Category: Social Networks

@BU_Tweets leads the Twitter pack!

May 18th, 2010 in Social Networks, University News 0 comments recently asked Boston students: How Does Your School Stack Up Twitteron Twitter? The Answer: Boston University‘s Twitter handle, @BU_Tweets, ranks #1!

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Twitter not for sale

November 24th, 2009 in Media, Social Networks, Technology 0 comments

Twitter iconTwitter co-founder Biz Stone says the social-networking site is looking to make more acqusitions, may eventually be taken public, and is definitely not for sale.  School of Management Professor N. Venkat Venkatraman, head of the Information Systems Department, says he applauds Twitter for maintaining its independence.

“During 2009, Twitter has emerged as a serious and credible ways for social connections to become part of the economic landscape and I expect to see in 2010 the functionality become as central as search-engine optimization.”

Contact N. Venkat Venkatraman, 617-353-7117,

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Surging spam attacks on Twitter

July 6th, 2009 in Social Networks, Technology 0 comments

A rise in malicious spam attacks on Twitter users by cybercriminals, as reported in USA Today,  is directing people to websites soliciting porn,  fake drugs and phony anti-virus subscriptions.  Azer Bestavros, professor of computer science and an expert on social networking security issues, can discuss the problems facing heavy Twitter users.

Contact Azer Bestavros, 617-353-9726,

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Facebook gets Russian investment

May 27th, 2009 in Social Networks 0 comments

Digital Sky Technologies, a Russian investment firm, is investing $200 million for a 1.96-percent stake in the social networking site Facebook.  School of Management Professor N.Venkat Venkatraman, chairman of the Information Systems Department, says this won’t challenge Microsoft’s investment in Facebook which is more of a strategic partnership.

Contact N. Venkat Venkatraman, 617-353-7117,

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Hackers attack Facebook, gain passwords

May 15th, 2009 in Social Networks, Technology 0 comments

A feared phishing attack on Facebook enabled hackers to gain passwords from some of the estimated 200 million users and send e-mails to “friends” urging them to click on links to fake websites. The site fought off a similar attack two weeks ago.  Azer Bestavros, professor of computer science is familiar with many of the security issues Facebook must deal with.

Contact Azer Bestavros, 617-353-9726,   


Facebook revamp looks good

March 6th, 2009 in Social Networks 0 comments

Mass Communications Professor Hyun-Yeul Lee, an authority on online media, says the revamped Facebook with its new 3-column design and highlights section should be an improvement both for users and advertisers. 

“Facebook’s redesign is for the better because it addresses usability and clarity for the users.  It also might be a plus for marketers in that it forces the user to take one more glimpse of an ad literally or in your peripheral vision.”

Contact Hyun-Yeul Lee, 617-353-5974,

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Linking social-networking sites

December 3rd, 2008 in Social Networks 0 comments

There have been many efforts to integrate various social-networking platforms into a seamless community.  Some were introduced by the sites themselves, such as Facebook Connect.  Others are third-party middleware like, launching this week in the U.S.  

College of Communication Professor Hyun-Yeul Lee, a technology expert in the Department of Mass Communication, says the advantage in the effort to align the social-network stars likely will go to the platforms.

“When instant messaging became a big hit through AOL, Yahoo, and MSN, users flocked to specific applications based on their daily use, while others used clients that were already available associated with their e-mail accounts.  Because of a wider distribution use between the different client applications, there was a need for middleware applications or middleware features in existintg clients to log onto other IM spaces.

“It is natural to see such a parallel now with social-networking sites, but different in the manner that these sites are social repositories.  I predict sites like will not be as successful because of two factors:  Communities have flocked together and grown within a popular network, such as Facebook and Myspace; and popular network sites such as Facebook allow developers to build an application which can include integrating other social-network sites.

“Unless there are convenience features compelling enough in sites such as, middleware ideas will most likely be developed and adopted within existing social-networking sites.”