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A new study into European consumer shopping behaviour by IBM has reported findings suggesting social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook play a larger role in individuals buying habits than previously thought.
Blair Arch on the campus of Princeton University.
There’s a new concept for social networking services taking root, and it’s not about re-creating your offline social graph on the Web, like Facebook does today. It’s about discovering the people who are nearby you now – the ones you probably would like to meet. This type of discovery mechanism is already being made possible by a number of services, including the checkin apps like Foursquare and Gowalla , the automated discovery of nearby folks via Sonar and Banjo , the group chatting in Yobongo , and the micro-networks that emerge through LoKast .
At the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco this week, Napster co-founder Sean Parker, who at one point worked as Facebook's president ( he owns 4 percent of the company ), went on record to say that the social network's biggest problem is not privacy. He wasn't there to just downplay Facebook's various obstacles and challenges. In fact, he offered his opinion of the bigger issue for the social networking giant: that some of its heaviest users have defected to other services because of a lack of decent controls.
By Eric Berridge Scientists at CERN recently announced they had tracked subatomic particles travelling faster than the speed of light, a discovery that -- if proven correct -- may unravel our understanding of physics .
Virus and malware attacks against organizations have increased because of employees using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media in the workplace, according to a global study. Of the 4,640 organizations surveyed by research firm the Ponemon Institute , more than half said these computer attacks grew as a result of workers using social networks. About a quarter of those respondents said the attacks rose by more than 50 percent.
Usually when the media talks about social media growth or when they mention a specific network, they go to the number of users. We know Facebook has a zillion users, we know that G+ has hit 25 million.
Johns Hopkins University has an interactive site with blogs and videos by current students for prospective students.
Social media is big. Mobile is big.