Apr 8, 2009 | 5
While people in the U.S. were twiddling their thumbs, Twittering about plans to see Fast and Furious or run to the grocery store yesterday, thousands of Moldovan youth were busy using the social messaging network to assemble a massive rally in response to Sunday's election results and the country's bust economy.
Protesters organized using Facebook and the Twitter tag #pman, which stands for Piata Marii Adunari Nationale, a large square in the capital city Chisinau, where the demonstrators gathered.
The protesters, some of whom pushed their way into government buildings, were reacting in part to the weekend's parliamentary elections, in which the Communist Party won half of the votes – enough to make changes to the constitution and select a president. The European Union recognized the election as legitimate, but some maintain that it was fixed. As the demonstration—and live Tweets—increased in fervor, Internet was cut off in the small eastern European country's capital Chisinau, and by this morning police there had reestablished control of the major offices, according to The New York Times.
Oct 8, 2008
A few weeks ago, I found out that my presence on Facebook can indicate just how narcissistic I am, thanks to a study in the October issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. But the results were far from definitive, and I am just too interested (in myself) to rest without a better answer.
So I was delighted to find out that there was another study on the matter in the same journal that took a different tack. In this study, psychologists tried to explain a paradox: "If the behaviors associated with narcissism are also associated with ineffective leadership, why then do narcissists so often rise to positions of leadership and power?"
Sep 26, 2008 | 7
A friend I’ve been trying to convince to join Facebook forwarded me a LiveScience story this afternoon about a study that found that a person’s narcissism can be predicted by how he or she uses the popular social networking site.
In the study, which appears in the October issue of Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 129 Facebook users participated in a survey designed to pick up narcissistic personality traits. Another group of college kids then examined the 129 users’ Facebook pages for evidence of such narcissism.
The findings, in a nutshell: The more info that users (or their friends) posted about themselves, the more narcissistic they were deemed to be. They were also the ones most likely to have sexier and more self-promoting main profile photos.
Jul 21, 2008 | 1
Should journalists be hanging out on Facebook? I only joined about two months ago, after some prodding from other reporter friends. My answer, though, is an emphatic yes, because I got a story within about 20 minutes of signing up.
Here’s what happened: A bioethicist who was a columnist at a magazine I was deputy editor of before coming here had sent me an invitation before I joined. So I confirmed that invitation once I signed up. Then I noticed a bunch of things about his profile page: A curious status line about having the worst month ever. A job that seemed to end abruptly. Lots of references to lawyers.
So I assigned reporters to check it out. Turned out there was a lot more. Facebook was just the tip of the iceberg. See our coverage here, here, and here.
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