Facebook wants you to know it doesn't see customers as a mass of faceless moneymaking advertising targets. It understands that you, and the other billion individuals who log on to the social network, are flesh-and-blood humans with feelings.
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Twitter just made it a little bit harder to be a troll.
A former Google+ employee who spent three years helping create Google+ has written a brutal blog post declaring the tech giant's social network a failure.
Facebook is giving its users more control over the posts and people they see most in their news feeds.
When you go to the polls for the midterm elections on Tuesday, there will be a good chance that your Facebook feed and your phone helped you decide how to vote.
In business, it might pay to keep the customer happy, but how far should you go just to keep the peace?
Ever since two men first laid a bet on two flies climbing up a cave wall, gambling has struck at the core of the human condition: the future is uncertain.
It's no surprise that some folks fudge their ages to get on Facebook. Anna Stoehr did. But she's no preteen trying to sign up before the network's minimum age of 13.
I vaguely recall Pizza Hut's Book It elementary school reading incentive program. Though, to be fair, I vaguely remember what I had for breakfast.
As the reigning champion of social media, Facebook has adopted a fairly consistent strategy in dealing with upstart competitors: If you can't buy 'em, copy 'em.
Seriously, don't believe everything you read on the Internet.
It took a lot of effort for Leo Bonten to turn his amputated leg into a fully functional lamp. For starters, he had to break the damn thing in a freak kiddie pool accident.
If you asked me -- and God knows nobody has -- I would have to guess that never in the history of humankind has anyone ever actually slipped on a banana peel.
Would you enjoy social media more without all those pesky 99-percenters complaining about their mortgage payments and high cable bills?
I'm a napper.
If you want to use Facebook a little more like Snapchat, you might soon get your chance.
Since the beginning of time, man has looked up into the cosmos at those shiny, twinkling stars and thought, "I wonder if lizards would do each other up there?"
We all have weird, irrational concerns.
"What does this thing do?"
If you're African-American, you might have gotten "the talk."
Twitter is looking to revamp its user-protection policies after Zelda Williams, the daughter of comedian Robin Williams, was run off of the social site by abuse in the wake of her father's apparent suicide.
Facebook games will have to reveal any in-app charges and will no longer be allowed to give players bonuses for "liking" their pages under new rules rolled out for developers this week.
Despite all the political tension in Crimea, it's nice to know things are still safe enough at the zoo for a zebra to get it on with a donkey.
"Love everybody and be good to everybody. That's the main thing."
Justin Sylvester's wife is pregnant. With a baby.
As far as hitchhikers go, this one looks harmless enough. He or she -- it's hard to tell -- is short and friendly, if a little fashion-challenged.
For mobile users who text with friends via Facebook, it's almost time to download the social-media giant's dedicated app for doing so, or lose the ability.
There's a famous scene in the movie "Titanic" where Rose turns to Jack and says, "I want you to draw me like one of your French girls."
For several months in 2003, I did the whole European backpacker thing. Which is to say I've seen nearly every cathedral within 1,000 square miles of the Danube.
In terms of online entertainment, the World Cup seemed to have it all.
The other day I saw a death metal band hanging out by their tour van in the parking lot behind a club. They were all dressed in black, and may or may not have been working on lyrics to a new song about fire and lamb meat.
You had to feel sorry for the home team when host country Brazil got trounced 7-1 by Germany in their World Cup final match on Tuesday.
Clint Dempsey may have scored the go-ahead goal for the United States in what would ultimately be a gut-wrenching tie with Portugal in Sunday's World Cup game. But on social media, Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo was three times as popular as the American striker.
There are two good reasons to own a giant trampoline.
Those early birds who start their day with a visit to Facebook were met Thursday morning with a rare error message: The social media giant appeared to be down.
It's a truth of warfare in the digital era: Bullets and bombs often are augmented by status updates and tweets.
