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Flipboard: the new Lindsay Lohan?

 by John Moe // Posted: 07/21/10 11:14 AM

I don’t know who Flipboard’s PR people are but they should win the Nobel Prize for PR (a prize I’m glad doesn’t exist). Everyone is talking this morning about Flipboard, a free app for the iPad that turns your social media into something of a magazine. So your Twitter feeds and your Facebook for now but there are plans to work in Flickr, Yelp, and even your email. It’s also an interface so you can update all those things in addition to reading them. I’ve tried to use it on an iPad but it’s now so slammed with traffic that I can’t get on. It’s like an exclusive nightclub on an iPad! Anyway, there seems to be a lot of buzz about the latest interface That Changes Everything, which may be a load of hooey but it’s good to keep an eye on Flipboard.

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Colors? Check. Shapes? Check. Social networking skillz? Check.

 By Jeff Horwich // Posted: 07/21/10 06:00 AM

In Australia, at least, parents are convinced social networks — Facebook, Twitter, ‘RooSpace (trust me, it’s huge Down Under) — are ruining their children’s brains. Half of ten-year-olds already have a social network profile. Usage stats are similar here in the U.S., and no doubt parental worry runs high here as well. After all, t(w)eens and online life have proven a combustible combination.

And yet…or perhaps because of that…new social networks are springing up all the time for the kiddies, including the new Togetherville, which pushes the demographic as low as six-years-old — or lower, as CEO Mandeep Dhilllon tells us in this episode. Toddlers are already tugging on our shirt hems to see what we’re doing all the time on the com-poo-ter. Why not give them a safe space to build up their online IQ?

OK, I’m listening, I’m listening…

One of the innovative things Togetherville brings to the table is the way it lets…nay, requires…parents get involved in the process. Parents and kids register as a team — parents using their Facebook log-in (via Facebook Connect — the two sites are totally independent). There’s a parallel level of interaction where parents connect with the parents of their kids’ friends.

But hold up. Isn’t this just another reason for kids to nurture computer addiction? Shouldn’t they be out collecting bugs to put in jars or something? No doubt there are child psychologists who might find this whole trend deeply troubling. But they would be somewhat blind to the modern world, says psychologist Dr. Pamela Rutledge, who says social media literacy can’t start too young.

I’ve got a two-year-old, and this topic got me a little riled up thinking about it. Now after doing the show, I’m not sure what to think. We’d love to hear your experiences — have your kids tried out Imbee, Togetherville, Club Penguin, or any of the other kid-focused social networks?

(Guest-hosted by Jeff Horwich.)

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Want to quit Facebook but they won't let you go?

 by John Moe // Posted: 05/10/10 10:59 AM

We’re working on a show for tomorrow about Facebook and how quitting the social media site doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve left. I’ve heard from many people, including a colleague this morning, that while Facebook does give you a path to deactivate your account, it’s darn near impossible to actually delete your account. Have any of you tried to leave Facebook? What happened?

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What will we do with all this "white space"?

09/26/10 11:15 AM

There’s a vote coming up this week in Washington that will have a big impact on how you use the internet, what’s available to you, how much faster you’ll be able to get things online. On Thursday, the FCC is expected to open up unused parts of the broadcast spectrum, a lot of people call it “white space”. This is space that was positioned to be something of a buffer between television stations but such padding is proving less essential since the conversion to digital TV.

On today’s show, we talk to Glenn Fleishman from Wi-Fi Networking News and The Economist about how the spectrum works and what kind of new space we’re talking about. We also check in with Tim Wu from Columbia Law School about the companies that will look to use the space and what it all might mean for you and me as internet consumers.

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