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You heard it here on Twitter first… | Local News Ed
Does getting our news online and shared on social media help us reach our audience better? Or does it simply alert the competition to a good story?

...On Friday lunchtime, they dug down to soil that hadn’t been touched since the middle ages, and right through the skeleton of a child. It’s near a church so it is not shocking, but it is an interesting little nugget of news.

We got pictures, audio, and information by 2pm. But we DIDN’T tweet about it. Instead, we used social media to start teasing that we had an exclusive, encouraging people to listen in near the hour for something interesting, etc.

At 5pm we tweeted the first picture and started pushing the link to our website.
journalism  socialmedia  twitter  radio 
january 2015 by juliusbeezer
WordPress › P2 « Free WordPress Themes
Blogging at the speed of thought. P2 transforms a mild-mannered blog into a super-blog with features like inline comments, a posting form right on the homepage, inline editing of posts and comments, real-time updates, and much more.
wordpress  tools  blogs  twitter 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
Homicide Watch D.C. uses clues in site search queries to ID homicide victim | Poynter.
Laura Amico, editor of Homicide Watch D.C., describes how she used site analytics to identify a homicide victim — again. Early Sunday morning, she saw a police department news alert stating that a juvenile male had been killed. She wrote an initial post. When she looked at Google Analytics, she saw a few different search queries that seemed to be related to the killing: People were searching for information on a killing the night before on the same street as in the news alert. After an hour of searching on Twitter and Facebook, she thought she had found the victim, a 17-year-old with a name similar to the one people were searching for.
search  google  twitter  facebook  journalism 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
Glasgow tragedy: service to be held for victims of George Square crash | UK news | The Guardian
A teenager from Northumbria has been arrested after posting an offensive message on Twitter about Monday’s crash. The 19-year-old from Sunderland handed himself in to police on Monday evening after they received complaints about the tweet, which is believed to have read: “So a bin lorry has crashed into 100 people in Glasgow eh, probably the most trash its ever picked up in one day that.”
twitter  law 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
Chilling Effects – Updates From Anakata’s Trial | Cheapass Fiction - Welcome to the free world of fiction.
the Danish prosecutor tried to discredit witness Jacob Appelbaum. Although he is one of the top security experts in the world and was called in for a similar case in Sweden, the prosecution argued against his reliability because he was, they accused, a friend of Gottfrid’s.

The problem? The accusation was false and based on a totally misinterpreted tweet:

“[The Prosecutor] showed a picture of Appelbaum’s Twitter profile, where Appelbaum retweeted an article from TorrentFreak written by Warg’s friend Niklas Femerstrand.

The article is titled “Sweden has kidnapped my friend Anakata” and refers to the arrest of Warg in Cambodia.
law  twitter 
december 2014 by juliusbeezer
The Blog That Peter Used to Write: It's Been Fun
I deleted my Twitter account a couple of weeks ago to take a break and think about whether I still wanted to engage in social media. The immediate trigger for that was someone I thought was an actual friend deliberately being a nasty jerk... As an example of this, two weeks ago I had a serious of four anonymous trolling comments on this blog, apropos nothing, calling me a "fucking sodomite", an "anti-white bigoted cunt", a "Muslim lover", telling me to go back to my "London shit-hole and die of AIDS surrounded by my immigrant chums" and calling me "a Euro-loving, bum-banging, left-wing, immigrant-loving, shirt-lifting cunt". It contained a number of threats and ended by wishing that a Muslim cut "my fucking head off".
commenting  twitter  socialmedia  censorship  agnotology 
november 2014 by juliusbeezer
Papester Collective
a kind of dream scenario- a totally distributed, easy to use, publication liberation system. This is perhaps not feasible at this point for several reasons[1]. Today we’re going to present something that will be useful right now. The essential goal here is to make it so that anyone, anywhere, can access the papers they need in a timely manner. The idea is to take advantage of existing strategies and tools to streamline paper sharing as much as possible. Folks already do this- every day on twitter or in private, requests for papers are made and fulfilled. Our goal is to completely streamline this process down to a few clicks of your mouse.
sciencepublishing  twitter 
october 2014 by juliusbeezer
Can selective blocking pre-empt wider censorship? - Committee to Protect Journalists
Yahoo lost a jurisdictional and technical argument in 2000 when it claimed that it could not prevent French users from participating in auctions of Nazi memorabilia on its site, an act prohibited by French law. Technical experts testified that Yahoo could identify and therefore block the majority of French users by examining their IP addresses. Yahoo eventually took the simpler step of refusing Nazi memorabilia sales entirely. A French law became a global one for Yahoo users because Yahoo first denied it had the capability, and then neglected to implement a technical system for separating French readers from other visitors.

