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april 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
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
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
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
‘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
UNDERCOVER VIDEO: Twitter Engineers To “Ban a Way of Talking” Through “Shadow Banning,” Algorithms to Censor Opposing Political Opinions – Project Veritas
In the latest undercover Project Veritas video investigation, current and former Twitter employees are on camera explaining steps the social media giant is taking to censor political content that they don’t like.
twitter  censorship 
january 2018 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
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
Téléchargez des Vidéos Twitter en MP4, MP3! En Ligne & Gratuitement!
Notre téléchargeur de vidéo sur Twitter vous permet de télécharger des vidéos de twitter de la manière la plus intuitive! Commencez à télécharger des vidéos des utilisateurs Twitter que vous suivez en Mp4 en moins d'une seconde. Il suffit de copier l'URL de la vidéo twitter dans la boîte blanche et cliquez sur le bouton Télécharger, attendez quelques secondes et la vidéo est à vous!
tools  video  twitter 
october 2017 by juliusbeezer
Wikileaks Founder Blasts Twitter's Soft Censorship - Bitsonline
Julian Assange, the rogue editor of Wikileaks who is living as a refugee in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, has blasted Twitter over its increasing use of soft censorship. He highlighted a growing trend within mainstream media companies and platforms where dissenting viewpoints are labeled as offensive, or “fake news”.
The latest event seems to be an inconspicuous change in his account security settings; modifying them without his consent to ensure the images and tweets he posts are labeled as offensive or disturbing — and therefore not shown. In the era of clicks and eyeballs, this dramatically reduces the reach of his content.
twitter  assange  censorship  attention  security 
october 2017 by juliusbeezer
Stop Expecting Facebook and Google to Curb Misinformation — It’s Great for Business
There are a few numbers these companies live and die by. One of these numbers is the quantification of “engagement,” a term kept deliberately vague so it can be expanded more easily; it essentially translates to “things happening on the website.” For Twitter, this means tweets, retweets, favorites, and various other clicking activities. “More” is directly equivalent to “better for business,” no matter what exactly there is more of. For Facebook, this translates to writing posts, sharing posts, liking posts, and so forth. The more people are staring at Facebook or clicking its click-ables, the higher this engagement number goes, and the better the company looks to investors and advertisers, the two parties that determine whether an internet firm will be massively lucrative or dead. Google’s position here is slightly different in that individual user accounts matter less, but the gist is similar: The more people looking and clicking, the better. You only need to spend several minutes on the internet to realize that a lot of this looking and clicking includes things like racist witch hunts, white supremacist evangelizing, deliberate hoaxes, and maybe even electoral interference of some sort (it seems entirely plausible that foreign governments might take to Facebook to throw wrenches in our civic life because they know we love wrenches). For years now, the major internet information brokers have been promising and promising to improve, but delivering only the most marginal signs of improvement. This isn’t a sign of failure but of lack of effort. We have yet to see what it would look like for a major technology company to make a serious, concerted attempt to filter out deliberate acts of harm and deceit.

The notion that Twitter couldn’t curb spam bots and Nazis or that Google couldn’t blacklist 4chan from its news overview is absurd. The issue is that, for revenue purposes, engagement with the informational equivalent of a leaking septic tank is indistinguishable from engagement with news sources that aren’t explicitly trying to deceive and defraud readers.
facebook  google  business  attention  twitter 
october 2017 by juliusbeezer
How a Bot Army Probably Got Me Kicked Off Twitter
This came after analysts from the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFR Lab) uncovered pro-Kremlin outlets and Twitter bots spreading a certain narrative around the Charlottesville, Virginia, protests. In response to DFR Lab’s work, an army of automated accounts turned on the researchers themselves, bombarding their notifications and manipulating their follower counts. I reported on these subsequent shenanigans Tuesday, and that’s when a relatively small wave of bots started following and retweeting me.

“Personally, I’ve never seen anything like this before. What happened to you is very strange indeed,” Donara Barojan from the DFR Lab told The Daily Beast, referring to Twitter restricting my account.

My tweet of the related article garnered around 1,300 retweets in a pretty short period of time Tuesday. Some of those accounts appear to be automated, with several retweeting the same, widespread selection of tweets. Twitter also temporarily restricted some of these accounts that retweeted my article, and many were Russian-language focused.
september 2017 by juliusbeezer
Donald Trump just retweeted a man who accused him of supporting fascism - Mirror Online
Shocked Mr Holden, who has fewer than 1,000 Twitter followers, said: "I'm announcing my retirement from Twitter. I'll never top this."

It wasn't immediately clear if Mr Holden was calling Trump or the Sheriff he supported a fascist.

But either way it's not good for the US President.

One way he's supporting a fascist; the other, he's a fascist himself.

