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Disease Outbreaks Trackable With Twitter

Disease Outbreaks Trackable With Twitter

This flu season you’ve probably seen a number of friends on social media talking about symptoms. New research from Brigham Young University says such posts on Twitter could actually be helpful to health officials looking for a head start on outbreaks. The study sampled 24 million tweets from 10 million unique users. They determined that […]

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Study Examines How News Spreads On Twitter

Study Examines How News Spreads On Twitter

Nearly every major news organization has a Twitter account these days, but just how effective is the microblogging website at spreading news? That’s the question University of Arizona professor Sudha Ram set out to answer in a recent study of a dozen major news organizations that use the social media website as one tool for […]

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Mine Your Business: Text Mining Insights from Social Media

Thanks to blogs, online forums, and product review sites, companies and marketers now have access to a seemingly endless array of data on consumers’ opinions and experiences. In principle, businesses should be able to use this information to gain a better understanding of the general market and of their own and their competitors’ customers. Yet […]

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Facebook Boosts Voter Turnout: 61-Million-Person Experiment Demonstrates Voting Can Be Influenced by Social Networks

Facebook Boosts Voter Turnout: 61-Million-Person Experiment Demonstrates Voting Can Be Influenced by Social Networks

About one third of a million more people showed up at the ballot box in the United States in 2010 because of a single Facebook message on Election Day, estimates a new study led by the University of California, San Diego. An example of the social “get out the vote” message shown to more than […]

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The Jacket That Talks to Facebook in an Emergency

The Jacket That Talks to Facebook in an Emergency

In an emergency situation, we cannot expect rescue crews to do their jobs while fumbling with a tiny mobile phone when they need to read and send messages. Instead the scientists decided to create a prototype jacket that could communicate with Facebook. The jacket sleeve has a display sewn into it, showing a line of […]

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Best Business-to-Business Facts About Social Media Use

Best Business-to-Business Facts About Social Media Use

In Stowe Boyd’s interesting post on social media boundaries titled, “In Texas, You’re On Your Own” he lists a few truisms that resonate with a once-upon-a-time Texan who misses many parts of the state’s unique brand of togetherness: First, for employers: You shouldn’t fire employees who are expressing lawful opinions that you do not agree […]

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Man faces 5 years in prison for ‘God does not exist’ Facebook post

Man faces 5 years in prison for ‘God does not exist’ Facebook post

Yes, you read the headline correctly. A man in Indonesia declared himself an atheist on Facebook, received 1,700 “thumbs-up”, and now faces a 5-year prison sentence, all after being attacked and beaten by an angry, and apparently God-fearing, mob of protestors. While the posting has now been removed, many Islamic organizations believed that the man […]

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The Controversy of Sweden’s Twitter Feed

The Controversy of Sweden’s Twitter Feed

Recently, the country of Sweden has taken a unique approach to Twitter. In short, the country is picking a new citizen each week to run their twitter account – @Sweden. The government initiative entrusts the country’s Twitter account to a new citizen every seven days, providing evidence to the world there really is no “typical […]

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Should employers be able to ask for employee’s Facebook passwords?

Should employers be able to ask for employee’s Facebook passwords?

An AP story reported last month a situation in which a company asked a potential hire for their password after learning that their Facebook account was set to private.             Many people are up in arms about the invasion of privacy, calling it ludicrous and unreasonable for management to think […]

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Internet Security Update for the week of March 19

Internet security is of high importance these days. Whether it’s Facebook, your gmail account, or online banking – the Internet represents an insecure channel for exchanging information leading to a high risk of intrusion or fraud, such as phishing. Different methods have been used to protect the transfer of data, including encryption. Check out what […]

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