Twitter Now Lets Any Follower Send You Direct Messages If You Want

Twitter is changing the way direct messages work. In the past, Twitter required two people to follow each other for direct messages to be exchanged in either direction; now, users have the option to change settings so that any of their followers can send them a direct message, without having to follow them back. » 10/15/13 6:09am 10/15/13 6:09am

Socially Networked Bacteria Isn't as Scary as It Sounds

It's safe to say that anytime bacteria develops human-like traits, we should be startled. We've long known that the tiny little critters have ways of smelling and tasting, and then earlier this year, we learned about their simplistic economics system. Now, scientists have learned that they use social networks, too. » 7/24/13 3:40pm 7/24/13 3:40pm

The Army's Insurgent Tracking Software Is Now Being Used to Track Gangs

We all know that social media is the criminal's worst enemy. But this summer, a group of researchers are collaborating with police to test software that can reliably predict whether a person is part of a gang based on their social networks, building on similar software used to track insurgents in Afghanistan. » 7/07/13 5:19pm 7/07/13 5:19pm

How Nextdoor and NYC Will Pioneer Socially Networked Crime Fighting

Can you imagine what it would be like to report crimes via Facebook or call for a fire truck through Twitter? It would be pretty convenient, right? None of that scary "Call 911!" business. No ambling down to the precinct to fill out paperwork. No need to leave your living room at all, actually. It would be equivalent… » 6/14/13 10:06am 6/14/13 10:06am

This Facebook Musical Song Explains Our Addiction to Facebook

Here's the truth: you're embarrassed by how much you use Facebook. You color your phrases about Facebook like you're not on it that much. You pretend you didn't see updates on Facebook when you really saw them the second they were posted. You hate saying you heard about something when really you read it on Facebook.… » 6/04/13 1:00am 6/04/13 1:00am

Social Networks Make You Feel Like You're Missing Everything

In theory, social networks are supposed to make you feel closer to everybody. Oh, look! Jim is driving a tractor on Instagram. Wow, Sarah just invited me to her baby shower on Facebook. But the truth is, social networks do a really good job at making you feel left out too. Wait... why did my friends all check-in at… » 5/20/13 8:16pm 5/20/13 8:16pm