Facebook Offers Something Useful

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I didn’t put “for a change” in the headline, but it’s implied. After a disaster, phone lines can be stressed to breaking by people checking on loved ones. Now, Facebook offers Safety Check, so people can alert loved ones to how they’re doing following a disaster, and others can check on the status of friends [Read More...]

How Social Media Is Messing With Your Brain

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The hard thing about social media is to use it without being used by it. I like it just fine to keep in touch with friends, family, and a network on fellow travelers in a variety of interests. It gives me a place to post pictures of my dog, like this: Oh stop, you know [Read More...]

Facebook Users: Please! Stop! Doing! This!

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This is a kind of thought virus used to promote a business or product: Companies that want you to pay attention to them come up with some dumb meme and then challenge you to disprove it. It is always something insanely easy to disprove, such as “Name a day of the week that ends in [Read More...]

MSNBC’s Hate Unleashes Twitter Storm of Racial Harmony

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The interesting part about the fallout from MSNBC’s hateful Cheerios/”right-wing” dustup is that everybody wins. MSNBC followers win because the network just said what they and their viewers know to be a rock-solid truth, regardless of anything like evidence or logic: conservatives are all racist. So, when they tweet this in reference to the Cheerios [Read More...]

Pope Francis on the Internet as a “Gift from God”

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In anticipation of the 45th World Communication’s Day tomorrow, Pope Francis offers some observations on the centrality of communication in the modern world and the ways in which it can help forge solidarity and bridge gaps, but only if used properly. In a world like this, media can help us to feel closer to one [Read More...]

Things That Happen Only On Twitter

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This:  Garry Kasparov is a Russian opposition leader and vocal foe of Vladimir Putin, as well as the greatest chess player in the history of the game and thus one of most brilliant minds on the planet. He’s also a fan of the conservative bloggerAce of Spades, and now understands what the word “bro” means. And then [Read More...]

The Pope of Social Media

Pope publishes first post on Twitter

Something I wrote for the March 10 issue of OSV. Dated now, but perhaps still interesting.   On December 12, 2012 (12/12/12) Pope Benedict XVI did what no other pope had ever done: he used Twitter. Not only that, but he mastered the medium on this first try with a Tweet that was exactly 140 [Read More...]

Pope Tweets @Pontifex

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Papa Bene is on Twitter with the account @Pontifex, and with all the skill the Roman curia usually musters on PR and technological issues, he hasn’t logged a single Tweet–not even a greeting, not even “Hello nOObs”–as of this posting. No Tweets are due until … December 12. Way to go, VIS! Can we just [Read More...]


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