The President undid the retweet within half an hour of it appearing.
twitter  politics  us 
august 2017 by juliusbeezer
Unicode strikethrough text tool for Twitter, Facebook, internationalized domain names, etc.
Create s̶t̶r̶i̶k̶e̶t̶h̶r̶o̶u̶g̶h̶ text on Twitter, Facebook, internationalized domain names, etc.

This little tool generates s̶t̶r̶i̶k̶e̶t̶h̶r̶o̶u̶g̶h̶ text using unicode characters. While the text it generates may look similar to text generated using the <strike> HTML tag or text-decoration:line-through CSS attribute, it isn't*. You can use this script to generate strikethrough text to paste in to Twitter or Facebook, or to register internationalized domain names containing strikethrough characters (ie. s̶t̶r̶i̶k̶e̶.ws).
text  text_tools  twitter 
july 2017 by juliusbeezer
Van driver filmed forcing cyclist off road; BBC Sussex asks "Who's to blame?" |
Despite the company's firm action and apology, BBC Sussex framed the incident on Twitter this morning in a way that suggested the cyclist, who managed to remain upright and escaped without injury, may have done something wrong.
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Its tweet was condemned by a number of Twitter users, including cycling campaigners, media figures and even West Midlands Police, and was later deleted - but not before a screengrab had been taken of it by several Twitter users, including the Guardian’s Peter Walker.
cycling  road_safety  journalism  twitter  crime  police 
may 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
An introduction to Mastodon |
It solves the ownership problem in both the literal and emotional sense: the code, being open source (AGPL), is owned by everyone, and the nodes themselves are so numerous that users can shop around to find a community that best suits them, or start a personal node.

Each node, being independently run and managed, can be used as a private node, or it can be open to other users, it can block users or feeds, or it can accept feeds. Control is truly placed in the hands of the users, and yet the end result is a truly social network.

Mastodon is one implementation of GNU Social focusing on a good, clean user interface and a low barrier-to-entry for self-hosting.

And it's spreading like wildfire as the premier Twitter alternative.
twitter  tools  opensource 
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
At £131,000, Katie Hopkins should realise trolling on Twitter is an expensive hobby - The i newspaper online iNews
Monroe sued for libel, claiming that the suggestion created by the two tweets, to the effect that she supported the desecration of war memorials, was defamatory and had caused serious harm to her reputation. Hopkins, rejecting an offer to settle and refusing to apologise, fought. She, unlike Monroe, did not give evidence during the hearing, depriving Monroe’s barristers of what would have no doubt been some corking cross-examination, but arguments were made on her behalf. Unfortunately for her, following the form book, she lost.

The Judge had little trouble in finding that the tweets had a “defamatory tendency” – that is to say, that they would have “tended to have a substantially adverse effect on the way that right-thinking members of society would treat” Monroe...
Taking the evidence into account, including Monroe’s evidence of abuse she had suffered as a consequence of the tweets, the Judge found that serious harm had been caused to her reputation, and real and substantial injury caused to feelings, and awarded £24,000 in damages. And that’s not the worst of it. The costs bill looks set to be gargantuan. £107,000 in costs has been ordered to be paid by Hopkins on account pending a full assessment, which may well see that figure climb even higher. Estimates of £300,000 have been tossed around, and that’s before you factor in Hopkins’ own legal costs.
law  uk  twitter 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
How to Run a Rogue Government Twitter Account With an Anonymous Email Address and a Burner Phone
Using Tor Browser is the easiest way to get started, but it’s not perfect. For instance, a hacker who knows about a vulnerability in Tor Browser can discover your real IP address by tricking you into visiting a website they control, and exploiting that vulnerability — the FBI has done this in the past. For this reason, it’s important to always immediately update Tor Browser when you get prompted.

You can also protect yourself from Tor Browser security bugs by using an operating system that’s designed to protect your anonymity, such as Tails or Qubes with Whonix, (I’ve written about the latter here). This is more work for you, but it might be worth it. Personally, I’m using Qubes with Whonix.
security  privacy  twitter 
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
Try Breaking Your Media Filter Bubble - Bloomberg View
I refer to the quality of what you are reading. It is far too glib to say that experts know nothing or that everything on the internet is wrong. If only we could ignore the experts, and assume there is no nuance in the world.