As expected, Facebook has launched a Snapchat-like mobile app that lets users trade ephemeral photo- and video-based messages.
As recently as 2011, Hillary Clinton was seen by many as a respected but polarizing figure: Smart and accomplished, sure, but controlled and somewhat humorless. In the infamous faint praise of her rival-turned-boss Barack Obama, she was "likable enough."
I would love to say my dog is intellectually qualified to be a service animal. But he's not. There's barely enough brainpower there to be a lamp.
I've never really needed an extra ear.
They're late to the party, but the spooks have finally joined Twitter.
Facebook is facing pressure to return money it accepted to run ads promoting its page for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's presidential campaign.
I never actually caught a glimpse of the Tooth Fairy when I was young, but she was definitely real and in cahoots with my mom. This, due to the fact that I never woke up to find a Nintendo.
For the second time in just over a week, Facebook has done an about-face on a feature that has bothered some users for a while.
It's been a big week for dinosaurs. With "Godzilla" still rampaging at the box office, Facebook also rolled out some privacy changes along with a friendly blue dino to help explain them all.
Have you ever seen a man running in a marathon, bleeding from his nipples?
Facebook privacy just got a little more private.
It's not hard to dash out a Facebook status update saying how much you're digging "House of Cards" or the new Lorde song.
There's no "Hey, baby, what's your sign?" button. But if you have a friend with a mysteriously undefined love life, Facebook may have just become a little more like a singles bar at closing time.
Brace yourselves, because this week's story is about sperm and poop.
Inventor Nikola Tesla may have died alone and broke, but he has powerful friends who want to preserve his legacy.
Early this year, a crime spree hit the usually quiet residential neighborhood of Grandview, northeast of downtown Phoenix, Arizona.
You know that friend who has an opinion or a joke about everything? Sure, they're entertaining, but sometimes you wish you could get them to shut up.
I once stayed at a youth hostel in Copenhagen called Sleep in Heaven. Which sounds quite pleasant until you realize that, apparently, heaven is cold and damp and completely infested with bedbugs.
When the National Security Agency sent a tweet Monday filled with garbled nonwords like "tpfccdlfdtte," the Internet was confused, and intrigued.
I'm not a violent man. Short, self-doubting gingers tend not to be the fiercest of creatures.
For a long time it feels like we haven't seen much of Ronald McDonald. Not for nothing, but I heard he shanked Grimace in a back alley somewhere down in Mexico.
I haven't had a single Diet Coke in 2014. It was a conscious health decision, and the only real side effect, now, is that the world is awful and I hate everything.
Mobile users who have gotten used to chatting with their friends via Facebook will soon have to make sure they've downloaded the social-media giant's app designed specifically for that.
Everyone has that friend or family member who unwittingly still posts publicly on Facebook. It's not that they're over-sharers, they just haven't bothered to keep up with the social network's ever-changing and often confusing privacy settings.
Your Twitter profile is about to have a new look.
This city's anti-tech backlash took a new turn Sunday when protesters lashed out at Google Ventures partner Kevin Rose, waving banners outside his home while demanding that Google fund "anti-capitalist" communities in the Bay Area.
The art of preparing, stuffing, and mounting animal skins is called taxidermy, and it can range from classy to creepy depending on whether your subject is a moose, or, say, a homeless drifter.
In late 2007, a social network called Juicy Campus started going viral at a handful of colleges.
A food-delivery website is parting ways with Facebook in a snarky "breakup" letter. And Facebook, like spurned lovers through the ages, is telling the cheeky startup not to let the door hit it on the way out.
UPDATE: On April 30, NASA revealed "Technology" as the winning design for their new Z-2 spacesuit. With almost 150,000 votes -- just over 63% of the 233,431 total -- "Technology" will be incorporated into the final version of the Z-2 spacesuit, and is expected to be ready for testing by November.
Twitter announced Wednesday that it's adding new photo tagging and collage features.
