Community & Social Networking

Most of us know that Internet communities and social networking sites are popular, but how do blogs, podcasts, wikis and companies like Digg and MySpace work? Learn more in the Social Networking section.


More than half of people who post comments on news articles haven't read the articles. Is the point of online article to inform, or to provide a forum for discussion?

Trying to get verified on Twitter? It's way more random than you think.

Do we portray a consistent self across different social media platforms? A new study examines the faces we share.

President Trump is an avid tweeter, and not always the best speller (remember unpresidented?). Can he delete his tweets or are they now public property?

Bummed out by the Internet and how much more fun everyone else seems to be having? Seeking out better times offline may ease your FOMO.

The caustic tone of the 2016 presidential race is powerfully affecting ordinary social media users. Will that destroy a lot of social media relationships?

News organizations have been dropping their commenting sections for years, and NPR has recently joined them. But not everyone thinks ditching comments is the way to go.

Looking for love online? Then stop tooting your own horn so much. Oh, and one other thing.

There's a lot of live-streaming going on lately. As a result, courts may soon be busy defining when it's appropriate to record or broadcast video.

The social media giant activated its Safety Check feature for the first time in the U.S. on Sunday after the Orlando attack. Here's the scoop on how it works.

In an odd twist, retweeting could be negatively affecting your memory of the content, and causing comprehension declines even after your Twitter session is over.

After the pepper-spray incident, UC Davis paid a company to repair its online image. But can anyone make negative search results disappear?

The hugely popular streaming platform wants you to know that it isn't just for gamers.

Some couples have a shared Facebook account, even though Facebook frowns on the practice. What does it say about their relationship?

Because sometimes sad, angry, haha, love and wow just don't properly describe your emotional state.

You can do all sorts of things on Facebook, right? Find a high-school buddy. Post pictures of your cat. Buy a gun. Except that last one may have just gotten tougher.

Think you struggle to keep up with your Twitter feed? From live video on Facebook and YouTube shows to snaps and Instagram posts, the White House is all over social.

Peach went from boom to bust in about a week. Why do some apps get hot very fast — and then go the way of Meerkat?

"Finstagram" stands for "fake Instagram" but for its users, it's a chance to be authentic.

Tired of swiping left for Tinder? Fret not. AI could soon streamline your dating life.

Periscope lets you broadcast what's in front of you in real time, and interact with the people watching. Is this simply a novelty, or is it here to stay? And what are the legal ramifications?

Internet sensations like LOLcat and the Harlem Shake didn't happen overnight. OK, maybe they did. But what did these phenomena have in common (besides inanity)? Are there any rules for making pictures, videos or blogs go viral?

Six seconds isn't much time to convey an idea, so why is Vine, with its microvideo social network model, so captivating?

Klout is an online service that tracks your digital, well, clout. Is it a useful tool for navigating the social networking realm or a useless toy for social media showoffs? We'll consider the pros and cons.

In early 2012, Facebook rolled out its new Timeline, which replaced the personal wall format that users had been accustomed to. Some love it, some hate it -- but what's the logic behind the change?