February 13, 2014 |
It's Valentine's Day, and I'm not celebrating. A few weeks ago my fiancee and I broke up. It was a difficult breakup, so I immediately stopped following her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and deleted her name from my iPhone address book. I thought that would be enough to disconnect her from my digital life. But I'm finding out - as many others have in the age of smartphones and social networks - that connecting is easy, but severing ties online is nearly impossible. Take even the basic task of doing an Internet search.
December 11, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- In a dramatic rebound from its bungled initial public offering last year, Facebook Inc. will join the Standard & Poor's 500 Index next week, capping its fitful rise to one of the nation's most powerful technology companies. Facebook will replace Teradyne in the S&P 500 at the close of trading Dec. 20, S&P Dow Jones Indices said Wednesday. It will also join the S&P 100 Index, replacing Williams Cos. Being friended by the index is a vote of confidence in the giant social network and means Facebook can now count on a solid base of shareholders from funds that follow the indexes.
December 10, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Social networks have found a promising new source of advertising revenue: targeting users with ads for products they browsed online. The latest form of advertising, called "retargeting," is expected to not only get more pervasive but intensify worries over privacy. Tania Mulry, an entrepreneur from Santa Clarita, said she and other people are noticing and talking about the flood of retargeting ads. One of Mulry's students in a mobile app design class at USC was unnerved that a swimsuit she browsed on Nordstrom.com showed up as an ad on her Facebook page.
December 4, 2013 |
There is no hate on Facebook, only like. But a new website remedies that. Now you can hate family, co-workers and so-called pals. Signing on to Hate With Friends through Facebook is jarring. All your Facebook friends are lined up with "Hate her" or "Hate him" labels in red. It's so anti-Facebook. And all you need to do is reach out ... and ... click. (Beware. The temptation may pull at you, even if you have a genuine fondness for these people.) If you hate someone, he or she won't know it until that person hates you back.
November 23, 2013 |
Keaton Row has added a new twist to online shopping. The website, created by Harvard Business School graduates Cheryl Han and Elenor Mak, pairs shoppers with fashion advisors from all over the country, based on a personal style Q&A given to each new member who signs onto the site. Think online dating but with a refreshed and personalized wardrobe, not a first date, as the goal. "What we realized is that people want a back-to-basics, personal touch when shopping online," Han says.
November 5, 2013 |
What do you do when you have millions and millions of Twitter followers? One option is to fund your very own social network. Teenage pop star Justin Bieber, the second-most popular person on Twitter with 46.5 million followers, has reportedly led a $1.1-million round of funding for RockLive, a San Francisco tech company that plans to launch a new social network this week. The social network will be called Shots of Me and will focus on teenagers, according to Fortune . WATCH: Unboxing the Google Nexus 5 smartphone [Video chat]