The Next Social Network is Private Messaging

Today we already see that private messaging, ephemeral stories, and small groups are by far the fastest growing areas of online communication. There are a number of reasons for this. Many people prefer the intimacy of communicating one-on-one or with just a few friends. People are more cautious of having a permanent record of what … Continue reading The Next Social Network is Private Messaging

The Apps You Should Really Be Concerned About with Your Privacy

After examining maps showing the locations extracted by their apps, Ms. Lee, the nurse, and Ms. Magrin, the teacher, immediately limited what data those apps could get. Ms. Lee said she told the other operating-room nurses to do the same.“I went through all their phones and just told them: ‘You have to turn this off. … Continue reading The Apps You Should Really Be Concerned About with Your Privacy

The dangers of thinking “They’ll get it because they’re young”

So very true despite the stereotypes (spoken as a former college / high school / middle school teacher turned tech consultant). Parents have a big burden to bear in helping their young and old children make wise decisions about how and why to use the web. Just assuming "they'll get it because they're young" is … Continue reading The dangers of thinking “They’ll get it because they’re young”

Pokemon Go snatches all of your Google data

By signing up to play Pokemon Go through Google, many iOS users have unknowingly exposed all of their emails, chats, calendars, documents and more to the game’s developer and third-parties. Source: Pokemon Go catches all your Google data (here’s how to stop it) | Cult of Mac I've been thinking a good deal about this … Continue reading Pokemon Go snatches all of your Google data

Young People, Old People, and the Monkeysphere

  "Today, however, the newest data increasingly support the idea that young people are actually transitioning out of using what we might term broadcast social media – like Facebook and Twitter – and switching instead to using narrowcast tools – like Messenger or Snapchat. Instead of posting generic and sanitized updates for all to see, … Continue reading Young People, Old People, and the Monkeysphere

Visualizing Who Is Tracking You On the Web

Granted, you have to use Firefox for this plugin, but after a morning of doing my daily work routine I found this rather astonishing and revealing about the depth of the tracking being done on the web today... Using interactive visualizations, Lightbeam enables you to see the first and third party sites you interact with … Continue reading Visualizing Who Is Tracking You On the Web

Don’t Get Borked by Your Netflix Viewing

What fiscal cliff? Now we've got Netflix frictionless social sharing thanks to Congress! Your Netflix rental data: coming to a Facebook timeline near you soon | Media | guardian.co.uk: "We are pleased that the Senate moved so quickly after the House,' a Netflix spokesperson told Talking Points Memo on Wednesday. 'We plan to introduce social … Continue reading Don’t Get Borked by Your Netflix Viewing