Internet & Tech Sep. 19, 2013

Americans Use Their Cellphones for Much More Than Phone Calls

Half of cell owners download apps to their phones and 48% listen to music services. Video calling has tripled since 2011, while texting remains a popular activity.

Fact Tank Sep. 13, 2013

Planned Twitter IPO follows years of user growth

Twitter’s announcement on Sept. 12 that it planned to go public with an initial public offering follows seven years of growth in the user of the social media platform.

Internet & Tech Sep. 12, 2013

Location Tagging on the Rise for Mobile, Social Media Users

30% of social media users now tag their posts with their location, while 74% of smartphone owners get directions or other information based on their current location and 12% use a geosocial service to “check in” to locations or share their whereabouts with friends.

Fact Tank Sep. 12, 2013

It’s a woman’s (social media) world

The average gap between the proportion of men and women who use social media

Fact Tank Sep. 5, 2013

What strategies do YOU use to protect your online identity?

A new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project finds that 86% of internet users have taken steps online to remove or mask their digital footprints. We ask readers to share their own strategies and experiences.

Internet & Tech Sep. 5, 2013

Managing Online Identity and Privacy

86% of adult internet users have taken steps to avoid online surveillance by other people or organizations. Despite precautions, 21% of online adults have had an email or social media account hijacked and 11% have had vital information stolen.

Internet & Tech Aug. 22, 2013

How Teens Manage Their Privacy on Mobile Apps

As teens gain access to mobile devices, they have embraced app downloading. But many teen apps users have taken steps to uninstall or avoid apps over concern about their privacy.

Fact Tank Aug. 21, 2013

British teen’s suicide puts cyber-bullying back in spotlight

The early-August suicide of a 14-year-old British girl and her father’s anguished Facebook posts about it has prompted the website Ask.fm to beef up its anti-bullying tools and practices. It has also reignited the debate over the extent of online bullying and its impact. Ask.fm is a Latvia-based site that allows users to pose and […]

Fact Tank Aug. 20, 2013

NBC makes a bet on getting user-generated content from citizen videographers

NBC News purchased a digital start-up company that allows anyone with a smartphone to stream live video to the network from the scene of breaking news, a move that could lead to increased use of user-generated content.

Internet & Tech Aug. 15, 2013

Teens Haven’t Abandoned Facebook (Yet)

94% of teen social media users said they had a Facebook profile, and 81% said that Facebook is the profile they use most often.