Get Ready To See Way More Humble-Braggy Photos From White House Visitors

Well this is certainly the icing on the cake for the best week of the Obama presidency. For the first time in 40 years, visitors to the White House will be allowed to document their visit with the camera of their choice, and for the first time ever, visitors can immediately upload those photos to social media. Selfies… » 7/01/15 5:03pm Wednesday 5:03pm

Mark Zuckerberg Finally Weighed in on Facebook’s “Real Name” Problem

The fervor over the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision is starting to wane across social media, and the rainbow avatars are starting to fade. As such, it’s easy to forget about Facebook’s problem with how it treats some LGBT users. Today, Mark Zuckerberg made his first public statement on the issue, but he didn’t… » 6/30/15 6:35pm 6/30/15 6:35pm

Facebook Is Probably Tracking All Those Rainbow Profile Pictures

Friday’s Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage was a historic moment for civil rights in America, and for the first time ever, Facebook released a tool that encouraged people express solidarity with a rainbow profile picture. Naturally, Facebook is also keeping track of who’s using it. [Update: Facebook… » 6/29/15 6:05pm 6/29/15 6:05pm

Use Filta to Search the People You Follow on Twitter

If you’re looking for people with a specific set of skills or in a particular location then the list of folks you’re following on Twitter is a good place to start. Filta makes it easy for you to scour this list with a couple of clicks. It’s the kind of useful feature Twitter should have built into its apps by now. » 6/25/15 1:08pm 6/25/15 1:08pm

Hacker Drama Mr. Robot Is Scary, Paranoia-Inducing, and Awesome

If you could hack into an evil corporation’s bank account and shuffle its wealth to the 99%, would you? That’s the Anonymous-era quandary a young, brilliant hacker grapples with in the new USA drama, Mr. Robot, which premiers tonight at 10 p.m. I got a chance to hang out with the cast as they were filming in New York. » 6/24/15 10:02am 6/24/15 10:02am

Twitter's Secret Project Lightning Sounds a Bit Like Snapchat

Twitter has a secret. The microblogging service will soon release a “major new feature” called Project Lightning that will bring human-curated content based on live events to one user-friendly place. BuzzFeed’s Mat Honan recently got a sneak peek, and you know what? Project Lightning is kinda like Snapchat. » 6/18/15 12:20pm 6/18/15 12:20pm

A "No Harassing" Policy Won't Fix Reddit's Toxic Culture 

Every social network has a different personality, and Reddit has long been the leering uncle who occasionally gives you a pat on the back when you need it most and tells you where to buy weed. But Uncle Reddit is having a crisis of conscience. The site just introduced a new anti-harassment policy, following on the… » 5/14/15 3:20pm 5/14/15 3:20pm

Here’s What Baboons Can Teach Us About Social Media

“Birds of a feather flock together” is a saying that exists in a number of different languages. “Gambá cheira gambá” (opossums smell other opossums) in Brazilian Portuguese is a particularly colourful example. The reason is that like-minded people like to hang out together across many cultures. And it seems the same… » 5/14/15 5:30am 5/14/15 5:30am

A New Study From Facebook Reveals Just How Much It Filters What You See

A few years ago, I gave a talk about how algorithms and social media shape what we know. I focused on the dangers of the “filter bubble” — the personalized universe of information that makes it into our feed — and argued that news-filtering algorithms narrow what we know, surrounding us in information that tends to… » 5/07/15 4:00pm 5/07/15 4:00pm