Over the weekend, the Internet erupted with news of Facebook’s psychological experiment aimed at determining whether they could could alter the emotional state of hundreds of thousands of users and “prompt them to post either more positive or negative content.”

+ The data scientist who wrote the experiment responded to the uproar: “In hindsight, the research benefits of the paper may not have justified all of this anxiety.” (The same can be said of just about every Facebook post.)

+ Maybe this is really all a test to see how much it would take to get us to stop posting on Facebook. Here’s the short answer: The World Cup has already become the most talked-about event in Facebook history.

+ In other social networking news, Google has finally decided to shut down Orkut. Now I can’t tell if Orkut is really shutting down or if Google is running a study to see how apathy affects my emotions.