Abuse is killing the social web. And hence, it isn't peripheral to Internet business models -- it's central. Twitter could have been a town square. But now it's more like a drunken, heaving mosh pit. We dreamed that we created a revolution. But we did not heed the great lesson of revolution.
My mother on Facebook: There is nothing more frightening than a mom with a Facebook account on the loose with photos of you in compromising positions. From tips about 'packing a clean pair of underwear' to dating advice on your public wall, mom's can be a social media nightmare.
Do you or someone you know have plans to deactivate Facebook? Why not celebrate your momentous announcement on Facebook that you're deleting your Facebook account by being surrounded with friends who will slow clap when you inevitably reactivate your account?
After a recent conversation with a friend, I began to wonder if the power of the Facebook like is a figment of my imagination. Can your so-called Facebook friends send you subliminal messages by liking or not liking your status and photos?
How about we don't compare? Or assume that things are picture perfect all the time, no matter how far down we scroll to prove otherwise? How about we see each post a friend shares for what it is? A moment of happiness.
We must not turn our backs on the health of our nation. The current efforts to fight cancer, which include building after-the-fact responses, erecting new buildings and institutions, creating jobs in a virtuous circle, is not addressing the real war on cancer.
This week Intel announced new job benefit policies that include tripling their adoption assistance program, and quadrupling their fertility coverage, noting, "family is family -- no matter what it looks like."
The fact you are reading this means you likely have some knowledge of social media. In fact, the business owners who should read this likely won't, because they will never know about it.
Facebook has treated marketers well for the past decade or so, and it certainly seems like it's here to stay.
Compensating users for their content? Giving a percentage to charity? All this "crazy talk" is apparently starting to spook Facebook to the point where, over the past few weeks, links to anything mentioning the site, including pics containing only text, have been inexplicably erased from millions of Facebook's user's profiles.
We love to complain about friends who constantly post about their fabulous relationships, jobs, and experiences on social media, but research shows these expressions of gratitude can actually make people happier.
Fail, fail and fail again. No executive wants to hear these words, let alone report them to his or her boards, or worse, shareholders. But when yo...
Saul Hansell talks about how the Buddhists define suffering - and how media companies are suffering now. Steve talks about YouTube wanting to be Cable...
Islamic State has embraced social media as a way to attract supporters around the world, in a move governments and companies have struggled to respond to. Closing down social media accounts believed to be linked to Islamic State has become a major international agenda item.
Pundits already proclaimed who won (former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton), lost (Vice President Joe Biden) and broke even (former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley), but InsideGov takes a different tack, looking at who cleaned up on the Internet the night of the debate.
Recently, however, I had an experience that made me question where we draw the line between freedom of speech and defamation--and what recourse there is for those who believe they've been defamed. Here's what happened.