Sure, the wedding was stunning. The doves were released on cue, you didn't stumble on your vows, and your aunt Caroline stayed sober until after the toasts. But something was off: Your special day didn't play as well on social media as you were hoping.
In an age when people are encouraged to collect hundreds of Facebook "friends" and thousands of Twitter followers, some social media users, particularly young ones, are going smaller.
I once uploaded an Instagram of me at Old Navy trying to get all kissy-face with a mannequin. At the time it seemed like a good idea, but she was rather unresponsive.
Unless you have a photographic memory or just joined Twitter last week, you probably don't recall your first tweet.
At 9:45 in the morning after his 40th birthday you might expect Biz Stone, best known for co-founding Twitter, to be a little bleary. After all, many millionaire tech execs flaunt their party lifestyle like a badge of honor.
From Chicago, to Georgia, to Southern California, a new social media application is causing problems on middle school and high school campuses across the United States.
I use a Keurig coffee machine at home because I'm lazy. And, quite frankly, don't feel like I've really done my duty to God and country until I've added a little something to the landfill.
Twitter has officially banned pornographic content on Vine, its year-old social-video service. The company announced the changes to its rules and terms of service on Thursday and will begin enforcing them immediately.
Online photo archive Getty Images is opening 35 million images to online publishers to use free of charge, acknowledging that many of its pictures are already being copied anyway.
It's a long way from the bits and bytes of Silicon Valley to the bright lights of Broadway. But former Facebook exec Randi Zuckerberg is ready for her turn on stage.
Ellen DeGeneres, #Busted.
"I admit that I secretly crave attention so I lie that I have ulcers and that I have gotten surgery on my knees."
I wouldn't necessarily call myself a true germaphobe, but if entering a domestic partnership with a bottle of Purell were legal I'd certainly consider it.
Check your Facebook mail lately?
Nobody found out who shot J.R. on Facebook. And none of us first saw Bob Newhart wake up with Suzanne Pleshette in an Instagram photo.
Fact: The most underrated cute animal on the face of the planet is the walrus.
A wise man once said, "I'm not wearing pants today."
You don't have to be strictly a man or a woman on Facebook anymore.
Twitter is testing a major profile redesign that's very reminiscent of Facebook and Google+.
If you're a "zombie aficionado," a "Web marketing guru" or a "social media evangelist," you may be doing Twitter wrong.
Let me tell you about the time I spent $388.58 replacing a single light bulb.
It was a desperate plea from a tearful dad, tossed like a message in a bottle into the vast sea of the Internet.
If you're on Facebook, a new video about your life went live online Tuesday.
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The afeared nasty weather didn't show up for the Super Bowl on Sunday. Neither did the Denver Broncos.
Attention minions of Colonel Meow:
Ten years and 1.2 billion users into its existence, there's no question that Facebook has changed our lives.
It might be time to slide over that Facebook app on the homescreen of your smartphone -- to make room for another Facebook app.
It's an Internet feud between polar opposites: East Coast vs. West Coast, old school vs. new media, Ivy League gravitas vs. Silicon Valley geekery.
Silvina Moschini, analista de medios sociales, comenta las noticias más sobresalientes sobre tecnología
In an October 2012 report, an Australian TV personality confronts Twitter "trolls" who sent her abusive messages.
CNN's Dan Simon reporters on how Twitter played a crucial role in the 2012 election.
During a rare press event, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg commented on the poor performance of the company's stock.
Ahead of Facebook's first earnings report, many are wondering whether the company can deliver on advertising revenue.
Tim Berners-Lee talks about the honor for him and the Web to be featured in the London Games opening ceremony.
Napster co-founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker launched Airtime, a video chat service built on top of Facebook.
Napster co-founders launch a new social media site. CNN's Laurie Segall reports.
A Texas mom is raising some eyebrows with her punishment for an inappropriate photo that her daughter posted online.
CNNMoney looks at the people who make up the biggest investors in Facebook.
