social media

This Guy Knows Why People 'Unfriend' You on Facebook

It's probably either because you're an opinionated loudmouth or just boring.

Facebook Might Be Making Women Feel Bad About Their Bodies

Spending more time on the social-networking site is associated with having a worse body image, researchers say.


The Big City Bike Parking Negative Feedback Loop

Too often, racks are taken up by the carcasses of bikes that have long been abandoned.


This Clever New Street Art Gently Mocks Social Media Addicts

This is how you feel when nobody likes your selfie.

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What New York's Social Network Might Look Like If We Could Actually See It

A wild experiment in 3D data visualization.


Scientists May Have Decoded Your Social Circle

Researchers studying the shape of our social networks make some startling findings.


Facebook Is Using Your Profile to Track Global Urban Migration Trends

Which cities attract the most people, and what kinds of communities are losing them.

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Computers Can Now Automatically Stereotype 'Hipsters' and 'Bikers'

Scientists have trained algorithms to determine your "urban tribe" from your online photos.


Serious Foursquare Users Interact With Public Space in a Totally Different Way

The technology can make it easier to approach strangers, and alter our sense of belonging.

We've Seen This 'Knockout' Game Hysteria Before, And We'll See It Again

Another social media-fueled trend that wasn't.


How Flickr Predicted Hurricane Sandy's Landfall

An amazing comparison of social media meta-data, in two charts.


Mapping the 'Time Boundaries' of a City

An EU-funded project is building platforms to detect patterns in how people use urban spaces.


Twitter Can Tell Whether Your Community Is Happy or Not

The results of a study of 82 million tweets from 1,300 counties.


A Heat Map Dining Guide to Hoagies, Hipsters and Bacon

Thanks to Yelp reviews.

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How Twitter Is Changing the Geography of Communication

New research suggests that location plays a smaller role now in who we talk to and what we talk about.


Researchers Can Tell How Healthy Your Neighborhood Is From Your Facebook Page

Tracking obesity rates based on your interest in outdoor fitness, health and wellness, and television.

Holiday Car Ads in the Era of Millennials Buying Fewer Cars

Lexus takes aim at social media as a perceived deterrent to driving.

Why Your Apartment Should Be on Facebook

A Cleveland start-up helps apartment complexes up their social media game.