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Talking to homeless near the University of Dayton in Ohio, Jipson learned they used Facebook and Twitter to look up where they might find their next meal or safe, warm places to sleep.
For some, it was also a virtual support network and a place to socialize.
“No one on the ‘net cares if I didn’t get a shower yesterday or smell some,” said one interviewee, according a summary of the study. “They don’t judge me, you know? I feel accepted. I am accepted.”
(h/t CBS News)
Apple has considered an investment in the hundreds of millions of dollars, one that could value Twitter at more than $10 billion, up from an $8.4 billion valuation last year, these people said. They declined to be named because the discussions were private.