Google, faced with similar challenges over the lawfulness of YouTube content, took a different tack. Acknowledging that it could block selectively by location, the company chose that route when local law requires. For instance, videos that breach British law forbidding the filming of court proceedings have been blocked in the UK only. Videos that demean the Turkish founder, Atatürk, are blocked only in Turkey, where they are deemed illegal.
twitter  censorship 
october 2014 by juliusbeezer
Aral Balkan — Ello, goodbye.
The only way to fight the venture capital model is not to support the product in the first place. Venture capital is private subsidy that keeps the startup alive long enough until enough people have joined their platform. At this point, it’s too late. By being part of the platform we have created its value. This is the value that is sold in an exit. The only way to resist this system is to not build that value in the first place. Once a network has grown to the sort of size Facebook or Twitter has, there is very little anyone can do.
business  internet  twitter  facebook 
september 2014 by juliusbeezer
Shorter, better, faster, free — Advice for authoring a PhD or academic book — Medium
Until 2009 blogs were usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject. More recently “multi-author blogs” (MABs) have developed, with posts written by large numbers of authors and professionally edited. MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, advocacy groups and similar institutions account for an increasing quantity of blog traffic. The rise of Twitter and other “microblogging” systems helps integrate MABs and single-author blogs into societal newstreams’.
scholarly  socialmedia  blogs  twitter  sciencepublishing 
september 2014 by juliusbeezer
Why Twitter Should Not Algorithmically Curate the Timeline — The Message — Medium
Twitter brims with human judgment, and the problem with algorithmic filtering is not losing the chronology, which I admit can be clumsy at times, but it’s losing the human judgment that makes the network rewarding and sometimes unpredictable.
twitter  facebook  socialmedia  socialnetworking 
september 2014 by juliusbeezer
The end of Big Twitter - Text Patterns - The New Atlantis
As long as I’ve been on Twitter (I started in March 2007) people have been complaining about Twitter. But recently things have changed. The complaints have increased in frequency and intensity, and now are coming more often from especially thoughtful and constructive users of the platform. There is an air of defeat about these complaints now, an almost palpable giving-up. For many of the really smart people on Twitter, it’s over. Not in the sense that they’ll quit using it altogether; but some of what was best about Twitter — primarily the experience of discovery — is now pretty clearly a thing of the past.
twitter  socialmedia  dccomment 
august 2014 by juliusbeezer
PLOS Computational Biology: Ten Simple Rules of Live Tweeting at Scientific Conferences
ten simple guidelines to encourage conference organizers, conference attendees, and anyone interested who uses Twitter to enhance the spread of scientific information beyond the physical walls of the auditoria in which meetings are held. While it is possible to add many other recommendations (such as encouraging the use of Storify to combine tweets from a meeting), we believe this is a good starting point for scientists new to Twitter and perhaps previously unwilling or unable to live tweet.
twitter  sciencepublishing  conference  socialmedia  socialnetworking 
august 2014 by juliusbeezer
ENDitorial: Turkish censorship - Swedish built, by royal appointment » EDRi
Swedish product NetClean sold to Turkish govt to block undesirable Twitter messages.
censorship  twitter  sweden 
july 2014 by juliusbeezer
Talk @ TUM: Rebekah Overdorf on "Blogs, Comments, and Twitter Feeds: A Study of Domain Adaptation in Stylometry" | GNUnet
Stylometry is a form of authorship attribution that relies on the linguistic information found in documents. This paper focuses on the cross-domain case where the known and suspect documents differ in what setting they were created in. These domains include Twitter feeds, blog entries, Reddit comments, and emails. We determine that state-of-the-art methods in stylometry do not perform as well in cross-domain situations as they do in in-domain situations and propose a method that increases the accuracy in the cross-domain settin
corpus  corpusMOOC  language  privacy  internet  socialmedia  twitter  facebook 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
How to do Twitter research on a shoestring | Poynter.
That source of reliable, inexpensive online access to the Twitter firehose has become almost a Holy Grail for journalism professors in the U.S. and Canada who I surveyed this June using a Google form.
twitter  search  archiving 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
PLOS ONE publishes its 100,000th article - EveryONE
PLOS ONE is now a major force in the scientific literature. The top 2% PLOS ONE papers (by number of views) have been collectively viewed nearly 39 million times, cited on Scopus over 80,000 times, bookmarked by Mendeley readers over 150,000 times, tweeted over 59,000 times, cited 2,800 times on Wikipedia, and recommended over 300 times on F1000 Prime.
sciencepublishing  openaccess  twitter  altmetrics 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
Henry Blodget: ‘It’s a golden age for professional journalists’ | Media | The Guardian
it’s easy to pick a silly story from any news site and BI has reduced the number of slideshows and exclamatory headlines it runs. It has also published impressive long-form articles (one 21,000 word piece on Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer has so far produced 1.2m hits), and established an in-depth, subscription-only service, BI Intelligence...
In the not-too-distant future, Blodget believes there will be a wave of consolidation and a handful of huge digital media companies will emerge with hundreds of millions in revenues employing thousands of journalists. BI has been rumoured to be in sales talks,
journalism  news  socialmedia  socialnetworking  facebook  google  twitter  business  economics  finance 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown | Nafeez Ahmed | Environment |
Among the projects awarded for the period 2014-2017 is a Cornell University-led study managed by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research which aims to develop an empirical model "of the dynamics of social movement mobilisation and contagions." The project will determine "the critical mass (tipping point)" of social contagians by studying their "digital traces" in the cases of "the 2011 Egyptian revolution, the 2011 Russian Duma elections, the 2012 Nigerian fuel subsidy crisis and the 2013 Gazi park protests in Turkey."

Twitter posts and conversations will be examined "to identify individuals mobilised in a social contagion and when they become mobilised."
socialmedia  twitter  socialnetworking  military 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
What does it mean when someone favorites your Tweet? Here are 25 possible answers
The researchers asked the remaining 290 users open-ended questions about why they favorited things. They coded the responses into a number of categories, and the taxonomy above was born.

The most popular reason for faving something? People simply liked the tweet. For many people it’s analogous to Facebook’s “like” button. Not surprisingly, bookmarking things for later reading or recall was the second most popular reason.
twitter  facebook 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
That strange girl from the train station | TechnicallyRon
One of the lovely things about twitter is that you can actually make friends. Amongst the bickering, bad jokes (Mostly my fault), stolen retweets and mindless posts there is a calm. A decent forum, which you can pull from your pocket, full of people you have chosen to follow, whose musings are worth reading. My two best friends have met their partners through twitter, through shared interests, laughing at the same bad puns and through the same annoyances at social fuckwittery. I deeply believe that twitter is a brilliant place for bringing people together. Be it just from making fun of what is one TV, to actually meeting for one drink in a bad pub and the fun round of ‘Oh what do you do?’ to a full night out and a regrettable hotel room, it’s an experience and can be such a beautiful place.
twitter  socialmedia  socialnetworking 
june 2014 by juliusbeezer
Twitter to Release All Tweets to Scientists: A Trove of Billions of Tweets Will Be a Research Boon and An Ethical Dilemma - Scientific American
a majority of tweets are public, if scientists want to freely search the lot, they do it through Twitter's application programming interface, which currently scours only 1 percent of the archive. But that is about to change: in February the company announced that it will make all its tweets, dating back to 2006, freely available to researchers. Now that everything is up for grabs, the use of Twitter as a research tool is likely to skyrocket. With more data points to mine, scientists can ask more complex and specific questions.
twitter  corpus 
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
Social media reader: Mastering Social Media | Jon Bernstein
Jon Bernstein's social media twop twips. e.g.

If a tweet worked once, send it again — and other lessons from The New York Times’ social media desk (Nieman Journalism Lab)
twitter  facebook  google  socialmedia  socialnetworking 
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
Metafilter’s downfall is the perfect metaphor for the way we Internet now
MetaFilter is more than a Web site — it’s an icon of an earlier Internet. But this week, as the collective newsboard/discussion forum laid off staff and revealed deep financial troubles that have plagued it since 2012, MetaFilter also became something else: a perfect metaphor for the challenges and pitfalls of how we Internet now.
socialmedia  socialnetworking  facebook  google  twitter 
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
we think it is essential for companies to be able to disclose numbers of national security requests of all kinds – including national security letters and different types of FISA court orders – se...
twitter  censorship 
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
Until now, the only way we could take account of those countries’ limits was to remove content globally. Starting today, we give ourselves the ability to reactively withhold content from users in a ...
twitter  censorship 
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
Twitter's blocking of 'blasphemous' content raises questions over its censorship policy
At first glance, Twitter's international policy on censorship seems reasonable. If the laws of a particular country require content to be locally blocked, then Twitter will adhere to that, deeming it to be a lesser evil than having the social network blocked in its entirety. This is what's just happened in Pakistan, where five requests from a government office have, for the first time, resulted in "blasphemous" and "unethical" tweets being blocked to Pakistani users -- including crude drawings of the Prophet Muhammad. This successfully avoided a repetition of what happened two years ago, when similar content temporarily led Pakistan to deploy a site-wan ban against However, critics say that, in practice, Twitter's policy isn't working fairly, because it's giving too much power to would-be censors who, even within their own countries, don't actually have any authority to block or delete content.
twitter  censorship 
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
Mapping Twitter Topic Networks: From Polarized Crowds to Community Clusters | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
Conversations on Twitter create networks with identifiable contours as people reply to and mention one another in their tweets. These conversational structures differ, depending on the subject and the people driving the conversation. Six structures are regularly observed: divided, unified, fragmented, clustered, and inward and outward hub and spoke structures.
twitter  socialnetworking  socialmedia 
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
Twitter bloque des contenus jugés «blasphématoires» par le Pakistan - Libération
A la demande des autorités, les utilisateurs du réseau dans le pays n'ont plus accès à des contenus critiques du prophète Mahomet ou à caractère pornographique.

Le site de microblogage Twitter a bloqué pour la première fois au Pakistan du contenu web portant atteinte au prophète de l’islam Mahomet à la demande des autorités, a appris l’AFP vendredi. Le Pakistan avait brièvement bloqué Twitter en mai 2012 en raison de la diffusion de contenus «blasphématoires» relatifs à un concours controversé de caricatures du prophète Mahomet.
twitter  censorship  dccomment  jbcomment 
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
How to Translate Social Media | Lingua Greca Translations
How do you translate “likes” in your language? Do you have an exact equivalent? In Latin languages we don’t: in Italian, Spanish, French and many others we have to say “I like”. In those languages we have to say something funny as: “How many I like do you have on your page?” It is a creative way to tackle a problem of non-equivalence at a structure level. We do have the word “like”, but the structure we use is different
socialmedia  twitter  facebook  translation 
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
Tool exposes fake Twitter accounts | Campus | Indiana Daily Student
a tool capable of detecting bot-controlled Twitter accounts.

The software, called BotOrNot, is capable of evaluating more than 1,000 aspects of the user, like contacts and news feed content, according to a press release.

It then processes the information to determine whether a bot or a person manages the Twitter account.
twitter  socialmedia 
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
Vellum: A reading layer for your Twitter feed ← nytlabs
One of my primary uses for Twitter is to find interesting reading material: breaking news, long reads, research relevant to my work, or funny things about maps. However, Twitter’s interface treats commentary as primary and content as secondary, which can make it difficult to discover things to read if I’m mostly interested in that secondary content.