Instead, investors should be more assertive in managing their media consumption. Here are three simple steps that will help you re-engineer your media diet:

No. 1 Create your own media research team: Y
filtrage  informationmastery  twitter  bubble 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
How to Cite a President Trump Tweet - EasyBib Blog
Trump, D. [realDonaldTrump]. (2017, January 3). I will be having a general news conference on JANUARY ELEVENTH in N.Y.C. Thank you [Tweet]. Retrieved from
twitter  citation  editing 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
Mark Hamill Reads Joker-Like Donald Trump Tweet As The Joker
When writer Matt Oswalt pointed out that president-elect Donald Trump’s recent New Year’s Eve tweet sounded like something the Joker would say, the Joker rose to the occasion.
funny  us  politics  twitter 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
Terror Scanning Database For Social Media Raises More Questions than Answers | Motherboard
On Monday, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube announced a new partnership to create a “shared industry database” that identifies “content that promotes terrorism.” Each company will use the database to find “violent terrorist imagery or terrorist recruitment videos or images” on their platforms, and remove the content according to their own policies...
Facebook removes “content that expresses support” for groups involved in terrorism or organized crime. Even “supporting or praising leaders of those same organisations, or condoning their violent activities” is banned from the platform. So for example, a video that praises ISIS might get taken down by Facebook. The Facebook employee or contractor taking it down might choose to hash the video, and share the hash through the database. The database will flag the same video when it’s uploaded on YouTube.
facebook  twitter  google  censorship 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Twitter and Facebook Censorship and Mainstream Media Denial - Craig Murray
All my blog posts are posted to Facebook as well as twitter. Did you know when you share my post on Facebook, Facebook limits the number of your friends who can see it? In my case the limit is set to ensure that the percentage of incoming traffic to my site that comes through Facebook, is always precisely 5%. To do that, of course, they have to know precisely how much traffic is coming in to this site. Worrying, isn’t it? Before Facebook set the limitation -around the same time as twitter – the amount of incoming traffic from Facebook was around 30% of my traffic.
facebook  attention  censorship  twitter  dccomment 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
21 Twitter Tools That Every Twitter Power User Must Know
Buffer is simply one of the best Twitter tools out there for users who tend to tweet in short bursts. You might be losing out valuable followers by tweeting such a way. Distributed tweets throughout the day tend to convert better, and Buffer lets you schedule your tweets to the best performing time of the day. A balanced tweeting schedule is the sign of an organized individual and should gain you more attention.
twitter  tools 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Breaking Up With Twitter - The New York Times
Historians and media theorists will one day study whether the journalistic corps’s devotion to a platform that prizes cutting remarks over nuance and empathy was ultimately good for the republic. But for news addicts like myself, little of that mattered.
Continue reading the main story

The thrill of Twitter in 2016 was visceral and habit-forming. It was the show that never stopped, the fireworks display you couldn’t keep your eyes off even as it grew dangerously bright and transfixing, and then set the whole town on fire and invited floods and locusts and plague, too.
twitter  us  politics 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Why Your Business Should Still Care About Twitter in 2017 - ManageFlitter Blog
If you’re a brand or a business who needs to have that level of real-time access to an audience, Twitter is still the right way to go. I use it constantly, far more than any other social network for just that reason. It’s the simplest way for me to get in-front of people, and I don’t have to bow to Facebook’s algorithms just to make it bloody work in the first place.
twitter  dccomment  archiving 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Why does Twitter reject my updates for exceeding 140 characters, when I know they have fewer than 140 characters?
Twitter automatically re-shortens all links with their shortener, whether you want it or not. They also automatically convert all hashtags (#hashtag), all Twitter usernames (@username) and all domain names (, and any other clickable item into links. Each of these automatically generated link takes up 23 characters instead of the actual number of text characters. Twitter performs this conversion to links and only then counts the final number of characters in the tweet text. That sometimes causes the tweet length to exceed 140 characters. They reject the tweet even if your pre-conversion text was less than 140 characters.
twitter  tools 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
How To Bulk Unfollow On Twitter in Minutes | HostNexus Blog
today I went on a mission to purge my Twitter account.

As most people in Twitterdom know, there are thousands of apps that help you manage your Twitter account, so I thought that mass unfollowing on Twitter was going to be pretty simple. I tried several tools but all either had no Bulk Unfollow option or no Select All option. I started hitting Unfollow on people on Twitter Karma but that got real old after about 100 clicks. I then start hitting checkboxes on Tweepi and Untweeps but another 150 clicks later my right index finger started to cramp up in a death grip from hell. But both Tweepi and Untweeps do not list all your followers so it was kind of pointless anyhow. I then found ManageFlitter which listed all your followers in pages of 100 with checkboxes, but of course no Select All option.

