Social networks

Lynda Weinman (Photo Douglas Kirkland)

LinkedIn, the biggest professional social network in the world, announced it reached an agreement to buy, an online learning company for $1.5 billion that will be paid about 52% in cash and about 48% in stock. For LinkedIn it’s by far the largest acquisition made in its 12-year history.

My FriendFeed home page

With a bare statement, the FriendFeed team announced that the social network will be shut down. From this week it doesn’t accept new registrations but users can keep on using FriendFeed for another month. On April 9, the social network will be shut down so its services will be no longer available. The cause is the decline of users, due to the fact that the development of the services had ceased after the acquisition by Facebook.

Bradley Horowitz with his wife Irene Au

Bradley Horowitz is the new head of Google+ and announced various changes to Google’s social network. The platform will be split into separate areas where the Photos service will be devoted to image management, Streams will keep Google+ core and Hangouts while the service that should be devoted to audio / video communications and the classic text messaging.

Yesterday, when it was early morning in the USA, Facebook started having problems. Suddenly it became impossible to update your status or write anything in groups and pages and even use the “Like” function. Soon, on other social networks, mainly Twitter, messages were posted showing panic but also irony and #facebookdown was very trendy among the hashtags. After a few hours the fault was fixed and the situation slowly went back to normal.

The nucleus accumbens circled in red in the MRI scan of a human brain

A research carried out at the Free University of Berlin (Freie Universität Berlin) and published in “Frontiers in Human Neuroscience” analyzed the effects of Facebook on the human brain. 31 subjects were examined using magnetic resonance imaging while (MRI) while they watched pictures of themselves or other people accompanied by positive comments.