I have been on Google+ for at least three weeks now, and if you haven't been a part of this so-called big threat to the Facebook cheese by now because you haven't got an invite or you haven't been bothered, this is what you might have missed.
When Bahrain erupted in anti-government protests in February, many in the West extolled the positive role played by social
Online social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus often deploy friend recommending systems, so that new users can be discovered and new social connections can be created. Since these services have millions of users, recommending friends potentially involves searching a needle in a haystack
PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Nearly one in five UK youngsters have been the victim of cyber-bullying, with girls affected more than
If Google Plus takes over as the dominant social network, the Internet's 'gatekeepers' would have control over an effective tool for cutting through gates of power, as well as a formidable media empire. In that scenario, an emerging form of democracy would be handicapped, if not lost.
One of the downsides of being a "celebrity" Tweeter is the preponderance of people who seem to hang about in dingy bedrooms in their dirty underwear "trolling". A troll is somebody who sends abusive tweets, often to celebrities- some are simply negative comments on a career, others are far more abusive and personal. Accepted practice is "do not feed the trolls". The general feeling is that these low-lives need the attention and that by replying or interacting with them you are giving them what they want. I beg to differ.
French scholar and expert on contemporary Islam, Jean-Pierre Filiu, has a new book due to be published called 'The Arab Revolution - Ten Lessons From The Democratic Uprising'. The book, has the title suggests, draws ten important conclusions from the recent upheavals in the MENA region.
Using an IstyOsty link is like a 21st century Twitter version of a Masonic handshake.
The Holy month of Ramadan kicks off on August 1st - how will this affect the current political stalemates we are seeing across the Middle East?
Britain's children have lost the fine art of socialising. A whole generation has been brought up with their heads in laptops, furiously typing away, oblivious to the world around them. If you - like me - have not already surrendered to the beast, you are considered an alien.