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Social Media Use in 2021 and the future of online platforms

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Vast sociological research in the U.S. shows thought-provoking statistics about the use of social media among different groups of people

One thing for sure – times are changing. The change is so rapid and globally simultaneous that it is hard to even imagine it let alone grasp it. The main character in today's events is called – Online Social Platforms. Less than 20 years ago, newspapers, radio, and television were the main sources of information for most of the population of our planet. Of course, there was the internet with various chat platforms, blogs, etc. but the true revolution in online social media started with the appearance of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and all the other social networks that we are already familiar with. That happened in the short period between 2004 and 2010. These platforms became the new world forum. They changed the way we communicate with each other, the methods we inform ourselves, and even our perception of the world and others. Nowadays, it's hard to imagine an urban scene without people staring at their smartphones, scrolling in some social platform, or reading yet another piece of information.

If we take the founding of Facebook in 2004 as a starting point of the Online Social Media Revolution, it is 17 years later when there are hundreds of different platforms and an ever-growing emergence of new ones on daily basis. This process is happening at such a frantic pace that a lot of younger people are already disliking Facebook or Twitter (which are considered old-fashioned) in favor of newer platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, or TikTok.

Here you can read and give consideration to the new sociological research conducted by Pew Research Center – The Use of Social Media in 2021:


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Breakthrough discovery of 6 novel variants in CRISPR-Cas12a in plants, expanding genome engineering

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Discovery offers patentable tools to improve the efficiency of food production

The research of plant scientist Yiping Qi at the University of Maryland focuses on innovative genome editing and engineering techniques in plants, with the goal of improving the efficiency of food production. The results of this U.S. National Science Foundation-funded research, published in Nature Communications by Qi and colleagues, contribute six novel variants of CRISPR-Cas12a that have never before been proven in plants, testing them first in rice, a major global crop.


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Sunday Inspirational Quotes: Martin Luther King Jr.

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"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."

Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches


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You Have 11 New Friend Requests - Easy Steps to Successful Conference Networking

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"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others."

... says an old African proverb. And a conference is a great place to find these others. In modern times, when traveling is easier than ever and communication with the other end of the world is just a matter of few taps on your phone's screen, networking is what brings progress. However, it is not an easy task and it makes many of us anxious. The reason - we simply don't know how to do it properly. We are going to share few hacks, that will help you meet many new people and establish meaningful connections.

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Happy Birthday, Internet!

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On this date, 52 years ago…

On the 7th of April, 1969, the first "request for comments," the so-called RFC documents, was published. This event set the scene for the appearance of the internet. It is considered a symbolic birth of the net for the reason that RFC documents opened the doors for researches, proposals, and different approaches, which often applied to the later internet technology. The engineers were now able to publicly kick around and generate new ideas for the future development of the net.

One interesting aspect of the RFC is that a unique serial number is issued for each document. An individual paper cannot be overwritten; rather, updates or corrections are submitted on a separate RFC. The result is an ongoing historical record of the evolution of internet standards.

As it usually happens with an event of such a great historical impact, there is another pretender for the birth date of the net – 1st of January, 1983. It was the day when the National Science Foundation's university network backbone became fully operational and it is also considered a forerunner of the World Wide Web.


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