Category: Social Networks

Twitter not for sale

Twitter 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 […]

Surging spam attacks on Twitter

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,

Facebook gets Russian investment

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,

Hackers attack Facebook, gain passwords

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 revamp looks good

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 […]

Linking social-networking sites

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 […]