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What it looks like when 100,000 people rally for Internet freedom

Swarms of protesters took to the streets of Budapest, Hungary, on Tuesday night, waving their smartphones in the air to demonstrate against a planned tax on Internet use. The protest, which was the second in about a week, was largely organized through a Facebook page.


How Much Time Have You Wasted on Facebook?

Estimate the total amount of time you’ve spent on the site with this tool.


Facebook will celebrate its 10th birthday next week. Created in a dorm room by Mark Zuckerberg and a few friends, TheFacebook.com came to life on Feb. 4, 2004. In its decade of existence, the social network has attracted 1.1 billion users, and all their pokes, wall posts, baby photos and engagement announcements add up to a whole lot of time. Use TIME’s calculator to see just how many days of your life have been lost to this ten-year-old.



Facebook doesn’t publicize data on exactly how often a user logs in, though you can bet that they’ve got that information. In lieu of that measurement, this app runs through the timestamps on every post in your feed until it reaches the earliest one, which it uses as the estimated date that you created your profile. Users who are extraordinarily active on the site may get an estimate that is considerably later than the actual date that they joined.

More: http://techland.time.com/2014/01/27/how-much-time-have-you-wasted-on-facebook/

If The Characters Of “Friends” Had The Internet


Rachel would be your worst nightmare as a friend on Facebook, regularly changing her relationship status to “it’s complicated” — it’s not; her and Ross have just had a small argument — and humblebragging constantly.


Tinder / Warner Bros. / BuzzFeed

Tinder / Warner Bros. / BuzzFeed
Joey would be a full-time Tinder player, although his charm wouldn’t come across through online messaging. He’d eventually delete the app after regularly stumbling across people he’s dated in the real world.


Pinterest / BuzzFeed
The quintessential Pinterest user, Monica would spend her evenings obsessively organising her many created pinboards and occasionally criticising the boards of others.


LinkedIn / Warner Bros. / BuzzFeed
Ross would hate all social media but still have a LinkedIn profile because apparently “that doesn’t count”.


Youtube / Warner Bros. / BuzzFeed
An uploaded video of “Smelly Cat” on YouTube would go viral, although not as much as the Auto-Tuned version, which would make Phoebe internet famous. She’d continue posting videos and gain a small but devoted fandom on the site.


Twitter / Warner Bros. / BuzzFeed
Chandler would almost definitely have a Twitter account, where he’d be tweeting terrible, but very occasionally OK-ish puns to a decent follower count.


Google+ / Warner Bros. / BuzzFeed
Gunther made one post on Google+ in 2011. He still regularly checks to see if anyone’s responded to it yet.

Facebook Will Make it Easier to Unfollow Boring Friends

The splash page for the social media Internet site Facebook.

Users will be able to more easily hide people from their News Feed

Facebook is continuing CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s dream of turning the social networking site into “the perfect, personalized newspaper for everyone in the world” by giving usersmore control over their News Feed.

The company is adding a new News Feed settings page that will show users which people and pages they interact with most frequently and those they’ve recently unfollowed, Facebook announced Friday.

The change will allow users to more easily add and delete people and pages from the News Feed based on user interest. The feature is available on the mobile and desktop versions of the site, and will come to the Facebook app within the coming weeks.

Users can also use the gray arrows that appear in the top right corners of posts to hide stories they’re not interested in reading. Then, they can select whether they’d like to see less from that person or unfollow them altogether.

Earlier this year, Facebook announced it would start cracking down on clickbait and hyperbolic headlines in News Feed links by evaluating how much time users spent reading a link and whether they were liking and sharing it.

The Psychology of Oversharing Facebook Couples

New research looks at who, exactly, keeps posting those public declarations of love on your newsfeed.

Okay, so maybe you don’t want to know the nickname that girl from your high school has given her new paramour, just like you don’t particularly want to know the color of the daisies he bought her last week, or what they ate on their anniversary date, or the fact that he is, hands down, the best boyfriend ever.

Surely, there are other, more valuable things that could be taking up the space in your brain currently occupied by the knowledge that she’s the luckiest girl in the world.

But chances are you know these things anyway, because Facebook knows them, too.

As it turns out, Facebook knows a lot of things about its users’ romantic lives. It knows when they’re falling in love, and it knows when they’re falling out of love. But what it sees in between may have a lot to do with the self-esteem of the individuals doing the falling:

New research from Abington University found that people whose confidence is more closely tied to the strength of their romantic relationship—or those with higher levels of relationship-contingent self-esteem, in psych-speak—are more likely to use the social networking site to broadcast their happiness.

