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Social Media Today: Selfie Senator, Google+ Ends “Real Names,” New App

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Booker to become “Selfie Senator”

Cory Booker (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)

Cory Booker (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)

New Jersey’s Cory Booker is on a congressional quest to become the “Selfie Senator.”

The freshman senator has snapped 11 selfies with U.S. senators on both sides of the aisle.

The first in the series was Senator Angus King with the caption, “A true gentleman and valued source of wisdom for me in the Senate.”

The most recent, his 11th selfie, was posted on Monday with Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy.

You can check out his “Selfies with fellow Senators” 99 part series on his Instagram account which has nearly 40,000 followers.
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Google+ ends “real names”

(credit: Adam Berry/Getty Images)

(credit: Adam Berry/Getty Images)

After years of receiving complaints,  Google has finally eliminated a requirement  that people use their real names on Google+.

In a blog post, the company explains the original real-names-only policy “helped create a community made up of real people, but it also excluded a number of people who wanted to be part of it without using their real names.”

The company also apologized for “some unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users” as a result of its names policy being unclear.

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What do your Facebook posts say about you?

(Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

(Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

If you ever wonder how approachable you seem on Facebook, a new tool from Five Labs will analyze your posts to predict the personal accessibility of you and your friends.

The app Five Labs constructed stems from a study published by Five Labs adviser H. Andrew Schwartz and his colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania’s World Well-Being Project.

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