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Twitter won’t ruin the world. But constraining democracy would | Kenan Malik | Opinion | The Guardian
Active engagement rather than passive consumption might seem to be a good thing. Many worry, though, that what it actually means is the greater spread of misinformation. As John Sergeant, the BBC’s former chief political correspondent, told Radio 4’s PM, the problem with people forsaking mainstream media “is that you can’t inform them and increase their knowledge… So, how do you stop them not falling prey to fake news? They only have limited knowledge and you can’t correct it.” Such critics point to the willingness of the electorate to believe Donald Trump’s constant untruths, the Leave campaign’s infamous bus slogan and the odious conspiracy theories to which many cling as evidence of what happens in a more fragmented information landscape.
news  socialmedia  agnotology  journalism 
7 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
Parents: don't panic about Momo – worry about YouTube Kids instead | Keza MacDonald | Opinion | The Guardian
The majority of YouTube Kids content isn’t distressing or disturbing – but it is mostly brain-numbingly terrible. A vast amount of the kid-friendly videos that are uploaded are straight-up garbage: cheap, algorithm-driven songs or nonsensical stories featuring 3D models or toys of popular characters such as Elsa, Spider-Man and Peppa Pig. They are designed purely to extract views and thereby money from common search terms – not to entertain or educate kids. Friends with young children regularly complain about the inane surprise-egg or toy review videos that have become household obsessions. My toddler would watch cheap, repetitive, unbearably cheery nursery rhyme videos for an hour if I let him.

The easiest solution for parents of young children might be to purge YouTube from everything – phones, TVs, games consoles, iPads, the lot. This is the approach we’ve taken in our household, which inconveniently contains two video games journalists and, consequently, an absurd number of devices. You don’t need to be a tech luddite to find YouTube Kids both irritating and vaguely worrying. There is no shortage of good children’s entertainment available on Netflix, through BBC iPlayer and catch-up TV, or through advert-free games designed for young players. And there’s zero chance they’ll come across any suicide tips there.

youtube  children  socialmedia  video  television 
march 2019 by juliusbeezer
Ten Easy Steps to becoming a Twitter Super Star! | Tweeting Goddess Blog via @tweetinggoddess
We all know who they are. The Twitteratti – People who are really popular on Twitter. Why are they so popular? What is it that makes them stand out? These top Twitter secrets will point you in the right direction.

1. Have a very interesting bio and a happy smiling photo on your avatar.

2. Be consistent – Let it be known that you will be providing useful content and tips.

3. Do not be bitchy or negative. Look back on your tweets. Make sure there is a lot of positivity in there.

4. Stick to main topics you are known for but add a bit of variety too with a sprinkle of other interesting facts, quotes or content.

5. Use lists. Be organized and have lists full of interesting people that your followers can go in and follow. Use Twitter polls to ask your audience questions.

6. Be helpful. Tweet out a great offer or good service you have received. Have links to useful tips or content always.

7. Use pictures and tweet positive images of different subjects and from other people. In other words it’s not all about you. Retweet others too.

8 . Endorse industry leaders or colleagues in your industry.
 Share their content, they will notice and probably do the same for you someday.

9. Respond to questions and tweets from your audience at least within 12 hours. The best tweeters will not let a mention go by without responding

10. Download the Twitter app on to your phone. Be ready to tweet when you are out and about. Top tweeters will always share what inspires them.
twitter  socialmedia  business 
march 2019 by juliusbeezer
Dating Trend: Orbiting Someone is the New Ghosting Someone
She described going on a few “lovely dates” with a guy before he told her he wasn’t interested. She was fine with that, except for one small detail: “He still looks at every single [one of my] Instagram stories to the point where he shows up at the top of the list every time.”...
“He even responds to pictures that I’ll post of my family. And he’ll favorite and respond to my tweets too,” she wrote. Vanessa admits there’s been written correspondence — a tweet reply here, a “haha” comment there — but largely, this man is in her orbit, seemingly keeping tabs on her with with no intention of engaging her in meaningful conversation or, you know, dating her.
orbiting  internet  socialmedia  socialnetworking 
february 2019 by juliusbeezer
Sad by design | Eurozine
Most of the time your eyes are glued to screen, as if it’s now or never. As Gloria Estefan wrote: ‘The sad truth is that opportunity doesn’t knock twice.’ Then, you stand up and walk away from the intrusions. The fear of missing out backfires, the social battery is empty and you put the phone aside. This is the moment sadness arises. It’s all been too much, the intake has been pulverized and you shut down for a moment, poisoning him with your unanswered messages. According to Greif, ‘the hallmark of the conversion to anti-experience is a lowered threshold for eventfulness.’ A Facebook event is the one you’re interested in, but do not attend.
socialmedia  facebook  emotion  psychology 
january 2019 by juliusbeezer
Opinion | Can You Like the Person You Love to Hate? - The New York Times
For a long time, I giddily partook in the feud culture platforms like Twitter engender. During the 2016 election, multiple people I was friendly with in real life blocked me for being too salty about Hillary Clinton’s shortcomings, even though I ended up voting for her. I loved making fun of bad tweets, and my followers loved to retweet my most vicious messages.

But slowly, something changed in me, and I needed to opt out of the cruelty of online discourse. It was partly because, as my following increased, I began to receive annoying backlash for any quasi-controversial tweet, but also because I’m in my 20s, and every day I’m re-examining who I am and growing into a more mature version of myself.
socialmedia  twitter  socialnetworking 
december 2018 by juliusbeezer
Populism and the internet – a toxic mix shaping the age of conspiracy theories | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian
Sixty per cent of British people, for example, believe at least one conspiracy theory about how the country is run or the veracity of information citizens have been given. Britons who supported Brexit were considerably more likely to give credence to conspiracy theories than those who opposed it. Most worrying of all, though, is that 31% of Leave voters believed that Muslim immigration is part of a wider plot to make Muslims the majority in Britain, a conspiracy theory that originated in French far-right circles and is known as the “great replacement”. The comparable figure for Remain voters was 6%.

How has the internet affected all this? Our research showed that conspiracy theorists were early adopters, in that they perceived the unique usefulness of the early (pre-social media) web for people who believed propositions that would never get past the editorial gatekeepers of mainstream media. So part of the blogosphere was occupied by conspiracy theorists and what one might call conspiracist entrepreneurs: examples include those espousing the “new world order” conspiracy theory, David Icke with his “lizard” theory and Alex Jones with his InfoWars site. These and other sites became key nodes in an infrastructure of conspiracist and far-right discussion that lay beneath the radar of polite society and mainstream media.

This is probably why many people who thought about these things initially dismissed online conspiracism as a politically irrelevant phenomenon. As one cynic put it to me, at least it keeps fanatics in their pyjamas and off the streets.
internet  socialmedia  authoritarianism  uk  politics 
november 2018 by juliusbeezer
Inside the Daily Stormer’s Style Guide
The style guide is surprisingly fastidious about formatting. Links must not “stretch into the spacing between words.” Images must be exactly three hundred and twenty pixels wide, to avoid anything “aesthetically problematic.” Each post “should be filled with as much visual stimulation as possible,” in order to “appeal to the ADHD culture”; passages from mainstream sources must be unaltered, so that “we can never be accused of ‘fake news’—or delisted by Facebook as such.”

One section is called, simply, “No Such Thing as Too Much Hyperbole.” “Even when a person can say to themselves ‘this is ridiculous,’ they are still affected by it on an emotional level,” the guide says. “Refer to teenagers who get arrested for racist Twitter posts as ‘eternally noble warriors bravely fighting for divine war to protect the blood heritage of our sacred ancestors’. . . . You and anyone reading can say omg corny lol. But it just doesn’t matter to the primitive part of the brain.”
editing  politics  us  internet  socialmedia 
august 2018 by juliusbeezer
Twitter stock plunges 20% in wake of 1m user decline | Technology | The Guardian
Twitter’s stock plunged 20.5% by the time the markets closed Friday – the second-biggest loss for Twitter’s stock since the company went public in 2013.

Almost $5bn (£3.8bn) has been wiped off the market value of Twitter after the social media service reported a drop of 1 million users following its action to delete fake and offensive accounts.

Twitter’s shares had fallen by 15% when Wall Street opened on Friday before recovering slightly to be down 16% after investors were spooked by news that the number of active monthly users fell from 336 million to 335 million over the past three months.

The San Francisco-based company warned investors to expect user numbers to fall further as it took greater action to block fake and offensive accounts.
twitter  business  socialmedia 
july 2018 by juliusbeezer
Over $119bn wiped off Facebook's market cap after growth shock | Technology | The Guardian
More than $119bn (£90.8bn) has been wiped off Facebook’s market value, which includes a $17bn hit to the fortune of its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, after the company told investors that user growth had slowed in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Facebook’s shares plunged 19% on Thursday in New York, a day after the Silicon Valley company revealed that 3 million users in Europe had abandoned the social network since the Observer revealed the Cambridge Analytica breach of 87m Facebook profiles and the introduction of strict European Union data protection legislation.

The collapse of Facebook’s share price is the biggest ever one-day drop in a company’s market value. Shares fell to $176, valuing the company at $510bn, a drop of $119bn from a record high of nearly $630bn on Wednesday.
facebook  socialmedia  finance  privacy  politics 
july 2018 by juliusbeezer
What would you do if your teenager became an overnight Instagram sensation? | Technology | The Guardian
According to the influencer analytics platform Captiv8, the numbers range from very little or contra (in exchange for free stuff) to fairly impressive – at least at the top end of the business.

YouTube is the pinnacle, with the highest earners – 7m subscribers or more – able to demand $300,000 for an ongoing video brand-partnership.

On Instagram and Facebook, the biggest influencers are taking home anywhere between $150,000 to $187,000 per post. And even smaller “micro-influencers” with followings around 100,000 are able to command up to $5,000 per sponsored post – a pretty good living when you add it up at the end of the day.
socialmedia  business  facebook  youtube 
july 2018 by juliusbeezer
Fears mount over WhatsApp's role in spreading fake news | Technology | The Guardian
“People don’t want to put themselves in the public domain by putting something publicly on Facebook and Twitter, but there’s still need for humans to gossip and share communication,” said Camilla Wright, who has run the Popbitch email newsletter since 2000 and tracked the evolution ofonline gossip.

“People are sending things to each other on email again and on WhatsApp,” she explained, drawing parallels with the round-robin letters and private forums that existed before Facebook and Twitter. “It’s much more in tune in with how humans have evolved to gossip because it feels like you’re telling people on a one-to-one level. The closed WhatsApp group is the modern water cooler or school gate.”
socialmedia  facebook  twitter  news 
june 2018 by juliusbeezer
Meet the people who still use Myspace: 'It's given me so much joy' | Technology | The Guardian
Scalir, 48, is one of a dwindling group of people still committed to what was once the most popular social networking platform in the world, with more than 100 million users at its peak. While most people have long abandoned Myspace in favour of Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat, Scalir roams the digital graveyard searching for signs of life...
Myspace’s value doesn’t come from its paltry monthly or daily active user numbers. It comes from the first-party data it has about its registered users, particularly the email addresses and other profile information such as age, gender and connections that its users consented to giving to the company. This data can be linked to other online data sources to track individuals across the internet and target them with advertising elsewhere.
socialmedia  socialnetworking  internet  advertising 
june 2018 by juliusbeezer
Teens are abandoning Facebook in dramatic numbers, study finds | Technology | The Guardian
Just 51% of US individuals aged 13 to 17 say they use Facebook – a dramatic plunge from the 71% who said they used the social network in Pew’s previous study in 2015, when it was the dominant online platform.
facebook  socialmedia 
june 2018 by juliusbeezer
Extremism pays. That’s why Silicon Valley isn’t shutting it down | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian
In the old days, if you wanted to stage a coup, the first thing to do was to capture the TV station. Nowadays all you have to do is to “weaponise” YouTube. After all, its first motto was “broadcast yourself”. Accordingly, if governments of the western world really wanted to cripple these disruptive forces, then shutting down YouTube would be a giant step forward. It wouldn’t prevent other such services springing up, of course, but none would have the power and reach that YouTube’s billion-strong network effect provides.

This doesn’t mean that YouTube’s owner (Google) is hell-bent on furthering extremism of all stripes. It isn’t. All it’s interested in is maximising advertising revenues. And underpinning the implicit logic of its recommender algorithms is evidence that people are drawn to content that is more extreme than what they started with – or perhaps to incendiary content in general.
google  facebook  socialmedia  politics  us 
march 2018 by juliusbeezer
‘Never get high on your own supply’ – why social media bosses don’t use social media | Media | The Guardian
Parker was joined by another Facebook objector, former vice-president for user growth Chamath Palihapitiya. “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth,” Palihapitiya said at a conference in Stanford, California. “This is not about Russian ads. This is a global problem. It is eroding the core foundations of how people behave by and between each other. I can control my decision, which is that I don’t use that shit. I can control my kids’ decisions, which is that they’re not allowed to use that shit.”
facebook  socialmedia  twitter  attention  psychology 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
RT : "Zuckering: using deliberately confusing jargon and user-interfaces to trick your users into sharing more info abou…
socialmedia  socialnetworking  coding  software  internet 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
Dublin hotel bans social media influencers after Elle Darby asks for free stay - Business Insider
Dublin hotel owner bans all social media influencers after 'exposing'...
white moose cafe elle darby YouTuber Elle Darby, right, had her request for a free stay at the White Moose Hotel in Dublin, left, publicly rejected.
Social media influencer Elle Darby asked The White Moose Hotel in Dublin for a free, five-night stay in return for publicity.
The hotel owner, Paul Stenson, refused and posted her request online.
After the hotel received backlash for the post, Stenson banned all social media influencers from his businesses.

A Dublin hotel and cafe owner has banned social media influencers from his businesses after he shamed a 22-year-old YouTube personality who had asked for a free stay during an upcoming trip in return for publicity.

In a Facebook post on Jan 16, Paul Stenson, who owns The White Moose Cafe and Charleville Lodge, wrote a reply to an email sent by UK-based social media influencer Elle Darby.

Darby, who has over 87,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel and 76,000 Instagram followers, had asked for a five-night stay at his hotel in return for publicity on YouTube and Instagram.

She wrote in her email: "As I was searching for places to stay, I came across your stunning hotel and would love to feature you in my YouTube videos/dedicated Instagram stories/posts to bring traffic to your hotel and recommend others to book up in return for free accommodation...
s a result, the Dublin hotel received backlash of its own from the online community, including Darby fans, which prompted Stenson to declare that "all bloggers" are banned from his businesses.
blogs  blogola  socialmedia  socialnetworking 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
American Academy of Pediatrics Announces New Recommendations for Children’s Media Use
For children younger than 18 months, avoid use of screen media other than video-chatting. Parents of children 18 to 24 months of age who want to introduce digital media should choose high-quality programming, and watch it with their children to help them understand what they're seeing.
For children ages 2 to 5 years, limit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programs. Parents should co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them.
For children ages 6 and older, place consistent limits on the time spent using media, and the types of media, and make sure media does not take the place of adequate sleep, physical activity and other behaviors essential to health.
Designate media-free times together, such as dinner or driving, as well as media-free locations at home, such as bedrooms.
Have ongoing communication about online citizenship and safety, including treating others with respect online and offline.
socialmedia  television  children 
december 2017 by juliusbeezer
La mort d'August Ames, jeune femme «normale mais avec un job un peu fou», doit nous alerter |
À la façon de drames touchant des adolescents et adolescentes victimes de harcèlement en ligne, mais cette fois à plus grande échelle, August Ames s’est pendue chez elle deux jours après une polémique déclenchée par un de ses tweets. Très active (et habituellement très joviale) sur les réseaux sociaux, le 3 décembre dernier elle explique qu’elle venait de refuser de tourner, donc de coucher, avec des performers (hommes) faisant du porno gay et alertait au passage sa remplaçante. L’actrice n’en dit d’abord pas plus mais la tempête commençant elle précise qu’il est question de «safety», de précaution. Et tout s’emballe.
sex  twitter  socialmedia  deaths 
december 2017 by juliusbeezer
Cas de Nadia Daam : le cyber-harcèlement, un moyen de pression de plus en plus utilisé pour faire taire les journalistes | RSF
Reporters sans frontières (RSF) s’associe à la campagne de soutien en faveur de la journaliste Nadia Daam qui fait l’objet de graves menaces en ligne après avoir dénoncé les méthodes de trolls dans une chronique sur Europe 1...
menaces de mort, de viol, de violences, parfois teintées de racisme, auxquelles elle a fait face à la suite de l’une de ses chroniques sur Europe 1, dans laquelle elle dénonçait les trolls responsables d’une cabale contre une application “anti-relous” destinée aux femmes victimes de harcèlement de rue.

La journaliste a également observé des tentatives de piratage de ses messageries et de ses comptes sur les réseaux sociaux, rapporte Libération. Elle a reçu des mails l’informant de son inscription sur des sites pornographiques et pédophiles, mentionnant l’adresse de son domicile personnel. Sa fille a également été mentionnée.
journalism  france  internet  socialmedia 
november 2017 by juliusbeezer
Soutien à la journaliste Nadia Daam, menacée par des trolls - Libération
Depuis quelques jours, notre consœur Nadia Daam est assiégée par des nervis abrités dans l’anonymat d’Internet, sur Twitter, Discord ou sur les forums de discussion 18-25 de la plateforme

Attaques contre ses comptes électroniques, injures pornographiques, menaces de mort, menaces de viol, menaces sur son enfant, tentative d’intrusion à son domicile au milieu de la nuit : voilà ce que subit une journaliste pour avoir dénoncé, dans une chronique diffusée sur Europe 1, le sabotage d’un numéro de téléphone destiné à aider les femmes victimes de harcèlement de rue par des activistes issus de ce forum 18-25, lieu d’une parole libre qui parfois dérape dans une violence faussement ludique. Ce qui arrive à Nadia Daam depuis cette chronique lui donne tragiquement raison.
journalism  france  feminism  internet  socialmedia 
november 2017 by juliusbeezer
Don't Use A Pencil: The Key to Brexit's Bots
"The run up to the referendum has seen the rise of the hashtag #usepens which urges people to reject the traditional pencils supplied at polling stations and instead use a pen to mark their cross on the voting paper. The thinking behind this is that it will then be impossible for some unknown hand to use an eraser to rub out your cross and make another mark in the other box," they added.

Thankfully, the principle of every contact leaves a trace applies just as much to social media as it does in the forensic investigation of a crime.

The starting point was an analysis of the three hashtags used in this disinformation campaign, #TakeAPen, #UseAPen, and #UsePens.

Using the date range 01/06/16 to 30/06/16, the results of a trend analysis with Truthy are astonishing and show a tightly focused bot campaign which was targeted at a very specific point in time: the days up to the vote.
politics  twitter  facebook  socialmedia 
october 2017 by juliusbeezer
One man’s online politics is another man’s poison | John Naughton | Opinion | The Guardian
As a recovering techno-utopian, I still celebrate the empowering aspect of the internet – the way it can give everyone a voice and a platform for their views. But when viewed from inside my “liberal” filter bubble, I am also distressed by the nastiness, untruthfulness and cant that flooded on to the net during the Brexit and US presidential campaigns. I see this abusive torrent as confirming my view that the technology holds up a mirror to human nature and that much of what we see reflected in it is appalling.

One man who feels this sharply is the Harvard scholar Yochai Benkler. His landmark 2006 book The Wealth of Networks celebrated the democratising power of the internet. But his research on the 2016 election campaign confronted him with an uncomfortable truth. “An important part of what happened in this election,” he said afterwards to the New York Times, “is that a marginalised community, with views that were generally excluded, forced their way into the mainstream.”
internet  politics  bubble  socialmedia  us  facebook  google 
october 2017 by juliusbeezer
Analyzing the side effects of common drugs; questioning conventional pregnancy wisdom - The Washington Post
The Web site aims to help people connect the dots between the drugs they take and how they feel. The site, which is free, merges social media and medical data to help people get to the root of their problems.

Users can find studies, anonymously ask a question or peruse queries posed by others. The site provides an extensive database of the possible side effects of 45,000 drugs, vitamins and supplements; it also connects users with other people who suffer from similar problems.

Questions are not answered by medical professionals. Instead, when someone posts a question, the site invites other eHealthMe users of the same gender and similar age who have taken the same medications to answer the question. As the site warns, this does not replace the advice of a doctor, but knowing, for example, that you’re not the only one who has experienced sudden hearing loss when using eye drops is comforting. It may also help users ask better informed questions when they do seek medical help.
socialmedia  socialnetworking  internet  medicine 
september 2017 by juliusbeezer
Internet russe, l’exception qui vient de loin, par Kevin Limonier (Le Monde diplomatique, août 2017)
La Russie est en effet l’un des seuls pays à disposer d’un écosystème presque complet de plates-formes et de services indépendants de ceux de la Silicon Valley, fondés par des Russes et régis par le droit russe. Tandis qu’une part significative de la population mondiale utilise quotidiennement Google, Amazon, Facebook et Apple (GAFA), sans recours possible à des équivalents locaux crédibles, les Russes et leurs voisins ont le choix entre les géants californiens et ce qu’il est convenu d’appeler le Runet : le segment russophone du Net et les services qui le composent. Yandex jouit d’une popularité deux fois supérieure à celle de son concurrent Google, tandis que VKontakte, équivalent de Facebook, est, de très loin, le premier site consulté dans le pays.

Cette situation unique dans le monde — même en incluant le cas de la Chine — constitue un sérieux atout pour Moscou,
internet  russia  socialmedia 
august 2017 by juliusbeezer
See hipsters lined up outside a new restaurant? This Chicago native's app pays them to be there. - Chicago Tribune
Surkus, an emerging app [allows] businesses to quickly manufacture their ideal crowd and pay the people to stand in place like extras on a movie set. They've even been hand-picked by a casting agent of sorts, an algorithmic one that selects each person according to age, location, style and Facebook "likes."

Acting disengaged while they idle in line could tarnish their "reputation score," an identifier that influences whether they'll be "cast" again. Nobody is forcing the participants to stay, of course, but if they leave, they won't be paid — their movements are being tracked with geolocation.

Welcome to the new world of "crowdcasting."

For example: A gaming company throwing a launch party might ask Surkus to find men and women ages 18 to 32 who like comic books, day parties, dance music and the company's product.

Once potential attendees have been identified from Surkus's user profiles, the app sends "availability requests" to users' phones... participants are asked to remain discreet about the origin of their invitations. Oftentimes, women are paid considerably more than men.

Caroline Thompson, 27, a contributing writer for Vice, said she downloaded Surkus and attended an event last year at a Chicago club full of "finance bros" on a Thursday night... "80 percent of the women at the club were there because of the app," she said... she was paid $40 to attend the event.
socialmedia  crowdscience  advertising  geolocation  attention  facebook 
august 2017 by juliusbeezer
Facebook Wants to Nudge You Into 'Meaningful' Online Groups | Business News | US News
Facebook groups are ad hoc collections of people united by a single interest; they offer ways to chat and organize events. Originally conceived as a way for friends and family to communicate privately, groups have evolved to encompass hobbies, medical conditions, military service, pets, parenthood and just about anything else you could think of...
Data-driven to its core, Facebook has quantified "meaning" so it can be sure people are getting more of it. And what Facebook aims to maximize is the time people spend in its online groups. Whenever someone spends at least 30 minutes a week in a group, Facebook classifies it as "meaningful." The company estimates that 130 million of its users are in such groups; it aims to boost that to over a billion by 2022.
facebook  socialmedia  socialnetworking 
june 2017 by juliusbeezer
Why I’m not using Twitter next month | Open Educational Thinkering
So I’m experimenting with Mastodon. It’s not radically different from Twitter in terms of look and feel, but it’s what’s under the hood that’s important. The above image from Aral Balkan outlines his approach to ‘ethical design’ — an approach ensures things look good, but also respects us as human beings.

Decentralised systems based on open standards are really our only hope against Venture Capital-backed ‘software with shareholders’. After all, any promising new startups that aren’t decentralised tend to get gobbled-up by the supermassive incumbents (see WhatsApp, Instagram). But to get to scale — which is important in this case, not for shareholder value, but for viability and network effects — people have to use these new platforms.
twitter  mastodon  socialmedia  education 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Information Wars: A Window into the Alternative Media Ecosystem
These rumors had different “signatures” from other types of rumors. In terms of volume (measured in tweets per minute), most crisis-related rumors spike quickly and then fade out relatively quickly as well, typically “decaying” at an exponential rate. But these alternative narrative rumors rose more slowly, and then they lingered, ebbing and flowing over the course of days or weeks (or years). They also had sustained participation by a set group of Twitter users (i.e. many tweets per user over an extended period of time), rather than finite participation by a large number of users (one or two tweets per user, all at around the same time) as typical rumors do. Additionally, alternative narrative rumors often had high “domain diversity”, in that tweets referencing the rumors linked to a large number of distinct domains (different websites), including alternative media sites such as InfoWars, BeforeItsNews, and RT (aka Russia Times). Several of these rumors also had a strong “botnet” presence
agnotology  socialmedia  internet  twitter 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
African Nations Increasingly Silence Internet to Stem Protests - The New York Times
The Democratic Republic of Congo has blocked social media sites and text messaging amid demonstrations over the president’s attempts to extend his tenure in office.

Freedom House, an American watchdog organization, said in its annual Freedom on the Net survey of 65 countries that 24 nations experienced restrictions on social media and communications last year, up from 15 countries the previous year. Network shutdowns occurred in 15 countries last year, more than double that in 2015, the survey found.
internet  freedom  socialmedia  africa 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
Medium, and The Reason You Can’t Stand the News Anymore. – Medium
You’re tired of those participating in the current media landscape acting like we can keep a republic via sweet Twitter burns or made-to-go-viral videos on Facebook with no context. Tired of people who don’t think like you totally misunderstanding reality as you see it. Tired of charlatans playing to the worse instincts of their tribe and getting rewarded. Tired of pinning the promise of journalism on the good will of its members who have every economic incentive to do otherwise.
news  journalism  socialmedia  twitter  facebook  advertising 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
The myth that British data scientists won the election for Trump | Little Atoms
Claims that social media data won the presidency are greatly exaggerated

A piece of data science mythology has been floating around the internet for several weeks now. It surfaced most recently in Vice, and it tells the story of a firm, Cambridge Analytica, that was supposedly instrumental in Donald Trump’s campaign.

The story goes that by analysing marketing and social media data during the EU Referendum, data scientists were able to model the personalities of voters in unprecedented detail, helping the Leave campaign to an unlikely victory. Shortly after that, the firm was employed by the Trump campaign where, we are told, it contributed to another unlikely victory.
socialmedia  politics  us  uk  filtrage  bubble 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
The Numbers Are In: Fake News Didn't Work - Bloomberg View
The researchers found out that pro-Trump fake stories had been shared about 30 million times, compared with 7.6 million times for pro-Hillary Clinton ones. About 15 percent of respondents recalled seeing the average fake news headline, and 8 percent recalled believing it when they saw it. Interestingly, the most-remembered fake story was a pro-Clinton one, saying Wikileaks had fabricated compromising emails from leading Democrats.

The numbers, however, were close for the placebo headlines, suggesting people were overstating their exposure.

Correcting for that, Allcott and Gentzkow estimated that only 1.2 percent of people actually recalled seeing the average fake story, meaning the average American remembered about 0.92 pro-Trump fake stories and 0.23 pro-Clinton ones. Not only did the average American remember no more than one fake story, but even smaller fractions of them actually believed it. To sway a voter under these circumstances, the academics estimate that the story would need to be as persuasive as 36 campaign ads.
socialmedia  us  politics  journalism  attention  television 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
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A personalisation engine that accurately predicts psychological traits from digital footprints of human behaviour
facebook  socialmedia  psychology 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
Automating power: Social bot interference in global politics | Woolley | First Monday
Until roughly six years ago, technologically adept marketers used social bots to send blatant spam in the form of automatically proliferated social media advertising content (Chu, et al., 2010). A growing collection of recent research reveals, however, that political actors worldwide are beginning to make use of these automated software programs in subtle attempts to manipulate relationships and opinion online (Boshmaf, et al., 2011; Ratkiewicz, et al., 2011a; 2011b; Metaxas and Mustafuraaj, 2012; Alexander, 2015; Abokhodair, et al., 2015). Politicians now emulate the popular twitter tactic of purchasing massive amounts of bots to significantly boost follower numbers (Chu, et al., 2012). Militaries, state contracted firms, and elected officials use political bots to spread propaganda and flood newsfeeds with political spam (Cook, et al., 2014; Forelle, et al., 2015).
socialmedia  attention  spam  astroturfing  advertising 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
The Sound of Silence - Jessica Livingston
Another downside of friction in sharing ideas publicly is that we lose the conversation they would have generated. Before Twitter et al, and before the media were so reliant on page views, Paul wrote an essay called “What You Can’t Say.” In it he said:

The trouble with keeping your thoughts secret, though, is that
you lose the advantages of discussion. Talking about an idea leads
to more ideas. So the optimal plan, if you can manage it, is to
have a few trusted friends you can speak openly to.

Thirteen years later, that's my default plan. There’s just too much downside for me to get distracted with others’ opinions of my opinions. [1] It's not that I'm afraid of expressing my opinions. I just think, "Why bother?"

It's great that technology has given more people a voice on the internet. But that doesn't necessarily mean less friction in sharing ideas, because some of those voices are shouting down the others.
attention  agnotology  socialmedia 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
The Death Of Expertise
No one — not me, anyway — wants to return to those days. I like the 21st century, and I like the democratization of knowledge and the wider circle of public participation. That greater participation, however, is endangered by the utterly illogical insistence that every opinion should have equal weight, because people like me, sooner or later, are forced to tune out people who insist that we’re all starting from intellectual scratch. (Spoiler: We’re not.) And if that happens, experts will go back to only talking to each other. And that’s bad for democracy.
agnotology  attention  politics  socialmedia  philosophy 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
How TV news failed to keep up in 2016 | Television & radio | The Guardian
I hardly ever watch TV news, because it seems scantly to repay my attention; the only certainty is it will insult my intelligence. Perhaps it was always like that. However, in the marketplace of news, there’s less and less reason to expose myself to it. And if fiftysomething media drones are turning off TV news and looking for their information elsewhere, who is watching?
television  news  journalism  socialmedia 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Digital literacy can be an insurgency | Bryan Alexander
digitally literate students make stuff and share it. This leads to instability for the same reasons that free expression often does – powerful institutions and other people may experience speech or art that appalls them. For example, a fine student of mine circa 2000 wrote a religion class research paper about homoeroticism and Christ, then published it on the web. This didn’t go over well with every inhabitant of that Bible belt state.

It’s easy to think of other examples. Professors can publish sites criticizing their institution. Activists can use social media to share thoughts and plan actions. A well-timed and -done YouTube video can arouse passions.

This is where social (or “soft”) skills really come in. That’s where digital literacy should encourage students to think about the affordances and implications of making and sharing, of critique.
socialmedia  informationmastery  digitalhumanities 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
We can Fix It: Saving the Truth from the Internet
So it is time to lend a hand; time to raise a barn. We need to figure out how to create the standard new methods of authentication and ranking. We need help pushing for changes at large internet companies. We need to think through the details of how the truth and rotten tomato prizes would be awarded. We’ll need a budget and funding to create a strong incentive for the prizes. We need to promote these ideas and get more adoption. In short, if you found this message, we need you. If you agree that we need social action to make the internet safe for truth, promote this message and sign up to be part of this project.
internet  socialmedia  agnotology  commenting  dccomment  philosophy 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Familiarity = Truth, a Reprise | Hapgood
Facebook, with its quick stream of headlines, is divorced from any information about their provenance which would allow you to ignore them. My guess is each one of those headlines, if not immediately discarded as a known falsehood, goes into our sloppy Bayesian generator of familiarity, part of an algorithm that is even less transparent to us than Facebook’s.

Confirmation bias often comes a few seconds later as we file the information, or as we weight its importance. Based on our priors we’re likely to see something as true, but maybe less relevant given what know.
facebook  internet  socialmedia  attention 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Where did all of these Articles Associated With Me Come From on Mendeley « ChemConnector Blog
Recently I posted that Google must have changed their algorithm and as a result introduced a lot of new articles to my profile automagically that were nothing to do with me. It took work to prune them off and hopefully they do not reappear. Tonight I went through the process of updating the past few months of publications to get my Mendeley profile up to date and, lo and behold, there were a whole series of new publications that were NOT there the last time that I checked Mendeley. Interestingly they were all articles about superconducting materials as many of those that had appeared on my Google profile were. Is it possible that Elsevier is somehow sourcing the information from Scholar? Or is Elsevier sourcing these articles from within its own library? Of course the articles all have an author “A. Williams” associated with them. I have already started the process of pruning them out. Not happy…
sciencepublishing  socialmedia  attention 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
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socialmedia  tools 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Fix the internet by writing good stuff and being nice to people · Woman. Legend.Blog
We have created the internet as it is today, and we have the power to change it back into something that is filled with good things to read and consume. If we want good, distributed content, we have to support things that move in that direction.

Today, I think the key is to start small. Everyone can fight against bad content.

1) The best way you can defy crap content on their own is to write your own blog on your own platform. Don’t let threads, Facebook posts, and Medium take your words and your creative license.
internet  socialmedia  facebook  twitter 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
‘Alt-right’ online poison nearly turned me into a racist | Anonymous | Opinion | The Guardian
This, I think, is where YouTube’s “suggested videos” can lead you down a rabbit hole. Moving on from Harris, I unlocked the Pandora’s box of “It’s not racist to criticise Islam!” content. Eventually I was introduced, by YouTube algorithms, to Milo Yiannopoulos and various “anti-SJW” videos (SJW, or social justice warrior, is a pejorative directed at progressives). They were shocking at first, but always presented as innocuous criticism from people claiming to be liberals themselves, or centrists, sometimes “just a regular conservative” – but never, ever identifying as the dreaded “alt-right”.

For three months I watched this stuff grow steadily more fearful of Islam. “Not Muslims,” they would usually say, “individual Muslims are fine.” But Islam was presented as a “threat to western civilisation”.
socialmedia  religion  authoritarianism  psychology 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
social spring cleaning -- joshua schachter's blog
I find myself lately re-entering everyone I know into the system every year or two; I remember Six Degrees, Friendster, Linkedin, (I skipped MySpace -- I'm too old,) Facebook, Dopplr, Flickr, and so on. Brad Fitzpatrick seems to agree that this is an annoying waste of time, and says so in his thoughts on the social graph.

Most social systems never forget anyone. Given that recent behavior appears to send friend requests to anyone you've ever met even briefly, I find my contacts list ends up filled with people I don't really know. In many systems, removing someone from your list is either buried or simply impossible. Further, since these systems make implicit relationship information explicit, deleting someone becomes a loud signal. In real life you would merely back off a bit, but the systems only allow you to express a binary sort of relationship.

Therefore, switching networks becomes a way to regularly cleanse your contact list. There is evidence that younger internet users regularly start new instant messaging IDs; this likely serves a similar purpose.

So perhaps frequent switching is less a function of fashion but instead a coping mechanism to deal with the mismatch between reality and software.
socialmedia  socialnetworking 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
The shift in media’s business model played a critical role in Trump's victory
Demands for immediacy and unbundling changing media environment profoundly.
"In the post-fact society that is now ours, accuracy doesn’t weigh much. Only noise matters."
journalism  news  socialmedia  newspapers  france  eu  germany 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
From Facebook to ‘fakebook' - who controls the information on social media? - Global Social Media Impact Study UCL Global Social Media Impact Study
Unlike traditional media where information is distributed in a relatively neutral way, information on social media is not only filtered by customised algorithms based on users’ personal information, but is also filtered by people’s personal social network online – that is to say, each social media contact is a potential news agent who feeds you news on a daily basis. To give an example, as written in the book Social Media in Industrial China based on my research, a comparison of the shared postings on 145 social media profiles of factory workers and 55 profiles of middle-class Chinese in Shanghai shows that there is almost no information flow between two different social groups. Over a period of four months only one out of 6,000 articles (0.03 per cent) was found to have been shared in both groups, though 5.1 per cent of articles were shared within the factory workers group and 1.6 per cent within the Shanghai group. In the case of factory workers, the possibility of the same information being shared within the social group with similar social-economic status is 170 times higher than the possibility of it being shared across groups with different socio-economic statuses.
socialmedia  socialnetworking  news  china 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
How two unemployed guys got rich off Facebook, fake news and an army of Trump supporters | Toronto Star
What works on Facebook and what doesn’t work occupies many of the conversations between Wade and Goldman. Explicitly telling people to prove that they support Trump by sharing their stories works, so they do that. Neither of them is particularly religious, but their readers are, so in their writing they ask God to bless the president-elect, and that works, too. So does exaggeration: “OBAMA BIRTH SECRETS REVEALED! The Letters From His Dad Reveal Something Sinister ...” And stoking fear: “Terrorists Have Infiltrated the US Government! Look Who They Want to ASSASSINATE!!” And inflaming racial and gender tension: “BREAKING: Michelle Obama holds Feminist Rally At HER SLAVE HOUSE!” And conspiracy theories: “BREAKING: Top Official Set to Testify Against Hillary Clinton Found DEAD!”
There are times when Wade wonders what it would be like to write an article he truly believes in. “In a perfect world,” he says, it would have nuance and balance and long paragraphs and take longer than 10 minutes to compose. It would make people think. But he never writes it, he says, because no one would click on it, so what would be the point?
facebook  journalism  internet  socialmedia 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Never mind the algorithms: the role of click farms and exploited digital labor in Trump’s election | Antonio A. Casilli
Maybe you have read the bitter-sweet news about a Singapore teenager who helped create a Prezi presentation for Trump. She was recruited on Fiverr, a platform where, for a few bucks, you can buy copywriters, graphic designers or coders. Those micro-workers live in more than 200 countries, but less well-paid tasks are mainly allocated to South-East Asian workers. This young Singaporean’s inspiring story must not distract from the real topic here: Trump customarily outsourced the production of campaign materials to underpaid digital pieceworkers recruited on digital labor platforms. The secret weapon of this racist, misogynistic candidate, well-known for shortchanging his employees was the exploitation of underage Asian crowdworkers. Who would have thought?
facebook  socialmedia  attention  us  politics 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Facebook fake-news writer: ‘I think Donald Trump is in the White House because of me’ - The Washington Post
I hate Trump.

Is that it? You posted on Facebook a couple weeks ago that you had a lot of ideas for satirizing Clinton and other figures, but that “no joke . . . in doing this for six years, the people who clicked ads the most, like it’s the cure for cancer, is right-wing Republicans.” That makes it sound like you’ve found targeting conservatives is more profitable.

Yeah, it is. They don’t fact-check.

But a Trump presidency is good for you from a business perspective, right?

It’s great for anybody who does anything with satire — there’s nothing you can’t write about now that people won’t believe. I can write the craziest thing about Trump, and people will believe it. I wrote a lot of crazy anti-Muslim stuff — like about Trump wanting to put badges on Muslims, or not allowing them in the airport, or making them stand in their own line — and people went along with it!
facebook  news  journalism  socialmedia 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
John Oliver: Facebook Is a 'Cesspool of Nonsense'
Oliver points out how much social media swayed this past election in Trump’s favor. When 62 percent of Americans get their news from social media, and a huge swath of what circulates on social platforms is demonstrably false, the electorate is no longer sure what qualifies as factual.

He also cites research from Buzzfeed news which showed that 38 percent of right-leaning news stories and 19 percent of left-leaning news stories on Facebook contained inaccuracies or falsehoods.
facebook  news  politics  us  socialmedia  authoritarianism 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
How Teens In The Balkans Are Duping Trump Supporters With Fake News - BuzzFeed News
Over the past year, the Macedonian town of Veles (population 45,000) has experienced a digital gold rush as locals launched at least 140 US politics websites. These sites have American-sounding domain names such as,,,, and They almost all publish aggressively pro-Trump content aimed at conservatives and Trump supporters in the US.

The young Macedonians who run these sites say they don’t care about Donald Trump. They are responding to straightforward economic incentives: As Facebook regularly reveals in earnings reports, a US Facebook user is worth about four times a user outside the US. The fraction-of-a-penny-per-click of US display advertising — a declining market for American publishers — goes a long way in Veles. Several teens and young men who run these sites told BuzzFeed News that they learned the best way to generate traffic is to get their politics stories to spread on Facebook — and the best way to generate shares on Facebook is to publish sensationalist and often false content that caters to Trump supporters.
facebook  politics  socialmedia 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Facebook staffers formed an unofficial task force during the past week to look into their company’s role in disseminating fake news. - Silicon Valley Business Journal
“It’s not a crazy idea. What’s crazy is for him to come out and dismiss it like that, when he knows, and those of us at the company know, that fake news ran wild on our platform during the entire campaign season,” one Facebook employee anonymously told BuzzFeed. Currently, 44 percent of Americans get their news from Facebook, according to

Dozens of employees have met twice in the last six days to discuss the issue in secret. The secrecy allows individuals to speak without fear of senior management, per the report. The group plans to meet formally in the near future and make recommendations to Facebook’s senior management.

While the task force is small, the sources told BuzzFeed that “hundreds” of Facebook staffers were unsettled by the company’s position on fake news. Zuckerberg wrote a post on his own Facebook page over the weekend saying it was “extremely unlikely hoaxes changed the outcome of this election in one direction or the other.
journalism  facebook  internet  socialmedia 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Your Government Wants to Militarize Social Media to Influence Your Beliefs | Motherboard
From 2013 to 2015, Thales partnered with the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada and MediaMiser, an Ottawa-based media monitoring company, to develop tools for security agencies “to automatically process the huge amounts of textual information circulating at any given time, in any number of languages, on blogs, news feeds, social networks and the like.”
The tool is all about “real-time surveillance”: social media information coming into the system is “immediately analysed” using Big Data algorithms and techniques “to detect changes, trends or anomalies” and “identify potentially dangerous entities”.

The tool is already so powerful, claims Thales, that it takes just 5 to 10 seconds for new information appearing on the web “to show up in the system, so intelligence analysts have up-to-the minute insights into situations as they evolve.”
privacy  security  socialmedia  facebook  twitter 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Admiral to price car insurance based on Facebook posts | Technology | The Guardian
Admiral Insurance will analyse the Facebook accounts of first-time car owners to look for personality traits that are linked to safe driving. For example, individuals who are identified as conscientious and well-organised will score well.

The insurer will examine posts and likes by the Facebook user, although not photos, looking for habits that research shows are linked to these traits. These include writing in short concrete sentences, using lists, and arranging to meet friends at a set time and place, rather than just “tonight”.

In contrast, evidence that the Facebook user might be overconfident – such as the use of exclamation marks and the frequent use of “always” or “never” rather than “maybe” – will count against them.
facebook  finance  psychology  socialmedia 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
How Facebook algorithms impact democracy
34-year-old Mocha Uson is a singer-dancer who grew her Facebook page with sex advice and sessions in the bedroom with her all-girl band, the Mocha Girls.

Their trademark gyrations and near-explicit sexual moves onstage have titillated Filipinos since 2006...
For the 2016 Philippine presidential elections, Uson campaigned hard for her candidate, then Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, onstage and on her Facebook page, which became one of his campaign’s most effective online political advocacy tool...

Soon after Duterte won, Uson completed her pivot from sexy entertainer to political blogger with an interview with the President-elect.

She hit the headlines again in August when news leaked that she was going to be a social media consultant at the Bureau of Customs. That didn’t happen largely because of a public outcry that ridiculed her lack of knowledge...

In every attack, Uson provides no evidence for her ad hominem accusations, but they have been shared so often that many believe they are true.
facebook  internet  socialmedia  twitter 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
What is a Good Engagement Rate? | Fan Growth and Relationship Management | FanBridge Blog
Often, people wonder if they are using platforms like Facebook and Twitter correctly because they have what they would consider to be low engagement rates. As it turns out, most people average around 0.5-1.0% engagement rates on platforms like Facebook and Twitter, as well as many others. Because of Facebook’s News Feed algorithm and other live stream-style feeds, reaching your audience, let alone getting them to interact with you can be a challenge. Just know that a 1% engagement rate is no failure.

Instagram, however, is known for having higher engagement rates than other platforms. While you may only engage with 1-2% on Twitter, Instagram has closer to a 3-6% engagement rate. It would seem that the nature of Instagram’s eye-appealing visual content, users are more likely to show support with a quick double-tap. Pair a well-designed image with a few smartly chosen hashtags, and you’ll see a great response from your followers.

Email is still the digital channel that boasts the highest engagement rate. While social channels often miss most of your followers, email subscribers are far more likely to see your message in their inbox, and therefore more likely to interact. The average open rate for an email campaign is about 20%.
twitter  facebook  email  attention  socialnetworking  socialmedia 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
The Man Who Stood Up To Facebook
So that's what Power built: a dashboard for all your social networks. Say you had a LinkedIn, a Twitter, Facebook and MySpace (remember MySpace!). You'd put your usernames and passwords for each into the Power portal. And from there, you could post to any account, grab contacts and pictures, and so on.

Vachani claims his site had about 20 million users at its peak (so people liked it); and the social networks let him be — except for Facebook.

"Their response to us was — was a lawsuit," he stutters as he recounts.
facebook  socialmedia 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Une interview de Damien Viel, directeur général de Twitter France : Reflets
Entrer en contact avec Twitter est un parcours du combattant. Même pour les journalistes. Paradoxal pour une entreprise qui se veut un réseau social. Twitter France a bien un adresse, mais c’est une domiciliation place Vendôme. C’est très chic, mais inefficace pour discuter avec quelqu’un. Les boites-aux-lettres répondent mal aux questions.
socialmedia  twitter  censorship  dccomment 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Does this Meme Prove Donald Trump is a White Supremacist? | Public Seminar
Mainstream media attention has arguably encouraged the production of horrible content. To understand why, we have to talk about a practice known as “shitposting.”

A shitpost is a post on a forum or social media that is explicitly designed to derail a conversation and to aggravate people — hence the internet adage, “don’t feed the trolls.” Shitposting is also at the heart of meme-based culture. When a troll first shitposts on a thread, their antagonist doesn’t yet exist. Shitposting horrible Pepe memes is an act that wills an opponent into being — an opponent, that is, who will validate the offensive status of the meme.

This is why it’s hard to tease out the causality of shitposts — and of memes. Trump-Pepe is a chicken-and-egg kind of question. The Pepe meme is meant to be offensive and antagonistic. But it is also projective. Its aim is to conjure an opponent who not only gets offended by the content of the post, but who also doesn’t understand that the joke is, in fact, that they got angry.
internet  socialmedia 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Close Viewing by Austin Allen - Poetry Foundation
When I told a friend I was writing about great poets on video, he guessed right away which poet had sparked the concept. In 1967, Al Alvarez interviewed John Berryman for the BBC, sharing beers with him in a Dublin pub and letting the old lion hold forth. The footage has become legendary in poetry circles, for good reason.

Berryman’s verse is known for its contrarian rhythms, the quirks of emphasis he sometimes signals with fastidious accent marks. Watching him declaim his “Dream Songs,” you realize how physical those rhythms were, how he converted bodily and vocal tics into metrical ones. You see him hunch and rock, stroke his outrageous beard, jab a pedantic finger on the line “this is not for tears; thinking”—and jab even harder as he shouts the word But in an explosive volta.

Sure, he’s drunk, as the YouTube commenters gleefully point out. But sobriety wouldn’t smooth over such spiky eccentricity.
poetry  video  youtube  socialmedia 
september 2016 by juliusbeezer
Facebook Is Collaborating With the Israeli Government to Determine What Should Be Censored
It’s true that these companies have the legal right as private actors to censor whatever they want. But that proposition ignores the unprecedented control this small group of corporations now exerts over global communications. That this censorship is within their legal rights does not obviate the serious danger this corporate conduct poses, for reasons I set forth here in describing how vast their influence has become in shaping our discourse (see here for a disturbing story today on how Twitter banned a Scottish pro-independence group after it criticized an article from a tabloid journalist, who then complained she was being “harassed”).

It’s not an exaggeration to say that Facebook, at this point, is far and away the most dominant force in journalism. It is indescribably significant to see it work with a government to censor the speech of that government’s opponents.
facebook  twitter  censorship  socialmedia  socialnetworking  Israel  Palestine 
september 2016 by juliusbeezer
The Social-Network Illusion That Tricks Your Mind
Network scientists have known about the paradoxical nature of social networks for some time. The most famous example is the friendship paradox: on average your friends will have more friends than you do.

This comes about because the distribution of friends on social networks follows a power law. So while most people will have a small number of friends, a few individuals have huge numbers of friends. And these people skew the average...
Lerman and co have discovered a related paradox, which they call the majority illusion. This is the phenomenon in which an individual can observe a behavior or attribute in most of his or her friends, even though it is rare in the network as a whole.

They illustrate this illusion with a theoretical example: a set of 14 nodes linked up to form a small world network, just like a real social network (see picture above). They then color three of these nodes and count how many of the remaining nodes link to them in a single step.
internet  socialnetworking  socialmedia  twitter 
july 2016 by juliusbeezer
6 in 10 of you will share this link without reading it, a new, depressing study says - Chicago Tribune
On June 4, the satirical news site the Science Post published a block of "lorem ipsum" text under a frightening headline: "Study: 70% of Facebook users only read the headline of science stories before commenting."

Nearly 46,000 people shared the post, some of them quite earnestly — an inadvertent example, perhaps, of life imitating comedy.

Now, as if it needed further proof, the satirical headline's been validated once again: According to a new study by computer scientists at Columbia University and the French National Institute, 59 percent of links shared on social media have never actually been clicked: In other words, most people appear to retweet news without ever reading it.
internet  socialmedia  socialnetworking  science  sciencepublishing  facebook  twitter 
june 2016 by juliusbeezer
Panama Papers: Have the media censored the story? - Al Jazeera English
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalism, a non-profit group in the US, coordinated the reporting with 376 journalists from 109 news organisations and 76 countries poring over the files.

Such multi-newsroom collaborations are growing more common in an age of big data leaks, partly because newsrooms are shrinking while the influential players they are trying to hold accountable are growing in size, power and complexity.

But despite the success of the collaboration, the select group of media organisations that had access to the data have been criticised for how they tackled the story.

One of the main criticisms has been the way they went after wealthy business figures and some political leaders while largely shying away from the corporate side of the story that has enabled trillions of dollars, euros, pounds and rubles to be hidden offshore.

This has in turn raised a larger question: can the corporate-owned news media really be expected to hold the corporate world to account?
journalism  wikileaks  assange  socialmedia  privacy  germany  PanamaPapers 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Should we worry about filter bubbles? | Internet Policy Review
We conclude that – in spite of the serious concerns voiced – at present, there is no empirical evidence that warrants any strong worries about filter bubbles. Nevertheless, the debate about filter bubbles is important. Personalisation on news sites is still at an infant stage, and personalised content does not constitute a substantial information source for most citizens, as our review of literature on media use has shown. However, if personalisation technology improves, and personalised news content becomes people’s main information source, problems for our democracy could indeed arise, as our review of empirical studies of media effects has shown.
attention  politics  socialmedia  bubble 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Microsoft deletes 'teen girl' AI after it became a Hitler-loving sex robot within 24 hours
A day after Microsoft introduced an innocent Artificial Intelligence chat robot to Twitter it has had to delete it after it transformed into an evil Hitler-loving, incestual sex-promoting, 'Bush did 9/11'-proclaiming robot...
because her responses are learned by the conversations she has with real humans online - and real humans like to say weird stuff online and enjoy hijacking corporate attempts at PR.
internet  programming  socialmedia 
march 2016 by juliusbeezer
How to Avoid Looking Clueless | Guy Kawasaki | LinkedIn
Purchased followers, likes, and +1s provide no lasting benefits, since they don’t interact with your content and have no interest in your posts. You may never be caught buying your way into social media, but to do so is pissing on your karma, and karma is a bitch.

