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19 October 2011 Last updated at 02:44 ET By Helen Briggs Health editor, BBC News website More than 100 university students were studied Social network sites may be changing people's brains as well as their social life, research suggests. Brain scans show a direct link between the number of Facebook friends a person has and the size of certain parts of their brain. It's not clear whether using social networks boosts grey matter or if those with certain brain structures are good at making friends, say researchers. The regions involved have roles in social interaction, memory and autism.
Shane Snow is co-founder of Contently.com , an “agile publishing” platform for brands-turned-publishers and freelance journalists. Old school SEO pros cover your ears, or be prepared to adapt your craft: Search engines are changing, and social media is a huge part of that change. Bing , Google , and an increasing swath of nimble little search engines like Blekko and DuckDuckGo are incorporating social data into their results.
Do you wonder why your productivity has dropped over the past 2 – 3 years? There is a time sink and it’s not television! Those of us who are connected to the internet and that is 2 billion of us, have been distracted by social multi-media publishing machines that are pumping out staggering amounts of content with enticing high definition images and videos!
In an increasingly digitized world, roughly 45 percent of employers now reportedly use social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter to screen potential employees, according to Mindflash.com . Not all Facebook-related employment decisions are necessarily negative, as Mindflash.com depicts in the below infographic. Indeed, 18 percent of employers have found information that has actually facilitated their decision to hire a job applicant. Still, finding something unsettling is more common, as more employers used what they found on social networking sites to bar applicants from employment.
Vincenzo Cosenza , an Italian digital strategist, has just finished his latest research on Social Networks Adoption Lifecycle. Cosenza has applied the Innovation Adoption Model, a model that shows the stages in the adoption process for a new product by a consumer, to social networks diffusion to plot their actual state and, hopefully, understand their future trajectories. He made a very cool infographic and gave us the first look.
Google+ has signed up 13% of U.S. adults so far and could hit 22%, in a year, passing Twitter and LinkedIn as the number two social media network, according to a new study. The report , based on a Bloomberg and YouGov poll of 1,003 U.S. adults from July 29 to August 2, revealed that 71% percent of U.S. adults use Facebook, but that number will drop to 69% a year from now. Among people who use both services, 30% say they plan to cut the time they spend on Facebook. However, 31% of Google+ users say they've abandoned their Google+ accounts or never posted anything on them. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
The speculation of the month seems to be how long will Google+ last? Does the social network have what it takes to stick around for the long haul? Or is Google’s latest offering too little too late? It’s become virtually impossible to avoid articles wondering whether Google+ could easily end up like Buzz or Wave, or finding a diatribe as to why the hurtling growth numbers don’t mean anything, or how the site doesn’t really compare to Facebook or Twitter. But Google+ is very much here to stay. There’s no denying that there have been hiccups along the way, but any service is bound to have growing pains, and these are certainly not issues that have Google+ on its way out.
By MARK PEARSON Rudyard Kipling explained the secret to good writing in his poem The Elephant’s Child: “I keep six honest serving-men (they taught me all I knew);
When Facebook launched the ability to embed Facebook comments on third-party websites, a lot of publishers saw it as a life-saver: not only would it improve traffic by exposing their content to others on the social network, but Facebook’s “real names” policy would also cut down on trolling and bad behavior. And some newspaper and media sites have seen a big traffic boost from implementing Facebook comments — including several that were profiled in a recent post at the Poynter Institute , such as the Los Angeles Times , which has credited Facebook with improving its web results. But it’s worth remembering that Facebook is not the cure for bad comments, and that handing over comments means relinquishing control over something important. In his Poynter post, Jeff Sonderman notes that the L.A.
August 17, 2011 The Rt. Hon. David Cameron Prime Minister 10 Downing Street London SW1A 2AA Great Britain Dear Prime Minister Cameron:
Civil disturbances never have a single, simple meaning. When the Bastille was being stormed the thieves of Paris doubtless took advantage of the mayhem to rob houses and waylay unlucky revolutionaries. Sometimes the thieves were revolutionaries. Sometimes the revolutionaries were thieves.
Today we woke up to the words of the Uganda Security Minister Wilson Muruli Mukasa saying the opposition is using social media to pyschologically prepare youth for armed insurgency. It couldn’t have been better timing looking at what’s coming out of UK government after the riots. Such claims also came out as the opposition was launching new round of walk to work protests. The first day on Wednesday August 10, the police disperse peaceful opposition supporters in Masaka led by the FDC leader Kizza Besigye. Mukasa’s allegations of a twitter revolt is based on these renewed efforts by opposition to stage protests despite government crackdown.
If you want an instant website made up of your trending tweets you might want to apply for a beta invitation for Twylah . I requested an account last night by logging in with my Twitter details, and this morning received an email telling me my site was now live . And I am impressed. It's simple and effective.
Do you know how many of your supporters use popular social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube?