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Decoding Social Media


A Social-Media Decoder

New technology deciphers—and empowers—the millions who talk back to their televisions through the Web.


The Flip Side of the Arab Spring

  • By Jason Pontin
  • 10.20.2015


Fighting ISIS Online

  • By David Talbot
  • 09.30.2015

The Islamic State is an Internet phenomenon as much as a military one. Counteracting it will require better tactics on the battlefield of social media.


Three Questions for Twitter (and now Super) Cofounder Biz Stone

  • By Rachel Metz
  • 05.15.2015

The Twitter cofounder talks about his latest social app, Super, and why it looks like technicolor pop art.


Online Fact-Checking Tool Gets a Big Test with Nepal Earthquake

  • By Mike Orcutt
  • 04.28.2015

An organization crowdsources the verification of rumors on social media in the Nepal disaster zone.


One Way of Thinking about WhatsApp’s Staggering Price

  • By Mike Orcutt
  • 02.25.2014

Judged by one (admittedly imperfect) metric, Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition wasn’t as outrageous as it might appear.


Ads Could Soon Know If You’re an Introvert (on Twitter)

Technology that derives personality traits from Twitter updates is being tested to help target promotions and personalize customer service.


Twitter Must Metamorphose Carefully as It Goes Public

Twitter may make major interface changes to address the growing need to make money.


Academics Launch Fake Social Network to Get an Inside Look at Chinese Censorship

New research shows China’s online censorship relies on a competitive market where companies vie to offer the best speech-suppressing technology and services.


Romancing the Phone

Love and sex in the age of social media and mobile communication.


Google’s Social Network Gets Smarter

With dozens of new features, Google’s social network is becoming more like a photo service and a news site.

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A Social Media Decoder

New technology deciphers—and Amaerican mass media starts heedings—the rising power of online backtalk.

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