There is one exception to our distaste for buying your way in, and that’s paying to promote Facebook posts or Pages. This is simply the way Facebook works—it’s the same as buying advertising on other media. However, that’s where we draw the line.
socialmedia  facebook  attention 
february 2016 by juliusbeezer
Telling a good story is everything — Life Tips. — Medium
Embed experts on your team to stay close to their needs. At Vine, one group that was critically important to us was top Viners. So on the guidance of karyn spencer, we hired Vine star Chris Melberger. It was enormously helpful getting his frequent input — so much better than user studies. If I could go back, I would have done this earlier — and would have hired teenagers (as many Vine users are), as Facebook has done with the ever-inspiring Michael Sayman.
facebook  research  programming  software  socialmedia 
february 2016 by juliusbeezer
10 Ways to Drive More Traffic from Twitter - SumoMe
Share genuinely interesting thoughts, ideas and stories.
Be specific.
Curate — i.e. retweet — smart tweets from smart people.
Respond to other people’s tweets.
Follow people who follow your industry’s influencers.
Use hashtags (in moderation).
Stay active by tweeting at least 5-10 times per day.
Ask your newsletter subscribers to follow you.
Ask your LinkedIn and Facebook fans to follow you.
Ask your blog readers to follow you.
twitter  socialmedia  socialnetworking  writing 
january 2016 by juliusbeezer
Facebook just gave us one more reason never to trust it | The Verge
Facebook has tested the loyalty and patience of Android users by secretly introducing artificial errors that would automatically crash the app for hours at a time, says one person familiar with the one-time experiment. The purpose of the test, which happened several years ago, was to see at what threshold would a person ditch the Facebook app altogether. The company wasn’t able to reach the threshold. "People never stopped coming back," this person says.

It’s important to highlight that this was apparently a one-time test that happened years ago. Facebook declined multiple requests for comment. But the revelation comes on the heels of the 2014 controversy in which the company altered the content of the News Feed to determine its effect on users’ moods. In part, that meant showing some users a barrage of sad or upsetting posts to see whether it made them less likely to visit Facebook. The study, which "creeped out" even the editor of the journal that published it, cast Facebook in an unusually negative light.
facebook  psychology  socialmedia 
january 2016 by juliusbeezer
How Facebook’s news feed algorithm works.
And yet, for all its power, Facebook’s news feed algorithm is surprisingly inelegant, maddeningly mercurial, and stubbornly opaque. It remains as likely as not to serve us posts we find trivial, irritating, misleading, or just plain boring. And Facebook knows it. Over the past several months, the social network has been running a test in which it shows some users the top post in their news feed alongside one other, lower-ranked post, asking them to pick the one they’d prefer to read. The result? The algorithm’s rankings correspond to the user’s preferences “sometimes,” Facebook acknowledges, declining to get more specific. When they don’t match up, the company says, that points to “an area for improvement.”

“Sometimes” isn’t the success rate you might expect for such a vaunted and feared bit of code. The news feed algorithm’s outsize influence has given rise to a strand of criticism that treats it as if it possessed a mind of its own—as if it were some runic form of intelligence, loosed on the world to pursue ends beyond the ken of human understanding.
facebook  attention  socialmedia  bubble 
january 2016 by juliusbeezer
BrickMap - By AFOLs for AFOLs (FAQs)
In early 2014, Yun Mi Antorini, the Community Strategist of Community Engagement & Events at LEGO® Systems A/S, started a volunteer project to map and better “understand the LEGO® ecosystem.”

A group consisting of Rebecca Deak, Christophe Siquet, Boštjan Svetličič and Nathan Bryan were tasked to create an outline for this project. Once the framework was built 24 other LEGO® Ambassadors were asked for their input.

From the wonderful input received, an original map of over 2,000 Businesses and Services spanning 62 Categories was created. Once duplicates were sorted out, 797 unique sites (1,169 when counting some sites spanning multiple Categories) remained. Probably, one of the most comprehensive maps of LEGO® resources ever created.

From that map, this independent site was built to allow AFOLs (Adult Fans Of LEGO®) to suggest more sites to create an even more comprehensive map. We hope this will benefit everyone interested in finding LEGO® related information around the world.

Collaborating together with you, the fans of LEGO®, we hope to create a great resource map “By AFOLs for AFOLs.”
lego  socialmedia  business 
january 2016 by juliusbeezer
Upon Leaving | Mittelalter
The venture capitalists behind, like those backing ResearchGate, did not invest in a charity. (Mendeley is now owned by the publicly traded Elsevier and SSRN is produced by a privately held corporation; incidentally, its advisory board appears to be all male). As such, they are steering it towards an Initial Public Offering or IPO, as I was told in no uncertain terms by Price. Their working and very plausible assumption is that an enterprise needs to be profitable or show much promise of profit, for its IPO to be an attractive option, and they are presumably pressuring Price and his team to prepare the ground for it before a new round of fundraising. I speculate that under these circumstances, new publishing-related services offered by the site will likely begin to cost money, especially in the form of Article Processing Charges or APCs.
scholarly  socialmedia  business 
december 2015 by juliusbeezer
Free Open Access Medical education (FOAM) for the emergency physician - Nickson - 2014 - Emergency Medicine Australasia - Wiley Online Library
FOAM is ‘free open-access med(ical ed)ucation’.[2, 3] As such, FOAM is a dynamic collection of resources and tools for lifelong learning in medicine, as well as a community and an ethos. FOAM is continually evolving and growing rapidly, and from anarchic beginnings is increasingly attracting interest from practicing clinicians, trainees, educators, researchers and publishers alike. This article defines FOAM, details its development and considers its role, particularly in relationship to scientific journals, textbooks and medical education as a whole...
FOAM is sometimes portrayed as being at loggerheads with ‘the establishment’, including traditional medical journals. We think this is overstated, and both social media and FOAM have a growing role in the post-publication analysis of scientific research and in bridging the gap between research and practice.

There has been a push from some quarters to make FOAM more ‘journal like’, and a common criticism of FOAM is that it is not peer reviewed in the traditional sense.[8] However, FOAM is not scientific research. Instead, FOAM is a useful way of disseminating, discussing, dissecting and deliberating over the products of that research...
Twitter® has been central to the development of the FOAM community.[7]
openmedicine  socialmedia  medicine  twitter  hippocrates 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
#JezWeCan: The Jeremy Corbyn social media campaign. | The World Turned Upside Down
Most importantly, we have been able blunt some of the media attacks by relentlessly pushing a positive message and creating alternative sources of news for our supporters (in a recent YouGov survey, 57% of Corbyn supporters stated that they saw social media as their main source for news for the campaign, as opposed to 38-41% for other candidates and 32% for the wider population). This is a massive and significant sea change in the way we do our politics. When the over whelming 59.5% vote came through on that historic Saturday at the QE II Conference Centre, a few audible gasps were heard. None of them came from the social media team.
uk  politics  socialmedia 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
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