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.
As Twitter melts down and long-standing issues with social media platforms boil over, many people are flocking to the new "fediverse" of Mastodon. But how will it be different?
Typos and misspelled words run rampant on Twitter. But that could all soon change because, finally — FINALLY — Twitter is testing an edit button.
There's a lot of bad news on the internet and social media. And maybe you can't stop looking at it. Why is that and what can you do about it?
Will Elon Musk's plans for Twitter make its misinformation problems worse, or will he implement real changes on the platform that will be for the better?
While creating online accounts, you're often given the option to sign up via your preexisting social media. But should you be worried about doing this?
By Talon Homer
Want to change your name on Facebook? It's easy to do in just a few simple steps.
By Jeremy Glass
"Metaverse" may be a term you're unfamiliar with, but the blend of real and virtual worlds is something we may all have to get used to.
By Nick Kelly
Facebook dark mode changes your screen to a black background with white lettering, which your eyes will thank you for and your battery won't hate either.
It's easy to take online comments out of context. Is it serious, or is it satire? That's where Poe's law (and a winking smiling emoji) comes into play.
Getting bored of your Twitter handle? You can change it in just a few quick steps.
Whether you want to break up with Facebook for good — or just take a breather — we've got step-by-step instructions so you can do either.
Need ways to stay in touch with your family and friends while you're quarantined during the coronavirus pandemic? We've got several simple apps so you can reach out virtually.
By Wendy Bowman
Its very existence has been debated for years, so what is shadowbanning, and how can you avoid it?
Whether you love or hate Facebook, the Cambridge Analytica scandal exposed major flaws in the online platform. So where do we go from here?
By Diana Brown
Online dating apps are aiding social integration because people are interacting with others to whom they previously had no access.
By Alia Hoyt
Having a tough time breaking up with Facebook? Then at least be sure your private information is secure and protected.
By John Donovan
Twitter bots seem to be with us to stay, but how do they work? And are they all bad?
The popularity of neighborhood social networks keeps exploding. But building community comes with some unintended consequences.
By Dave Roos
Those little pics that people use to represent their feelings or avoid misunderstandings have been around since the 1990s but have been picking up steam in the 21st century. Why's that?
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.
By Chris Opfer
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?
The caustic tone of the 2016 presidential race is powerfully affecting ordinary social media users. Will that destroy a lot of social media relationships?
Looking for love online? Then stop tooting your own horn so much. Oh, and one other thing.
By Chris Opfer
After the pepper-spray incident, UC Davis paid a company to repair its online image. But can anyone make negative search results disappear?
By Dave Roos