Teens have a smart reason for abandoning Facebook and Twitter — Quartz

Today, however, the newest data increasingly support the idea that young people are actually transitioning out of using what we might term broadcast social media—like Facebook and Twitter—and switching instead to using narrowcast tools—like Messenger or Snapchat. Instead of posting generic and sanitized updates for all to see, they are sharing their transient goofy selfies and blow-by-blow descriptions of class with only their closest friends.

Source: Teens have a smart reason for abandoning Facebook and Twitter — Quartz

Social networking on climate change


OneClimate.net is a new social networking space for sharing ideas and experiences on climate change. An interesting and hopefully influential initiative of OneWorld.net for which I worked some years ago. Watch out for their live broadcast from Copenhagen starting Monday.

Is your boss your ‘friend’?

An interesting news story in the International Herald Tribune about the dilemma of Facebook users about having their bosses as ‘friends’:

Should you accept your boss’s invitation to online friendship, which would allow him or her to see your roster of acquaintances, party photos, videos and social activities? Do you dare reject the token of virtual friendship and possibly commit career suicide? Or should you, as one blogger suggests: “Deny, deny, deny. Pretend as if you never saw the friend request.”

Well, this question should apply to colleagues and professional contacts too. What your colleagues see on your Facebook profile can as well make or break your credibility and reputation at work. But that doesn’t mean you cannot make them your friends. I have my bosses and many colleagues (both current and former) as friends in Facebook – although I have to agree with a friend’s remark that not all of them would count me as “friend”, so there should be a way to categorize them as colleagues, contacts etc.

I think it depends on what kind of person you are: if you’re into wild parties every evening you wouldn’t share those party photos with your colleagues and boss in real life even if you socialize with them regularly. The same boundaries should be maintained online. Just because every bit of your life can now be shared easily with everyone, it need not be shared as such. Rather, because of that one should be careful about keeping a clear distinction between “private” and “public”.

What do you think?

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Children flock to social networks

Almost half of children online use social network sites
Almost half of children online use social network sites

More than a quarter of eight to 11-year-olds who are online in the UK have a profile on a social network, BBC reports quoting research. Most sites, such as Bebo, MySpace and Facebook, set a minimum age of between 13 and 14 to create a profile but none actively enforce the age limit.Ofcom’s survey of 5,000 adults and 3,000 children found 49% of those aged between eight and 17 have a profile. Ofcom says parents need to keep an eye on what their children do online.

On BBC: Children flock to social networks