• 20th January 2017

    Hilarious or horrifying? Foetuses Photoshopped onto bellies

    I was both delighted and confused when I saw a discussion of a new “trend” in pregnancy pictures on STFU, Parents, a US blog that pokes fun at people who “overshare” information about parenting through social media. In July, the blog’s creator noted that she had received emails about parents-to-be...

  • 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

    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...

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