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Decoding Social Media
Groupon, Daily Deals and the Complex Question of Business Failure
An econometrics study of failures among businesses that have offered daily deals hints at a bewildering complexity behind this kind of marketing
November 12, 2012
Three Questions for Robin Dunbar
The British anthropologist’s pioneering research on human social behavior has shaped business theory, military planning, and social-network design.
July 12, 2012
Facebook Considers Mobile Ads That Know What You're Doing
The social network needs to make mobile apps pay. Ads that use phone sensors to understand a person’s surroundings could be the answer.
July 10, 2012
A Social Network Built for Two
A new app gives couples a private network to share texts, videos, and virtual kisses—and shows there’s space for social innovation.
March 30, 2012
Finding the Perfect Startup Match
A service called FounderDating helps tech entrepreneurs meet their ideal startup mate.
March 26, 2012
Review: Getting Stuck on Pinterest
A social curation startup makes collecting, and sharing, Web images surprisingly addictive.
February 15, 2012
Why Viewers Could Soon Control Super Bowl Ads
Tweets and other social media comments are about to drive real-time changes in programming.
February 2, 2012
New Apps Let Facebook Record Your Personal History
The site can now provide summaries and stats that offer a window on your life months or years in the past.
January 19, 2012
A Social-Media Decoder
New technology deciphers—and empowers—the millions who talk back to their televisions through the Web.
October 18, 2011
Canv.as Paints a New Approach to Social Networking
A new venture by 4chan founder Chris Poole intends to be both social and fun.
September 9, 2011
Friending Your Doctor Online
A new social-networking service aims to improve the flow of communication by connecting doctors and patients online.
August 31, 2011
Why Rioters Won't Be Protected by BlackBerry Messaging System
Police may already be sifting through communications for incriminating messages.
August 10, 2011
Picking up Signals from Television Viewers
Bluefin Labs aims to measure the connections between social media and television shows.
July 11, 2011
How Divorce Lawyers Use Social Networks
They’re finding useful information for legal cases on Facebook and Twitter.
July 1, 2011
Can AI Be Your Guide to the Web?
A startup has licensed heavyweight artificial-intelligence technology for its online recommendation engine.
June 21, 2011
Are Social Bookmarks Still Delicious?
YouTube’s cofounders plan to rehabilitate one of the first social-media services.
April 29, 2011
Bringing Online Conversation Back Home
A startup helps publishers keep the discussion on their own sites, rather than scattered everywhere.
March 18, 2011
Yammer Gets Workers Hooked First, then Woos Bosses
A free business-focused social network lets employees choose how to collaborate.
March 14, 2011
How to Turn Bargain Hunters into Loyal Customers
A new app blurs the line between gaming and hunting for deals.
March 10, 2011
Toward a More Social Sense of Place
A new crop of location-based services for mobile devices will encourage users to interact more.
March 4, 2011
Web Service Goes Date a-Mining
Much like Netflix can suggest movies, an Internet recommendation engine called Wings points you toward dating prospects.
September 7, 2010
Mining Mood Swings on the Real-Time Web
A startup provides free access to real-time data from the social Web.
August 24, 2010
Getting a Grip on Online Buzz
Service tracks social network chitchat about a product.
February 9, 2010
Making TV Social, Virtually
What happens when your online pals meet your TV?
January 11, 2010
Making Money with Social Media
Do blogs and tweets help a company’s bottom line? One startup thinks it has the answer.
December 29, 2009
Personalized, Real-Time Web Content
A new version of Netvibes focuses on real-time data from around the Internet.
December 1, 2009
Privacy Requires Security, Not Abstinence
Protecting an inalienable right in the age of Facebook.
June 23, 2009
Can Video Games be the New MTV?
Selling songs via console games, the Web, and phones may help the ailing music industry.
April 3, 2009
Popularity Poll Ranks Startups
Measuring online buzz could help investors, a company claims.
February 19, 2009
Who's Messing with Wikipedia?
The back-and-forth behind controversial entries could help reveal their true value.
February 6, 2009
McCain's Web Win
Campaign strategists and Facebook’s cofounder discuss the 2008 election.
December 12, 2008
Why 23,201 people care that Justine Ezarik just ate a cookie.
October 20, 2008
The Video Web
Three startups let users layer new content onto online video.
October 20, 2008
"It's Not a Revolution if Nobody Loses"
A new age of “technological reproducibility” is here.
August 19, 2008
Ten Web Startups to Watch
We profile some of the most innovative ideas of the Social Web.
June 23, 2008