I did some digging and found out that Twitter had put their foot down on Mass Unfollowing in April of this year (2010). All applications either had to remove Bulk Unfollow options or the Select All option to continue to operate within Twitter’s update TOS. Pretty ridiculous. I can understand enforcing a Bulk Unfollow option but telling developers to remove a “Select All” option? Very weird. But it got me thinking. The Select All thing is just a JavaScript call and happens in your browser so surely there should be a nifty little FireFox plugin that allows me to Select All?
twitter  attention  business  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
A bleak-looking sea ice graph has Twitter in a frenzy - The Verge
The graph was originally tweeted by Zack Labe, a PhD student in UC Irvine’s department of earth system sciences, though it was created by a member of the Arctic sea ice forum. Zack also happens to have been my college roommate! I spoke with him briefly about why the tweet went viral and caused a storm of debate and how complicated these conversations can get.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

Where did this chart come from and where did the data behind it come from?
climatechange  twitter  sciencepublishing 
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
Trump, and the Punditry's Scary Groupthink | RealClearPolitics
One of the Internet’s flaws has always been that for all its diversity, it is unrepresentative in important ways. Even left-leaning blogs and websites have tended to be disproportionately white. It’s an ongoing topic of conversation and source of controversy on these sites.

What makes this cycle so tricky is that the re-emergence of strong class and cultural divides in the election has brought new cleavages to the fore, which are likewise underrepresented among commentators. Not only do you have a whole lot of white folk on Twitter, but you have a whole lot of white professionals with college degrees, disproportionately granted from elite universities. Most of them live in cities and neighborhoods dominated by white professionals with college degrees, disproportionately granted from elite universities, and go to workplaces with similar makeups. Somehow, the pundits look even less like America this cycle than in the past.

I believe that most people in my Twitter feed, left and right, don’t know many genuine Trump supporters, if any. I can count two, maybe three among my Facebook friends, and I went to high school in Oklahoma. It’s the exact problem I discussed back in January: There’s a cosmopolitan vs. traditionalist divide that runs through our politics, with cultural cosmopolitans running both parties.
internet  twitter  us  politics 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Twitter’s New @Replies re-design isn’t just stupid; it’s really stupid. – Medium
Sometimes I use Twitter to engage in conversations that, if viewable to my entire timeline, could open me up to abuse from non-followers. Those non-followers aren’t always passive trolls who respond to things that their followers tweet into their timeline. Increasingly, these are active trolls. They search terms to find victims. They target users. And, they leverage network ties to force context collapse.

Context collapse “ refers to the infinite audience possible online as opposed to the limited groups a person normally interacts with face to face.” It’s an academic term, coined by danah boyd. Jenny L Davis and Nathan Jurgenson introduce the idea of power to context collapse, calling it context collision. Context collision is when a party uses their greater power — more users, more time to stoke flames of trolling, their role in media — to force audiences to collapse.

To combat context collision, I rarely respond to every twitter account that tries to engage with me. Strange twitter accounts lacking institutional symbols of legitimacy — a user picture, a bio that sounds like it was written by a human, a bio that does not have racist key words in it, etc.
twitter  attention 
october 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
Twitter is a cultural success and a business failure
Twitter may be caught in the dilemma faced by many technology companies: Its health depends on continued growth, yet there may be a finite universe of users. Certainly Twitter’s service isn’t for everybody. Most people with Twitter accounts don’t use them regularly, and as many as 44% of users have never tweeted, according to a 2014 analysis.

In media, politics, technology, and entertainment, Twitter has become an essential tool. But anyone outside the conversation can be forgiven for wondering what all the fuss is about.
twitter  internet  finance 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Gary Lineker defends Twitter views as the Sun gives him red card | Football | The Guardian
In 2014, he told the Guardian that “Twitter Gary” enabled him to be more outspoken than he could be on television. “I’ve quite often written tweets that I think are across that line, but I just delete them. There’s a few of those,” he said. “My law to myself is, if I’ve got doubts, then don’t send it. Do I really need the shit? Although I suppose I quite enjoy finding out where the line is.”
censorship  twitter  internet 
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
What's a Good Twitter Engagement Rate for Your Tweets?
According to Social Bakers (met you guys at SMMW15!) the average Twitter engagement for the top 25 brands came in at about .0007 or .07% for a Tweet. Dasheroo’s engagement rate on a per post basis falls right in there. Our belief is that even if someone doesn’t engage directly with us, hopefully we made an impression.

So if your post got 5 Favorites, 2 RT’s and 8 Replies and you have 1000 followers:

5+2+8 ÷ 1000 = .015 or 1.5%. Pretty good as far as Twitter engagement goes according to the average of the big brands!
twitter  socialnetworking  attention 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Addicted to Your iPhone? You’re Not Alone - The Atlantic
Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter hook us by delivering what psychologists call “variable rewards.” Messages, photos, and “likes” appear on no set schedule, so we check for them compulsively, never sure when we’ll receive that dopamine-activating prize. (Delivering rewards at random has been proved to quickly and strongly reinforce behavior.) Checking that Facebook friend request will take only a few seconds, we reason, though research shows that when interrupted, people take an average of 25 minutes to return to their original task.
facebook  twitter  attention 
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
Impact of Social Sciences – Who gives a tweet? After 24 hours and 860 downloads, we think quite a few actually do
We hoped that the paper would be popular, but were surprised to observe just how well it took off on Twitter...