To address this use case, we created Vellum. Vellum acts as a reading list for your Twitter feed, finding all the links that are being shared by those you follow on Twitter and displaying them each with their full titles and descriptions. This flips the Twitter model, treating the links as primary and the commentary as secondary
twitter  tools 
may 2014 by juliusbeezer
A Eulogy for Twitter - Adrienne LaFrance and Robinson Meyer - The Atlantic
Twitter felt big even when it was dwarfed by social giants like Facebook. More importantly, it felt vibrant. But the truth is that it has always been small. Only now it's not the treehouse club it once was. Instead, Twitter feels closed off, choked, in a way that makes us want to explore somewhere else for a while.
twitter  socialmedia 
april 2014 by juliusbeezer
The Most Popular Words in the Most Viral Headlines
The average length of a viral headline is 62 characters.
twitter  socialmedia  writing 
april 2014 by juliusbeezer
Analyzing language – You’re doing it wrong | ...And Read All Over
I don’t really know what to draw from his oversimplified picture. He says, “I found that tweets that contained more adverbs and verbs had higher CTRs than noun and adjective heavy tweets”. The image seems to show that tweets that “contained more adverbs” had 4% higher CTRs than noun heavy tweets and 5-6% higher CTRs than adjective heavy tweets. Tweets that “contained more verbs” seem to have slightly lower CTRs in comparison. But what does this mean? How did the tweets contain more adverbs? More adverbs than what? More than tweets which contained no adverbs? This doesn’t make any sense.
twitter  language  writing  grammar 
april 2014 by juliusbeezer
German Self Publishing, Where Innovation Meets Angst | Publishing Perspectives
German risk aversion is not a myth. It seems most players in book publishing simply tried to avoid digitization, and some are still trying to. German publishers have been inflexible in their dealings with e-book contracts and slow to digitize at all, which accounts for the German language’s narrow e-book selection. Fear of embracing customer-oriented digital products, for example by not applying hard DRM (encryption making the work accessible only to the owner, often creating problems when users have multiple devices), and anxiety about giving away control and embracing social media are widespread. The truth is, I’ve heard of companies where the managing director approves tweets before they are sent.
ebooks  publishing  germany  twitter 
april 2014 by juliusbeezer
Twitter / JamieDMJ: To celebrate the sun, here’s ...
RT : Solar technology is tough. MT : To celebrate sun, here’s photos of men struggling to operate baseball caps.
funny  energy  clothing  solar_energy  twitter 
april 2014 by juliusbeezer
Can selective blocking pre-empt wider censorship? - Internet - Committee to Protect Journalists
You can't stop the flow of tweets by issuing a court order to Twitter to lock down a single posting. You certainly can't do it by restricting visibility in a single country. What a censor needs in such cases is the ability to pre-emptively block entries--defining a series of keywords that will silence an entire set of micro-blog entries on a particular topic.
twitter  censorship 
april 2014 by juliusbeezer
DSHR's Blog: DAWN vs. Twitter
A few years ago I reviewed the research on the costs of digital preservation and concluded that, broadly speaking, the breakdown was half to ingest, one third to preservation, and one sixth to access. The relatively small proportion devoted to access was in line with studies of access patterns to preserved data, such as that by my co-author Ian Adams at UCSC, which showed that readers accessed them infrequently. The bulk of the accesses were for integrity checks...
by combining very low-power CPUs with modest amounts of flash storage it was possible to build a network of much larger numbers of much smaller nodes that could process key-value searches as fast as existing hard-disk-based networks at 2 orders of magnitude less power. They called this concept FAWN, for Fast Array of Wimpy Nodes. By analogy, we proposed DAWN, for Durable Array of Wimpy Nodes.
archiving  repositories  internet  twitter 
april 2014 by juliusbeezer
The Ideal Length for All Online Content
Ideal length of a(n):

domain name: 8 characters
email subject line: 28-29 characters
Headline: 6 words
html title tag: 55 characters
Blog post: 1600 words
tweet: 100 characters
Facebook post: <40 characters
G+ headline: 60 characters
internet  web  email  blog  twitter  facebook  google 
march 2014 by juliusbeezer
France's censorship demands to Twitter are more dangerous than 'hate speech' | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free |
at the root of this pro-censorship case is self-flattery: the idea that one is so intrinsically Good and Noble and Elevated that one is incapable of hatred: only those warped people over there, those benighted souls, are plagued with such poison. But once you empower the state to criminalize ideas which majorities deem "hateful", you should not be heard from when that is turned against you and majorities decide that your ideas should result in a prison sentence when expressed.

And this - the inherent subjectivity of "hate speech" - is all independent of the virtual certainty that the power which Farago wants to vest in state officials will be deliberately abused. How anyone can even casually review history and feel comfortable vesting censorship power in the state is endlessly baffling to me.
politics  humanrights  france  twitter  censorship 
march 2014 by juliusbeezer
Twitter Is Public
he things you write on Twitter are public. They are published on the world wide web. They can be read almost instantly by anyone with an internet connection on the planet Earth. This is not a bug in Twitter; it is a feature. Twitter is a thing that allows you to publish things, quickly, to the public.

