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05.27.14 Andy Cush

Twitter is a treasure trove of information about the people who use it. With hundreds of millions of tweets posted every day, it’s possible to analyze everything from the emotional landscape of a particular geographic region to the linguistic characteristics of a city’s neighborhoods through the social network. Twitter’s API, however, only searches about one […]

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04.23.14 Andy Cush

Imagine opening LinkedIn to find a notification that someone has viewed your profile. You check him out and like what you see, so you decide to get in touch. The two of you exchange a few InMails, things start to get steamy, and before you know it he has his hands all over your Education […]

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11.08.13 Andy Cush

Yesterday, the BBC reported that Instagram had blocked several drug-related hashtags after a BBC investigation about drug sales on the photo-sharing network. Curious to see what had been blocked, I did a few searches for tags I figured dealers might be using. Seems like not much has been blocked. #mollyforsale, #weedforsale, #xanaxbars, #roxyforsale, #pillsforsale, even, […]

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06.13.13 Andy Cush

Fucking christ, am I unpopular. There once was a time when I could send a tweet into the stratosphere with crossed fingers and a dream, convincing myself I was providing my followers with valuable with and insight, and if I included a link, that at least a handful of my few hundred followers would click on it. […]

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03.06.13 Andy Cush

Vine is a pretty amazing platform, but its youth still shows: though plenty of filmmakers, comedians, and various other content-creators are populating the social network with great six-second clips, its unrefined exploratory tools can make finding the good stuff difficult. That’s where ANIMAL comes in. We’ve spent a lot of time with Vine, and along […]

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02.22.13 Andy Cush

Selfless Portraits is a project in which people across the world create an artistic rendering of a random stranger’s Facebook profile picture, in exchange for having their own photo art-ified as well. They’ve received lots of submissions, most of which are charmingly amateurish, but there are some pretty decent entries as well. Check out a few […]

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10.02.12 Andy Cush

Apparently, youth violence fueled by boasts and threats on sites like Facebook and Twitter has gotten so out of hand in New York that the NYPD is doubling the size of its gang unit in order to monitor social networks. “By capitalizing on the irresistible urge of these suspects to brag about their murderous exploits […]

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Andy Cush

NYC Filmmaker Casey Neistat makes a compelling case for Instagram as the least evil of all social networks in his new video, a guide to not sucking so bad on the photo-sharing service. He also takes the opportunity to big-up Rick Ross, who posts photos of things like Maybachs and his Nigerian security detail, and […]

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