A look at how social networks are transforming social lives.
Facebook can be a lousy date. Nearly a month after Microsoft slippedMark Zuckerberg‘s “social graph” $240 million for a pocket-sized 1.6% stake, the network unleashed an advertising platform that spread users’ personal information like a loose-lipped lover. As newly four-year-old Facebook moves into its next stage in development, it awkwardly navigates its status as a third wheel with a penchant for tittle-tattle.
Sometimes, things go wrong. For example, meddling Facebook ended Thomas Crampton‘s engagement. When the international tech journalist and his fiancé, Thuy-Tien Tran, wanted to make their “personal lives a little more private,” the happily engaged couple removed their relationship status from their profiles. Jumping to conclusions, Facebook’s News Feed quickly alerted their social network that the engagement was off, and the condolences started pouring in … [ Read More ]