“Many of our readers were quite vocal about their displeasure when we wrote in July that Facebook would begin forcing iPhone and Android users to download a separate app for messaging. Well, angry readers, here is a bit of mischief for you: Time.com has discovered a simple way to avoid using Facebook Messenger.”
“In the age of social media, everyone is an obituary writer.”
Twitter revises its user count, and admits that 23 million of its active accounts are bots.
I liked one of my cousin’s updates, which he had re-shared from Joe Kennedy, and was subsequently beseiged with Kennedys to like (plus a Clinton and a Shriver). I liked Hootsuite. I liked The New York Times, I liked Coupon Clipinista. I liked something from a friend I haven’t spoken to in 20 years—something about her kid, camp and a snake. I liked Amazon. I liked fucking Kohl’s. I liked Kohl’s for you.
My News Feed took on an entirely new character in a surprisingly short amount of time. After checking in and liking a bunch of stuff over the course of an hour, there were no human beings in my feed anymore. It became about brands and messaging, rather than humans with messages.
MORE: I Liked Everything I Saw on Facebook for Two Days. Here’s What It Did to Me
The live-events startup leaves a trail of screaming teenagers around the world by translating their social-media talents to IRL.
To say it’s a dramatic overhaul is putting things lightly: Foursquare scorched the earth of mayorships (upsetting a few users), and spun the humble check-in into its own standalone location-sharing app, Swarm, back in May.
So what does Foursquare 8.0 offer that previous versions apparently didn’t? Intelligent, personalized recommendations.
Pinterest, Tumblr drove more website traffic than Twitter in the first six months of 2014, according to StatCounter.
Facebook had a 67 percent share of referral traffic, while Pinterest had 10.38 percent, Tumblr had 8.54 percent and Twitter’s share was just 6.99 percent. (via Mediabistro)
Full-time YouTubers have it made. Right?
What started out as a fun platform on which to create amateur videos has now become a full-time career for a slew of famous YouTubers. But are they getting rich or just getting by? Watch the video to hear the platform’s top talent, including iJustine, Bethany Mota, and Hannah Hart, along with some up-and-comers like What’s Up Elle, offer up real talk about making money on YouTube.
Check out the entire Business of YouTube series:
In a world seemingly obsessed with operating online, could a key component of the offline experience be the secret to content virality?
A new social media platform aims to subvert the traditional model by paying users for their updates. But what’s the value of what people put on the Internet?
Don’t let the summer slump stall your job search. Take the “work” out of networking, and get busy on social media.
There’s no doubt the job market is different from what it was 15, or even 10 years ago. With the rapid adoption of social media for the job search and a recovering economy, college grads are likely wondering what their next move should be in this often daunting process.
So how can this generation of grads navigate these murky waters? Here are five simple, yet effective, tips for those who are about to enter this constantly evolving job market:
“The majority of people who weren’t primed by media reports to be angry didn’t care much about Facebook’s actions at all.”
Do your Internet habits hold you back, or help you succeed?
In theory, technology should increase both work flexibility and productivity, but it is also responsible for procrastination and a major threat to people’s work-life balance.
In fact, much of the recent debate about work-life imbalance is concerned with our relationship with technology, in particular our inability to disconnect or go offline.
For example, in the U.S. almost 50% of working adults report being “hooked” on email, which is estimated to cost the nation’s economy at least $900 billion a year in productivity loss. According to consulting firm McKinsey & Company, professionals spend 28% of their work time reading or answering emails. These statistics explain the international success of bestselling books like The Four Hour Work Week.
Furthermore, even people who manage to keep their email addiction in check are prone to getting hooked on other sites or apps, such as Facebook or Twitter, with a growing number of people trying social media sabbatical, where they detox from these sites for a couple of months or so. Needless to say, our digital excesses may harm not just our productivity but also our personal relationships with others, especially if they demand exclusive attention from the physical world.
So how can we better manage our web-life balance? Here are four practical suggestions you may want to consider: