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You Shouldn’t Be Facebook Friends With Your Boss, Survey Says

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There are certain people it can be awkward to friend on Facebook. It’s not always the best idea to be friends with parents and coworkers on Facebook, but there seems to be a consensus that there is one person you should never friend-request: Your boss.

According to a survey of 722 people conducted by survey site SodaHead and anonymous feedback site YouTell, 81 percent say you should not be Facebook friends with your boss. Slightly more men than women said it was OK to friend your boss, and those age 25 to 34 (college-age kids when Facebook first appeared on campuses) were the most comfortable with the practice. A parallel survey that asked whether or not you should be Facebook friends with your co-workers was split: 55 percent said yes and 45 percent said no.


5 Tips for Dealing with Negativity on Your Blog

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It’s almost inevitable that as you become more well-known in the blogging world you will eventually have to deal with negative feedback. Whether it’s someone critiquing the way you write or the decisions you make, negative commenters are always lurking in the shadows waiting to strike. How you respond to these comments, however, is what can make or break you as a blogger. If you are the recipient of a negative comment, keep these five tips in mind before you respond:

  •  Remember that your blog is a public forum –  Before you let yourself get worked up over a comment that disagrees with you or is laced with negativity, remember that your blog is a public forum. It is the ability to express ideas – both that agree with you and disagree with you – that makes blogging such an attractive form of social media, so you don’t want to respond in a way that discourages others from interacting with you and other readers on your blog.


The Safety Concerns of Social Media

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English: Infographic on how Social Media are being used, and how everything is changed by them. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

People today are spending more time online and they are using social media as a way to stay connected and as a way to interact with the people around them. While social media has offered the world a great many benefits there are safety concerns that exist. The online sphere serves as a giant fishbowl. Anyone, at any time, can see into your online life and that fact prompts safety breaches. The threat becomes even more real for people who truly choose to put their entire life on the net; such as bloggers. These three issues are the biggest safety concerns brought about by the advent of social media.

1. Job Security and Legal Trouble

When you are traceable on the internet; like everyone using a social media network is, you open yourself up to scrutiny and if what is posted is embarrassing, illegal or troubling it can and will be used against you. 33% of all divorce proceedings, for example, contained the word “Facebook” in it. Lawyers, employers and even the government are using social networking sites to gather information about you. Thankfully this problem can be combated by keeping your social media sites private and knowing the people you add to your friend’s list. Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t want attached to you in person.

2. Making it Easier for Criminals

The social media sphere is the perfect playground for criminals because it allows them the option to check out someone without being seen or noticed. Bloggers are especially transparent so it makes it even easier for a criminal to use information about the person for nefarious reasons. For example, each day millions of people post about their life events and make it known to the public at large when they will or will not be home. They also post data that give criminals an in to their personal identity. A burglar in the area could easily surf social media for an hour a day and find people who are vacationing, getting married, or otherwise away from their home for a period of time. This is an easy in for anyone looking for a safe target to burglarize. 


Where Tweets Are Born: The Top Countries On Twitter

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twitter logo map 09 (Photo credit: The Next Web)

Call it the United States of Tweets.

According to a study by the Oxford Internet Institute that examined which countries use Twitter the most, citizens in the U.S. interact with Twitter more than any other country, followed by Brazil, Indonesia, and the United Kingdom.

“The six largest countries in terms of information production through Twitter are: (1) the United States, (2) Brazil, (3) Indonesia, (4) the United Kingdom, (5) Mexico, and (6) Malaysia,” the Oxford Internet Institute wrote in its report. ”It is interesting to note that only two of the countries on that list are in the Global North and are traditional hubs of the production of codified knowledge.”

The researchers created a chart to illustrate which countries tweet most frequently, with more active nations getting a large portion of space on the “map.” Countries with darker shaded blocks also have a higher percentage of internet users, giving them higher “Twitter penetration.” (See the chart here)


Google’s Latest Social Networking Attempt Is A Big Failure

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The technology has got advanced to a great extent, even; social networking phones are running on a fuel cell. But the main competition is in the field of social media network of goggle. There have been a lot of speculations that users made regarding Google’s social network known as Google Plus. With its rapid growth which surpassed other networks by 25 million in just a month, by far surpassing the growth of huge social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter have achieved in their past years, it has shocked the entire online community and has even posed as a threat for the existing social media giants. However, true the figure is, it is still not enough. Google+ was still unable to draw in a huge number of followings and keep them intact in the network unlike what its giant competitors did. Google+ indeed has some unique features such as their “Hangouts” feature and other video conferencing tools which can’t be seen within any other social networks. In fact, these are truly impressive but the point here is how come that Google’s latest social networking attempt is a big failure?

By’s Social Networking Experiment

Microsoft, the software giant better known for enterprise productivity software and Excel spreadsheets, is forging into territory more commonly reserved for bootstrapping Silicon Valley startups: social media.

Microsoft’s two-month old, a hybrid social network and search engine, marks the company’s latest attempt to get cozy with consumers and move beyond the boardroom, an effort that has ensnared Microsoft in multiple battles with tech behemoths such as Apple and Google.

Microsoft is careful to cast as a research experiment, not a full-on assault against the likes of Facebook and Twitter.