How much are we really using the internet?!

 In today’s society we use more internet in 1 second than we used during the entire year of 1993!

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That doesn’t really come as a surprise considering the moment we walk into a new place our first question is more than likely going to be, “What’s the password for your WiFi?”. With new technology coming out faster than we can keep up, we are finding ourselves constantly on the internet. Whether we’re just scrolling through Facebook to catch up with friends and family or we’re replying to a work email. Our internet usage has increased so much, in fact, that the world’s usage in a single second surpasses that which was used by the world in the entire year of 1993.

In 1993, only around 1-3% of classrooms and 23% percent of people had access to the internet, and it was not at all commercialized, though that would change completely by 1995. Now the internet is in nearly every household and every public building. You can almost get internet on any public street. It is reported that 1.2 billion people own and/or are using some kind of smartphone regularly, not to mention those who have them, but let them stay idle most of the time.

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Yahoo joins Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Google by releasing personal information to the Government.

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Along with the other major corporations recently, Yahoo has declared that they will be releasing all of the requests made buy the U.S. authorities for information about their users.

The announcement to place late Monday night Pacific Time by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and and General Counsel Ron Bell via blog post.  This is the first of its kind by Yahoo and was very similar to the statements made by Microsoft, Apple, and Facebook.

I attempts to preserve the trust of their users, Yahoo  said that between December 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013, it received between 12,000 and 13,000 requests for information, which until earlier in June companies were not allowed to release.

Apple said that they had handled 4,000 to 5,000 requests during the same time period.

Yahoo has also added that the “most common of these requests concerned fraud, homicides, kidnapping, and other criminal investigations” rather than classified requests.

However, Yahoo did not say how many user accounts were associated with these requests, like Apple and Facebook did.

Yahoo did say that later this summer they would begin issuing a twice-a-year “global law enforcement transparency report.”

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What are your Facebook Likes telling people about you?

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According to a study released today, What you like on Facebook may be revealing your personality traits, your intelligence  and even your sexual orientation.

Researchers at the University of Cambridge have studied the likes of 58,000 Facebook users.  The study showed them that they could determine users’ IQ, gender, sexual orientation, political, religious beliefs, and even substance abuse by users’ likes on Facebook with an accuracy rate of more than 80 percent.

Likes on Facebook for such things as photos, friends’ status updates, as well as pages for music, sports, and books were all analyzed by researchers.  When their findings were compared to user-provided demographics, researchers learned they had correctly predicted sexual orientation 88 percent of the time, ethnicity 95 percent of the time, and political views 85 percent of the time.

These researchers have been quoted as saying, “This study demonstrates the degree to which relatively basic digital records of human behavior can be used to automatically and accurately estimate a wide range of personal attributes that people would typically assume to be private.”  “Likes represent a very generic class of digital records, similar to Web search queries, Web browsing history, and credit card purchases,” “In contrast to these other sources of information, Facebook Likes are unusual in that they are currently publicly available by default.”

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Facebook to make changes to the News Feed Today!

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Users of the social media giant, Facebook, are sharing more about themselves as time goes on and today we are all going to learn how Facebook wants us to consume that shared information.  Today, the company is holding a press conference at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California to introduce the new News Feed.

Facebook invited reporters to an event last week, stating they would get to “see a new look for the News Feed.”  Many technology news sites expect Facebook to introduce a new image-enhanced version of the News Feed for both the Web and Mobile phones.

TechCrunch has said that Facebook will launch a series of feeds that will allow users to view shared information based on different types of content.  The feed will include larger images and ads, according to the tech website.

CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, suggested at a redesign months ago.  “As our news ffed design evolves to show richer kinds of stories, that opens up new opportunities to offer different kinds of ads as well,”  “One of the product design principles that we’ve always had is we want the organic content to be of the same basic types as the paid content, right?”

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User are getting annoyed with Facebook. Many of them need a break.

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Anymore, people stay connected in several different ways, but one of the largest ways to stay connected is through social media.  The biggest social media network, Facebook, is accessible on your phone, your computer,  and even on some television.  Some people are now saying they need a rest from all the social networking.

Facebook Fatigue may be setting in with some users, according to new research.  Out of all the Facebook users surveyed, 27 percent say they plan on spending less time on the site.  In comparison, only about 3 percent said they would be spending more time on Facebook  in 2013.  The remaining 69 percent of Facebook users said they are planing on spending the same amount of time on the site.

61 percent of Facebook users have taken a break from the service for several weeks at a time or more, according to the Pew study.  Most users do not delete their profiles while on vacation from Facebook.

Pew also found that tow thirds of Americans have an account with Facebook.

The reasons for users to take a break from Facebook  are all over the map.  21 percent of people are are saying they were just to busy with real-life responsibilities to spend time reading posts, liking and commenting.  another 10 percent called it a waste of time, while yet another 10 percent said it was caused from a lack of interest.  9 percent of Facebook users said they get tired with the amount of drama and gossip on the site.  Only 4 percent of people mentioned mentioned privacy and security concerns as their reasons for taking a break.

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