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"Like the mentally challenged Lennie in Of Mice and Men, brands have yet again picked up something cute and squished it to death."
We’re gathering up as many cringeworthy corporate selfies we can find. Who are some of the worst offenders you’ve come across?
The new feature might allow users to embed tweets from others into their own.
"We live in sad times when material things, expensive or not, have become more important then our own lives," the photographer says. "I started feeling the need to capture that exact moment—the moment of the impact. I wanted to do it ironically, and play down the seriousness. I enjoy the idea of people becoming victims of their own obsessive and compulsive neurosis, but there had to be a comical side to tragedy. If laughter leads to only one moment of thoughtfulness I will have accomplished my mission."
What Facebook’s second-largest market reveals about its international ambitions
“This is how Facebook sees itself: As the most promising entry point to the Internet for the as-yet-unwired population. And the more that Facebook can blur the line so that Indians come to believe that Facebook is the Internet, rather than something you get when you go onto the Internet, the better it’ll be for Facebook.”
“From his analyses, Olson has seen that a new post needs to be submitted onto a subreddit when posting activity is low. A new post has the best chance of getting upvoted when Reddit is at its weakest. This generally happens at around 7:00 a.m. EST.”
Recently, the social news site’s moderators declared war on several socially toxic subreddits. Here we reconstruct how they leveraged Reddit’s secret algorithms to do it.
Viners are getting in the summer spirit with magical pool tricks, neon sunsets, and time-lapse theme-park fun. Here are our favorites.
“Of course teenagers hate Facebook and find it useless. In high school, you see your friends everyday!”
In a new book called A Social Strategy: How We Profit from Social Media, Harvard Business School Professor Mikolaj Jan Piskorski analyzed many datasets from many companies, Facebook included. The big insight he takes from looking at Facebook’s data is that, the more friends a user has, the less active he or she is. As people amass friends, the type of content they post becomes more generic, less personal (which explains Facebook’s sudden embrace of news media). The problem isn’t that parents, siblings, and teachers are on Facebook. It’s not even that everyone is on Facebook. It’s that Facebook makes it too easy to suddenly be someone’s “friend.” In high school, you know who your friends are: They’re right there. Or as Piskorski told me, “Of course teenagers hate Facebook and find it useless. In high school, you see your friends everyday!”
CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s audacious bid to rewire the app economy—and make his social network more relevant than ever.
Although Zuck has outlined his three-, five-, and 10-year goals for employees, he has never crisply explained publicly how all of these recent moves fit together, and that has gotten tech watchers buzzing about whether he and the company have lost their way. But after dozens of interviews with current and former employees, rivals, advertisers, developers, and users, it becomes clear that Zuckerberg has launched Facebook on an aggressive and potentially brilliant strategy—one that has very little to do with the company you think you know based on your desktop use of its social network. [Facebook granted Fast Company access to several company executives, but not to Zuckerberg or COO Sheryl Sandberg.] To make Facebook more relevant than ever, the company has targeted the very core of the app economy to fulfill its vision for the next half-decade. As the six lessons that follow illuminate, the great social network of the early 21st century is laying the groundwork for a platform that could make Facebook a part of just about every social interaction that takes place around the world.
A Philadelphia agency built a smartphone-wielding robot that acts on anonymous haters’ requests, eschewing Instagram’s draconian API terms in the process.
The social media-savvy president invited Tumblr’s CEO and some lucky Tumblr users to the White House to talk about education and college affordability.
A fictional personality built a huge following for Marvel. Here’s how the man behind the Twitter mask did it.
Everyone knows Spider-Man and Iron Man, but do you know another Marvel Entertainment power player: Agent M?
Agent M is the twitter alias for Ryan Penagos, the executive editorial director of Marvel Entertainment’s Digital Media Group, who has been quietly building a massive personal Twitter following of 1.32 million sharing his insights on tacos, video games, pop culture (and yes quite a bit about comics as well).
Penagos was hired by Marvel in 2006 to kick-start the company’s online content back when social media was an emerging trend.
“In the beginning, we had two blogs and a variety of things that were very informal,” says Penagos. “They hired me to come in and go crazy. It was almost like the Wild West—I could do anything I wanted with some oversight.”
Twitter crashed repeatedly during the 2010 World Cup. Here’s how the company’s engineers are preparing for the 2014 games.
“I’ve been here just shy of five years, and I still have PTSD from the last World Cup at Twitter,” Twitter engineer Raffi Krikorian told Fast Company. “When you come to my floor at Twitter headquarters, we have signs all over the floor with a countdown to the World Cup. Reliability is at the top of our minds, and reliability first is the mantra. Somewhere in the world, there is a sporting event, an election, or an earthquake.”