The paradox of a monolithic internet
The paradox of a monolithic internet

It was supposed to be the great leveler, a vast network of free-ranging bits and bytes but we could be facing the paradox of a monolithic internet. As more and more power and influence on the information superhighway – not to mention money – seemingly tends to coagulate in the hands of the relative few […]

Are trolls & bots going to destroy Twitter?
Are trolls & bots going to destroy Twitter?

Are trolls & bots going to destroy Twitter? Twitter is afraid they might and it’s imposing – yet again – new measures to keep them at bay. Everyone’s favorite micro-blog announced February 7 it is rolling out its toughest tools yet to limit the ability of trolls to abuse other Twitter users. Measures taken in […]

Is social television next for Facebook?
Is social television next for Facebook?

Is social television next for Facebook? Or, maybe, just good ol’ television. One could certainly draw that inference judging from comments made February 1 by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg during the company’s Fourth Quarter 2016 earnings announcement. More video, he suggested, longer form video, more original video and original content. Hmmm, sounds like Netflix or […]

Messaging now on YouTube?
Messaging now on YouTube?

Google wants to try messaging now on YouTube? Oh hell, why not? Nearly all the major social platforms have messaging features. So many points of entry. So little time. But that hasn’t stopped Google from amplifying the already crowded text back-and-forth ecosystem by its test of a new messaging feature last week for Canadian YouTube […]

The social media R us!
The social media R us!

The social media R us! Nearly all of us world-wide use at least one of the social networks. Almost 70 percent of Americans connect. They are called the social media for a reason. Well, let’s qualify that: nearly all of us who are online are using the social media on a regular monthly basis, according […]

Facebook Trending feature may become a better guide
Facebook Trending feature may become a better guide

Further acknowledging its role as a media company, the Facebook Trending feature may become a better guide to genuine, legitimate news. It’s a relatively small part of the Facebook real estate as users go daily to the site or app but it’s an important one. Admit it, we all look at Trending to see what […]

Compassion can be engaging in the digital spaces
Compassion can be engaging in the digital spaces

Compassion can be engaging in the digital spaces and maybe even transfer to the real world, building a better world with xocial. No, that’s not a typo. xocial is an app, a site (pronounced, “social”), dedicated to making compassion a digitally interactive pursuit, competitive even, where good works and empathy, genuine acts of kindness and […]

Facebook is a media company
Facebook is a media company

No matter if it likes to admit it or not, Facebook is a media company and, perhaps, its new Journalism Project will help it and its users understand that. The social media giant announced its new Journalism Project on January 11 and promised, among other points, it will be “collaborating with news organizations to develop […]

Americans like online shopping – but trust? Meh.
Americans like online shopping – but trust? Meh.

Americans like online shopping – but trust? Meh. Americans like our online shopping nearly as much as does the rest of the world – but we like our traditional brick-and-mortar shops, too. Trust may seem more real to Americans in a physical store than online. That’s what the most recent survey results from the Pew […]