Most things that you write on Twitter will be seen only by your followers. Most things that you write on Twitter will not be read by the public at large. But that is only because the public at large does not care about most things that you have to say.
twitter  internet  privacy 
march 2014 by juliusbeezer
Can social media increase the exposure of newly published research? | Mosquito Research and Management
Putting aside the debate around the timing of tweets their resulting influence on metrics, at the end of the three week period, our paper had received almost twice as many “social shares” as any of the other papers, and subsequently, substantially more page views and downloads. Surely the social media effort assisted in this result? I don’t want to draw too much from this relatively simple analysis but I think the resulting increase in exposure of the publication has been worth the relatively small amount of time invested in spreading the word via Twitter.

Lastly, I think it is important to make a note about the importance of the “traditional” media. As I mentioned earlier, I was both surprised and disappointed at the lack of coverage the publication received. I thought a new study that contributes some answers to one of the most commonly asked questions I get, “are mosquitoes good for anything?”, would have generated more interested. I guess all researchers think their research will attract wider interest!
sciencepublishing  twitter  socialmedia  altmetrics  news  journalism  citation 
march 2014 by juliusbeezer
The Twitter reaction to the sentencing of the Lee Rigby murderers – 26th February 2014 | ESRC Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science (CASS)
This preliminary analysis, using tools and methods from corpus linguistics, has captured a general impression of the Twitter reaction to the sentencing of the Lee Rigby murderers. It seems that the main reaction centred around the nature of the sentencing and the Twitter users’ wishes for both Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale to receive at least a whole-life sentence but preferably death.
twitter  corpus  MOOC 
february 2014 by juliusbeezer
Party papers or policy discussions: an examination of highly shared papers using altmetric data - Research Trends
Of the 69 articles belonging to the 0.5% cohort in the Social Activity class (i.e. those articles most frequently mentioned in social media such as Twitter and Facebook, for example), just 8 of them are full-length articles reporting the results of original research. The remainder are typically editorial features or news items from leading weekly journals such as The Lancet, BMJ and Nature; see table 2 for the complete list.
journalism  churnalism  sciencepublishing  twitter  socialmedia  medicine 
february 2014 by juliusbeezer
Peer Review, Part 5: The Importance of Gatekeepers
why insist on limiting the number of papers?

The answer is simple: time. It’s the only resource we can’t make more of, and it is the one that limits what we can possibly consume. Being able to find work that has been vetted, rather than having to vet it all yourself, is hugely valuable. You can now trust that the work has at least a minimum quality level, and is not just a video of somebody’s sleeping cat.

JB wrote: "This is a useful discussion, and I think Kosara is to be congratulated on posing what might be called the attentional argument for peer review so clearly, even if it does turn out to be ultimately false. My own view is that scholarly information seeking habits have been so radically changed over the past 20 years that is hard to be confident that any element of the print-based system will necessarily be valuable in the age of ready access to networked computers, but, you know, old habits die hard.
We also know, as randomwalk nicely illustrates, that traditional peer review is not good at identifying truly radical scientific breakthroughs. We know that it is hardly effective at detecting scientific malfeasance. We know it consumes a tremendous amount of reviewer time, and most of the time the reports they produce are simply buried–a tremendous waste. We know that ‘glamour journals’ sustain their 90%+ rejection rates as much as on a ‘sexiness’ criterion as on any of scientific rectitude. We know that junior colleagues fear the career consequences of criticising their seniors. We know their seniors, on occasion, abuse peer review by nicking ideas from unpublished manuscripts.
And as the function that Kosara claims for it here, of correctly apportioning scientific attention, is among the easiest to imagine replacing with modern tools such as overlay journals and microblogging platforms like Twitter, I suspect it is misguided of him to defend the status quo on these grounds."
attention  peerreview  sciencepublishing  blogs  twitter  scholarly  jbcomment 
february 2014 by juliusbeezer
Old media on the run at Old Bailey phone-hacking trial as Peter Jukes leads the new media way | The Drum
After the phone-hacking trial started, Jukes hit the headlines after launching a crowdfunding campaign in response to the positive reaction from Twitter to his coverage. The premise was simple: if followers wanted him to carry on with his coverage for the duration of a trial set to last months, they had to pay him a wage.

