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The Psychology Behind Impulse Shopping

blogs.wsj.com — Is the impulse buyer an endangered species? As the Wall Street Journal reported, A new intentionality has taken hold of shopping. Many Americans have the money and the will to spend. But they are time-pressed and deal savvy, visiting stores only when they run out of items like cereal or toilet paper and after doing extensive research on purchases online and with friends.

Facebook Search Can Now Find Specific Posts

blogs.wsj.com — Remember that funny Facebook post your old college roommate shared a few months ago? For a long time, it was almost impossible to find without going down a search rabbit hole. Now, you actually have a shot at finding it again.

#ICantBreathe: Twitter Reactions to No Indictment Decision in Eric Garner Death

blogs.wsj.com — Eric Garner. #ICantBreathe. #BlackLivesMatter. #WeHearYou. These were some of the words and hashtags that started trending on Twitter after a grand jury declined to indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner. Garner died in July after being restrained in an alleged police chokehold.

Twitter Makes It Easier to Report Abuse

blogs.wsj.com — Twitter is taking further steps to make it easier for users to block and report abusive accounts amid outcries that it doesn't do enough to thwart harassment. The social media service, which has been criticized over how aggressively it responds to abuse, is rolling out new tools to streamline reporting harassment or abuse, according to a company blog post on Tuesday.

A Bear Dabbles in Photography: Readers’ Photo Captions

blogs.wsj.com — Wildlife photographer Jim Lawrence set up his camera close to the Kootenay National Park in British Columbia, Canada, and ended up getting up close and personal with a camera-curious grizzly bear. Out of the footage came a photo of the bear standing in front of a camera.

Rosetta Mission’s Tweets from Space

blogs.wsj.com — Scientists say Rosetta mission's probe has successfully become the first craft to land on a comet - a historic moment for space exploration.The event was a popular topic on Twitter, where #CometLanding trended globally when the Philae probe landed.Two Twitter accounts really got into the conversation: @Philae2014, representing the probe, and @ESA_Rosetta, each tweeting on behalf of the Rosetta spacecraft.

Always Ask ‘Why?’: Readers on Using Critical Thinking at Work

blogs.wsj.com — Job hunting? Critical thinking may be critical to getting hired. Mentions of critical thinking in job postings have doubled since 2009, according to career-search site Indeed.com. The Journal's Melissa Korn reports: Critical thinking is a critical skill for young workers these days. What that means, though-and how to measure it-is less clear.

5 Things to Know About Ello, the Social Network with a Manifesto

blogs.wsj.com — The Internet is abuzz over Ello, a new social network that launched this past summer and is enjoying a spike in sign-ups. Ello describes itself as "simple, beautiful, and ad-free social network." But others are calling it the "anti-Facebook," partly because it doesn't require people to use real identities.

George W. Bush’s Press Secretary Recounts Morning of Sept. 11 in Tweets

blogs.wsj.com — Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer is using Twitter to share detailed accounts of Sept. 11, 2001. He is tweeting the events in real-time, as they happened on that day 13 years ago. Fleischer was with former President George W. Bush in Florida for an event at an elementary school when news of the attacks surfaced.

Fellow Comedians Remember Joan Rivers

blogs.wsj.com — Joan Rivers, a talk-show host, actress and red-carpet critic who rose to the top of comedy's ranks while unapologetically skewering everyone and everything she passed along the way, died Thursday in New York following complications from a medical procedure. She was 81 years old.
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Dec 19, 2014

@bowbrick @fmanjoo @mattbuchanan That and it doesn't work for people using Twitter via SMS are legit critiques.

Dec 19, 2014

@mattbuchanan @fmanjoo You must see this a lot more in your feed than I do. Perhaps that's why it doesn't bug me.

Dec 19, 2014

@mattbuchanan @ELahti Having people read and respond to tweets (aka engagement) is bad? Twitter isn't just for you to talk to yourself.

Dec 19, 2014

@fmanjoo @mattbuchanan And you can share a relevant passage as opposed to just a brief quote.

Dec 19, 2014

@ELahti @mattbuchanan Ok. I think it can be done correctly. And images attached to tweets can increase engagement.

Dec 19, 2014

@mathewi @fmanjoo @mattbuchanan Why? What is the problem with it? If used occasionally, it's like adding a quote to a tweet, no?

Dec 19, 2014

@mat I don't get why this is a problem. Pictures increase engagement on Twitter and as you note, "screenshorts" bypass 140 limit.

Dec 19, 2014

Amazon's No. 1 ranked reviewer wouldn't talk to @bostonglobe. So they used her 2,800 reviews to profile her: bit.ly/1sHqKS7

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