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Science Says Facebook Is An Actual Epidemic, And It Will Die Out Sooner Than You Think

You know those moments when you roll your eyes and half-joke to your girlfriends that Facebook is a social disease? As it turns out, that’s exactly what it is — at least, according to researchers. John Cannarella and Joshua Spechler of Princeton University compare the social network to a plague. Its rapid growth in popularity is similar to the spread of an infectious disease, and researchers predict it will eventually die out just like a bad strain of flu. The pair made use of equations that are meant to track the growth and recovery of epidemics, and used it to gauge Facebook’s success. To make sure the numbers lined up, they tested those same equations on the long-dead MySpace. The researchers found that the formula matches MySpace’s rise and subsequent plummet to total obscurity, which means their predictions for Facebook just may be spot-on. Keep reading »

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So apparently Myspace is trying to reinvent itself. Again. And while its redesign is apparently quite beautiful and it’s got Justin Timberlake as a mascot, I’m going to wait to break out the champagne. To me, Myspace is a time capsule, in both a literal sense (have you guys ever gone back to look at your pages? Oh sweet mercy is that a weird experience) and a figurative one: its rise and fall encapsulated so much about the people who used it and the world we lived in. These latest whispers about Myspace coming back from the dead got me thinking about the site and all the useful (and not-so-useful) things we learned during those fleeting years we spent perfecting our “About Me” sections and fielding messages from sexual predators. For example… Keep reading »

Quickies: Justin Timberlake Hired By MySpace & Kate And Wills Are On Our Side Of The Pond!

  • Justin Timberlake has been hired by MySpace as … a publicity stunt, it would seem? [Celebitchy]
  • A friend of Jonathan Rhys Meyers denies he tried to commit suicide this week by overdosing on pills. Instead, the pal says the alcoholic actor simply relapsed. [PopEater]
  • Oh my. I never thought I would write the words “Gwyneth Paltrow,” “topless” and “fishnets” in the same sentence. [Celebitchy]
  • Vinny was photographed leaving the “Jersey Shore” house with a packed bag. He reportedly left to spend the night at a hotel. I’m guessing drama with either The Situation or Snooki is to blame for this. [Celebuzz]

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The Frisky’s Guide To Social Networking: Make The Most Of Facebook

Social networking on the Internet is the easiest way to keep in touch with your pals, tell people what you’re up to without, you know, talking to them, promote your parties, and bask in your buddies love. Back in the day, MySpace was like the Wild West — you could post, do, and say anything you wanted. Heck, it turned tramps like Tila Tequila into “stars.” But now everyone — including our parents [Even my mom got an invite! — Editor] — has jumped on the Facebook bandwagon. (It’s so mainstream, the scripted movie about the site, “The Social Network,” officially opens tonight.) So how do you keep your page fun to use, yet still appropriate for your family and co-workers? Here are some tips… Keep reading »

“Unfriending” Is Oxford Dictionary’s 2009 Word Of The Year

First Facebook took over your personal life; now it’s taking over your dictionary. Well, only the New Oxford American Dictionary. Those wordy peeps have chosen the verb “unfriend”—as in, I unfriended Joey so he’d stop pestering me to play that stupid Mafia Wars game!—as their 2009 word of the year, which means it’s been added to their massive publication. “Tramp stamp” and “funemployed” are also new words Oxford included in the dictionary, but (luckily) “unfriend” is the only one we have personal experience with. After the jump, The Frisky’s tales from the trenches of “unfriending!” [Oxford University Press Blog] Keep reading »

Shun, Shag, Or Marry: The Founding Fathers Of Social Networking Sites

Where would we be without social networking sites? We’d never know that the cheerleader who made fun of us in high school got fat, or that the boy who pulled our pigtails in elementary school got married to the girl who gave our boyfriend chlamydia in college. You’d have no idea that the world was so small, that your best friend is currently “totally stressing,” or that your mother knew how to upload pictures. And who do we have to thank for these little joys? The men of MySpace, Twitter, and Facebook, of course, who all happen to be smart, wealthy and hot! Even though Rupert Murdoch (who bought MySpace for $580 million) said the site is for stalkers, and Facebook is rife with Obama haters who want him dead, and Twitter hasn’t earned a single dollar in revenue, these are our boys. And we know just what to do with them.
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