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Facebook vs. Twitter, and Facebook wins

By: Sam Schmitt

How Facebook won the web

What first caught my eye was that this was about Facebook. Second thing was the article was written by Pete Cashmore, founder and writer of Mashable, which we talked about in class.

This week in London, England, Facebook has introduced a “like” button that will be available all around the Web. Clicking this button on a Web site will share the site with your friends on your Facebook.

Between Facebook and Twitter, Twitter has so far been unable to compete with Facebook’s massive number of users. Facebook: 400 million. Twitter: 100 million.

Facebook has even become a strong competitor against Google. Google’s search goes by interlinked Web pages. Facebook’s search is more personalized because it has a list of your friends and their interests, allowing it to know you on a personal level.

Google has tried to make a comeback by introducing Google Buzz, but so far they have failed.

The rate at which new technology is being introduced blows my mind. Google, which has been around for over a decade, seems to be on its way to being beaten by a social networking site that has been around for half the time.

I wonder if we will soon be saying, “Hang on. I’ll ‘Facebook’ it.”

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MSU students spread out for Final Four semi-final game

By Samantha Scheltema

Since it is the Easter holiday this Sunday, many MSU students spent their time watching the game between the Spartans and Bulldogs in their hometowns. This map is of where some of the MSU students were during the game.

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Three blogs I dig…and why you should too

Google’s search engine has made us ridiculously lazy these days. I guess I can’t speak for my classmates, but me? It’s made me lazy.

I type frantically into my computer: “best blogs”.

Health care, Iraq, sports, the auto industry…all overdone. If I’m going to read a blog this late at night, it has to catch my attention I decide.

“The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels”: it’s something my classmates would have clicked off of in seconds. I, however, was intrigued.

Ree Drummond, “The Pioneer Women”, relates to my everyday transition here at MSU…sort of. Drummond writes of her everyday struggles from the city to the country, taking her readers on a hilarious, quirky ride full of striking photography.

As a country-girl at heart, Drummond’s writing relates to me. Being taken out of your natural environment is no easy feat to overcome. I left a small farming town in Southern Michigan two years ago for a campus that is about 20 times larger. Talk about transition.

Which brings me to “Campus Overload”.

Articles about Facebook, alcohol, D.C. internships, and Twitter being used in journalism?

I was hooked.

The Washington Post’s education reporter Jenna Johnson showcases student leadership and motivational articles as well as looking out for the more “trivial” issues that college students face. Do MSU students want to know if their parents may be notified for their alcohol violations? You bet they do, as do hundreds of thousands of other college students across the country. Johnson provides a resource that colleges students can’t find anywhere else, at least not in one place.

Blogging about blogs wouldn’t be complete without the addition of my all-time favorite. The New York Times’ “Lens” is the epitome of good visual blogging. For any photography lover, this blog is an absolute must-see. Oftentimes in journalism, one photo ends up getting used for a print publication…a whole roll of fantastic film that readers never see. “The Lens” covers international as well as domestic stories and includes that extra roll of film, making for a great overall experience.

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Freakonomics postulates Google is making us smarter and people love their coupons.

Who hasn’t heard a nagging voice growing up saying that too much TV or time on the computer will rot your brain. Now researchers at the University of California Los Angeles have found that searching the web stimulates the area of the brain that controls decision making and complex reasoning. Surfing the web may even delay the onset of dementia in older patients. However, this brain activity was limited to experienced web users, inexperienced web users did not experience the same benefits. This study flies in the face of Nicholas Carr’s essay in The Atlantic earlier this summer where he concluded that Google had lead to the stupidification of global civilization. From Freakonomics

This could be localized by asking students if they feel that Google has made them smarter. Those looking for something a little more offbeat could go to local nursing homes and conduct informal polls of the residents and find out who uses the internet, how comfortable they are with Google and searching and have them do complex reasoning exercises like crossword puzzles. It’s always fun to spend an afternoon with the geriatric.

Everyone hates those old people in line at the supermarket with a huge Rubbermaid container filled with coupons. I swear I am not ripping on the elderly. National Public Radio recently found that despite years of decline people are in fact using coupons more often because of the rising price of food. Additional research found that other shoppers thought of coupon users as cheap – but with the economic downturn eating trumps what other people think of you. From Freakonomics

Everyone loves spending time at the supermarket – or at least the fat kid in me does. This is probably the story that I will end up doing and begin by camping out at Meijer and other places and talk to students that are using coupons or not using coupons. I would like to see who thinks they are too good for coupons and who will eventually turn into that old lady with the metric ton of coupons in her purse. 

Aaron Olson

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