You belong now to Comcast & Verizon & AT&T
You belong now to Comcast & Verizon & AT&T

You belong now to Comcast & Verizon & AT&T and all the other big corporations from whom you receive the internet in America. And by, “you,” what we mean is all the data you generate when you go online with your home computers and mobile devices: all your browsing history, your record of purchases, your […]

Twitter suspended nearly 400K terrorist accounts
Twitter suspended nearly 400K terrorist accounts

Twitter suspended nearly 400K terrorist accounts in the second half of 2016, according to its latest Transparency Report, published March 21. The company removed those accounts on its own, after its own investigations, without waiting for complaints to be filed by Twitter users themselves. Twitter users or governments reporting tweets promoting terrorism amounted to less […]

Fake news or credible news: friends matter
Fake news or credible news: friends matter

Fake news or credible news: friends matter when it comes to sharing news on the social media according to a new study. “As social platforms such as Facebook or Twitter become major thoroughfares for news, the news organization that does the original reporting still matters,” according to the American Press Institute. “But the study demonstrates […]

Surf the internet faster on U.S. coasts
Surf the internet faster on U.S. coasts

Broadband users can surf the internet faster on U.S. coasts than in middle America, according to a new report on connectivity speeds. What this means is residents of the American Midwest, the Great Plains, some parts of the South, the western mountain states tend to have slower internet speeds than residents of the U.S. East […]

Maybe 15% of your Twitter luv comes from bots
Maybe 15% of your Twitter luv comes from bots

Maybe 15% of your Twitter luv comes from bots. This according to a new research project conducted jointly by the University of Southern California and Indiana University. “We classified nearly 14 (million) accounts using our system and inferred the optimal threshold scores that separate human and bot accounts for several models with different mixes of […]

Internet privacy is dead in America
Internet privacy is dead in America

Internet privacy is dead in America. Not that it was ever really alive in the first place. If you use the internet your digital life is an open book, there for anyone to see, corporations to use and governments to peruse. That is a fact of life in the digital age. But even the faintest […]

(Lack of) speed kills…mobile
(Lack of) speed kills…mobile

(Lack of) speed kills…mobile. That’s right. A slowly responding mobile site or app will send visitors rocketing off to a faster destination. Speed kills on the highway but  on the information superhighway – particularly the all-important mobile lanes – it is sluggishness that will kill your digital marketing effort. “The average time it takes to […]

900 billion hours on mobile apps
900 billion hours on mobile apps

As inhabitants of Earth’s digital world we spent 900 billion hours on mobile apps in 2016. That is to say, all of us connected to the internet – around 3.2 billion people – used our mobile apps for 900 billion hours last year – or on average we spent 281.25 hours out of last year […]

Are you good bot or a bad bot?
Are you good bot or a bad bot?

Are you a good bot or a bad bot? We’re talking to you: the majority of internet traffic now originating from bots. You can’t respond? Aren’t you a bot? The latest report from web security and research firm Imperva suggests that – once again – over half the internet traffic today comes from bots. More […]

Publishing news to the social media is not paying off
Publishing news to the social media is not paying off

Publishing news to the social media is not paying off – at least, not for major news and information organizations; at least it didn’t last year. A report published last month by Digital Content Next (DCN), a firm which specializes in monitoring online premium publishing, suggests traditional news and information publishers are not quite earning the […]