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Facebook Safety Check Feature Connects People During Orlando Attack
How Twitter Periscope Works
Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: What a Tangled Web They Weave
Online Dating Is Increasing Interracial Marriage
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 May 11, 2018
Online dating apps are aiding social integration because people are interacting with others to whom they previously had no access.
By Alia Hoyt Apr 5, 2018
Having a tough time breaking up with Facebook? Then at least be sure your private information is secure and protected.
By John Donovan Mar 26, 2018
Twitter bots seem to be with us to stay, but how do they work? And are they all bad?
By Patrick J. Kiger Mar 1, 2018
The popularity of neighborhood social networks keeps exploding. But building community comes with some unintended consequences.
By Dave Roos Feb 27, 2018
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?
By Nathan Chandler
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?
By Patrick J. Kiger Aug 22, 2017
Trying to get verified on Twitter? It's way more random than you think.
By Michelle Konstantinovsky Aug 7, 2017
Do we portray a consistent self across different social media platforms? A new study examines the faces we share.
By Chris Opfer May 24, 2017
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?
By John Perritano Feb 9, 2017
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.
By Lauren Vogelbaum Oct 19, 2016
The caustic tone of the 2016 presidential race is powerfully affecting ordinary social media users. Will that destroy a lot of social media relationships?
By Patrick J. Kiger Oct 14, 2016
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.
By Kate Kershner Oct 4, 2016
Looking for love online? Then stop tooting your own horn so much. Oh, and one other thing.
By Chris Opfer Sep 6, 2016
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.
By Jonathan Strickland Aug 8, 2016
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.
By John Donovan Jun 14, 2016
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.
By Kate Kershner May 3, 2016
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 Apr 21, 2016
The hugely popular streaming platform wants you to know that it isn't just for gamers.
By Christian Sager Apr 13, 2016
Some couples have a shared Facebook account, even though Facebook frowns on the practice. What does it say about their relationship?
By Alia Hoyt Mar 23, 2016
Because sometimes sad, angry, haha, love and wow just don't properly describe your emotional state.
By Robert Lamb Feb 26, 2016
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.
By Julie Douglas Feb 3, 2016
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?
By Dave Roos Jan 21, 2016
"Finstagram" stands for "fake Instagram" but for its users, it's a chance to be authentic.
By Alia Hoyt Dec 2, 2015
Tired of swiping left for Tinder? Fret not. AI could soon streamline your dating life.
By Jonathan Strickland Oct 26, 2015
The Powerball 'Tipping Point': What Size Jackpot Makes You Play?
Space Community Vows to Bounce Back After Soyuz Mishap
50 Years After '2001: A Space Odyssey,' How Close Are We to HAL 9000?