46% of People Don't Know How Facebook Makes Money
A new study has found that almost half of U.S. adults online don't understand where Facebook funds are coming from The study, conducted by by The Search Agency, surveyed 2,006 American Internet users. Of those surveyed, only 54% could say how Facebook earned cash — 57% of men and 51% of women So perhaps Facebook isn't being all that clear when it comes to its reliance on advertising. SEE ALSO: Facebook Search Will Make Money, But Still Be Ineffective The study also found that 22% of peop...
Your First Screen Names, Illustrated
Remember your first screen name? Before you were worried about your "personal brand" and had a professional-facing "[email protected]" address? Those were the good old days. The Internet seemed more casual then. Our online identities were never meant to stay with us forever. They were meant to be more fun. Sure, they were often naive, but also more whimsical than what you'd expect to show up on a resume So a few weeks ago we asked you to submit yours to us. What was your first screen...
Marlon Wayans: Great Tweets Come From Sh*tting
Actor Marlon Wayans, whose comedy-horror flick A Haunted House landed in theaters Friday, gets inspiration for his Twitter missives in the darnedest places — like the bathroom "My greatest thoughts are when I'm on the toilet. And especially the spiritual shit when I'm just like 'Yo, make sure if you want to lead, never be a follower,'" he says in the above clip from the Shorty Awards. "See how that sounds? That comes from sh*tting." Wayans (@MARLONLWAYANS on Twitter) also reveals his Twit...
Facebook Charging $100 to Message Mark Zuckerberg
We knew Facebook was eager for new revenue streams. We just didn't know they were this eager. If you try to send founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg a message on Facebook, Mashable discovered Thursday, the social network will offer to keep the message out of his "Other" Inbox — for a cool $100. And here's the rub: you only get this message if you're not one of Zuck's 16 million followers. In other words, Facebook is charging you $100 for being ignorant of the fact that you can follow its found...
Redditors Accuse BuzzFeed of Photo Theft
A thread at the top of Reddit's most popular photography group, r/photography, accuses BuzzFeed of "stealing people's long exposure pics ... without any permission" for a sponsored post advertising a camera on the site. The BuzzFeed post, "14 Amazing Photos That Are Totally Not Photoshopped," is a list of images taken with a camera's shutter open for an extended time, a technique commonly used for star trail and "light drawing" photography. Samsung sponsored the article to promote the Galaxy Ca...
Oscar Snubs Leave Twitter Fans Disappointed
While many in the film industry celebrated their nominations for 85th Academy Awards on Thursday, some Twitter users felt that others had been robbed. The biggest snub appears to be Ben Affleck's absence from the nominees for Best Director. Many users, including Piers Morgan, felt that Argo made Affleck a worthy contender. Kathryn Bigelow and Quentin Tarentino were also hot topics among missing Best Picture nominees. SEE ALSO: Oscars 2013: Here Are the Nominations What do you think of this year'...
Facebook Is Top Social Network in 127 Countries
] Facebook's reach just keeps getting wider According to social media analyst Vincenzo Cosenza's biannual World Map of Social Networks, Facebook is the leader in 127 of the 137 countries observed, the Los Angeles Times reports. Armenia, Latvia, Kyrgyzstan and Vietnam are among the 10 countries where Facebook now reigns supreme SEE ALSO: Facebook World Map Reveals Unexpected Trends Between Friends The biggest recent growth area, according to Cosenza, is Asia, which now has 278 million Faceboo...
Social Sites for Families: More Personal than Facebook
We've all seen (and some of us have been) that person on Facebook — the over-sharer. Some of us may be happy to divulge every intimate detail of our personal lives; others are more private Social networks for families (FamilyLeaf, MyFamily.com, Rootsy, Origami), neighbors (Nextdoor), and select groups of family and friends (Path), have bloomed in the past few years. A growing number of us, it seems, want a more intimate online sharing experience On FamilyLeaf, as with other social sites me...
Psy Bringing 'Gangnam Style' to Wonderful Pistachios Super Bowl Ad
Get crackin' — "Gangnam Style." That's the slogan of the forthcoming Wonderful Pistachios Super Bowl campaign featuring South Korean pop star Psy. The rapper achieved worldwide recognition last year for his music video "Gangnam Style," the first to hit 1 billion views on YouTube. The spot doesn't air until Feb. 3, but Wonderful Pistachios is already trying to build buzz for the campaign, namely on Facebook, where a related photo sweepstakes will kick off this week. Although some fans are ...
How an Ancient Beverage Found Fame on Social Media
Its mysterious origin dates back thousands of years. Lore of the fermented dairy drink's seemingly magical health benefits endured through the generations by word-of-mouth. Then, social media raised it to royalty. Today, a company called Lifeway Foods makes close to $100 million annually selling kefir, a probiotic beverage often compared to yogurt. "It took 2,000 years to bring this product into the mainstream through word-of-mouth," Lifeway's CEO Julie Smolyansky tells Mashable. "Social just mu...
