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On This Day: 2005 YouTube is created

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YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, all early employees of PayPal. According to online sources, Hurley and Chen developed the idea for YouTube after they had experienced difficulty sharing videos that had been shot at a dinner party at Chen’s apartment. Karim did not attend the party and denied that […]

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Pakistan’s caged social media

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By: Ayushman Jamwal Even though Pakistan has enjoyed one full term of a democratically elected government, followed by a successful election last year, its citizens are struggling to fully enjoy one of the basic tenets of democracy – the freedom of expression. The Pakistani state has been in regulation mode since the former PPP government […]

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‘Using social media can minimise discrimination against minorities’

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KARACHI: Even Indonesia’s pluralistic society seen worldwide as a model of an ideal Muslim democratic society is not immune to discrimination against religious minorities and has been observed more ever since Indonesia transitioned from Suharto’s authoritarian regime to democratic set-ups. These views were expressed by Ihsan Ali Fauzi of the Centre for the Study of […]

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Facebook could fade out like a disease: researchers

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Facebook is like an infectious disease, experiencing a spike before its decline, according to US researchers who claim the social network will lose 80 percent of users by 2017. Two doctoral candidates in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University made their astonishing claims in a paper published online at a scientific research archive, but […]

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Excessive use of social media

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By Muhammad Usama Ibrahim KARACHI: Websites such as Facebook, Twitter and MySpace can be enjoyable when used moderately. The problem is that they are frequently overused and often misused. With a few clicks, anyone on these websites can access anything we post or upload, including a prospective employer. Company managers often use Facebook as a […]

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The media-wary chief

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IN recent days, the Twitter world didn’t just throw up the Tharoor-Tarar controversy. The Pakistani twitterati also discovered, to their excitement, an account run by Army Chief Raheel Sharif. Though the account appeared to have been active since December, the increased frequency of tweets in January drew the attention of many in the previous week […]

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Islamabad police to open accounts on social media

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ISLAMABAD: The 21st century is known as an age of technology and one of the most important types of new technology is the social media. Recognising its importance, the Islamabad police have decided to use social media as a communication tool for disseminating the information to public and getting recommendations from them to further improve […]

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Socio-political innovations: Making social media responsible

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ISLAMABAD: Social media can play a constructive role by streamlining the development discourse in a demand-oriented, inclusive and people-friendly direction. This was the underlying theme of “Promoting Development Discourse through Social Media”, a moot held at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) on Monday. Although the use of social media is more common among the […]

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How social media can prove to be a menace

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KARACHI: Social networking websites are now widely used by youngsters. According to a survey conducted by a youth centre, youngsters spend more than two hours every day visiting various social networking websites. There are many disadvantages of using them. Teenagers often only get hooked to social networking websites as these help them provide the latest […]

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Blogging on the rise!

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Many people make a living through blogging. In recent times, blogging has attracted a lot of attention given the rise of the social media and also when it is becoming more and more difficult for unbiased information to be presented to the audience at large with censorship. Simply put, a blog is a sort of […]

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Twitter and politicians

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THINK politicking, Pakistan-style, and most people would think: loud — and long drawn-out. It’s traditionally been about people travelling long distances, a canopied platform faced with serried ranks of chairs, blood-stirring speeches and thundering denunciations. Few would have thought that a time might come when a politician desirous of speaking up might choose to not […]

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Reopening of YouTube possible after auction of 3G spectrum

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ISLAMABAD: The re-opening of social website “YouTube” is not possible before the auction of spectrum for next generation mobile services in Pakistan, which is expected in the first week of March 2014, it is learnt. Official sources revealed to Business Recorder that the government had expedited efforts to re-open Youtube as soon as possible, however […]

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Beware of social media slips, panelists warn

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ISLAMABAD: There is a need to create awareness among people to be careful about what they say on social media as it could have serious consequences and long lasting impacts not only on their lives but on others as well. This was crux of a discourse on’ Digital and Social Media for Social Change’, organised […]

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Active social media

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Gone are the days when one needed fervor, passion and power to put up a protest, now all this and much more is possible through the power of social media. Whether it is bashing the political system, creating stereotypical jokes or just enjoying some slapstick comedy, the social grounds never fails to amaze and entertain […]

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