Foursquare Updates Privacy Policy to Display Full Names
Foursquare sent out an email on Saturday detailing updates to its privacy policy and planned service changes that will take place in January. Currently, usernames are displayed with full first names and an initial for surnames (e.g., Kenneth R.) on the location-based social network. Starting next year, however, profiles will display both full first and last names "We get emails every day saying that it's now confusing. So, with this change, full names are going to be public," the email said, add...
7 Bad Moves That Hurt Facebook in 2012
Facebook has made strides in 2012. A billion users and a smart new Timeline UI punctuate a banner year for the world's most important social network. But 2012 also marks aggressive moves to expand and monetize -- some might say at the expense of user experience and community. At best, Team Facebook is making tough choices in a delicate balancing act. At worst, they are tone deaf to conscientious users. While we're a far cry from mass exodus, there are only so many missteps to take before someon...
Michigan Passes Law to Protect Social Media Accounts
Michigan passed a bill on Friday that prohibits employers and schools from asking employees and students for login information to their personal social media accounts. House Bill 5523, signed by Governor Rick Snyder and introduced by state Rep. Aric Nesbitt, "prohibit[s] employers and educational institutions from requiring certain individuals to grant access to, allow observation of, or disclose information that allows access to or observation of personal internet accounts." This means an emplo...
Top Comments: The Problems with Facebook, Windows and Apple
As the holiday season and the year itself drew to a close this week, Mashable readers were reflective about the innovations and complications we've seen in the tech world in 2012. The top comments this week showcase the excitement and frustration that surround top products and services like Microsoft, Apple and Facebook The most commented upon story this week was was the op-ed "The Problem with Windows 8," in which Mashable editor Pete Pachal elaborated on the problems he has with the new OS. O...
40 Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed
We've arrived at the end of yet another week and nearly the end of yet another year. We survived the apocalypse and the holidays Through all that, you might not have had time to keep up with the latest in the digital world. If that's the case, you'll want to go through some of our stories from the past week so you don't fall too far behind. To make it easy for you, we've rounded up all of our usable features into this one post. As always, you'll find editor's picks, social media tidbits, digital...