Richard Quest takes an online test explaining how much money each user is worth to Facebook.
CNN's Jim Boulden goes back to school to talk to 14-year-olds about Facebook and it's future.
Sen. Chuck Schumer says he won't let Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin dodge capital gains taxes by leaving U.S.
A look at the economic impact of the Facebook IPO, from taxes to the broader economy. CNN's Dan Simon reports.
Henry Blodget and Ali Velshi discuss Mark Zuckerberg's decision to skip investor meetings and court Wall Street while wearing a hoodie.
CNN's Dan Simon looks back at Mark Zuckerberg, camera shy and sometimes awkward, in a 2006 interview with CNN.
CNNMoney's Laurie Segall and HLN contributor Mario Armstrong tell us how to keep your Facebook page employment-ready.
CEO Dave Morin says greater transparency from tech companies will ease some of the privacy concerns of social network users.
KLIK's facial recognition tech identifies users' facebook and twitter friends and could one day identify anyone.
Fortune's Miguel Helft explains why Facebook waited years to file for its IPO and how the company protects its hacker culture.
CNNMoney looks at the people who make up the biggest investors in Facebook.
CNN's Diana Magnay takes a look at the scrutiny of social media after the UK riots.
CNN's Deborah Feyerick speaks to social networking expert Denise Evans Elsbree on how to make social media work for you.
A Florida woman who injured herself while doing laundry reached out to a Facebook group for help. WPTV reports.
CNN's Dan Simon reports on one high school teacher's effort to integrate Twitter into his classroom.
In 2010, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg defended his company against privacy concerns raised about its practices.
Facebook rolls out new safety tools aimed at keeping users safe. CNN's Karin Caifa reports.
Controversy involving footballer Ryan Giggs has sparked debate over UK privacy laws. CNN's Atika Shubert reports.
Social media and the apps market create new job opportunities. CNN's Karin Caifa takes a look.
The man who unwittingly tweeted the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound says he learned of the death on Twitter.
CNN's Phil Han takes a look at some of the best stories across social media from the past week.
Joe Sullivan, Chief Privacy Officer for Facebook addresses parents' concerns about the social media website.
Microblog Sina Weibo lets users embed pictures, post comments and easily communicate. CNN's Kristie Lu Stout reports.
Developers of a new social networking app unveil their secret project. Dan Simon reports.
Startups at SXSW do whatever they can to attract attention, which includes offering free shots of alcohol.
The hashtag #PrayforJapan has been trending on Twitter during the weekend. CNN's Reggie Aqui reports.
CNN's Josh Levs looks at some of the most powerful videos from the earthquake in Japan and an interactive map.
Facebook is defending its policy of not allowing fake identities to create profile pages. CNN's Dan Simon reports.
CNN's Errol Barnett looks at the crucial role social media played in the Egyptian revolution.
CNN's Josh Levs talks about how technology plays a part in protests around the world.
In September 2010, the cast of the Facebook movie "The Social Network" answered your iReport questions.
CNN's Kristie Lu Stout examines the major factor social networking sites have become in Tunisia's protests.
In May, CNN's Tony Harris talked to an expert about what's true and what's false regarding Facebook's privacy claims.
CNN's Erin McLaughlin reports on how social media worked behind the scenes during mass UK student protests.
Actor Ed Norton addressed the Mashable Media Summit about the Crowdrise fundraising site.
Facebook announced an overhaul of its messaging system, which will compete with e-mail. Josh Levs reports.
CNN's Wolf Blitzer - an avid tweeter himself - gets the scoop on Twitter from co-founder Biz Stone.
CNN hits the streets to find out if anyone is brave enough to talk trash about their boss on Facebook.
Tudou.com's Gary Wang talks to CNN's Kristie Lu Stout about how China's "netizens" use video sharing to highlight issues.
Matthew Froggatt of TNS discusses the largest global research project into people's online activities and behavior.