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How We Are Blurring Public & Private Memories

How We Are Blurring Public & Private Memories

1000memories.com released its Shoebox Facebook app in January of this year, giving Facebook users the opportunity to scan old photos from the past and post them to their profiles. This update happened around the same time as the rollout of Facebook Timeline, yet another tool for looking at and examining your “Facebook past.” Many opted to clean…

Top 5 Facebook Privacy Tips

Top 5 Facebook Privacy Tips

Frequent Facebook users have a love-hate relationship with the world’s largest social network. It’s hard not to worry about how Facebook is using the information we so freely feed it, yet the platform itself is so fun and enjoyable to use, oftentimes it’s easier to overlook the bigger privacy picture for in-the-moment fun. Parents share images of…

How Preteens Use Web Apps to Collaborate

How Preteens Use Web Apps to Collaborate

Teenagers aren’t the only ones on the Internet. Preteens, which we are classifying as kids ages 9-12, are growing up with easy access to smartphones, tablets and, most importantly, the Internet. Preteens can loosely be categorized as Generation *C*, which means they’re using the Internet and apps to create, collaborate and communicate.

“I’m seeing…

How Parents Can Help Their Preteens Navigate the Social Web

How Parents Can Help Their Preteens Navigate the Social Web

Every day the Internet is becoming a more ingrained part of preteens’ lives, especially preteens who haven’t yet hit Facebook’s 13-years-old age requirement. How can parents get an idea of what their kids are doing online while still engendering an environment of love and trust? Much of this relies on parents being open with kids about types of…

5 Ways to Keep Your Google Browsing Private

5 Ways to Keep Your Google Browsing Private

Google’s one unified privacy policy went into effect on March 1. The new privacy policy makes it easier for Google to bring user data across its services, but the actual privacy preferences remained unchanged. Google has integrated search, email, YouTube, social and work. The few exceptions to the unified privacy policy include Books, Chrome and…

Why Instagram is the New Camera

Why Instagram is the New Camera

It’s the moment all Android users have been waiting for: Instagram is now available on Android. Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom has been hinting at the making of an Instagram Android app, calling it a “major priority” for the Instagram team. Up until today, Instagram has only been available on iOS.

Instagram launched in October 2010, growing to 1…

NED Talks: How TED Talks Simplify Ideas

NED Talks: How TED Talks Simplify Ideas

Who doesn’t at least like TED Talks, the “Technology, Entertainment and Design” conference that aims to smarten us up without asking us to work very hard? We sit at our computers, watch someone give an 18-minute-long talk, and believe that we are rapidly learning and understanding complex ideas. This is much better than wasting time pinning cat…

The Future of Photo-Sharing Apps

The Future of Photo-Sharing Apps

The tiny Instagram app grew to a gigantic 27 million users during its first year in the App Store. It has inspired real-life Instameet-ups, Instagram art shows and a community based on love for the image, where users can post and receive feedback from other visual thinkers. Instagrams are not only the new Polaroids when it comes to party pics…

The Social Network for Creatives, by Creatives

The Social Network for Creatives, by Creatives

The Creative Finder is a site from the creators of popular daily creativity and innovation news site, designtaxi.com. Around since 2009, the site dubs itself as a global search engine for creatives, aiming to connect people for business, networking or just collaboration. Creator Alex Goh just launched a new edition of the site, which not only…

How to Monitor Your Facebook Network

How to Monitor Your Facebook Network

We have truly entered a social-networked monitoring society. So keep an eye on your Facebook friends.

In 2009, Zuckerberg declared the age of privacy over. By making Facebook user information public by default, he really did mean it. He later backpedaled and removed the default public-facing status update, but the age of privacy was dead long…

KidReports Shows You What Your Kids Do When You’re Away

KidReports Shows You What Your Kids Do When You’re Away

It’s the middle of the afternoon, and you have a sudden pang in your side. What is my two-year-old doing right now?, you wonder. You want to know, but you don’t want to be one of those annoying parents who phone the daycare facility every hour. And really, you’re busy – you don’t want to know every single thing the kid does.

In our always-on…

Erasing the Internet, One Site at a Time

Erasing the Internet, One Site at a Time

Site by site, you now have the power to erase the entire Internet. Now just figure out where you want to start.

Erasey Page, a new Web-based project conceived by artist Jillian Mayer in collaboration with Eric Cade Schoenborn, ask Internet users to take back their lives by erasing the Net, one site at a time. At first glance, this feels like just…

Why Kickstarter Outfunding the NEA Isn’t a Good Thing

Why Kickstarter Outfunding the NEA Isn’t a Good Thing

The Internet had mixed reactions to last month’s news that Kickstarter was on track to outfund the National Endowment for the Arts. On the one hand, this was great news for artists and creative people who wanted to fund a seemingly obscure or perhaps controversial art project that their friends would probably get behind. Yet others weren’t so…

Pay With Square, and You Hardly Have to Interact at All

Pay With Square, and You Hardly Have to Interact at All

Square updated its “pay by saying your name” app Card Case, simply renaming it Pay With Square. What’s more interesting is the photo feature: If a customer turns on the auto-open tab, which shows location, merchants will be able to see how close the customer is before they even step into the store. Pay With Square is also expanding its geofencing…

Keep Your Facebook Friends Close and Your Facebook Enemies Closer

Keep Your Facebook Friends Close and Your Facebook Enemies Closer

The adage says: “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” And that’s exactly what the creators of EnemyGraph had in mind. It’s an application that allows users to list their “enemies,” whether these are ideological enemies of your mind, Facebook friends, pages or even groups. Hate a politician? Name that person as an enemy on EnemyGraph…

Disney Animal Kingdom Explorers is a Beautiful Deception

Disney Animal Kingdom Explorers is a Beautiful Deception

Disney is a household name in America. The corporation has its hands in everything, from film, video, theme parks, television, toys and other products, Disney is one of the main manufacturers of American pop culture. Yet its history of cold war propaganda, union-busting, exploitation of sweatshop workers and racist, sexist and homophobic imagery…

How Cowbird Transforms Storytelling on the Web

How Cowbird Transforms Storytelling on the Web

Cowbird.com creates a space for those personal stories that you don’t want to post as status updates on Facebook, tweets or blog posts. The site, a storytellers social network, didn’t set out to become what it is today. Rather, it began as an experimental project by artist Jonathan Harris on his 30th birthday. Harris started posting photos that…

Demanding Facebook Users’ Passwords Violates Consent

Demanding Facebook Users’ Passwords Violates Consent

In moments of heightened emotions, teenagers share their passwords. It’s the next logical intimate step, right? If they’re already posting intimate feelings, sending lovey-dovey Facebook messages and texting secrets. According to one study, Facebook users may already be acting like adolescents. And now bully employers want to catch their…

[STUDY] The Web vs. App Battle Continues

[STUDY] The Web vs. App Battle Continues

The 2010 Wired story “The Web is Dead. Long Live the Internet,” is the starting point for a new Pew report entitled “The Future of Apps and Web.” The report focuses on the where information consumption and distribution in the digital era are going. The shift from an open Web to closed apps suggests capitalism at work: “The story of industrial…

Welcome to the Internet’s GIF-Only Social Network

Welcome to the Internet’s GIF-Only Social Network

Gifpumper.com lives in an odd space, somewhere between social network, Second Life and a massive Tumblr stream. Developed by Eyebeam resident Slava Balasanov, Gifpumper.com allows users to create three-dimensional pages of two-dimensional elements, including text, images, video and music. Find them on the Internet, drop ’em in, and rotate them on…