Facebook Friends As ‘Big Brother': Mom Knows About Your Spanx and Bike Shorts Fetish

This one's good for a lot of things.

Facebook friends’ judgments of online purchasing habits have an effect on spending, according to one study. In The ‘Conspicuous Purchase’ Effect by David Neal and Claudia Townsend, the authors say Facebook and Twitter sharing icons attached to a product’s web page can influence a consumer’s decision-making. The Wall Street Journal‘s “Ideas Market” blog reports that when people factor in their social network connections, they think twice about potentially embarrassing purchases: Read More


Harvard Professor Compares Facebook Timeline Posts to Mouse Poop


Facebook Timeline is finally, totally, completely here for everyone (who didn’t already hack their way into it)! Huzzah! If you don’t know what Facebook Timeline is, you’re about to: It’s the social network’s new interface that gives you not one, but two profile pictures. Again: Huzzah! Also, it organizes everything you’ve done on Facebook into an indexed, historical record. It is crazy. So crazy, in fact, that it prompted one Harvard professor to note with disgust—in the New York Times, no less—that in the context of Timeline, your life on the internet is evolving into…a series of very organized pieces of mouse poop. Seriously. Read More