-Cross Currents 8.7 Social Networks 9.1 Inside the Internet 9.3 Internet Issues: Ethical and Political Dilemmas

Two Faces of Facebook’s Social Engineering

Facebook made lots of headlines a few months ago when people discovered that their news feeds had been manipulated for research purposes. Many people were shocked that they’d been unwitting participants in massive social science studies. But similar research at Facebook has also been used to help the company to determine how to best help customers deal with unwanted posts. This Radiolab program explores the light and dark sides of Facebook’s gigantic social engineering projects.

-Updates 1.0 Creating Communities on the Living Web 13.3 E-Business 2.0: Reinventing Web Commerce 4.3 System Software: The Hardware-Software Connection 4.4 The User Interface: The Human-Machine Connection 8.7 Social Networks

Android Phones Show a New Face(book)

Rumors of a Facebook phone have rattled around the tech world for quite a while. Today Facebook announced not a a phone, but software that can convert many Android phones into Facebook machines. Facebook is available in app form on most smart phones. But the new Facebook Home software will replace the Android home screen with a Facebook-centered home, making it possible for social networkers to keep Facebook at the center of their phone experiences. Will Android phone users click Like?

-Context 8.7 Social Networks

Hashtag 101

When the American Dialect Society named “hashtag” the word of the year, they chose a word that means nothing to millions of people who don’t tweet. If you’re one of those people, this NPR story will help you to understand why so many words these days are preceded by #.

-Updates 13.3 E-Business 2.0: Reinventing Web Commerce 8.5 Interpersonal Computing: From Communication to Communities 8.7 Social Networks

Crowdsourcing the Car

The Internet naturally lends itself to peer-to-peer communication and commerce. In this short TED talk Robin Chase explains how she’s using technology to make car sharing easy and profitable.

-Context 10.5 Human Questions for a Computer Age 8.7 Social Networks

The Lonely Connected World

MIT Professor Sherry Turkle has been studying the human impact of digital technology for decades. In her book Alone Together and in this Fresh Air interview, she talks about how texting and social networking are profoundly changing the way children, teens, and adults live, think, and feel. There’s plenty to think about here.

-Cross Currents 10.5 Human Questions for a Computer Age 8.7 Social Networks

If All Your Friends Were Voting, Would You?

In the U.S., non-voters outnumber Democratic voters and Republican voters combined. What does it take to get those non-voters to realize that democracy is not a spectator sport? A recent study suggests that many of them respond to peer pressure, Facebook-style.

-Cross Currents 10.5 Human Questions for a Computer Age 13.4 E-Commerce Ethics 7.4 No Secrets: Computers and Privacy 8.7 Social Networks

Sharing is Caring—or Is It?

The concept of sharing is everywhere on the Internet. In this thought-provoking Huffington Post blog post, Bianca Bosker asks whether Facebook and other companies are using the term to manipulate our feelings and extract information from us.

-Context 10.5 Human Questions for a Computer Age 8.7 Social Networks

What Good is Facebook?
If you’ve ever asked—or been asked—that question, you might be interested in, a web site designed to provide answers through stories about how Facebook changes lives. This CNet story provides an overview and a link to the site.

-Context 7.4 No Secrets: Computers and Privacy 8.7 Social Networks

Two Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Facebook

Facebook is a complex, ever-changing digital world. No matter how much time you spend there, it seems there’s always more to know about it. For example, did you know that Facebook filters out most of your posts before your friends can see them? Or that Facebook users are, in general, hiding more personal information than they did even a year or two ago? These two Huffington Post articles have details.

-Context -Updates 1.0 Creating Communities on the Living Web 8.7 Social Networks

Putting a New Face on Facebook

The world’s biggest social network has a nasty habit of changing its user interface often enough to confuse and anger users all around the world. The latest Facebook iteration, the Timeline. presents your history (and may threaten your privacy) in a whole new way. This Macworld article tells you what you need to know to make the Timeline work for you.