Back from our Sabbatical and better then ever Social Blade was proud to have on 18 year old entrepreneur, Tommy Swanson who’se already got a couple businesses under his belt. Before we spoke with Tommy however we covered a couple of hot topics related to Social Media in the schools, or even beyond them and also addiction. And what would a Social Blade episode be without some facebook tips from Erin
Lastly we’d also like to give a shout out to a friend of the show, Tom Cheredar, who is raising awareness for the Nashville Flood Relief effort. Check out how you can help.
Principal Asks Parents To Ban Social Networking To Prevent Cyber-Bullying
Cyber-Bullying has been in the news lately with teen suicides blamed on the nastiness of students, but one New Jersey middle school principal took it to the extreme. They are banning and encouraging the banning of using social networks by their students. While there is distinctly a problem with cyber-bullying, I think improving and implementing education about social media is the real solution.
Social media addiction: Worse than you think
The University of Maryland conducted a social experiment involving 200 of its students; the goal of the experiment – determine the effects of media withdrawal. For 24 hours, these students were without their beloved cell phones, computers, and any semblance of connection to the internet. At first, some of these students were at peace without Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, or email; but it was just a matter of time before many students realized exactly how bad their media addictions were. Students experienced symptoms of withdrawal that were exemplary of crack and heroin addicts going cold turkey. Some students just couldn’t handle it while others found a way to cope. Ultimately, going without the information-based stimulu proved a hard task for many students, and I’m sure would prove difficult for others as well. The University of Maryland’s findings only scratches the surface of how connected we’ve become to our beloved technology and social media experiences; who knows how bad our media addictions have really become.
Tag you’re it: Face.com looking to add Photo tagging across the web
In keeping you informed with what is new and social with Facebook, Face.com, which is responsible for tagging over 50 million users on Facebook, yes, even you with your drunken face.
Lock Down: Keep Your Facebook Privacy
We have discussed privacy issues with Facebook here on Social Blade along-side the world. However, there has never seemed to be a solution. According to a brand new application that was revealed this week titled “The Green Safe”, you will now be able to lock down your Facebook information.
Battle On: Official Pages vs. Community Pages
As you may be aware, last month Facebook decided to clean up their pages section by splicing it into two different categories.
Digg’s URL Shortener Now Works Only for Digg & Digg Lays off 10% of Staff
Since Kevin Rose took the helm at Digg, the service hasn’t been introducing new features but killing old ones. First, Digg got rid of the DiggBar, and now a related feature has been (almost) shut down: the Digg URL shortener.
Although Digg calls this move an “update,” the shortener no longer works for any URLs except for the URLs of Digg (Digg) stories. It’s an expected move, as Digg’s URL shortener was heavily criticized for hurting websites’ search rankings.
Twitter releases their own official android app. Twitter for Android vs. Seesmic for Android. Who Wins?
With today’s release of the official Twitter client for the Android platform, it’s only fitting that we give you a side by side comparison and let you know which one remains standing.