On Twitter: Dueling views on the shutdown and Obamacare
Two separate, but related conversations have been prominent on Twitter—one about the government shutdown and the other about President Obama’s health care law, the landmark legislation at the heart of the Congressional impasse that triggered the shutdown.
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.
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.
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.
It’s a woman’s (social media) world
The average gap between the proportion of men and women who use social media
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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.