Social Networking

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The Accidental Billionaires The Founding of Facebook: A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal

Ben Mezrich


After hacking into the Harvard computer system to snag the photos of every female student on campus, Mark Zuckerberg set up a site for fellow male students to “rate” them. Mezrich chronicles how the social experiment led to the birth of Facebook and the changing of American life forever.






The Wisdom of Crowds

By James Surowieki


New Yorker staff writer Surowiecki explores the idea that large groups of people are often smarter than an elite few even if those few are experts in the subject at hand. He finds down-to-earth ways to investigate the idea in fields as diverse as psychology, economics, and artificial intelligence.







Here Comes Everybody

By Clay Shirky


Social media has completely changed the way groups work together in many ways and Shirky chronicles them all: from antiauthoritarian demonstrations in Belarus and bloggers bringing down Trent Lott to the complete surprise of Wikipedia working effectively. Shirky entertainingly deciphers what makes groups work in this Web 2.0 world.







Twitter Wit: Brilliance in 140 Characters or Less

Nick Douglas


Like a collection of hilarious and fascinating haiku, Douglas, the founding editor of Silicon Valley gossip site Valleywag, collects 158 pages of 140-character (or less) tweets from a slew of celebs such as Stephen Colbert and New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean and everyday Joes that prove to be priceless.







Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America

Julia Angwin


MySpace’s founders weren’t tech geniuses. They were marketing guys who had dabbled in spam, pornography, and spyware before ripping off another social-networking site, Friendster. Pulitzer Prize-winner Angwin tells how one of the Internet’s most popular sites came to be and was eventually sold to Rupert Murdoch for almost $600 million.



by aa59 on ‎11-15-2010 09:27 AM

Social Networking is a useful tool to reconnect with old friends, but sometimes it can be an invasion of privacy. I have read a story about the negative uses of social networking and how past of someone's life can affect their future. The story is about a serial killer that finds people from his past and uses social networking to track and kill his victims that tormented him in the past. The story is called Encrypted, visit the website for more info.

April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.