Since the release of the paper, it has been downloaded 3936 times and shared 518 times using social sharing tools, making this paper one of the NCRM’s most popular papers ever.

The on-going debate about changing forms of academic dissemination focuses a lot on the pros and cons of engaging audiences in social media, making research open access and whether hard-copy publication is a thing of the past. The question of resources, time and budgets may force many academics to evaluate their dissemination methods and ask themselves whether it is worth spending £1000 out of the research budget on having a print poster or a brochure designed, printed and posted, or whether they should simply spend a single hour each week engaging (but not spamming) on social media platforms and reaching far wider audiences than any print material ever could. In addition to being mindful about good use of resources, personal online reputation and being in control of it should be of interest to every academic.
twitter  scholarly  sciencepublishing  attention 
september 2016 by juliusbeezer
Comment la fachosphère peut bloquer des médias sur Twitter - L'Obs
Lundi 19 septembre, en début de soirée, le compte de est finalement débloqué par Twitter. En revanche, le réseau social a choisi de supprimer de manière unilatérale le tweet incriminé. "Ils ont fait leur propre travail de censure", souligne Antoine Champagne à "L'Obs". Avant de prévenir : "Mais on va reposter le même lien."
twitter  censorship  france 
september 2016 by juliusbeezer
6 Ways to Use Advanced Twitter Search for Increased Influence : Social Media Examiner
Using Twitter’s Advanced Search to monitor keywords and conversations can help you connect with influencers and uncover opportunities for thought leadership.

In this article you’ll discover six ways to use Twitter’s Advanced Search to increase your influence in your industry.
twitter  search 
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
Wings Over Scotland suspended from Twitter (From Herald Scotland)
: "We don’t comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons" ="We're totally unaccountable"
september 2016 by juliusbeezer
How DARPA Took On the Twitter Bot Menace with One Hand Behind Its Back
All this was played to the competitors in a synthetic Twitter environment over four weeks in February and March.

The teams then had to analyze this Twitter stream and guess which users were bots. Each correct guess got them a single point but a team lost 0.25 points for each incorrect guess. A team that guessed all the bots d days before the end of the challenge also got d points, since DARPA is particularly interested in the early detection of influence bots.

The winning team was from the social media analytics company Sentimetrix, which guessed all the bots 12 days ahead of the deadline while making only one incorrect guess...
Sentimetrix used a pretrained algorithm to search for bot-like behavior. The team had trained this algorithm on Twitter data from the 2014 Indian election which featured many bots. It looked for unusual grammar, the similarity of the linguistics to natural language chatbots such as Eliza, and unusual behaviors such as extended periods of tweeting without a break that a human could not easily perform.
twitter  socialnetworking  internet  attention 
july 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 - 'Blog
they want to use Twitter to measure some kind of human impact or reach: Twitter routinely detects and bans certain types of bot (such as those responsible for spam or manipulation of metrics), and there are 3rd-party services to do this too.

Mo is not one of those people. He heard this tale and imagined the fame and fortune that comes from having a small army of devoted followers hanging on his every word.

So, we went on and bought him three thousand new friends, for the princely sum of £3.84.
twitter  attention  finance 
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
The secret rules of the internet | The Verge
Sometimes exhausted, sometimes elated, and always under intense pressure, the SQUAD reviewed all of YouTube’s flagged content, developing standards as they went. They followed a guiding-light question: "Can I share this video with my family?" For the most part, they worked independently, debating and arguing among themselves; on particularly controversial issues, strategists like Mora-Blanco conferred with YouTube’s founders. In the process, they drew up some of the earliest outlines for what was fast becoming a new field of work, an industry that had never before been systematized or scaled: professional moderation.
video  censorship  internet  moderation  youtube  facebook  twitter 
april 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
l'An 2000 - Twitter invente la déchéance de notabilité - Libé
Milo Yiannopoulos est un journaliste anglais extrêmement controversé, autoproclamé «plus célèbre des super-méchants de l’Internet». Figure de proue du mouvement Gamergate, il a fait des féministes sa cible préférée, que ce soit sur le très conservateur ou sur son compte Twitter.
twitter  journalism 
january 2016 by juliusbeezer
A protest bot is a bot so specific you can’t mistake it for bullshit — Medium
I made my first protest bot in the wake of the Snowden revelations about PRISM, the NSA’s downstream surveillance program. I created @NSA_PRISMbot. The bot is an experiment in speculative surveillance, imagining the kind of useless information the NSA might distill from its invasive data-gathering:
twitter  language  agnotology  tools 
december 2015 by juliusbeezer
Twitter: Anonymous's lists of alleged ISIS accounts are 'wildly inaccurate'
“Users flag content for us through our standard reporting channels, we review their reports manually, and take action if the content violates our rules,” the spokesperson said, adding: “We don't review anonymous lists posted online, but third party reviews have found them to be wildly inaccurate and full of academics and journalists.”

