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Federal Judge: Official Violated First Amendment By Blocking User From Her Facebook Page


A Federal Judge has ruled against an elected official who blocked a constituent from accessing her Facebook page.

Supreme Court Considers Whether There Is A Right To Access Twitter And Facebook

Twitter Facebook

The Supreme Court will now consider a case regarding whether or not a state can bar a former felon from accessing social media sites.

Families Of Pulse Nightclub Shooting Victims Sue Facebook, Twitter, And Google

Gavel And Scales Of Justice

Survivors and family members of the Pulse Nightclub attack have filed what amounts to a frivolous lawsuit.

Facebook Sex Selection: It’s Complicated

Facebook New Gender Options

“It’s complicated” has long been an option to describe one’s romantic status on Facebook. Now, it applies to one’s sex as well.

Facebook’s Awesome IPO


Andrew Ross Sorkin says Facebook’s IPO was a debacle. Mark Cuban says this misunderstands the purpose of an IPO.

Judge Rules That What You Post On Facebook Can Be Used As Evidence Against You


As far as the law is concerned, your social media accounts aren’t private at all.

Facebook’s Share Price Continues To Tumble As Reality Sets In


Facebook’s stock has lost nearly 50% of its value since the company went public, and the plunge probably isn’t over.

Is Hitting The Facebook “Like” Button Protected Political Speech?

Facebook Like Button

A Federal case in Virginia is testing the boundaries of what constitutes protected speech in the digital age.

Your Facebook Chats Are Being Monitored, By Facebook


Mashable is out with a report that Facebook routinely monitors user chats for suspicious or criminal activity:  Facebook and other social platforms are watching users’ chats for criminal activity and notifying police if any suspicious behavior is detected, according to a report. The screening process begins with scanning software that monitors chats for words or phrases […]

Facebook Changed Your Email Address Information Without Permission, Here’s How to Fix It


If you’re on Facebook, you probably haven’t noticed it yet but Facebook decided overnight that everyone needed to display a new default email address on their profile: Facebook just removed everyone’s email address from their profile and replaced it with an @facebook.com email address without asking you. Here’s how to easily fix the problem. Facebook launched its […]

The Facebook I.P.O. Was Not A “Disaster.”

Facebook IPO

Contrary to what you’re hearing, the Facebook I.P.O. was a huge success.

Will The Facebook Fiasco Hurt Obama?


Does the fizzled out Facebook IPO tell us anything about the state of the economy? Not really.

What The Heck Happened With The Facebook IPO?

Facebook IPO

It was supposed to be the return of the heady days of the great Tech Industry IPOs. But, things didn’t quite go as planned.

Democratic Senators Unleash Tax Vendetta Against Eduardo Saverin


Eduardo Saverin has become a political whipping boy.

How the Internet Has Evolved Since Facebook Launched


With Facebook’s huge IPO in the news, Megan Garber takes a look at how much the Internet has evolved since Thefacebook came on the scene.

Facebook ‘Relationship Status’ and Timeline


One of the oddities of the relative openness of our lives caused by the explosion of online social media is the Facebook “relationship status” and wrestling with when to change it. As regular readers know, mine changed suddenly for the worse over the Thanksgiving holidays. While Facebook offers Widowed as an option, I’d been reluctant […]

Complaining About Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, and other Constantly Changing Products


Henry Farrell thinks “The New Gmail Sucks” and doesn’t care who knows it.

Facebook Underage Users


Facebook limits accounts to those who say that they are at least 13 years old. Shockingly, some kids lie to get on the popular social network.

Facebook Comments and the Authenticity of Multiple Identities


The lines between our public and professional identities and our private and social ones continue to blur.

Facebook Adds Gay Friendly Status Options


Facebook has come up with new settings to meet the needs of users in same-sex relationships.

Facebook’s Inevitability


If Mark Zuckerberg hadn’t invented Facebook someone else would have. Probably within a month or two of his invention.

Facebook’s Business Model


Facebook’s 26-year-old founder, Mark Zuckerberg, is one of the wealthiest men in America. Most of his work force is unpaid.

