Slingshot's Designers Say You're Using It Wrong

Facebook's new app, Slingshot, is confusing. The premise behind it is that you can send images to your friends—but they won't be able to see your image until they send one back to you. As a messaging service, it's flawed. But, according to the app's designers, it's not a messaging service. It's something entirely… » 6/23/14 4:00pm 6/23/14 4:00pm

The British Government Just Set a Dangerous Precedent for Online Spying

Today, the British government revealed its justification for surveilling its citizens' every move on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks. UK citizens communicating using the aforementioned services are considered to be using "external communications," as the companies are not based in the UK. It's a… » 6/17/14 7:20pm 6/17/14 7:20pm

Should You Go to Jail For Making Threats on Facebook?

The Supreme Court announced that it will hear the appeal of Anthony Elonis, a man convicted and sentenced to nearly four years in federal prison for making threats over Facebook—threats that were often in the form of rap lyrics—according to The Morning Call, the local newspaper covering the case. » 6/17/14 12:20pm 6/17/14 12:20pm

TweetDeck Tips and Tricks To Master All Things Twitter

One of our favorite Twitter clients is so good that Twitter itself bought it in 2011. With real-time scrolling, advanced filtering options, and a host of useful features, TweetDeck is the obvious choice for anyone who wants to take Twitter seriously. Here's how to make sure you're getting the most out of it. » 6/01/14 9:28am 6/01/14 9:28am

Hackers Created a Fake News Site to Friend US Officials on Facebook

The extent to which hackers think up elaborate schemes to win people's trust online never ceases to amaze. The latest ones to be so bold are a crew of Iranian hackers who won the trust of American leaders by building a fake news site, along with phony social media profiles for all its fake writers.And it worked. » 5/29/14 12:35pm 5/29/14 12:35pm

Using Twitter, Flickr, and More To Crowdsource a Wildlife Timelapse

In September of 2013, a giant wildfire dubbed the "Morgan Fire" burned through Mount Diablo State Park in California. It left thousands of acres of bush and forest charred, but researchers at URS have embraced the opportunity to study how the local ecosystem responds and recovers from the disaster, using crowdsourced… » 5/19/14 4:00pm 5/19/14 4:00pm

Vine's Website Turned Into a Massive Searchable Library of Tiny Vids

Vine, Twitter's six-second looping video app, just pushed another big update to its website, and it looks strangely familiar. It's got playlists, channels, trending tags, and a "popular now" curated feed. And you no longer have to be a Vine user to use it. In short, it looks a hell of a lot like YouTube, packed to the… » 5/01/14 3:20pm 5/01/14 3:20pm

It's Time to Ditch Facebook and Start Over

Most of us have had Facebook accounts for the past few years, if not a decade. But time and bloat have turned once-beloved font of nostalgia into an onslaught of faux-sentimental sludge from strangers. So as Facebook stands poised to break itself into a bunch of different apps, we say to you: Screw it. It's time to… » 4/18/14 10:00am 4/18/14 10:00am