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Data for Social Good: Crisis Text Line CEO Nancy Lublin | Commonwealth Club
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"Suicide and mental health are hard subjects—so Crisis Text Line leveraged the power of the data it collects to help their counselors determine the best way to talk about the topics with those in need. The nonprofit, founded in 2013 by CEO Nancy Lublin, has provided a free text-based and human-driven service to support those experiencing mental health stress, gathering data points from more than 75 million text messages sent and maximizing the impact of their information to better train counselors and support their community. Its innovative and data-driven methodology for tackling hard conversations can also be applied to more than the mental health space, including to Lublin’s latest venture: 

Lublin’s entire career has focused on initiatives addressing social issues, and she founded Dress for Success and Do Something prior to Crisis Text Line. With her technology lens on big challenges, she continues to iterate on innovative mechanisms and creative solutions to sticky problems. At INFORUM, she’ll be joined in conversation by DJ Patil, head of technology at Devoted Health and former U.S. chief data scientist in the Obama administration, to dig into the power of data to effect change. Come curious!"
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7 days ago by robertogreco
Group Chats Are Making the Internet Fun Again | NYMag
In some ways, group chat feels like a return to the halcyon era of AOL Instant Messenger, once the most widespread method of messing around with your friends on the internet. But in my life, group chats — on Apple’s iMessage, WhatsApp, Slack, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook Messenger, or any number of other apps or platforms — aren’t simply additional modes of socialization, drawing on the IM conversation or the chat room. They’re an outright replacement for the defining mode of social organization of the past decade: the platform-centric, feed-based social network. For me, at least, group chats aren’t the new AIM. They’re the new Facebook.
11 days ago by gwijthoff
You want in or out? - emimix3
Jack breathed. Once, twice.
You can do it. You just have to tell George about you and Bittle, and you'll feel so much better.
George beat him to it, though.

“Eric Bittle, your old teammate. I want him with the Falcs, the minute he graduates.”

Well, now he couldn’t talk, could he. [38,832 words]
checkplease!  jack/bitty  emimix3  nhl!bitty  pining  secretrelationship  texting  socialmedia  au:canon 
12 days ago by cunningplan
Why Do We Need So Many Different Messaging Apps? - Motherboard
Slack, Signal, Hangouts, Wire, iMessage, Telegram, Facebook Messenger. Why do we need so many apps to do one thing?
texting  via:gwijthoff 
28 days ago by geekgirl397
Sally Rooney’s influences: Jane Austen, Henry James, and D.H. Lawrence.
“Rooney’s novels relocate readerly attention, encouraging us to focus on the permeable edges of characters—the soft parts of our bodies that meet other bodies in friendship or romance—and away from their textual surfaces. While Rooney’s characters click through their social media pages and think and talk about all kinds of cultural texts and artifacts, it would be a mistake to think of Rooney’s focus as being the embedded material world that she catalogs. Her attention is on the ways our personalities and our bodies reach out to meet other people in both half-hearted and impassioned ways.”
novels  texting 
4 weeks ago by gwijthoff
Why Do We Need So Many Different Messaging Apps? - Motherboard
Slack, Signal, Hangouts, Wire, iMessage, Telegram, Facebook Messenger. Why do we need so many apps to do one thing?
4 weeks ago by gwijthoff
Cell phone-related crashes up, Missouri legislators introduce bills for a statewide ban on texting and driving (Capitol Day April 23rd!) | KRCG
Texting and driving is perfectly legal in Missouri, as it remains one of three states without a full texting and driving ban. The other two states include Arizona and Montana. . . .

Missouri Senator Wayne Wallingford said texting and dangerous is incredibly dangerous, which is why he's proposed a bill to ban it across the state.

"You can't make decisions as easily if you're concentrating on something else, your reaction time is going to be slower," Wallingford said. "I think the safety of this bill to save lives is self-evident."

He said he knows people think they can text and drive at the same time, but he said the truth is, that we have "multitasking gadgets and unitasking minds."

Wallingford's bill Senate Bill 15 would ban all drivers from texting and driving, even while at a traffic light or stop sign.

MoBikeFed comment: Distracted driving--including texting while driving and other electronic device use while driving--will be one of the things we're talking with Missouri state legislators about at Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Trails Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019.

Hope you can join us!

Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Trails Day at the Capitol
Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019
Jefferson City, Missouri

Topics: Rock Island Trail, distracted driving, roadway safety, and more

Register to join us or find out more here:
2019legislative  legislative  texting  distractedriving 
5 weeks ago by mobikefed
A Brief Look at Texting and the Internet in Film in Every Frame a Painting on Vimeo
Is there a better way of showing a text message in a film? How about the internet? Even though we’re well into the digital age, film is still ineffective at depicting the world we live in. Maybe the solution lies not in content, but in form.
6 weeks ago by gwijthoff
Shell Bell 🐚🐝 on Twitter: "Older people interpret it differently than we do! To them, an ellipsis indicates a pause in thought (to mimic natural speech pauses) or an invitation to continue the conversation because a period seems abrupt, like this is
(On why some older adults use “…” in the weirdest places, like when they’re texting—)
“Older people interpret it differently than we do! To them, an ellipsis indicates a pause in thought (to mimic natural speech pauses) or an invitation to continue the conversation because a period seems abrupt, like this is the END of the conversation if they use a full stop. :)”
ellipsis  shiny_shell  twitter  2019  texting 
7 weeks ago by handcoding
Les Liaisons dangereuses - Wikipedia
[includes the return/exchange of letters at the end of an affair -- letters given back to their writer, for privacy, so no extortion can be done, as an end-point, etc.]

Les Liaisons dangereuses (French pronunciation: ​[le ljɛ.zɔ̃ dɑ̃.ʒə.ʁøz]; Dangerous Liaisons) is a French epistolary novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, first published in four volumes by Durand Neveu from March 23, 1782.

It is the story of the Marquise de Merteuil and the Vicomte de Valmont, two rivals (and ex-lovers) who use seduction as a weapon to socially control and exploit others, all the while enjoying their cruel games and boasting about their manipulative talents. It has been claimed to depict the decadence of the French aristocracy shortly before the French Revolution, thereby exposing the perversions of the so-called Ancien Régime. However, it has also been described as an amoral story.

As an epistolary novel, the book is composed entirely of letters written by the various characters to each other. In particular, the letters between Valmont and the Marquise drive the plot, with those of their victims and other characters serving as contrasting figures to give the story its depth.
texting  18thC 
9 weeks ago by gwijthoff
The Route of a Text Message
My translation, if we’re being honest, is just one extra link in a remarkably long chain of data events, all to send a message (“come downstairs and say goodnight”) in under five seconds across about 40 feet. The message presumably began somewhere in my wife’s brain and somehow ended up in her thumbs, but that’s a signal for a different story. Ours begins as her thumb taps a translucent screen, one letter at a time, and ends as light strikes my retinas.
SMS  texting  infrastructure  from iphone
11 weeks ago by NightOwlCity
Telegram F.A.Q.
Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security, it’s super-fast, simple and free. You can use Telegram on all your devices at the same time — your messages sync seamlessly across any number of your phones, tablets or computers.

With Telegram, you can send messages, photos, videos and files of any type (doc, zip, mp3, etc), as well as create groups for up to 100,000 people or channels for broadcasting to unlimited audiences. You can write to your phone contacts and find people by their usernames. As a result, Telegram is like SMS and email combined — and can take care of all your personal or business messaging needs. In addition to this, we support end-to-end encrypted voice calls.
groups  fixagraph  service  messaging  **  texting 
january 2019 by gpe

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