May 28, 2012 Through their Facebook pages, chat rooms and message boards, patients are recruiting each other to participate in medical research in a kind of virtual word-of-mouth. Patient-initiated research is especially appealing to people with rare diseases whom researchers can't easily find.
May 24, 2012 Meat processors blame social media and their own lack of transparency for the "pink slime" storm. . But will consumers ever trust the industry when it comes to understanding how the food processing system works?
April 26, 2012 In our poll on food photos on social media, 45 percent of respondents said that they like the photos and don't think the "culinary paparazzi" has gone too far. Still, some 28 percent of respondents said they're fed up.
March 21, 2012 Robert Collins says he felt "violated" when the Maryland Department of Corrections asked to log in to his Facebook account during a job interview. He's now pushing back, working with lawmakers to bar employers from asking such a privacy-invading question.
March 13, 2012 Marilyn Hagerty's review of the new Olive Garden in Grand Forks, N.D., sparked snarky comments from big-city food bloggers. But she's got the last laugh. The 85-year-old grandmother is off to New York City to report on dining options there.
March 2, 2012 A new study says social media having an increasingly bigger influence over our food habits: Half of consumers use social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, to learn about food. Almost as many seek out recipes on blogs and websites.
December 13, 2011 Facebook says it will connect people who post items about suicidal thoughts with crisis counselors via its chat service. But the intervention comes with privacy questions. Any information posted on Facebook is public information, and can be used by marketers or anyone else.
September 13, 2011 Teenager Zehra Tajouri's photo of her sister holding a defaced Libyan flag, taken on the first day of the uprising last February, became an online symbol of the Libyan revolution.
August 6, 2011 Google's new social network takes aim at Facebook. It's fun, clean and easy to use. But, most people haven't been invited and aren't ready to ditch their Facebook accounts. Who really needs another social network?
July 14, 2011 When the verdict for the Casey Anthony trial was announced, people reacted strongly in every way and in every form. The case was already a televised event but social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook took the uproar to new heights.
January 13, 2011 As protests spread across Tunisia, we’re collecting social media from people on the ground. In this experiment by NPR’s social media desk, you can help us examine this citizen journalism and sort out the facts.