Archive for News

  • 19th January 2017

    Spotify: merging music with social media

    Our relationships with music are deeply personal and intimate. But we shouldn’t forget that music is also an incredibly powerful social tool capable of bringing people together to share in an experience, whether at a gig or an old-fashioned sing along around the campfire. This is the best way to...

  • 17th January 2017

    WhatsApp has everything Facebook needs to survive

    Facebook has made a play for the mobile market by buying WhatsApp in what should be seen as a significant sign of the times. Desktop computing is the past and mobile access is the future. Facebook knows this and has seen taken a huge punt to join the race. It...

  • 17th January 2017

    Myth busting the cybersafety debate

    We know that most fears about cyber safety originate from a lack of understanding. We also know that social networking is a mystery to many people outside of Generation Y. So it should not come as a surprise that many people – parents in particular – are fearful of social...

  • 17th January 2017

    Twitter takes center stage in Common Core debate

    After the rocky road of the test-based accountability era, the next stage of education reform seemed to promise a smoother ride. In 2010 the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which set off high expectations for student academic performance in mathematics and English language arts, were adopted in 45 of the...

  • 14th January 2017

    Why aren’t we using Google+?

    Features are not friends. That’s the simple message to Google+ from 40 University of Queensland students after using the system since its invite-only launch in July. To say the service’s fortunes to date have been up and down is an understatement. Google+ is recording dramatic rollercoaster metrics. Initial growth seemed...

  • 14th January 2017

    Coming to terms with digital grief: hashtags and emojis are here to stay

    I was on a train when the news broke from Brussels of a deadly terrorist attack. It was a fast developing story and, as is so often the case with today’s breaking news, social media was keeping pace with it far more efficiently than the “official” news outlets. But it’s...

  • 13th January 2017

    10 reasons why Google+ will never be Facebook

    Google is hoping that the saying “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again” will work out for them with Google+. Launched as a private beta version on Tuesday, Google+ is the search giant’s latest attempt at a version of Facebook. The company has tried this before with products...

  • 13th January 2017

    A new way to share – why Pinterest isn’t just another social network

    “I’m still trying to understand the whole thing but there must be something to it. It’s really popular!” That’s my sister-in-law writing on Facebook in late January about Pinterest – one of the real up-and-comers in the world of social media. In case you haven’t succumbed, Pinterest is a virtual...

  • 11th January 2017

    Logging out? Why young people love to hate Facebook

    Researchers,  journalists writing about research, and young people themselves have been writing about the perceived decline of Facebook for a while now. Young people are leaving Facebook in droves; Facebook is no longer hip with the kids; Facebook is dead. As 19-year-old Andrew Watts described it, Facebook is: … an...

  • 10th January 2017

    Feeling so emotional: why we rage about religion on Facebook

    On Christmas Day, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg used his website to tell the world that he was not an atheist any more. In this way, the billionaire used Facebook to express his feelings about religion, like many social media users before him. My research shows how debates about religion on...

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