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Boston Police schooled us all on social media

Those of us who spent the weekend simultaneously glued to televisions, police scanners and Twitter as the search for “Suspect #2” unfolded will walk away with some lessons in how information moves these days.  Mashable

Behind the Screen

The format is simple enough: students send “confessions,” ranging from the mundane (“I love beer”) to the bitterly intimate (“I want to talk to you about what you did to me, but I also don't want you to think I care enough about you to talk to you.”) to the page administrators, who then post them anonymously on the Facebook page -- but while the person who submitted the post is anonymous, some of the subjects may be clear to those on campus.  Inside Higher Ed

Most Web pages can be connected in 19 clicks

The Web can seem unfathomably vast, but according to a study published in thePhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, it’s more tightly bound than you might think. Most Web pages can be connected in 19 clicks or less, thanks to search engines, large aggregators and social networking sites. Washington Post

Regents propose changing university funding model to favor UNI

The Board of Regents is exploring a new funding distribution model that would favor doling out state dollars based heavily on which universities Iowa students chose to attend, board leaders said Friday during a taping of Iowa Press.  Des Moines Register

50 Creative Ways Colleges Are Recruiting Students Today

For decades, schools have made college recruiting an art. From slick marketing packages to the ultimate campus visit, there are seemingly endless ways to entice new students to enroll. But these days, admissions staff are armed with a whole new set of tricks, thanks to technology developments, social media, and good old-fashioned ingenuity.

The typical Twitter user is a young woman with an iPhone and 208 followers
In “An Exhaustive Study of Twitter Users Around the World,” analytics firm Beevolve claims to have crunched data from 36 million Twitter profiles. What they found probably corresponds to what you suspected: most Twitter users are young iPhone users from English speaking countries.  Washington Post