That ultimatum worked and he has now raised over £20,000. When I asked Jules if that was how he’d always planned to do it, he laughed and told me he was originally going to be covering the case for an American website, the Daily Beast, but they only commissioned one article per week. "It wasn't planned, necessity was the mother of invention," he says.
journalism  twitter  crowdfunding 
february 2014 by juliusbeezer
Hidden Track » Shia on the Moon: The Necessary Dissection of Howard Cantour
Enter Shia LaBeouf.

As is likely common knowledge by now, he’s been catching a very real amount of heat this week for reportedly plagiarizing, rather blatantly, the Daniel Clowes’ comic Justin M. Damiano via his own short film, which received — prior to these allegations — widespread critical acclaim (and even screened at Cannes last year). These allegations are compelling on their own, but they’re heightened dramatically when viewed in relation to the subsequent allegations regarding further plagiarism. As mentioned in this mock-heavy A.V. Club article, LaBeouf’s own tweeted apologies in response to the incident may have been directly lifted from Tiger Woods, Robert McNamara, and Kanye West, respectively.
copying  plagiarism  internet  twitter  goldsmith 
january 2014 by juliusbeezer
How Twitter Hijacked My Mind -- Daily Intelligencer
the people I follow on Twitter — book nerds, science nerds, journalists, the uncategorizably interesting — come pretty close to my dream community. They also function as by far the best news source I’ve ever used: more panoptic, more in-depth, more likely to teach me something, much more timely, cumulatively more self-correcting and sophisticated. Additionally, they’re immensely generous with their time and knowledge; in contradistinction to most Internet agoras, the Twitter I know is helpful, polite, and friendly. It’s also a meritocracy; say enough interesting things, and other people will begin to engage with you.
twitter  attention  advertising  socialmedia  writing 
december 2013 by juliusbeezer
Tweets loud and quiet - O'Reilly Radar
For a few weeks this fall I had my computer probe the Twitterverse, gathering details on a random sampling of about 400,000 Twitter accounts. The profile that emerges suggests that Twitter is more a consumption medium than a conversational one–an only-somewhat-democratized successor to broadcast television, in which a handful of people wield enormous influence and everyone else chatters with a few friends on living-room couches. There are undoubtedly some influential Twitter users who would not be influential without Twitter, but I suspect that most people who have, say, 3,000 followers (the top one percent) were prominent commentators, industry experts, or gregarious accumulators of friends to begin with.

Active Twitter accounts follow a median 117 users, and the vast majority of them–76%–follow more people than follow them.
twitter  socialmedia 
december 2013 by juliusbeezer
Tweeting biomedicine: An analysis of tweets and citations in the biomedical literature - Haustein - 2013 - Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology - Wiley Online Library
The first set of analyses focused on the degree to which articles found in both PubMed and WoS were tweeted, examining the degree to which articles were cited including variations over time. For this analysis, all 1.4 million documents were used. Twitter citation rates, that is, the mean number of tweets per article, were calculated and the distribution of tweets over articles is presented. The 15 most frequently tweeted articles are listed.

The second set of analyses focused on the 5,251 journals that were represented in the set of 1.4 million documents. Of these, 4,215 were tweeted at least once (80%).
twitter  sciencepublishing  altmetrics 
december 2013 by juliusbeezer makes Twitter lists significantly more awesome: Social, shareable, manageable, and rankable | VentureBeat | Social | by John Koetsier
Nick Kellet of Listly wants to change all that.

He wants to make Twitter lists findable via Google, sortable, manageable, and social, so that many people can collaborate in building the best Twitter lists imaginable.
twitter  socialmedia 
december 2013 by juliusbeezer
What an anonymous British sheep farmer can teach us about the power of Twitter — Tech News and Analysis
“Twitter gives you an amplifier for your voice… It cuts out the middleman (I don’t need you to interpret and translate my life and my work for other people – sorry journalists but I’m a shepherd not an idiot). It lets you find your niche (and that niche can be massive). It lets you sell things… and it lets you connect with weirdly interesting other people.”
twitter  journalism  internet 
november 2013 by juliusbeezer
Tweeting and blogging aren't wastes of academics' time – they can be valuable outreach -
However, if a site is really to count as ‘impact’ in the particular way the REF implies, as opposed to any more workaday definition, then you need to demonstrate in some way that is not merely reaching an academic community. I’d like to think that my own sporadic blogging for the Guardian Science blogs suggests I am trying to reach a broad public audience and that (rather than my personal blog) was what got snuck into my local REF Impact Template. I don’t have proper metrics for that, but at least I can demonstrate I am writing for a wider public than simply physicists.