Whether flooding the company’s review team by reporting users off a massive, likely unreliable list of names is counterproductive to banning ISIS, Twitter refused to comment.
twitter  anonymity  agnotology 
november 2015 by juliusbeezer
Best in Breed Twitter Clients for Linux |
But for Linux users, the client side of things has lagged behind for some time. Thankfully, you can now find solid clients that do the job and do it well. Back in “the day” amazing tools like Tweetdeck were client-based tools for Windows and Mac. Running the best of the best required you install WINE and download the .msi installer and cross your fingers. That was then...this is now. Most services like Tweetdeck now run flawlessly in nearly every browser (even Midori).

But even though the browser has become King of the apps, there are still desktop and command line clients for the likes of Twitter available—each of which offers a variety of features. But if one of those desktop clients won’t do it for you, I’ll show you a handy trick to help make one browser-based client behave a bit more like a desktop client.

Let’s first look at what I consider to be the two best in breed Twitter clients for Linux.
twitter  tools  linux 
november 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
My name is Ginger, and I used to be a Twitter addict — Medium
If you’re a power user of Twitter, you know how hard it is to keep up with the firehose of tweets.

But just imagine what it was like on the inside: keeping up with all the tweets on a cultural and personal level, keeping up with tweets for our advertising clients (I worked in ad sales), and then keeping up with tweets about Twitter and the industry in general. I really wish I could track the number of tweets I’ve seen over the last few years. Surely it’s in the millions.

Twitter for me was like a never-ending game of Tetris — tweets constantly streamed down my Tweetdeck columns creating an equal mix of panic and excitement. It was fun, and it was fast, and it was infuriating.

A lot of ex-Twitter folks talk about a form of PTSD we’d gotten from working there, and a large part of it was the pace. We had an omnipresent fear of missing something important or being late to something urgent. So we were ever vigilant: always checking in, always keeping up. We feared being the single point of failure that brought the ship down.
twitter  psychology  work 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
Impact of Social Sciences – Wikipedia is significantly amplifying the impact of Open Access publications.
the single biggest predictor of a journal’s appearance in Wikipedia is its impact factor –the higher the better. Yet, a really exciting finding to pop out of the data is that, for any given journal, those that are designated as “open access” are 47% more likely to appear in Wikipedia than comparable “closed access” journals. It looks like Wikipedia editors are putting a premium on open access. It is important to emphasize that this does not mean that Wikipedia editors are citing “open access” journals more often than closed access journals. What seems to really matter most to Wikipedia editors is impact factor. Nevertheless, when given a choice between journals of highly similar impact factors, Wikipedia editors are significantly more likely to select the “open access” option.
openaccess  citation  twitter 
october 2015 by juliusbeezer
Whose problem is the “reproducibility crisis” anyway? | Fumbling towards tenure
a single funky data point out of almost 60 is not a "result," but point...the answer is no, I do not "usually" replicate. Look, I get that in some labs it's super easy to run an experiment in an afternoon for like $5. If this is the situation you're in, by all means replicate away! Knock yourself out, and then give yourself a nice pat on the back. But in the world of mammalian behavioral neuroscience, single experiments can take years and many thousands of dollars. When you finish an experiment, you publish the data, whatever they happen to be. You don't say, let's spend another couple of years and thousands more dollars and do it all again before we tell anyone what we found! So I thought, OK, this guy runs an insect lab, maybe he doesn't know what's involved.
statistics  science  sciencepublishing  peerreview  twitter  scholarly 
august 2015 by juliusbeezer
Digital surveillance 'worse than Orwell', says new UN privacy chief | Technology | The Guardian
Joseph Cannataci singled out British surveillance oversight as being “a joke”, and said the situation is worse than anything George Orwell could have foreseen.

He added that he doesn’t use Facebook or Twitter, and said it was regrettable that vast numbers of people sign away their digital rights without thinking about it.

