Staying Connected via Social Media: Is It Really Worth the Effort?

In today’s increasingly digital world, staying connected with friends and family is a simple task to accomplish. With social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube, you can chat with anyone from across the globe. Instead of waiting a week for a letter from your cousin to arrive in the mail, you can chat with [...]

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Are Texting and Tweeting Destroying the English Language?

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In his book A Better Pencil: Readers, Writers and the Digital Revolution, Dennis Baron poses the intriguing question of whether new writing technologies such as texting, email, and instant messaging are debasing the English language and doing major damage to society as a whole. He proceeds to dismiss these notions as overreactions, a point with [...]

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History of the First Social Networks Part 2: TheGlobe, SixDegrees and Friendster

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This is the second part of a series on early social networks. Read Part 1: The Roots of Social Networking Sites These days, if you mention a social networking site exploding in popularity and making its founder rich, people automatically assume you are talking about Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook. And if you ask about an [...]

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