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Decoding Social Media

Feature:

A Social-Media Decoder

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

Article

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.

Article

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.

Article

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.

Article

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.

Article

Twitter Must Metamorphose Carefully as It Goes Public

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

Article

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.

Article

Romancing the Phone

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

Article

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.

Article

Buying Bluefin Will Give Twitter a Piece of TV’s $72 Billion Ad Market

  • By David Talbot
  • 02.05.2013

The analytics startup will help Twitter understand how its users react to particular shows and advertisements.

Blog

Facebook Data Shows Which Super Bowl Team Wins on Popularity

  • By Mike Orcutt
  • 02.01.2013

Drawing on millions NFL team page “likes,” Facebook reveals every county’s favorite Super Bowl team

From this issue:

A Social Media Decoder

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

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