Researchers surveyed a small group of volunteers in relationships ranging from one month to 30 years in duration about their satisfaction and relationship-related Facebook habits, including how often they posted couple photos and how much they interacted with their partners’ pages. Separately, they used a self-reporting personality test to assess participants’ personalities based on five traits: extraversion, neuroticism, openness, agreeableness, and conscientiousness, comprising what’s known to psychologists as the “Big Five.”

Logically, it makes sense that relationship-contingent self-esteem, which has previously been linked to lower overall self-esteem and higher social anxiety, could lead someone to seek validation by systematically “liking” each of their partner’s status updates or insisting on making things Facebook official:

“There is positive correlation between your self-esteem being contingent on relationships and it being contingent on other things external to you (e.g., others’ approval),” lead study author Gwendolyn Seidman told me in an email. “Those high in RSCE feel the need to show others, their partners and perhaps themselves that their relationship is ‘OK,’ and thus, they are OK.”

Introverts were also more likely than extraverts to use Facebook both to show off their relationships and to keep tabs on their partners’ activity, even though past research has shown that extraverts tend to be more active on Facebook and to have larger online networks (and, therefore, a greater potential reach for that latest kissing shot).

One possible reason for this discrepancy, Seidman said, could be that extraverts simply share more personal details offline, an option that comes less easily to their shyer peers: “Introverted individuals [can] feel more comfortable expressing hidden aspects of the self online,” she wrote, “so maybe they would be more comfortable expressing affection online or using [Facebook] as a way to seek out information about their partner by monitoring their activity.”

Notably, although Seidman’s previous research found that individuals who overdo it with personal information on Facebook just want to belong, the same pattern didn’t apply to couples in this newest study. Relationship-contingent self-esteem didn’t necessarily mean the relationship itself was lacking; in fact, the same people who posted couple-y items more frequently also tended to bemore satisfied with their partners than those who did not.

“I think a lot of people think, ‘Oh, it’s all phony,” Seidman said. “I think they’d be surprised to hear that it is associated with being genuinely happy in their relationships.”

In other words—to the sure disappointment of many a cynic—when it comes to romance, the oversharers may not be trying to compensate for anything. The luckiest girl in the world and the best boyfriend ever may just be posting their romantic bliss all over the place because they really, truly are that happy.

Facebook Went Down And People Started Calling The Cops

Do we spend too much time on Facebook? Depends. When the site goes down, do you consider it to be an emergency?

We hope you answered “obviously not,” but according to Los Angeles Sherrif Department Sgt. Burton Brink, lots of people call the authorities when their favorite social network appears to be offline.

Facebook went down around 12:30pm today, according to a breaking news report on NBC.

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Soon after, Brink tweeted the following:


He continued to tweet, explaining that this “happens a lot.”


Business Insider reached out to Brink for comment but he was unavailable.

Don’t worry everyone, Facebook is back. Next time the site goes down, remember to leave the police lines open for real emergencies.

Time Can Predict Your Perfect Marriage Date by Facebook App

Real-world social networks exert an enormous influence over our attitudes about marriage. This is one reason that Facebook makes some people so unhappy. Watching the parade of our friends’ major life events makes us both envious and lonely.

Given that envy and loneliness are Valentine’s Day’s two chief exports, TIME presents an app that analyzes your Facebook feed to see exactly when your friends are tying the knot—and when it might be time for you to take the plunge.


This application measures the median age of your married friends, meaning the person for whom half your married friends are younger and half are older. Because you are probably friends with a lot of people close to your age, this figure will theoretically identify whether you have passed the point where many of your contemporaries start tying the knot. It will work better for some than others.

For the purposes of this tool, “married” refers to anyone who lists his or her relationship status as “married,” “engaged,” “in a domestic partnership,” or “in a civil union.” We’re aware that some people use this status facetiously. Since the distribution of your friends’ ages tends to form a bell curve centered on your own age, a few jokesters shouldn’t throw off the figure drastically.

This app only counts friends who list their date of birth, including the year. In testing, TIME found that this amounted to about 25 percent of all profiles, but that will vary from user to user.

Many people who are not in a serious relationship simply do not list a relationship status. It is not possible to distinguish these people from those who are married but choose not to report that fact to Facebook. As a result, the percentage of married friends that this app reports is probably lower than the actual figure, though not by a huge margin.

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