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Date: 05.31.2017
Last year, an estimated 1.6 billion people worldwide purchased goods online, while 72 percent of Americans have at some point used a shared or on-demand service.  That’s thanks to the so-called “platform economy,” which connects consumers and producers online. Online businesses are growing faster than brick-and-mortar...
Date: 05.04.2017
Teens spend an average of nine hours a day on electronic devices, much of that on social media networks. Their embrace of wireless devices is one reason for the broad increase in internet network traffic nationally. But what’s the impact of all that social media use on a teen’s psyche? According to a 2016 UCLA study, social media...
Date: 11.04.2016
The 2016 election may go down as the first one that popularized social media sites as election news sources, especially for millennials. As a tool for political persuasion, social media has come a long way since President Obama first used the medium in 2008. Donald Trump’s 3 a.m. Twitter posts are a hallmark of the Republican candidate...
Date: 10.17.2016
USTelecom is again participating in Free Speech Week this year, where we celebrate the important role that free speech and a free press play in our democracy and society.  We have come a long way from the paper-and-ink pamphlets of the Founding Fathers and the street-corner oratory of our great-grandfathers. Broadband networks have become...
Date: 08.29.2016
Mark the Rio Olympics as the games where streaming came into its own as a viable alternative to traditional TV coverage. In spite of the compelling gold medal performances by Americans Simone Biles, Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky, the average nightly audience of 27.5 million viewers was down 9 percent from the 30.3 million who watched the...
Date: 08.17.2016
Dynamic technologies combined with a wealth of data collection and optimization capabilities are enabling companies to finely target and engage customers in a highly personalized way.  Strategically interacting with customers is a competitive differentiator and honing in on the right technological tools to galvanize customer outreach...
Date: 07.26.2016
From the time of early civilizations, public humiliation has been used as a way to punish a wrongdoer. Today, public humiliation has reemerged as cyberbullying and internet shaming. Through use of social media, anyone online is able to anonymously cast their opinion while the masses give their input or influence more to do the same. This online...
Date: 06.10.2016
Mobile applications have become increasingly popular in recent years. As broadband speeds and data storage limits increase, so does the number of mobile apps developed and downloaded. While many people don’t think about the security risks, there is a potential that downloading mobile apps could compromise personal information and private...
Posted In: Internet, social media
Date: 05.10.2016
Shaming is a longstanding method of social regulation that has taken on a new life since the advent of the internet and social media. The motives, approaches and outcomes of social shaming in the online arena are wide-ranging. Sometimes incendiary online commentary resembles a modern version of mob justice – causing an individual to...
Date: 04.05.2016
Although your oldest memory of social media might be MySpace or Friendster, the roots date back to 1969 with blogging and chat sites. Today it’s a part of everyday life. Businesses, consumers and individuals use social media platforms to exchange ideas, receive product feedback, support a cause, launch a marketing campaign, find job...

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