Internet As Your Permanent Record


If it’s online, it’s forever.

Facebook Nation


If Facebook were a nation, it would be outranked by only China and India in population: Facebook, the social network created in the dormitories of Harvard six years ago, said on Wednesday that it now had 500 million members. The company has grown at a meteoric pace, doubling in size from a year ago and […]

Facebook Most Popular, Most Annoying Site


While people keep flocking to Facebook in droves, the site has the lowest satisfaction rating of any e-business site.

Social Media Sharecroppers


We’re all unpaid employees of Facebook.

Pakistan Blocks Facebook Over Everybody Draw Mohammed Day


If you live in Pakistan, you won’t be able to access Facebook for awhile: LAHORE, Pakistan – Pakistan’s government ordered Internet service providers to block Facebook on Wednesday amid anger over a page that encourages users to post images of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. The page on the social networking site has generated criticism in Pakistan […]

Line of the Day (PA Primary Edition)


“Specter seemed every one of his 80 years–tired, grouchy, a bit dazed. It was hard to figure out why I should vote for him and not just give him some comforting soup.” — A friend of mine (and a PA voter) via Facebook.

A Little Confirming Evidence (Facebook Edition)

Earlier today, James offered the following advice:  “Do not broadcast news of your rectal exams, your misdeeds, or negative opinions about your boss on social media sites!” Thankfully, no rectal exam information, but more or less on the boss front, the AP provides so corroborating evidence:  Waitress fired for griping about tip on Facebook. A […]

Facebook Privacy Tip


Kieran Healy and Kevin Drum point to the existence of a site that exposes just how public your “private” information on Facebook is.  Kevin: Making use of a public programming interface that Facebook released a few weeks ago, three programmers in San Francisco wrote Openbook, a website that searches Facebook profiles for — well, for […]

Reverse Elena Kagan: Too Much Information


The Atlantic‘s Chris Good points out that, while some are grumbling over Elena Kagan’s lack of a paper trail, the far more common problem in the digital age is that most public intellectuals have so much information out there that it’s virtually impossible to corral it all. The last major judicial nominee reported out by […]

Why I Hate Facebook


There have been a slew of articles in recent days by various people explaining why they’re leaving Facebook and you should, too. While most of them center on Facebook’s ever-shifting privacy policy, which basically mean that anything you’ve ever shared with Facebook is fair game for them to sell to anyone they choose, my frustration […]

Facebook Porn

Facebook Porn Photo

An offhand comment from a male friend that guys like to look at the Facebook profiles of their female friends creeped Amanda Marcotte out, to the amusement of Radley Balko.   But the substance of Marcotte’s piece is actually more interesting than the topline. But my friend told me guys aren’t looking for dirty pictures on […]

Coffee Conservatives


When I first read about the Coffee Party movement a few weeks back, it was a lark that started on Facebook to “promote civility and inclusiveness in political discourse, engage the government not as an enemy but as the collective will of the people, push leaders to enact the progressive change for which 52.9 percent […]

Google Makes it Easy To Leave


Gizmodo’s Nate Anderson has an interesting piece on Google’s “cage free data” policy, which makes it easy to export the data you store in Gmail, Google Docs, Picasa and other of their systems.   The rationale behind it is not, as I’d have expected, giving users a sense of confidence — knowing you can leave makes […]

Why the Internet Will Fail


Newsweek presents a devastating essay by Clifford Stoll explaining why this newfangled Internet thing is unlikely to catch on. After two decades online, I’m perplexed. It’s not that I haven’t had a gas of a good time on the Internet. I’ve met great people and even caught a hacker or two. But today, I’m uneasy […]

Coffee Party vs Tea Party

Coffee Tea

A joke on Facebook has burgeoned into a movement.  Or, well, something. Furious at the tempest over the Tea Party — the scattershot citizen uprising against big government and wild spending — Annabel Park did what any American does when she feels her voice has been drowned out: She squeezed her anger into a Facebook […]

