Foot-in-mouth disease got the better of Adam Orth.
Today's lesson is to think before you speak, whether it's in person or especially in social media where your words are essentially carved in virtual stone. Lest anyone need reminded of this, just look at how things played out for Adam Orth, now a former creative director at Microsoft Studios. Less than a week after trolling potential Xbox 720 customers on Twitter about always-on consoles and telling them to #dealwithit, Orth is reportedly out of a job and will have to deal with finding employment.
Facebook's $1 billion adopted baby is growing up fast and may end up making the social networking site look like savvy parents with an real eye for potential rather than a silly entity that spent ten figures on a camera app with social features baked in. Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, however, let's look at what Instagram has done, starting with its fast growing userbase.
Usually, it takes far-reaching government bills or the mention of DRM to prod geeks into picking up their proverbial torches and pitchforks and expressing outrage en masse, but Wednesday's news of employers asking job applicants for their Facebook passwords caused a crapstorm of Netflix-price like proportions. Turns out, everyday folks aren't the only ones angry about it: a Connecticut Senator and Facebook itself whipped out threats of legislation and lawsuits, respectively, if the privacy-invading practice continues.
There’s no denying that Twitter’s become an important part of our lives, bringing us a first hand view of the profane, mundane and everything in between from around the globe. By firing off a tweet, you’re not just speaking your mind, you’re adding to a far-reaching cultural mosaic that speaks of our thoughts, dreams, loves and hates, moment by moment. If you’ve ever wondered who’s reading the 140 character toots you’ve been spewing, you’ll love TweepsMap, our Cool Site of the Week.
Think about all the things you've used your Internet for in the past 24 hours. You've probably checked your e-mail, updated your Facebook status, paid some bills through online banking, read about the latest happenings on your favorite news site, and took the time before bed to video chat with a far-flung childhood friend. Even after logging out and turning off your computer, the information you've just accessed or created continues to wander the great plains of the World Wide Web. This information that we leave behind about ourselves on a daily basis is known as our digital footprint.
Like stepping in wet concrete, these trails we unwittingly leave behind can be tough to erase. With the rise of identity theft, corporate tracking, and the ability of "Big Brother" to access our private data, it is more important than ever for Internet users to be aware of how past and future data can be erased and controlled more effectively.
Sure, money makes the world go round, but if you're fresh out of college and looking for a job, you're more interested in being able to access your Facebook account or post to Google+ during work hours, or so that's the word from a new survey. Cisco pinged 2,800 college students and young professionals to find out how they feel about social media and the Internet in general, and it turns out they feel pretty strongly about both.
For most of us, the internet is a social experience. No matter what time of day it is, or where you are, the web ensures that there’s something to talk about and people willing to listen. With services like Twitter and Facebook, we’re glut with ways to get our messages and opinions out into the world. That said, with so many others taking the time to give their two bits on a given topic through the same channels, it’s getting harder and harder to filter those opinions in a way that makes them timely or meaningful. Fortunately, our Browser Extension of the Week is here to sort the situation out.
Sure, you use Facebook, but do you own Facebook? Can you make it do anything you want it to do? And, yes, you tweet. Many tech enthusiasts do. But can you slap Twitter around like a ragdoll and bend it to your will? And what about LinkedIn, YouTube, and Google+? We all use these social media tools to some degree or another—sometimes daily, sometimes hourly, and (for the truly desperate) sometimes by the minute. But like most Interweb travelers, even hardcore hardware enthusiasts suffer knowledge deficits in the social media department. We can recite CPU thermal specs as quickly as Star Trek dialogue, but we’re surprisingly lackadaisical in terms of social media mastery.
Enough is enough. It’s time to dig into the nooks, crannies, and feature-packed nether regions of today’s five hottest social media services. We’ll also reminisce over failed services in a virtual Social Media Walk of Shame, as well as dig deep into the hardware of the largest social media site online.
Social media? Yep, we dig it. Who says tech geeks can’t be fun and friendly?
Picking the films for a movie night is much like making an awesome playlist (or for our readers of a certain age, a mix-tape). Unless you plan on whiling away the hours watching all of the films in a single franchise, care, thought and a sense of balance must be brought into the movie selection process. One feature-length misstep and what could have been a runaway train of time well wasted can be turned into a bogged down truck full of Howard the Duck. No one needs that sort of pain. If you’re serious about your movie watching, but have a hard time picking a flick, we recommend giving YourNextFilm a try. It’s free, easy to use and also happens to be our Cool Site of the Week.
Even though Google used an invitation system to control access to its new Google+ social network, the thing took off like gangbusters. It was the fastest network to ever reach 25 million visitors in its first month, and Facebook has been rolling out feature after feature that look suspiciously similar to offerings on the Goog’s service. If you couldn’t score an invite and have been wondering what all the hub-bub was about, today’s your day; Google+ is now open to all comers.