College students turn to social media in wake of bin Laden death

GWU students celebrate after President Obama's address. Courtesy: Hunter Thomas

Keith Osentoski said he should have been studying for a final exam. Instead, the George Washington University (GWU) junior was thumbing through his iPhone Sunday night when campus Twitter chatter said students were gathering outside the White House to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden.

Osentoski was one of more than 1,000 GWU students who flocked into the streets of Washington, D.C. after President Obama announced that a team of Navy SEALS had killed the famed terrorist leader, who had evaded authorities for a decade.

No bin Laden-specific Twitter hashtags emerged in the minutes after Obama’s late-night national address among GWU students, but opinions and celebration invitations flooded the social media site throughout the night and into the wee hours of Monday.…Read More

Image-conscious youth rein in social networking

Three in 10 young adults surveyed say they "never" trust social media sites.
Three in 10 young adults surveyed say they "never" trust social media sites.

It might go against conventional wisdom, but a new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project is adding fuel to the argument that young people are fast becoming the gurus of online reputation management, especially when it comes to social networking sites.

Among other things, the study found that young adults ages 18-29 are the most likely to limit the amount of personal information they share online—and the least likely to trust free online services ranging from Facebook to LinkedIn and MySpace.

Marlene McManus, 21, is among those young adults. On the job hunt since graduating from Clark University in Massachusetts, she’s been “scouring” her Facebook page, removing photos that contain beer cups and any other signs of college exploits. She’s also dropped Twitter altogether.…Read More