Intelius Buys Classmates Reunion Site For $30M

Classmates Logo

In July, we reported on the sale of Intelius, a leading people search and background check company, to private equity firm H.I.G Capital. This month it was announced that Intelius has bought Classmates for a reported $30 million. For people who don’t know, was the original classmate reunion site before there was Facebook. Intelius […]


Using Social Media To Measure People’s Insurance Risk

Social Media Risk

Insurance companies can now use people’s social network profiles to determine risk and set insurance rates. Profiles and posts on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram provide the most honest and unfiltered personal information about a person’s risk-taking behavior than any other source. The sharing of personal details and activities on social sites […]


Computer Program Identifies Internet Trolls

Internet Troll Cartoon

Graduate students from Stanford and Cornell universities claim that they have developed a computer program that can detect an internet troll with 80% accuracy just by analyzing their first five posts online. The accuracy goes up to 90% after analyzing the first ten posts for a user. The research studied comment threads on the CNN, […]


People Spending More Time On Social Networks

People are spending more of their online time on social networks like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube as well as blogs, according to a recent report from Nielsen research study. According to the study, US citizens are spending almost 25% of their online time on social-networks and blog sites. This is about 6 hours per month […]


Facebook, Twitter Traffic Up and MySpace Down

According to a recent report from Nielsen Ratings on social networks, the total amount of time people spent on social networks worldwide grew 100% in the last year. Facebook and Twitter both saw large increases in new users. Facebook traffic was up 69% in March as compared to last year. Twitter had a 45% increase […]