking The Internet” Doug Bernard | Washington DC Periodically we like to share a few of the stories and posts from across the web that caught our eye.  There are no editorial threads implied connecting these items together, other than being interesting. #1: What’s With The “Weirdness” from China? There’s been […]

Are Teens Meaner Online?

Posted November 10th, 2011 at 8:47 pm (UTC-4)
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A New Look at Teens and Online Behavior If it seems like just about every teenager living in the United States is on the Internet, that’s because nearly every one of them is. An astounding 95% of teens aged 12-17 are now online, and over 80% of those teens are using social networking sites like […]

Has Facebook Faded? Part Two

Posted November 8th, 2011 at 7:40 pm (UTC-4)
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Has Facebook Become Everyone’s Creepy Friend? Doug Bernard | Washington DC We’re taking a two-part look at the dual challenges facing social networking giant Facebook: increased complexity and decreased privacy. In part one, we explored whether the constant addition of new features is complicating the user experience, making it less fun and more work. Today, […]

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Has Facebook Faded? Part One

Posted November 4th, 2011 at 11:06 am (UTC-4)
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Part One: Is Facebook’s Size Its Strength, or Vulnerability? Doug Bernard | Washington DC We’re taking a two-part look at the dual challenges facing social networking giant Facebook: increased complexity and decreased privacy.  First, we explore whether the constant addition of new features is complicating the user experience, making it less fun and more work. […]

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Anonymous vs. the Zetas

Posted November 1st, 2011 at 3:30 pm (UTC-4)
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And Taking the OWS Protests Online Doug Bernard | Washington DC Periodically we like to share a few of the stories and posts from across the web that caught our eye. There are no editorial threads implied connecting these items together, other than being interesting. #1: Anonymous vs. the Zetas.  Over the last year, the […]

PopTech: Wired in the Woods

Posted October 21st, 2011 at 1:19 am (UTC-4)
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Thoughts on a Webby World Doug Bernard | Camden, Maine When in doubt, just stare at the clouds and keep your mouth shut. It’s earlier this afternoon; I’m sitting in the BWI airport, killing a few hours before boarding a flight to Portland, Maine, and the 16th annual PopTech conference. PopTech is a yearly gathering […]

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This and That

Posted October 13th, 2011 at 5:57 pm (UTC-4)
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Digital Frontiers editor Doug Bernard is away from his screen this week.  In his absence, we invite you to follow some of the following DF-related items. Malware is certainly making its way to portable devices, and in particular, the Android platform is under attack.  A  fake application is sneaking onto Android devices, with what is […]

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