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The condition of not being willing and/or able to form relationships with people you met online has a name: cyberasociality, as coined by researchers at Cornell and the University of North Carolina. It’s counterpart — the openness towards or even preference for internet friends — is called cybersociality (no “a”). Cyberasocial people, as defined by […]

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Just days after changing its policies to re-allow the sharing of decapitation videos, Facebook has reneged, opting to take down a violent video it had previously allowed. The decision came with an updated, appropriately vague statement from the company about when violence is and isn’t okay to share. From AllThingsD: As part of our effort […]

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Generating Utopia, by German developer Stefan Wagner, takes Foursquare location data as input, then maps your most-visited (or most-broadcasted, to be precise) locations onto the topography of an area. It’s a bit like these topographical maps of NYC’s wealth, but way prettier and with money swapped out for total oversharing. Wagner had this to say about […]

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Dronestagram, a new social network for the proud owners of unmanned aerial vehicles–not to be confused with a much less cheeky project of the same name–allows users to share their collective explorations in the realm of aerial photography, sharing their breathtaking photos of cityscapes, nature, sports, or whatever else may tickle their fancy, sans shameful Instagram […]

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Meet the web’s greenest exhibitionist: Talking Tree. Want to hear rain cleaning his leaves? See its leafy sunset view? Get hit on with its Twitter? Because its so soc.-net. savvy… […]

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Due to the recent revival and surprising popularity of my old post “Unfortunate Profile Pictures, Slavic Style,” here are some more, many many more. With unique and amazing investigative qualifications (I speak Russian at a second grade level), I re-plundered the terrible NSFW Russian LiveJournal community shkola_urodov dedicated to cruel mockery of photos from Russian […]

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The great divider, Sarah Palin, is riling up her base in the wake of the historic health care bill, urging them via Twitter: “Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!” She also directs supporters to her Facebook page which features a map of the Democratic members of Congress she’s urging Republicans to “aim” for (literally?), a point […]

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation obtained documents detailing how various federal agencies are using popular social networking sites to gather information for their investigations. […]

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Bad news for the NY’s web savvy sexual deviants: “In a major crackdown on Internet predators, more than 3,500 convicted New York sex fiends have been booted from two online social networking sites…” Looks like they’ll have to go back to trolling Craigslist where they’re welcomed. |NYDN| […]

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2007’s poised to be the year of the bubble bust — or the year of oversaturation — as many of the giant print media companies shift their dollar away from paper onto online. And one of the biggest to take the leap is rickety old iron horse Condé Nast who’s both reconfiguring their print titles […]

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