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Weekend tech reading: Google's lost social network

Weekend tech reading: Google's lost social network

Last October, while hundreds of protesters were encamped in Zuccotti Park, a handful of people occupied a glass building in downtown Washington, D.C. Wearing sheepish grins and business-casual attire, the 99% they were not; one demonstrator said he worked for Grover Norquist...

Weekend Open Forum: Do you use social media?

Weekend Open Forum: Do you use social media?

I jumped on the social networking / media bandwagon pretty early on when MySpace was just starting to take off. I rode the social wave over to Facebook and hung around there for about seven years before finally deciding to…
Facebook bug silently tallies up extra "likes"

Facebook bug silently tallies up extra "likes"

Facebook is once again finding itself under investor scrutiny after a U.S. security researcher uncovered a flaw in its "like" system which appears to be responsible for liking sites an unintended number of times. Although Facebook has pointed to a…

Editorial: Why I Left Facebook After 7 Years, But Was Forced Back In

The early days of Facebook were much different from now. The site layout and profile pages were very basic, and the young and reckless didn't have to worry about family members or employers stumbling across their questionable photos.

But as Facebook closes in on one billion active users, its overwhelming success is mostly why I've decided to end my long-standing relationship with the social network. Seven years is a long time to maintain any online account, much less one that demands almost daily attention.

Tech Tip of the Week: Using IFTTT, Plus a Dozen Recipes to Get You Started

IFTTT (If This Then That) lets you automate tasks between popular web services such as Dropbox, Twitter, Evernote, Facebook, Instapaper, and many others. IFTTT works by telling it what task you want carried out, what will trigger this task, and it will put it into action for you.

A common example would be to have your Instagram pictures automatically backed up on your Dropbox or Box account. Certainly useful, but there's also more specific things you can do with it. For example, say I want to keep up with how a certain country is doing in the London 2012 Olympics.