Whenever you feel like escaping the grasp of teenage drama that pervades every corner of social networks–from Facebook to Twitter to especially Tumblr–you can always head over to LinkedIn, where adults are doing adult-like things like updating their job profiles with self-serious descriptions and posting links to stories about How to Be a Better Manager.
But beginning in September, that will all change. No longer will there be a single sliver of the Internet that is safe from Youths.
Poor Salman Rushdie: there seems to be a social networking fatwa against his digital presence. First there was that incident where he tried to claim his Twitter handle, only to find out there was someone already squatting on @salmanrushdie. Humiliated, the Satanic Verses author was forced to claim @salmanrushdie1 until he gained enough support to push out the faker and reign over his rightful tweets.
To add insult to injury, Facebook deactivated his account yesterday, thinking he was an imposter. Then they refused to let him back under the name “Salman Rushdie.”
Back in 2003, at the tender of age of 19, Mark Zuckerberg created a Friendster profile listing a few of his favorite things in life: coding, asian girls, quoting Top Gun.
Ryan Tate over at Valleywag found this little gem, noting that it seems more legitimate than several other Mark Zuckerberg profiles on Read More
On April 15, 2009, the @tombrokaw account sent out the following tweet: “White House says Obama ‘unaware’ of tea parties! LOL!”
This contains vital information, yes, but @tombrokaw has nothing to do with the real Tom Brokaw, the NBC news lifer. The real Tom Brokaw, it turns out, has no Twitter account and Read More
Malcolm Gladwell is sick and tired of hearing about the way social media will change the world for the better. In a lengthy article this week comparing online activism to the Civil Rights movement, The New Yorker scribe belittles Web 2.0′s importance as a tool for social change. “A networked, weak-tie world is Read More
A general rule about social networks is that they succeed by opening up to more and more people. It’s a classic case of the network effect, where each user increases the value of the service exponentially. But NYC based Fabulis, a social network aimed exclusively at gay men, seems to be bucking that Read More