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Positive Facebook posts more influential and more contagious

Positive Facebook posts more influential and more contagious

SAN DIEGO, March 13 (UPI) -- Facebook moods are similar to face-to-face moods, positive posts beget positive posts and negative posts beget negative ones, U.S. researchers say.

Study: Facebook upped voter turnout

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- A single Facebook message on Election Day 2010 brought about one third of a million more people to the ballot box in the United States, a study estimates.
Huntsman hopes for 'Colbert bump'

Huntsman hopes for 'Colbert bump'

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Republican presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman tried to goose his campaign with an appearance on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report."

Cooperation, kindness is contagious

SAN DIEGO, March 9 (UPI) -- Cooperative behavior is contagious and spreads from person to person to person -- just like negative behavior, U.S. researchers found.

Social networking influenced by genes

BOSTON, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- For those unhappy with their popularity on Facebook, U.S. researchers suggest that social networking is influenced by genetics.

To be happy, find friends who are happy

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Happiness spreads more robustly -- like a virus -- than unhappiness and seems to have a greater effect than money, U.S. researchers suggest.
Scholar details Colbert contribution bump

Scholar details Colbert contribution bump

LA JOLLA, Calif., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- A study shows that being made light of on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" pays off for Democratic politicians in the form of campaign contributions.

Study: Smoking hurts popularity

BOSTON, May 22 (UPI) -- People who quit smoking in tandem and those who still smoke form separate "cliques" that shift to the periphery of their social network, U.S. researchers said.

Trooper charged with murder 42 years later

MARION, Ala., May 11 (UPI) -- A former Alabama state trooper has been charged with murder, 42 years after shooting a man to death after a civil rights march in Marion, Ala.

Economics study finds taste for equality

SAN DIEGO, April 12 (UPI) -- A U.S. behavioral economics study suggests people will spend their own money to make the rich less rich and the poor less poor out of a sense of fair play.

NSA looking at social-networking spaces

WASHINGTON, June 15 (UPI) -- Amidst the political firestorm generated by revealed wiretapping of domestic phone calls, the National Security Agency has recently been revealed to be funding research to ramp up data mining efforts where social networking Web sites are concerned.
CHRIS BARYLICK, UPI Correspondent
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