“Some people were complaining because they couldn’t find me on Facebook. They couldn’t find me on Twitter. But since I believe in privacy, I’ve never felt the need for it,” Cannataci, a professor of law at the University of Malta, said.
privacy  surveillance  law  google  twitter  facebook 
august 2015 by juliusbeezer
How Twitter Users Can Generate Better Ideas
Just exposing oneself to diverse fields, opinions and beliefs on Twitter by itself is not sufficient to enhance innovativeness. Additional capabilities are needed to ensure that the ideas triggered via Twitter can be transformed into actual innovative outcomes. To identify what these complementary capabilities are, we conducted 205 interviews with Twitter users across the ten groups in our sample. Through the interviews, we found that individual absorptive capacity4 — the ability of employees to identify, assimilate and exploit new ideas — is critical for employees to build and learn from their Twitter networks. This means that if you are a Twitter user with the goal of improving your innovation performance, you need to maintain a diverse network while also developing your information assimilation and exploitation skills.
twitter  learning  education  business 
august 2015 by juliusbeezer
Pressé par les Etats, Twitter fait la police - Libération
Les requêtes des autorités transmises à Twitter sont de plus en plus nombreuses. C'est ce que montre le dernier rapport de transparence publié aujourd’hui par le réseau social. Les demandes d’informations concernant des comptes ainsi que les demandes de suppression sont en augmentation par rapport aux périodes précédentes.

Les demandes de suppression de contenus sont en hausse : 1003 au premier semestre 2015, contre 796 entre juillet et décembre 2014.
twitter  france  humanrights  privacy  surveillance 
august 2015 by juliusbeezer
Build Your Own Topic Bot

It’s been 10 days since the new Wikipedia IFTTT channel launch, and the response has been amazing. Our backend has seen almost 2.5 million requests for Recipe updates, from tens of thousands of unique users. In this post we wanted to do a quick hands-on guide showing one way IFTTT helps Wikipedians reach a wider web.
wikipedia  twitter  programming 
august 2015 by juliusbeezer
Frequently Yelled Statements |
"This is censorship!"

"No, it’s not. I’m not preventing you from speaking. I just don’t have to listen."

Twitter tool that widens out block to social media entourage of certain key accounts, with whitelist reinclusion on appeal.
twitter  attention  opensource  git 
july 2015 by juliusbeezer
Cables | LOWERCASE capital
As a private company, Twitter never really had to account for its business to anyone outside the company. Information was tightly guarded and few stakeholders were given the keys. At the same time, investment capital was easy to come by for such a fast growing company, so the company never had to put much effort into pitching itself to raise funding.

The transition to being public has been rough. The company has disappointed Wall Street more often than not. Twitter’s earnings calls are mostly dedicated to playing defense while discussing incremental improvements to sign-up flows and tweaks to the service. Plus, new product launches are soft and rarely get the attention from investors or users that Twitter’s peers drum up. If the company has a bold vision for the future, it doesn’t come across in their communication with us on the outside, and that may very well be a function of pre-IPO legacy.
june 2015 by juliusbeezer
If you're a conservative, I'm not your friend | Practical Ethics
One of the first things I did after seeing the depressing election news this morning was check to see which of my Facebook friends ‘like’ the pages of the Conservatives or David Cameron, and unfriend them. (Thankfully, none of my friends ‘like’ the UKIP page.) Life is too short, I thought, to hang out with people who hold abhorrent political views, even if it’s just online.

This marked a change of heart for me. Usually, I try to remain engaged with such people in the hope that I might be able to change their views through debate.
socialmedia  twitter  facebook 
may 2015 by juliusbeezer
Users hate Twitter ads, and that's seen it incur another loss in Q1 • The Register
Financial analysts have reacted without apparent irony to disappointing results from microblabbing platform Twitter.

The outfit's monthly active users, at 302 million, were up 18 per cent year-on-year and 4.86 per cent quarter-on-quarter, prompting Landcolt Capital's Todd Schoenberger to tell Reuters “it looks like the user base is dropping”.

Revenue came close to the kind of results that analysts call “catastrophic”, rising a mere 74 per cent year-on-year to US$436 million when balls of best Wall Street crystal wanted US$458 million.
twitter  funny  finance 
april 2015 by juliusbeezer
Has Google+ Really Died? - Forbes
As I had never spent any time “hanging out on Facebook,” these pleas didn’t represent significant enticements, but I decided to give it a try. I opened a Google+ account and I was immediately confronted with the task of organizing correspondents who wished to interact with me into “circles.” As this categorizing took extra effort, my heart wasn’t in it, and so, like more than 99% of Google users, I became an inactive user of Google+....
By contrast, Twitter was a much more natural fit with my work patterns, both in terms of disseminating news about articles I am writing and in terms of learning what others in related fields are working on and interacting with them. Twitter required no active decision about whether anyone was a friend or a colleague or something else entirely. The conversation simply happened. So I became quite active on Twitter and even acquired thousands of Twitter followers.

I have also been active in responding to comments on my column on, including those correspondents who disagree with me, sometimes ferociously. On occasion, the deluge of comments is simply too much to keep up with. But I have done my best to maintain a dialogue with all comers in a spirit of professional interchange.

