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Friend Request

Friday, October 26, 2012

Not long ago, writer Emily McCombs received a friend request from a man who had raped her in her adolescence. She talks to Brooke about how you handle that particular social networking quandary, and about how the interaction was ultimately a surprisingly positive one for her.

Sigur Rós - Flugufrelsarinn (performed by Kronos Quartet)

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The Facebook Show

Friday, October 26, 2012

An Austrian man who got Facebook to give him everything they had on him, a writer whose rapist friended her on Facebook, the value of a "Like."

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The Facebook Show

Friday, February 03, 2012

An Austrian man who got Facebook to give him everything they had on him, a writer whose rapist friended her on Facebook, the value of a "Like."

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Is There Life After Facebook?

Friday, February 03, 2012

It’s easy to forget that Facebook has only been around for eight years. In that time, Facebook’s grown from a college dorm room project to a multi-billion dollar company, and made its 27 year-old founder the 4th richest person in the United States. But Facebook’s life represents an eternity in internet years, where sites live, dominate and die at historic speeds. Surely, then, Facebook must one day die, right? According to Clay Shirky, no one ought to hold their breath waiting for Facebook's demise.

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Friend Request

Friday, February 03, 2012

Not long ago, writer Emily McCombs received a friend request from a man who had raped her in her adolescence. She talks to Brooke about how you handle that particular social networking quandary, and about how the interaction was ultimately a surprisingly positive one for her.

Sigur Rós - Flugufrelsarinn (performed by Kronos Quartet)

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Facebook versus the Epiphanator

Friday, February 03, 2012

As popular as Facebook is, it has its share of detractors, especially among public intellectuals. Novelist Jonathan Franzen spoke for many when he said that platforms like Facebook are “great allies and enablers of narcissism" and that "to friend a person is merely to include the person in our private hall of flattering mirrors.” Where’s this frustration coming from? Is it fair? Writer Paul Ford talks to Brooke about an essay he wrote last year that sought to answer that question.

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China's Fake Facebooks

Friday, February 03, 2012

Facebook is blocked in China –but that hasn’t prevented homegrown Facebook knock-off sites from sprouting. And even on China’s fake Facebooks,  real conversations about politics and culture are occurring every day. Jeremy Goldkorn, who monitors Chinese media at his website, talks to Bob about life on China's fake Facebooks.

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Right now, Facebook is blocked in China –but that hasn’t prevented Facebook-like social media from surfacing. 

And even on China’s fake Facebooks – real conversations about real things have occurred. They have been made possible, in part, because of the protective anonymity of the Internet. Recently, though, the Chinese government has taken Zuckerbergian steps to force users to register to use the sites, making themselves known, if not to everyone, than at least to the government. Jeremy Goldkorn, monitors Chinese Media on his website danwei dot com. He says Facebook and Twitter were blocked in China because of street protests, both within China, and also very far away.

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That Little Thing Called "Like"

Friday, February 03, 2012

The Facebook "Like" button has ventured beyond the pages of Facebook. Now, not only can you tell your friends that you "Like" their comments, photos and status updates, you can also tell third-party site how much you "Like" a blog post or news article. Bob explores the meaning of a Facebook "Like."

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Sentiment Analysis Reveals How the World is Feeling

Friday, November 11, 2011

Researchers have been exploring the possibilities of sentiment analysis in areas other than national security and intelligence.  The availability of large amounts of textual data online makes mood tracking of large groups easier than ever. Bob spoke with Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing Professor Johan Bollen about the different applications for sentiment analysis.

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