Tenure isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, argues Denise Cummins. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where Cummins used to teach as an adjunct, recently rescinded a job offer made to professor Steven Salaita — even though he had tenure — because his tweets were “uncivil.” Cummins weighs in on the changing economics of higher ed, and what that means for academic freedom. Continue reading
The owner of a wedding photo lost during the Sept. 11 attacks was identified thanks to a Boston woman who has been posting the image online for years. Continue reading
If you think your Facebook NewsFeed or Twitter timeline is becoming an echo chamber of the same material, you’re right. According to a new Pew Research Center report on the role of social media in civil discourse, Facebook might not be the best place to have a lively debate on a difficult topic. Continue reading
Hashtag activism is a term coined to describe the use of viral hashtags on social media to raise awareness and foster discussion about specific issues and causes, but can it affect real change? Continue reading
Twitter has disclosed the number of its users that are actually human as opposed to account-holding, automated programs in its most recent quarterly filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission. According to the report, about 23 million — or 8.5% of Twitter’s monthly active users — hold accounts that are programmatically updated “without any discernible additional user-initiated action.” Continue reading
Twitter released the gender and ethnicity make-up of employees Wednesday, and by their admission, there is room for improvement.
Today is the anniversary of Twitter’s public launch. To celebrate this anniversary we’ve rounded up eight Twitter superlatives. Here are a few of the tweets (and accounts) that we felt earned a title in this past year. Continue reading
When the 2014 World Cup kicks off June 12, it may be scoring a new goal for Twitter.
Guilherme Ribenboim, Brazil’s general director for Twitter, said Tuesday that the microblogging company expects that the month-long international soccer competition will easily be the most tweeted event in the website’s history, eclipsing the 150 million tweets sent during the 2012 London Olympic Games. Continue reading