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  • RearWindow1

    Shoto wants to make photo sharing more private

    I have more than 1,000 photos on my phone, each organized temporally starting with my first photo in 2007 (a nice shot of my mother) up until my most recent one this morning (a tasty egg I cooked). If I’m bored it’s fun to take a stroll down memory lane and see the first few that I snapped, but other than those fleeting moments I rarely interact with my phone album unless I’m uploading a photo to Instagram or Facebook.…
  • hallie002

    The time is ripe for a new wave of niche social networks

    Are you fed up seeing pictures of your fishermen friends posing with their catches on Facebook, gardening friends showing off their award-winning roses, and another bird from your birdwatching friend? This could be a very long list. But just hold out. That is all soon going to go away. And if you’re like me you won’t miss it. There are two reasons that these sorts of self-promotional posts will soon cease to be. First of all, you are not as excited…
  • fancred

    A sports social network that wants to take on Twitter pockets $1.5M in seed money

    Each major league baseball team in the US plays 162 games a season. NBA basketball teams play 82 games a season, as do the NHL hockey teams. The number is 16 for NFL teams, and 34 for major league soccer games. That’s to say nothing of college and high-school sports in all the same categories. ESPN has six TV channels. Ever taken a taxi? Then you’ve heard sports talk radio. If there’s one thing that foreigners must know about Americans,…
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    Protection against the Dark Arts: Ways to better control social content

    Even before it became known that the NSA was tracking citizens’ online movements, Web users have been looking for ways to control the information they disseminate online. Since Instragram’s controversy over its updated terms of service, people have been looking for ways to share information online while not handing it over to third parties. But, in this age where the federal government collects heaps of metadata about damn near anyone, is it even possible to know…
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    You can’t quit social networks. Get used to it

    It seems like every week there’s a new study or article published bemoaning our hyper-networked existence. Social media, and Facebook in particular, makes us lonely, fuels FOMO (fear of missing out), and turns our lives into continuous digital highlight reels. In many ways, the pendulum of digital connection has swung out too far. We’re realizing just how much time we spend watching the lives of others scroll by and we’re exhausted by the demands of being “always on.” How bad…
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    Comparing Snapchat’s new feature to Facebook misses the point (once again)

    Snapchat has launched a significant new product update today called “Stories.” It allows users to stitch their snaps together into a broader story of their day that’s also immediate and ephemeral but in a different way. You can watch a story over and over again, but it only spans 24 hours. It immediately opens up new ways for celebrities and brands to play within Snapchat’s framework, while also providing something new and cool to keep its notoriously fickle young…
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    Twitter spreads its wings

    Startups are expected to become corporate behemoths that lead a variety of markets. That’s why they’re called “startups” instead of “small businesses” and are able to raise millions of dollars before turning a profit. They start as itty-bitty companies that do one thing well and, assuming they survive, become sprawling companies that do seemingly everything. Google started as a search company, Facebook was a glorified yearbook, and Amazon used to be an online books seller. Now they’re all large, multi-market…
  • Zuckerbot

    What in the world is a social network?

    You’d think it would be easy to identify a social network. They’re the websites that allow people to pretend that their lives can be crammed into profile pages and messages. The services that encourage people to spend increasing amounts of time within their ecosystems so they can appease the media, advertisers, and other institutions that wish to know everything about everyone. The companies whose main products, despite every announcement or update, are the people who visit their websites or launch…
  • Anonymous

    Identity evangelist: Burner gets $2M to help consumers reclaim control of their mobile communications

    Welcome to the privacy era. Perhaps it’s a response to the ubiquity of Facebook, but the pendulum appears to have swung in the direction of anonymity and pseudonymity online. Look no further than the explosion of Snapchat and Whisper, two social services that allow users to post content without the fear of judgement or adverse consequences – both of which, incidentally, happen to be LA-based startups. Ad Hoc Labs, another Los Angeles company looking to help mobile users…
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    New-look Causes ditches Facebook app in search of social network for social good

    Six years after it was founded and touted as one of the leading new Facebook apps, campaigns platform Causes is pivoting, repurposing itself as a standalone social network for social good in which people and brands can meet to raise money for things they care about. Causes was once the great hope of the early apps built for the Facebook Platform, which, if you stretch your mind back to 2007, was originally envisaged as an app ecosystem that would serve…
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    Screw virality! Antisocial networks are on the rise

    I’ve compared Mark Zuckerberg to Bill Gates before. It’s both a flattering and unflattering comparison. The parallels aren’t perfect, but both men have built huge and defensible businesses by commanding monopoly-like positions in our digital lives. Microsoft controlled the desktop, and Facebook, like it or not, is the world’s best social graph. It won social the way Google won search. Google+ isn’t pulling an Android-like spoiler. It’s done. But as we all know, just because it’s comprehensive, doesn’t mean…

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