Teens Are Turning Away from Facebook Because Tumblr Is Real, and Parent-Free – J.K. Trotter – The Atlantic Wire


The Atlantic Wire bills itself as “what matters now,” but where have they been? This is old news to participants. However, I like to see this empirically established by Pew.

Teenagers really are over Facebook. In February the social network warned investors that “our younger users … are aware of and actively engaging with other products and services similar to, or as a substitute for, Facebook.” And in April the investment bank Piper Jaffray reported that products and services like Tumblr and Twitter were further eroding Facebooks dominance among the Justin Bieber set. But why? In a deep report published on Tuesday, Pew Research explains that teenagers departing the social networks blue confines are looking for something more… real. More authentic. Which, ironically, was the initial draw of Facebook, one of the first social networks to require real names.

via Teens Are Turning Away from Facebook Because Tumblr Is Real, and Parent-Free – J.K. Trotter – The Atlantic Wire.

But yeah, scratch a Tumblog, and you’ll find an angst-ridden, geeky, anime fangirl/boy taking refuge in pseudonymity.

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Twitter Hacked; Company Says 250K Users May Have Been Affected | Threat Level | Wired.com


For your information.

Following a string of revelations this week from several media companies who announced they had been recently hacked, Twitter announced on Friday that it had also been the target of a sophisticated attack.The company wrote in a blog post ironically titled “Keeping our users secure” that it detected unusual patterns this week that led it to identify attempts to access user data.“We discovered one live attack and were able to shut it down in process moments later,” wrote Bob Lord, Twitter’s director of information security. “However, our investigation has thus far indicated that the attackers may have had access to limited user information — usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords — for approximately 250,000 users.”

via Twitter Hacked; Company Says 250K Users May Have Been Affected | Threat Level | Wired.com.

Social Media Death


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This would make an interesting topic in thanatology circles.

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Twitter co-founders seek to shake up Web publishing with Medium | Macworld


Medium

I’ve checked it out and I don’t get it, and I am a quick study. See if your mileage may vary.

Twitter co-founders and former Blogger leaders Evan Williams and Biz Stone have unveiled a preview of Medium, which they describe as a new Web publishing platform.

 

With Medium, they aim to inject a dose of collaboration into Web publishing and distance it from print publishing practices. They also want to raise the quality of content.

“When you consider we’ve been publishing on paper for over 500 years and on the Internet for only a couple decades, it’s no surprise we haven’t figured it all out. It’s still early days,” Williams wrote in a blog post.

 

Medium, developed at Obvious, the pair’s newest company, is an attempt to re-imagine and rethink Web publishing from scratch with the knowledge and experience they have accumulated since Blogger’s launch in 1999.

 

via Twitter co-founders seek to shake up Web publishing with Medium | Macworld.

Twitter Won’t Hand Over Data on Occupy Wall Street Protester


As these tweets were already publicly available, it appears this request was mainly for the purposes of intimidation.

Barely two weeks after the New York District Attorney asked Twitter to hand over data about an Occupy Wall Street protester, the company says it will not comply with the request, at least for the time being.

The D.A.’s office had sent a subpoena to the microblogging service’s headquarters seeking information about the account belonging to Jeffrey Rae, one of several hundred activists arrested during an Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York on March 1.

via Twitter Won’t Hand Over Data on Occupy Wall Street Protester.

The Pentagon Is Now Following You On Twitter | KOSU Radio


This may be old news, but CyberTribe, what do you think of this development?

Filed by KOSU News in US News.

August 11, 2009

As the Pentagon warns of the security risks posed by social networking sites, newly released government documents show the military also uses these Internet tools to monitor and react to coverage of high-profile events.

The Air Force tracked online messaging service Twitter, video-sharing site YouTube and various blogs to assess the huge public backlash to the Air Force One flyover of the Statue of Liberty this spring, according to the documents.

And while the attempts at damage control failed — “No positive spin is possible,” one PowerPoint chart reads — the episode opens a window into the tactics for operating in a boundless digital news cycle.

via The Pentagon Is Now Following You On Twitter | KOSU Radio.