Michael Yon Arrested

Michael Yon Fox News

Longtime national security blogger Michael Yon posted this on his Facebook page about an hour ago: Got arrested at the Seattle airport for refusing to say how much money I make. (The uniformed ones say I was not “arrested”, but they definitely handcuffed me.) Their videos and audios should show that I was polite, but […]

GOP URL Shortener Short-Lived


The Republican National Committee launched yet another URL shortener yesterday (coincidentally, on the same day that Google and Facebook did likewise) as part of their plan to catch up with the Democrats in social media space. As with their recent website relaunch, the debut was less than auspicious. The Republican party took down its innovative […]

All Men Watch Porn


From the Telegraph, not the Onion:  “All men watch porn, scientists find.” Researchers were conducting a study comparing the views of men in their 20s who had never been exposed to pornography with regular users. But their project stumbled at the first hurdle when they failed to find a single man who had not been […]

Email Era Over?


“Email has had a good run as king of communications. But its reign is over.” So begins a column by Jessica Vascellaro in today’s WSJ. We all still use email, of course. But email was better suited to the way we used to use the Internet—logging off and on, checking our messages in bursts. Now, […]

Killing Presidents

7 Days in May

Related controversies roiling the blogosphere today point to the dark side of American politics. First, NewsMax ran an article by a John L. Perry titled “Obama Risks a Domestic Military ‘Intervention.’” It has apparently been removed from the site (it’s now directing to the home page and isn’t showing along with the author’s other pieces) […]

3 Ways to Avoid Drowing in Information


Steve Rubel offers “Three Tips for Managing the Stream Before it Manages You.” Between email, blog feeds, Twitter, Facebook, and various other applications out there, we’ve all got too much information to contend with. Those of us in the information business are even more overwhelmed because we both need to follow more things and figure […]

Sextortion in High School


GQ has a rather weird piece about something that may or may not be a trend:  High school kids using the Internet to extort sexual favors.  This one has a twist, which I’ll lot Conor Friedersdorf summarize: Tony Stancl, an 18 year old high school senior who created a fake female identity on Facebook, flirted […]

Blogs ARE Social Media


Copyblogger‘s Brian Clark has noticed a distinction developing between blogs on the one hand and “social media” on the other.  He rightly notes that “blogs were the first modern form of social media” and thus the distinction is artificial. My sense is that, blogs are indeed social media, they’re definitely of a different piece than […]

Information Deficit Disorder


Via Twitter, James Poulos passes along an interesting piece by Conor Friedersdorf titled “Iran, Twitter, and The American Information Elite.”  Basically, he noticed over the weekend that all of his blogger/journalist friends were intensely aware of what was happening in Iran whereas other well educated people he encountered hadn’t the slightest clue. I can’t help […]

Gen. Odierno Using Facebook


In half a day after mentioning his Facebook page on CNN this morning, US General Ray Odierno’s supporters have increased by an order of magnitude: It did not take long for Facebook users to respond to U.S. General Ray Odierno’s Sunday appearance on CNN’s State of the Union. In less than seven hours, Odierno has […]

Screwing Off Increases Productivity!


Firms spend millions and go through a lot to keep their workers from goofing off on the Internet.  That may not be such a good idea: Caught Twittering or on Facebook at work? It’ll make you a better employee, according to an Australian study that shows surfing the Internet for fun during office hours increases […]

Will Twitter Kill the Blogging Star?


Rand Fishking and Darren Rowse have noted a remarkable decline in the social nature of blogs, most notably the culture of inter-linking, and think Twitter and other social media outlets may be partly to blame. In 2006, a popular blog post or piece of content would generate a remarkable amount of blogging activity. It wasn’t […]

Twitter Etiquette: Are Tweets Fair Game?

Jake Tapper Outdoors

TAP’s Adam Serwer and TPM’s David Kurtz independently report that ABC’s Jake Tapper has blocked them from following his Twitter feed. They note the irony that a journalist who expects politicians to be transparent is doing this. I happen to follow Tapper — and am apparently not important enough to block — and see that […]

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