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Turn Your Friends Into Stock With Empire Avenue's Social Game

Social networking is a numbers game. Not only do you try to get the "right" amount of friends on Facebook and a good follower/followed ratio on Twitter, but it's all about wielding some social currency: who knows whom, where you get invited, if you'll get the scoop on the latest celeb death. Nowadays, social networking is quantifying the power of your friendships. But talking analytics will ...

Greenpeace Has Issues With Facebook's New Coal-Powered Data Center

According to officials at Greenpeace, Facebook needs to change its environmentally unfriendly ways. As the AP reports, more than 500,000 users have joined Greenpeace-sponsored groups calling for the social network to use renewable energy to power its new U.S. data center. On Wednesday, Greenpeace International Executive Director Kumi Naidoo sent a letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, reminding him that ...

John McCain Is Senate's Foremost 'Twitter Genius,' Study Finds

He may be older than dust, but, make no mistake about it, John McCain is a certified "Twitter Genius." According to a recent study (PDF) conducted by researchers from George Washington University and New York University, the 73-year-old Arizona Senator ranks at the very top of the U.S. Senate's "Twitter Geniuses." The academics came to their conclusion after calculating every Senator's "Digital I...

Florida Teachers Barred from Friending Students on Facebook

School officials in Lee County, Florida have issued a new set of guidelines for the upcoming academic year. This go-round, they're cracking down on Facebook. As the AFP reports, the newly published protocol explicitly warns district teachers against interacting with their students via social networking sites, in order to avoid the kinds of legal or professional pitfalls that have plagued so ma...

Twitter Tweet Buttons Launching This Week

Expect sharing links on Twitter to become a lot easier this week, with the launch of a new, "official" tweet button. The Twitter-approved button allows users to easily retweet articles, and also features a counter that keeps track of how many other users have tweeted a given URL. The button, which comes in three different versions (110×20, 55×20, 55×63), consists of a single ...

Facebook Hits 500 Million User Mark, Next Stop: 1 Billion

A lot of backs are getting patted over at Facebook headquarters today, as the social network has just passed the vaunted 500 million user mark. It's certainly an incredible milestone, and one that would make most mere mortals ecstatic. According to cyborg CEO Mark Zuckerberg, though, numbers don't really matter. As he explains (in a profoundly creepy cadence), Facebook is much more interested in ...

Feds Bust Social Network for Child Porn Collectors

Niche social networking sites are a dime a dozen these days. If you've got an interest, chances are you can find a social network dedicated to it. Apparently, that even extends to disturbing and illegal hobbies, like collecting child pornography. Working in conjunction with local police departments, federal prosecutors have broken up one such network, leading to the arrests of more than 50 people ...

Canadian Woman Gets Fired via Facebook

By now, we've seen plenty of people fired thanks to their online antics on social networks like MySpace or Facebook, but this latest story takes that idea and puts something of a twist on it. According to Canwest News Service, Crystal Bell was a worker at a Canadian spa who logged in to Facebook one morning back in November before heading to work. She had a message waiting in her inbox from her...

Social Networks More Popular than E-Mail, Nielsen Says

We've already seen predictions of social networks like Facebook or MySpace killing our television networks, but now we have some numbers that indicate the things might just kill our e-mail addresses too. According to a Nielsen Online study following Internet usage patterns in 2008, 66.8-percent of Internet users accessed some social network or another, while 65.1-percent used e-mail. So, for the f...

21 Places to Go When You're Sick of Facebook

Remember the days before MySpace, Facebook, and the like, when online social networking was considered kind of odd? Now that everyone from kindergartners to grandmas have online profiles, these Web sites are officially part of our reality. Obviously, MySpace and Facebook aren't for everyone, so where can you go for your online mingling? As it turns out, there are Web communities that cater to ...

REM to Release New Album a Week Early On iLike

Yesterday, R.E.M. announced plans to release the new "Accelerate" album -- the band's 14th studio release -- on the online music sharing service iLike. On March 24th, all 11 tracks -- along with a video introduction and discussion -- will be made available in their entirety on iLike in streaming form. The iLike music and social networking site -- 23 million users strong -- allows users to share...