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How to Stop Google, Facebook and Twitter From Tracking You

On the Internet, every site you visit is recorded. There are tools to help block this act, but what does it really mean to be tracked on the Web? And what types of information do companies have about you?
Tools by Disconnect literally “disconnect” you from Facebook, Google and Twitter so that these major sites don’t keep track of your browsing…

Why Instagram Images Will Take on a Sense of Permanence

Flickr is a photographic world all its own, so one would think that the photos posted there would be unique to the site itself. But one glance at the “all time most popular tags” page shows otherwise. Among the more obviously popular photographic tags, such as canon and nikon and the always visible wedding tag, one’s eye moves to the tags…

How Photographs on Instagram Differ From Flickr

The very nature of mobile-sharing apps has changed the types of imagery that people upload. There is also an added on-the-move life-streaming nature to the whole thing. Photos found on the flowing Instagram news feed don’t look like the ones you might come across on Flickr.
Instagram is a community conducive to likes and comments, whereas Flickr…

Why Apple’s WWDC 2012 Conference Sold Out Again – in Just 2 Hours

Tickets to Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) sold out in a record two hours this morning. The conference will be held in San Francisco from June 11-15.
“Sorry, tickets are sold out,” the site says. It explains that Apple will post videos of the sessions shortly after the conference, making it available to the Internet public at large…

How Posting Photos of Kids Alters Perceptions of Memory

The digital age is redefining the idea of memories. The line between public and private is constantly blurring, and digitally native parents are claiming their kids’ brands at an early age.
What impact does posting images to social networks have on a child’s future perception of their own childhood memories? The idea of memory is evolving and…

How Instagram Imagery Is Transforming

In the world of social media, “celebrity” is a combination of social status and social media presence. The more likes you receive, the more “popular” you appear to friends and followers.
Up until its acquisition by Facebook, Instagram was the current site of social media celebrity. As it becomes yet another Facebook app, the photography will…

Here’s Another Fast-Growing Social Network: Goodreads

Goodreads is a social reading site that’s easily pushing 20 million unique visitors per month. It’s not talked about in the same way as the über-addictive social networking darling du jour, Pinterest, where users come, pin and leave. There are other, far more intriguing reasons why Goodreads is quietly building and growing a smart, devoted…

3 More Free Drawing Apps for Kids

Like paper coloring books, iPhone and iPad apps cost money. It’s always fun to have the newest, shiniest app in the App Store – but those come with a price. Oftentimes they cost something, and they may not always ring true with your kid. Buying too many apps can add up, making for an unhappy dent on a parent’s credit card bill. So what’s a parent…

Posting Photos of Your Kids on Facebook: The Realities

On the Internet, it really does start at conception.

Kids born today are live on social networks before they know their names or their body parts. Open your Facebook account, and at the top of the news feed is an image of two proud parents at the hospital with their newborn baby. Scroll down a bit, and there’s an ultrasound of another friend’s…

Twitter Announces Patent Agreement Where Employees Control IP

Today Twitter announced its new Innovator’s Patent Agreement (IPA), which will give its engineers and designers control over the patents they create.

This is a dramatic break from the current approach in Silicon Valley, where companies take full control of patents and can then sell them or use them in lawsuits. “With the IPA, employees can be…

Top 3 Drawing Apps for Young Kids

Learning to draw with your finger isn’t about fingerpaints anymore. It’s not about hands, either. It’s about the smartphone that you keep in your pocket, and give to your kid when they want to get creative. ReadWriteWeb surveyed three apps for children ages 5-6 that give them an opportunity to try and learn how to draw inside the lines, and to…

Doink: Could This Animation App be the Next Instagram?

DoinkExpress is an odd-sounding term for a mobile social network based entirely around short-form animations, but we’ll go with it. Designed for users ages 12 and older, the Doink Express iPhone/iPad/iPod app adds a social component to the solitary practice of animating short clips for the Web, otherwise known as “doinks.”

Calling the mini…

Top 5 TEDxTeen Talks

Not every teenager sits around, texting endlessly and at all the wrong times, causing their parents to worry about a possible addiction to technology. Some of them give TED talks in their spare time.

How will we talk about feminism? What does it mean to “fail,” and why shouldn’t we fail better? What is love? Why isn’t America investing in young…

8 Things Instagram Did Right

With its billion-dollar sale to Facebook, Instagram instantly became the latest poster child for startup success. In just 551 days, the photo-sharing mobile app zoomed from zero to 30 million-odd users, and 10 million U.S. visits by March 2012, up 1000% since December 2011. Its valuation outstrips that of the 116-year-old New York Times.

An…

15 Clever Responses to Facebook Buying Instagram

By now you’ve heard the news. Earlier today Facebook announced it had acquired Instagram for a meaty sum of $1 billion. We’ve written about who the sale is really about (it’s the investors) and how to get some more followers. But what does the Twitterverse say about this? Here are a few insightful tweets about this whole shabang. Read on.

How to Stop Teens from Texting at “All The Wrong Times”

When I was a teenager, I passed notes in class. My best friend and I drew intricate comics of our teachers, folded them up and brushed each others’ hands as we shared from desk to desk. I also doodled in class, and as a result my entire yellow folder was covered in scribbles and song lyrics and random patterns. Yet I remember being able to listen…

Why It’s Better to Win the Twitter Lottery

Grab a crinkled $5 bill out of the piggy bank and rush to your neighborhood 7-Eleven. Throw it down on the counter, and tell the cashier what kind of lottery ticket you want. In that moment, you’re choosing to ignore the fact that you most likely will be throwing away that Abraham Lincoln. But in the moment of slamming cash down onto the counter…

Pin Me Up, Pornterest

Pinterest is now the number three social networking site, according to new data from Experian. Like Facebook and Twitter before it, Pinterest created a social network complete with a verb particular to the site itself: Pinning. Nowhere else on the social Web can you “pin” content – except, of course, on Pinterest knock-off type sites, or on sites…