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MIT's Twitter-backed research highlights Twitter use by small Spanish town
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Twitter can be used for a lot of things — a personal newswire, celebrity PR machine, or meme distribution system. It appears that one small town in Spain is taking advantage of Twitter's real-time conversation stream to replace the complaint line at City Hall. Read More
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The Download: Maia Majumder sees herself as a data point
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MIT graduate student Maia Majumder applies mathematics to infectious disease data. In the past year, she has tracked the spread of Ebola and Middle East respiratory syndrome. Majumder, 25, uses Twitter as a professional tool to discuss her research and to interact with colleagues around the world. That has gotten her noticed, leading to a fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital and a contract for an academic book she will co-edit. Majumder shared her digital habits with The Download. Read More
Private social network 'Koko' to give people with depression a boost on bad days
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Millions of Americans battle anxiety disorders and depression, conditions that sap social ties and leave sufferers vulnerable if they lack a viable support system. Now, a group of researchers with ties to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are creating a private social network where people can anonymously share their daily struggles, and also find kinship. While the forum won’t replace professional treatment or therapy, Robert Morris, who created the system as a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab, said it does show promise as a reliable support for people battling stress. Read More
Building Buzz
Nanigans gets $24M for social media ad-tech expansion
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Social media is big business — and it should get even bigger as traditional ad spending continues moving to digital channels. One of the beneficiaries of that shift is Nanigans. The five-year-old company, based in Boston, helps advertisers get the most out of their marketing budget by allowing them to target their digital ads and see how well they perform across hundreds of millions of social-media users. Read More
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The Download: In 140 characters, state senator takes on the Twitter trolls
Massachusetts State Senator Jamie Eldridge tweets while attending the "Building Healthy and Sustainable Communities" social issue talk, hosted by Root Cause at DLA Piper law firm (Photo: Kayana Szymczak for the Boston Globe)
To most politicians, Twitter looks more like a minefield than a social media platform. Yes, it can be used to engage constituents, but the risks of giving the public an unfiltered peek inside a pol’s mind seem too great. Just ask Anthony Weiner or Scott Brown, he of the infamous “Bqhatevwr.” Jamie Eldridge, however, is not afraid. Read More
Work in progress
Twitter expands safety team to better monitor harassment online
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Twitter has tripled the number of staff members working on safety issues and rolled out new systems to track harassment and abusive behavior on the social network. Among the new features will be a method to verify the identity of users, as well as a mechanism for reporting accounts that "dox," or share, a target's personal information, such as a home address, online. Read More