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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.

Weekend tech reading: Facebook from inception to IPO

Weekend tech reading: Facebook from inception to IPO

Just over eight years after Mark Zuckerberg launched thefacebook in a Harvard dorm room, Facebook has officially gone public today. And, what better time to dig back into the company's history, as documented by everyone from The Harvard Crimson and The New Yorker to Zuckerberg himself?

Microsoft launches So.cl social network for students

Microsoft launches So.cl social network for students

Microsoft Research’s FUSE Labs has launched a new social network designed with students in mind. The experimental site is called So.cl (pronounced “social”) and is initially being made available to students at the University of Washington, Syracuse University and New…