social media

  • Social Media Is Silencing Personal Opinion – Even In The Offline World

    Social Media Is Silencing Personal Opinion – Even In The Offline World

    Social media is not living up to its promise of being an online outlet for discussion that mirrors our communications and conversations that take place in the offline world. In fact, people are less willing to discuss important issues on social media, than they are in real life, a new report from Pew Research Center has found. It may seem like an obvious conclusion: of course, people are… Read More

  • Berlin-Based Social Media Marketing Startup Brandnew Gets $1.9M In Seed Funding

    Berlin-Based Social Media Marketing Startup Brandnew Gets $1.9M In Seed Funding

    Brandnew, a Berlin-based startup that helps brands create native ad campaigns for Instagram and Pinterest, announced that it has raised a total of $1.9 million in seed funding. This includes a $1.1 million grant from the city of Berlin, as well as $845,000 from investors including PubliGroupe, Berlin Ventures, and Lukas Kirche. Brandnew plans to use the funding for technology development… Read More

  • Kuddle, An Instagram With Training Wheels, Introduces Social Media To Kids

    Kuddle, An Instagram With Training Wheels, Introduces Social Media To Kids

    A new mobile application called Kuddle is introducing a safer way for kids to get introduced to social media, while still under a parent’s watchful eye. The photo-sharing app, which is like a more restricted version of Instagram, allows children to post and share photos with friends in a protected environment, safe from cyberbullying or unwanted connections from strangers. Founded in… Read More

  • Getting My Brain Back

    Getting My Brain Back

    I can’t do it anymore. This has been a summer of social media. I’ve used it endlessly, made plans on it, chatted, read it religiously, and watched countless friends and friends of friends go on vacation. I’ve played a game of whack-a-mole with LinkedIn invitations and I’ve streamlined my automatic Tweeting systems. I’ve watched the world buzz by 140 characters at… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: What's That Sound

    Gillmor Gang: What’s That Sound

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, Dan Farber, and Steve Gillmor — struggle with the news and raw emotions of the death of Robin Williams and the Ferguson upheaval. The intersection of social and mainstream media is no longer the big story it once seemed to be. Instead, the speed with which technology, particularly mobile, has transformed not only the… Read More

  • Phantom Brings Self-Destructing Photos To Facebook, Twitter And More

    Phantom Brings Self-Destructing Photos To Facebook, Twitter And More

    A new mobile application called Phantom is offering a way to post personal photos and videos to blogs and social media sites, like Facebook or Twitter, which “self-destruct” like they do in Snapchat, while also offering controls that limit the number of people who can view the content, and more. The idea to allow for ephemeral sharing on Facebook and other sites is interesting… Read More

  • Mamabear Raises $1.4 Million For A Parenting App That Monitors Children’s Social Media Use And More

    Mamabear Raises $1.4 Million For A Parenting App That Monitors Children’s Social Media Use And More

    While there are a number of family locator services to choose from today, ranging from those offered by the mobile operators to venture-backed startups, a nearly two-year old mobile application called Mamabear was created with a goal of doing more than simple location tracking – it’s a full-featured “parenting app” which allows parents – yes, mainly moms, by… Read More

  • #YesAllWomen Shows That Misogyny Is Everyone’s Problem

    #YesAllWomen Shows That Misogyny Is Everyone’s Problem

    If the actions of the U.C. Santa Barbara shooter last week turned the Internet into a crime scene, then the Web is also where we turn to grieve and try to process something that is truly incomprehensible and horrifying. Since news of the murders broke, #YesAllWomen has remained one of the top trending topics on Twitter. Originally created by Twitter user gildedspine in reaction to the Not All… Read More

  • The Internet Is Now Part Of The Crime Scene

    The Internet Is Now Part Of The Crime Scene

    Elliot Rodger, a young man with some horrible ideas and serious mental problems, killed at least six people in Santa Barbara. He left pages of digital photos and hours of video detailing his pain and his envy. In the voice of an entitled boy not given what he wants, he talks about being alone while others are together. He became a misogynist through his own twisted self-reflection. Now his… Read More

  • The Western Twitterer’s Burden

    The Western Twitterer’s Burden

    Sigh. Here we go again. The eyes of the world turn to something awful happening in a remote corner of Africa, and what feels like half of the Western population immediately rushes to proudly embarrass itself on social media everywhere. On the Internet, at least, #BringBackOurGirls is little more than #Kony2012 reloaded. It’s condescending, it’s patronizing, it’s… Read More