Facebook has a funny way of turning even the most tolerable humans into oversharing, overbearing agents of off-the-charts annoyance. Maybe that's just the nature of social networking You want to be taken seriously -- it's the only way you'll ever get a bank loan. Welcome to the Internet in the 21st century: where teenagers pretend to be year-olds, and year-olds act like teenagers. Let's change that, OK? The limping ancestors of those chain-mail messages your mom used to send around on her AOL account, these are the scourge of teeny-bopping Facebookers the world over, and bringing them to an adult level makes the act even more egregious.
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A few times a day, I post articles as a point of discussion, and then the group, which now numbers over 42,, discusses those articles — and the topics therein — in the comments. It sounds dorky, and it generally is. But the comments are funny, and thought-provoking, and inquisitive.
Facebook shut down its Research and Onavo programs after TechCrunch exposed how the company paid teenagers for root access to their phones to gain market data on competitors. The goal? To find out which other competing apps and features Facebook should buy, copy or ignore. If it learns everyone is using screensharing social network Squad, maybe it will add its own screensharing feature.