There are only four types of Facebook users, researchers have found

Anyone who uses Facebook can safely assume that to the company we are all one type of one thing: bundles of sellable data. The massive social network is more than one thing to its customers, however. Some of us use it to keep tabs on distant friends, for instance, and others to promote their creative works, or “literally” too-cute toenails. Still others see Facebook as a passive medium, a television channel made up of shows starring everyone they know and some they don’t.

Now a new study, published in the International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking, confirms that Facebook has a Rashomon effect: various user groups interpret the experience of using it very differently. Surprisingly, however, the researchers also found they could easily categorize users into four broad types: “relationship builders,” “window shoppers,” “town criers,” and “selfies.”

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How Normal Guy Mark Zuckerberg Arranges All Those Candid Encounters With Real Americans

In his new, obsessively documented mission to gather (and probably, in some way, monetize) the authenticity of Common People, Facebook’s putty-faced CEO is doing exactly what common people do: showing up to places uninvited, unannounced, and demanding absolute secrecy from strangers.

As Amy Dudley, one of Zuckerberg’s handlers and a former aide to Tim Kaine and Joe Biden, explained to The Wall Street Journal in a new article about the tour’s organization:

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The Mafia Is Teaming Up With Nigeria’s ‘Viking’ Gangsters To Run Sex Rings In Sicily

Mafia members in Sicily are teaming up with a Nigerian gang that uses machetes on its enemies and only accepts degree-qualified members, to run sex rings on the Italian island.

Police sources told The Times that members of the Vikings—a gang that sprung out of Nigerian universities in the 1980s and demands that members have no criminal record—have collaborated with the local Cosa Nostra, or the Sicilian Mafia in Ballaro, a town in Sicily, and were threatening to expand into the capital Palermo.

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Hang Em’ High: How to Hang a Bear Bag

Do you like peanut butter? How about instant oatmeal or trail mix — or at least the M&M’s you pick out from the overstuffed GORP bag? Well, so does every mountain critter from cute little squirrel to big ol’ Grizzly. If you’re heading into the back-country this summer and know you’ll be in bear-itory, it’s time to learn how to hang a bear bag. Although it sounds like a basic, self-explanatory task, there is a right way and a wrong way to hang your food.

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All Tied Up: Useful Outdoor Knots to Know

Whether you’re tying your tent’s rainfly down in a nasty storm, lashing your kayak to a well used roof rack, or making some on-the-trail gear repairs, knowing some essential outdoor knots is a skill every modern outdoorsman needs to master. We’ve been brushing up on a few in preparation for spring camping and climbing season, and have put together a handy little guide for a few of our favorites.

Taut Line Hitch

This hitch can slip along your rope or cord, holding fast under a load. That makes it a perfect option for staking our a tent or shelter, as you’ll be able to balance the tension at each lashing point.

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Kushner, Ivanka rub elbows with Dem billionaire Soros at Hamptons party

First daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner were spotted at a party over the weekend rubbing elbows with billionaire Democratic financier George Soros and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Politico reported Sunday.

The couple were among the guests at Lally Weymouth’s Southampton home Saturday, where the former Washington Post editor — whose family owned the newspaper for decades — was holding a star-studded annual party.

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