Modi government monitoring social networks to combat Islamic State threat

The government favours a "carrot and stick" approach to prevent the spread of the Islamic State. Highly placed sources in the home ministry say the security agencies are keeping a strict vigil on the social media activity of the "potential targets" of terror modules.

Cancer's 'social network' analysis offers hope for patients

A team of scientists has developed a computer model that applies techniques used to analyse social networks to identify new ways of treating cancer.

Social networks influence academic performance

Social networks influence academic performance among students, finds a new study.

How obesity spreads among members of social network!

Not just emotions but any information is "contagious" on social networks that can even trigger the spread of real-world human behaviour like smoking and obesity, say researchers, including one of Indian-origin.

Indians check smartphones on waking up, before sleeping

Indians check smartphones on waking up, before sleeping

About 28 percent of smartphone owners in India look at their devices at least 11-25 times a day, while 22 percent check their phones at least 26-50 times a day, a study said on Monday.

Depression doesn't spread: Researchers

 A healthy mood spreads faster through social networks but depression does not, say researchers.

Traditional media skips half the news 'trending' on 'Twitter'

Traditional media skips half the news 'trending' on 'Twitter'

While we love to read the popular and spunky news on Twitter, it turns out that traditional media sources don't even cover half of it.

More Americans get news on social media: Survey

More Americans get news on social media: Survey

An increasing number of people in the US are turning to Twitter and Facebook for their daily dose of news and other information, says a survey.

When a selfie is not enough – India abuzz over `velfie` craze!

When a selfie is not enough – India abuzz over `velfie` craze!

Move over selfie, India is embracing the "velfie" with Bollywood stars, sporting heroes and even politicians taking and posting videos of themselves online using a range of new mobile apps.

Twitter to forgo 140-character restriction for Direct Messages

You can also stop people you do not follow from sending you these new, extra-long DMs. You can do that by unchecking the "Receive Direct Messages from anyone" box in the Security and privacy sections in Twitter`s settings.

Smartphones boost US teens` connections: Survey

Smartphones boost US teens` connections: Survey

It`s not just your imagination: most American teenagers are online or on their smartphones every day, and many are almost continually connected.

Social media can train future athletes better

Modifying new media training to align with student-athletes habits and input will promote more positive and responsible usage of social networks, says a new study.

Is social media boon or bane for long-distance relationships?

Is social media boon or bane for long-distance relationships?

  A new study has indicated that social networking sites play an important role when it comes to maintaining long-distance romantic relationships.

Social networks must help stamp out promotion of violence: France

France appealed on Thursday for U.N. member states to work together on an international legal framework that would make social network providers share responsibility for the use of their platforms to spread messages promoting violence.

Smartphones may be causing 'netbrain'

About 11 per cent of British adults suffer from 'netbrain' - a disorder caused by overuse of the internet - and may show narcissism, distraction and fear of missing out, a new study has found.

The math of how decisions 'cascade' in social networks

The math of how decisions 'cascade' in social networks

A new research has revealed that math can shed light on spread of behaviors in online interactions.

Twitter to team up with Foursquare to add location to tweets

Twitter to team up with Foursquare to add location to tweets

In an important development, Social networks Twitter and Foursquare may form a partnership to build location information into tweets.

'Tech-friendly' Indians more willing to use 'digital wallets' than US, UK counterparts

A new survey has revealed that 51 percent Indians are early tech adopters and about 30 percent are interested in using digital wallets, a number that is three times the average of other international markets including, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Canada, United States, Australia and the Middle East.

Gaining popularity on Twitter might be costly, inefficient

Gaining popularity on Twitter might be costly, inefficient

A new study has claimed that less popular users can gain popularity by increasing their activity and their tweets, but the result will be costly and inefficient.

Hateful content on Facebook bad for your brain

Hateful content on Facebook bad for your brain

Are you exposed to reading homophobic, racist, misogynistic or other hateful content on Facebook? It may have a harmful effect on your brain in the long run.