Google+ Gets Pan and Zoom for Large Photos
Google has introduced the ability to pan and zoom large photos on its social network, Google+ Users can now use their mouse wheel to zoom in or out when watching high-resolution photos. Also, clicking and dragging will pan the photo in any direction The same can be done on touch-sensitive trackpads, such as the one on Apple's MacBook Pro The new feature, announced by Google's Dave Cohen on his Google+ profile, comes weeks after Google launched full-size backups for Android photos What do you thi...
20 TV Shows With the Most Social Buzz This Week
Sports scored big in the first week of 2013, inspiring activity across a range of social networks. Thirteen of the top 20 most discussed programs on broadcast and cable were sports-related Not very surprising in a week that held six NCAA bowl games and three NFL playoffs. Sunday's Ravens-Colts matchup on CBS drew the most attention and social comments on either cable or broadcast, just ahead of FOX's Seahawks-Redskins game, leaving Ryan Seacrest's New Year's Eve celebration buried at third place...
Facebook Timeline Change: It's Starting
Remember the Facebook Timeline changes some users started to notice in December? The ones that include a row of fresh options at the top of the page, below your picture, and the banishment of "Maps" and thumbnail images? Well, the changes appear to be rolling out for all Facebook users in New Zealand, where it's already Wednesday. And they include a surprising new "Collections Manager" feature that lets you customize all that content at the top of your Timeline, as well as the ability to rearra...
Don't Fall for This 'Faceboourk' Phishing Scam
A very convincing scam that spoofs Facebook verification pages is being used to steal users' personal details and credit-card information before taking user to the real Facebook, leaving many victims none the wiser that they've just given their sensitive details to criminals. The scam, outlined by Australian software architect Troy Hunt on his blog, starts out as a link to a viral video or other Internet meme, perhaps in a friend's tweet. It's a shortened link that obscures its real destination,...
Beck's New DIY Album Ignites Social Media Collaboration
Beck Hansen has been called many things He called himself a "perdedor" or a "loser, baby." Others have called him a "rockstar" and a "dick." Most people just call him "Beck." But few would ever call him unoriginal. Over the past 20 years, the alternative rocker has gained fame and critical acclaim for his eclectic musical style and downright weird lyrics Beck once again proved his creativity with his latest "album," titled Song Reader. Released on Dec. 11, the album is not a recorded compilatio...
4 Steps for Successful Social Media Training
This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business. Traditionally when companies design a policy or guideline, they also try to create a mechanism for employees to learn about whatever the policy relates to. And most of the time, companies call it training — it's the transfer of knowledge about a specific topic. Social media has been around long enough for most compan...
Brad Pitt Joins Sina Weibo, Sends Surprising First Message
Brad Pitt joined China's Twitter alternative Sina Weibo this week, gaining thousands of followers after sending a message that raised eyebrows: "It is the truth. Yup, I'm coming." The American actor's message no longer exists on his verified account, but The Telegraph notes the seven-word message attracted more than 22,000 comments SEE ALSO: 50 Most Memorable Tweets of 2012 | How Music Ruled Twitter in 2012 Watch the video, above, to hear potential reasons why Pitt joining Sina Weibo attracted...
Posting to Facebook Makes You Less Lonely
The simple act of posting a status update on Facebook can make you feel more connected, researchers have found — even if no one pays attention to your update The study, conducted by the Universitat Berlin, focused on the Facebook posts of 100 student volunteers at the University of Arizona over the course of a week The students were asked to do two things: fill out forms assessing their mental health and well-being throughout the week, and post to Facebook more than they normally would. A...
The Imaginary War: Why Cable and YouTube Should Coexist
Traditional television and YouTube have been at war for what seems like years now. So who's winning? Neither. At least not yet. YouTube struggles with quality and regularity, while TV networks still scramble to decipher the Internet. Both must accept that they are really two different ecosystems, and people want both. SEE ALSO: Inside YouTube's Plan to Dominate Your TV YouTube has grown wildly in seven years thanks in large part to its openness. It's been a place for the users, by the users. ...
Top 10 Twitter Pics of the Week
Holy Super Junior, Batman The Seoul, South Korea-based boy band completely dominated the Internet photo sharing sphere this past week, but not without a touching appearance from Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson The good folks over at Skylines sorted through 36,804,787 Twitter photos from the past week and compiled the most shared and retweeted. Check out the gallery above to see the top 10 SEE ALSO: Library of Congress Has Now Archived 170 Billion Tweets Any fun ones we missed? Share your favorite mo...