This story landed in my lap after a colleague's 13-year-old came clean about using Ask.fm and the drama it was causing at her school. Turns out this Formspring clone, now with more than 57 million registered users, has infiltrated middle schools and high schools in the same way that Instagram and Snapchat have. A back-channel for after-school chitchat that can stay anonymous, the app often exacerbates offline dramas and has even been linked to a handful of teen suicides.
Google won't get most people to make G+ their primary social identity with flashy updates to the stream. But it can slowly convert them into active G+ users by making G+ the identity platform on Android. #io13
A good friend of mine has been extolling the virtues of G+ and I'm ready to see the light but I need some enlightenment. What, if anything, would you like me to post here? I don't want to just share my CNET stories, because that seems redundant. I could go on vegan tirades, but I tend to think that most people who follow me here do so because of my tech/social interests and coverage. So please advise. What can I share/discuss here that would be interesting to you? If no one responds, I'll take that as a message too. :)
I certainly will keep fighting it. If more people were educated to what our governments are doing to us the better. As a great saying suggests "The pen is mightier than the sword" or in this case the "internet is mightier than the sword". To many people suffer at the hands of a powerful few, but the people are always more powerful when united as one.
Foursquare or Yelp? Every time I try to use Foursquare to find a new place, I end up having to open Yelp too to get business hours, find if there's WiFi etc. These new search filters help a bit, but I just don't think Foursquare is ready to stand in for Yelp.
This year's winners are ... Cornelia I. Bargmann, David Botstein, Lewis C. Cantley, Hans Clevers, Napoleone Ferrara, Titia de Lange, Eric S. Lander, Charles L. Sawyers, Bert Vogelstein, Robert A. Weinberg, and Shinya Yamanaka
Right now I'm contemplating "social fitness" and whether it's an actual trend or a fleeting thing. Specifically, I'm talking about RunKeeper, Nike+, Endomondo, and other applications that people hook into their social networks to share milestones and get encouragement.
There seems to be some evidence to suggest that there's a positive correlation between fitness apps and social networks. For instance, when a person connects their Facebook account to RunKeeper, there is a 70% increase in the likelihood that they’ll go out for their first run, walk, or bike trip (according to Facebook).
If I explore a story here, I want it to be authentic. Do you use fitness apps? Do you get extra value out of sharing your activities with friends?
I use MapMyRun on an iPhone. I do like that it auto-posts the workout to Facebook (cause it's always fun to get kudos!), and I've noticed I push myself more when there's an 'audience' watching. I keep thinking "don't walk here, you'll look like a wimp". This is both an inspiration and a curse: I've pushed myself to the point of injury because I couldn't back down. Damn you ego!
Still, I highly recommend them. I'm always giving props to my friends who post their workouts.
Interesting M&A. Localmind launched at the height of the location-based movement and could have easily been forgotten, but it found itself a nice exit because it stayed small and focused on doing one thing well.