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From Top 8s to mutuals; MySpace’s forgotten influence on how we interact with the internet

From Top 8s to mutuals; MySpace’s forgotten influence on how we interact with the internet

Marty O'Connell, Contributing Writer

February 11, 2019


Filed under Opinions

Despite what you may think, MySpace still exists. The social networking site, which reigned popular in the mid-to- late-2000s, was purchased by the media conglomerate Meredith Corporation in late January of 2018 (two years after being purchased by Time Inc.). While the site may not be as popu...

Has social media stunted our political understanding?

Has social media stunted our political understanding?

Nikki Roberts, Contributing Writer

October 15, 2018


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Social media trends come and go. One week Facebook users are uploading videos of the Drake- inspired Kiki dance challenge, and the next they’re busy sharing memes about moths and lamps. For social media users whose primary sources of political news are sites like Twitter and Facebook, keeping up with...

I am not a bot

I am not a bot

Mackenzie Murtaugh, Opinions Editor

February 5, 2018


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On Jan. 27, the New York Times broke a story entitled “The Follower Factory” that exposed the American company Devumi for selling and distributing fake Twitter followers to users. Some of their customers include public figures like the football commentator Ray Lewis, actor John Leguizamo and the Chica...

“Swatting” call takes a life

“Swatting” call takes a life

Carina Smith, Nation & World Editor

January 8, 2018


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A call came in to the Wichita, Kansas police department on Thursday, Dec. 28 that painted a scary tale of a man who was holding his mother and brother hostage after killing his father. Police surrounded the house that evening as the victim was on his phone in his living room. Moments after they arriv...

Twitter expands tweet length, sacrifices clarity in the process

Twitter expands tweet length, sacrifices clarity in the process

Natalie Taylor

October 2, 2017


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Sounding off on Twitter just got an upgrade. On Tuesday, Sept. 26, Twitter announced it will test the idea of expanding tweets to 280 characters or less. Twitter’s online announcement claims they are, “giving you more characters to express yourself.” The change comes out of users’ frustration o...

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