Prince clamps down on illegal music distribution with a $22m lawsuit

You’ll think twice before sharing your latest concert experiences on Youtube after you’ve read this, Golden Circle or not… Like many artists, Prince must be fed up of the free and sometimes illegal online distribution of live footage from his concerts – footage that would otherwise have been seen only by (paying) gig-attendees and DVD …

Do you know your Hipsters from your Punks? – Well, your computer does

Dividing people into popular subcultures may be the quickest way to determine whether you have anything in common with someone but  it wasn’t the kind of thing you would expect scientists to take a particular interest in until now. Scientists from the University of California, San Diego have developed algorithms to determine an individual’s ‘urban …

Obsessive Comparison Disorder – the latest social media-induced mental health issue

OCD just got new meaning in the latest social anxiety disorder to be blamed on the importance of being self-important in the virtual world. ‘Obsessive Comparison Disorder’ may have always existed but the hyper-reality of social media networks like Facebook and Instagram have heightened the wired generation’s need to excel and exceed. Or at least …

#Hashtags come to Facebook – the “Air quote” of the Internet Age gets its big break

I distinctly remember a high school vocabulary dripping with the word ‘like’ – a habit that’s taken a lifetime (a short lifetime) to undo. Then there was ‘Quote, unquote’ and the ridiculous air quoting phenomenon that also took time to pry out of my daily gestures. Similarly, Twitter has made incessant hashtagging an online obsession …

African Facebook users in 2013 – social networking hot spots on the continent and some scary stats

A recently released map of Facebook usage across Africa provides a snapshot of who’s making the most of the network.  There aren’t many surprises but interesting global usage comparisons are being made, especially here at home. Egypt takes first place as the largest Facebook-using country in Africa, with 13,010 580 users it is ranked twentieth worldwide, …

The popular Facebook page with a focus on science belongs to…a woman, gasp

The Facebook page, ‘I f***king love science’ has climbed the rungs of popularity and found itself with 4.5 million followers since its inception just over a year ago.  Although founder Elise Andrew made no attempts (and rightly so) to disguise her gender, those who were unaware she was of the fairer sex were dumbfounded once they discovered. The …

Facebook ranked ‘Best place to work’ by Glassdoor employee poll

If you envisaged the hallowed halls of Facebook to be the domain of an egotistical, slave-driving CEO.  Count yourself very wrong.  Facebook was ranked the ‘best place to work’ this year by U.S. job site Glassdoor.com. A review of job satisfaction and Chief Executive approval ratings found Mark Zuckerberg to have the highest rating this year at 99.3%. …

‘Social Me’ app uses your Facebook activity to gauge your personality

Depending how much time you spend on Facebook, for how long and how much activity you’ve had, it’s completely feasible that this information builds a pretty interesting picture of your personality, interests and character.  The question is, can you handle the truth? Researchers from the University of Cambridge developed the Social Me app based on …