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Nextdoor, the Social Network for Neighbors, Now Valued at $1.1 Billion

Nextdoor, the “private social network for you, your neighbors and your community”, just raised enough new funding to make it a billion-dollar company – in valuation, at least. The company has raised $110 million in venture capital from Redpoint Ventures and Insight Venture Partners. This gives the company a $1.1 billion valuation. “None of this would have been possible without …

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Social Network Screenings Could Harm Businesses, Shows Study

As the general public has jumped onto Facebook and Twitter in the past few years, more employers are now using social networks as human resource screening tools. Though there may be nothing illegal with businesses viewing public social media profiles, that action could end up leaving businesses in a tough spot – and could even cause considerable harm. A new …

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Twitter Sending Out Invites to Select Android Users

Twitter is sending out golden tickets in the form of notifications to invite beta group testers to a new alpha testing program. Instead of just relying on bug reports for test version feedback, Twitter will now reissue these versions along with a discussion forum for direct interaction between testers and developers. Back in August, Twitter invited official Android Twitter application …

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Twitter Tops Facebook Among Teens In Popularity Survey

Despite claims from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that teens aren’t losing interest in the social network, a new study suggests that Twitter has become the most important network for teens as Facebook declines in popularity. The study comes from Piper Jaffray, who surveyed over 8,000 teens and found that Twitter is now, for the first time, the demographic’s go-to source …

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Faking a School Shooting Alert Is an Awfully Dumb Way to Get People to Use Your New Social Network

Today, we all gather to nominate Bevii and this terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad idea into the Dumb Idea Hall-of-Fame. In order to promote their new startup social network, the University of North Carolina students behind Bevii decided to create an email alert to some “shots fired” on campus. Whoa-ho! Watch out! Facebook is dooooooown. Except the joke’s not funny …

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Google+ Tops Twitter in Mobile App Popularity

A recent study from London-based GlobalWebIndex reveals that Google+ tops Twitter in terms of popularity with smartphone app users worldwide. The study places Google+ at number 4 behind Google Maps, Facebook, and YouTube. Twitter comes in at number 6, right behind Weixin/WeChat. Here are the top 10 in a nice infographic from Mashable. But what exactly do the numbers mean? …

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People on the Internet Are Made Nicer by Other People’s Niceness

If a book, TV show, movie, restaurant, etc. is incredibly popular (I mean, everyone is raving about it), there’s a chance that you might assign it a positive rating too – even if you weren’t that impressed. Call it peer pressure, call it the sway of the crowd, or call it “herding,” but the fact remains: people are influenced by …

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LinkedIn Hits 1 Million Members in Singapore

While Facebook has recently been losing members in the U.S. and U.K., it has seen growth in developing countries such as India. While its worldwide membership growth is currently offsetting its membership losses, the loss of 6 million U.S. members this month does point to increasing competition in the social media space. One of Facebook’s largest competitors, LinkedIn, has been …

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Louisiana Looks to Ban Facebooking While Driving in Expansion of Anti-Texting Laws

The state of Louisiana is looking to crack down on another activity that threatens the safety of its commuters: Facebooking while driving. Really, this includes any sort of social networking while driving like tweeting or posting photos to Instagram. The bill, Senate bill 147, has passed committee without objection. Louisiana already bans texting while driving, but this bill would extend …

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New Myspace Opens Up To All (Especially Justin Timberlake Fans)

After a few-month-long beta period, the big Myspace redesign is finally available to anyone and everyone who wishes to join. To sign up for a new Myspace account, you can either use your old Myspace credentials or log in via Facebook. When the redesign was first teased back in September 2011, it had Justin Timberlake all over it. And why …

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Facebook Slowly Conquering the World, Still Trails in Russia, China

It’s Facebook’s world – every other social network is just living in it. Big blue’s virus-like spread has been well-documented, as the company has spent the past three years making up ground in countries like Brazil, Mexico, India, and more to become the most-popular social network in the world (and in a majority of countries). Social media analyst Vincenzo Cosenza …

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New Laws Banning Employers From Asking For Facebook Passwords Go Into Effect

The new year brings with it a number of things, including new laws. One of those laws, going into effect in California and Illinois, seek to protect your privacy during the employee screening process. At 12:01 a.m. on Monday morning, a new law went into effect banning employers from requesting Facebook passwords from potential or current employees. The law is …

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