In writing about social media, I write as an average user, not as a specialist.
twitter  google  facebook  socialmedia  socialnetworking  commenting 
april 2015 by juliusbeezer
Just say 'nein': Talking with Eric Jarosinski about NeinQuarterly - LA Times
You call it another wasted afternoon. I call it the power of social media.”
funny  twitter  philosophy 
march 2015 by juliusbeezer
3 Signs That You Shouldn’t Do a Twitter Q&A - The Blog Herald | The Blog Herald
When you’re not a popular organization, it’s risky to schedule events, both online and offline, which you can’t control.
Put your social marketing dollars into places where your current customers and prospective customers live. Don’t spend time on a social network just because it feels like you should be there.
twitter  business 
february 2015 by juliusbeezer
Social media and Open Access | The Ed Techie
There are a set of cultural assumptions that are associated with social networks, one of which is that content can be freely accessed and easily shared. Now, you can argue about the economics of this, and whether content should be free, but those are the assumptions that come with this culture, so you either accept them or go elsewhere.

So if you want to utilise social networks as part of your academic practice, then it really puts an emphasis on you to publish open access. Whether this is self-archived or gold route published isn’t that relevant – it needs to be accessible, now, and by everyone. If we assume that social networks aren’t going away and are going to become more and more pervasive as part of academic practice, then this becomes a strong, almost irresistible driver for open access.
socialmedia  socialnetworking  openaccess  sciencepublishing  twitter  internet 
february 2015 by juliusbeezer
F-16s Scrambled to Escort Jets After Twitter Bomb Threat - ABC News
An apparent bomb threat against two passenger flights that was tweeted today resulted in two F-16 fighter jets being scrambled to escort the two airliners.

The two flights were both enroute to Hartsfeld-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, where they landed safely NORAD said.

"When the threat came in through Twitter, something was suspicious enough about it to make that determination that caused someone to elevate it to the point that it caused the scramble of the fighter jets
twitter  security  aéroport 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
BPS Research Digest: The psychology of Facebook, digested
Google Scholar lists more than 27,000 references with Facebook in the title. Common topics for study are links between Facebook use and personality, and whether the network alleviates or fosters loneliness. The torrent of new data is overwhelming and much of it appears contradictory. Here is the psychology of Facebook, digested:

Who uses Facebook?
Extraverts have more friends on FB
but shy people probably use it more

According to a survey of over a thousand people, "females, younger people, and those not currently in a committed relationship were the most active Facebook users". Regarding personality, a study of over 1000 Australian users reported that "users tend to be more extraverted and narcissistic, but less conscientious and socially lonely, than nonusers". A study of the actual FB use of over a hundred students found that personality was a more important factor than gender and FB experience, with high scorers in neuroticism spending more time on FB. Meanwhile, extraverts were found to have more friends on the network than introverts ("the 10 per cent of our respondents scoring the highest in extraversion had, on average, 484 more friends than the 10 per cent scoring the lowest in extraversion").
facebook  psychology  socialmedia  twitter 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
#Charlie : la liberté d’expression défendue dans la rue, menacée sur le Net | Meta-media | La révolution de l'information
Quand une question aborde le numérique comme caisse de résonance des extrémismes grâce à l’anonymat et à la puissance de diffusion des réseaux sociaux, plusieurs intervenants corrigent :

« L’anonymat n’existe quasiment pas sur internet, nous n’avons jamais laissé autant de traces », explique Jean-Marc Manach. Mais trop d’utilisateurs du web ne connaissent pas les outils pour le comprendre. « Beaucoup croient que les tweets faisant l’apologie des attentats à Charlie se sont largement répandus. Là aussi, c’est en grande partie faux. Les fameux tweets #jesuiscoulibaly ont représenté 78.000 tweets face aux 6 millions de #jesuisCharlie, et lorsqu’on les regarde de près, un tiers utilisaient ce hashtags pour les dénoncer. On parle donc de quelques milliers de tweets, émis par des personnes ayant quelques centaines de followers tout au plus mais sur lesquels on a fait un effet de zoom démesuré en les mettant à la Une des journaux et des télévisions dont l’audience se compte par millions »
twitter  socialmedia  CharlieHebdo  television 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
MD degree may not teach doctors how to tweet | Reuters
Tang and colleagues emailed 6600 gastroenterologists and 183 directors of gastroenterology training programs asking them to complete an online survey about their social media habits. Just 265 physicians completed the survey.

About half of them didn't use any form of social media, Tang’s team reported in the journal Digestive and Liver Disease.

Among those with active social media accounts, 49 percent were on Facebook, while just 18 percent were on Twitter.

"Many of them do not trust the results or news from brief tweets," Tang said. "All studies have strengths and shortcomings. It is hard to tell the whole picture by sending short sentences."
socialmedia  medicine  twitter  facebook 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
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