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Plant Watered by Facebook Fans Drowns in Love, Literally

Share Tragic news from Facebook, yesterday: a plant has died. The flora, named 'Meet Eater,' was originally planted in Australia by Queensland University student Bashkim Isai, who wanted to find out whether or not random online strangers would care enough about a plant to collectively "water" it. To test his theory, Isaid created a Facebook page for his Eater; whenever someone became a fan of the...

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...

White Flight: The MySpace/Facebook Racial Divide

Share In a compelling article (PDF) titled 'White Flight in Networked Publics -- How Race and Class Shaped American Teen Engagement with MySpace and Facebook,' Microsoft researcher Danah Boyd argues that race and social class were significant factors in the 2006 teenage exodus from MySpace to Facebook. As Technology Review reports, the author uses statistical and anecdotal evidence to persuasive...

MyVetwork -- MySpace for Veterans

Add yet another social network to the list of highly-specialized services looking to connect people with one particular thing in common. We've seen DoggySpace, a social networking service for those who have had alien encounters, a site for toddlers, and even U.S. spy agencies are getting in on the action. Considering Veterans Day, which, of course, was yesterday, it seemed only appropriate that w...

New Web Show From 'lonelygirl15' Creators Debuts September 20

The team behind 'lonelygirl15,' the fake teenager YouTube video phenomenon that changed the way people thought about episodic Web content, are getting fired up for yet another show that takes place in the same universe as 'lonelygirl' and its spin off 'Kate Modern.' The new show, 'LG15: The Resistance,' is set to premier on September 20, and won't be as open ended as the original 'lonelygirl.' ...

Is It Okay for Teachers to Communicate With Students Via Facebook?

Social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace are breaking down barriers between teachers and students, and, predictably, not everyone is happy about it. While many teachers are thrilled with the connections they're able to form with students outside of the classroom on the site, they also admit there is a fine line they must walk. A flurry of student-teacher sexual relationships has set off...

Twitter Limits Users to Following 2,000 People

Twitter's popularity has soared recently, and, of course, this has caused spammers to flock to the service like right wing radio hosts to a fiery black preacher. Twitter has plenty of problems of its own with out having to worry about spammy posters ruining the party for everyone else. One of the most common techniques used by spammers to rack up a significant number of followers -- folks who ...

What Not to Say on Facebook Status Updates

We've already learned not to break up with others via Facebook status, or to advertise that you're looking for a new job (unless you've already left or lost your previous one). But how are we to know what other potential pitfalls avoid? Lucky for us, Wired put together a handy list of 10 things it is safe to assume should never make it to your Facebook status update. What specific faux pas, you ...

Three in Four Parents Spy on Their Kids With Webcams

Parents are getting desperate in the battle to stay on-top of their kid's online activities. The preferred method of combat used to be occasionally sitting down at the PC with your child and/or picking up some filtering software, but that just isn't cutting it anymore. Kids are on social-networking sites like Facebook and MySpace, even if they're under the 13-year-old age limit. Even worse, many...

DoggySpace: Facebook for Dogs

To some this may seem ridiculous, but to those who have spent large swaths of time on MySpace keeping profiles for their beloved canine companions, DoggySpace makes perfect sense. DoggySpace is exactly what you think it is, a social networking Web site just for dogs. As is the case with any good social networking site, DoggySpace allows users to create unique profiles for their animals to share ...

Twitter Traffic Grows 600% in One Year

For those not familiar with Twitter, it's a micro-blogging service which allows you to post what are essentially status updates and exchange messages with other users... as long as those updates and messages aren't longer than 140 characters. Over the last year, the popularity of the service has exploded, and it has gone from the realm of early adopters to mainstream users (as evident by all of ...

Facebook Gets a New Look

Last week we mentioned that Facebook was testing out a new design. While we had details of the apparent security breach that emerged as a result of said testing, we lacked specific details about about the actual look of the new pages. While we still haven't been able to get our hands on the actual refreshed social-networking site, we did find some concrete information online. First off, it loo...

Yahoo! Launches Buzz, a Digg Competitor

Even with talks of a potential buy out from Microsoft and it's imminent demise circulating Yahoo! is continuing to roll out new services and update its products at an almost frantic pace. The company has opened up its search services to third party developers, updated it's corporate focused Zimbra mail server platform, launched a live webcam site, updated it's Yahoo! Video service, picked up th...

New Service Asks You To Sell Things to Your Facebook Friends

Companies have been trying to figure out ways to generate revenue from social networks, though so far, they have had a tough time of it. Even Google and News Corp. are struggling with monetizing sites like MySpace. A company called bSocial Media is trying a new approach: Don't advertise, get people to recommend products directly to others in their social networks. A previous version of their st...

Steven Spielberg Launching a MySpace For 'Close Encounters' Types

Rumor has it that Steven Spielberg is getting ready to prove that you really can have a social network for just about anything. His latest online project started out with Yahoo!, but has since found a home with an independent company after the mega-portal shelved the movie director/mogul's idea of a social network dedicated to those who have had or want to share a paranormal or extra terrestri...