So where does the tweeting come in? For myself, I use tweeting as a way of picking up useful links to stories that I might otherwise miss.
blogs  twitter  scholarly  sciencepublishing 
november 2013 by juliusbeezer
import me.tastable._
Bots then range from amusing to annoying to actively harmful. But are they ever actually beneficial? This weekend I decided that twitter needs a better, friendlier class of bot. There's a lot of unhappy, depressed, or lonely people out there on the internet. If you look for them even a little, you'll find an alarming number of people with poor self esteem, body image issues, or even self-harming behaviors. And beyond that, there are people who, are just having a bad day for whatever reason.

So I built @FeelBetterBot whose specific mission is to brighten the day of people currently feeling not so bright. It acts through small, not-so-random acts of kindness.
twitter  spam  psychology 
november 2013 by juliusbeezer
Anonymous comments: Why we need to get rid of them once and for all.
I think Slate's commenting requirements—and those of many other sites—aren't stringent enough. Slate lets people log in with accounts from Google and Yahoo, which are essentially anonymous; if you want to be a jerk in Slate's comments, create a Google account and knock yourself out. If I ruled the Web, I'd change this. I'd make all commenters log in with Facebook or some equivalent third-party site, meaning they'd have to reveal their real names to say something in a public forum. Facebook has just revamped its third-party commenting "plug-in," making it easier for sites to outsource their commenting system to Facebook. Dozens of sites—including, most prominently, the blog TechCrunch—recently switched over to the Facebook system. Their results are encouraging: At TechCrunch, the movement to require real names has significantly reduced the number of trolls who tar the site with stupid comments.
commenting  anonymity  facebook  twitter  google 
october 2013 by juliusbeezer » #icanhazpdf more public than a publication?
On a Drosophila researcher mailinglist, someone asked if anybody on the list had access to the Landes Bioscience journal ‘Fly‘. I replied by wondering that if #icanhazpdf on Twitter didn’t work, the days of ‘Fly’ are probably counted, with nobody subscribing. A few minutes later, the author of the original email replied that he hadn’t dared using #icanhazpdf before emailing the list because the idea in the paper he was interested in was so easy to scoop, that he didn’t want people to know about the paper. He feared that the “broadcast approach” of #icanhazpdf would alert people to the paper!
attention  sciencepublishing  twitter  paranoia 
october 2013 by juliusbeezer
Interactions: The Numbers Behind #ICanHazPDF |
What’s interesting here is the fact that there are actually not very many Twitter requests in the grand scheme of things. Compare 1314 #icanhazpdf tweets in 1 year to the roughly 10,000 tweets with links to papers (both closed- and open-access) that are seen by Altmetric per day.
twitter  altmetrics  scholarly 
october 2013 by juliusbeezer
Traduire le Web social
Interesting moment of linguistic coming into being as French translator decides she really can't stand 'liker' 'tweeter' as French verbs. She's probably not wrong.
français  translation  facebook  socialnetworking  twitter  editing  writing 
october 2013 by juliusbeezer
Stephen Fry — Some Weasel of a Telegraph Journo Wants Me To Give Up Twitter
"As you will probably know, I don’t read newspapers... The Telegraph’s human cockroach ends by wishing I would give up twitter for ever.

"I won’t do so, not for him nor anyone else. Aside from any other consideration, having a following vaster by millions than his disgusting rag means I never ever have to submit myself to the horror of a print interview ever again in my life. Ever. Imagine what joy that means! When I do a The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug press junket next week, for example, I will do no print media; when I have to offer some PR for an up-coming BBC 2 series on being gay around the world called Out There: no print media. No magazines and certainly no newspapers. And it’s all because of people like Tim Walker. One of the chief glories of twitter, from my point of view, is that it allows me to short-circuit loathsome bottom-feeders of his kind. If I do a TV chat show, or a radio interview people are free to think I’m a wanker, because at least it’s me they’re listening to or watching.
attention  journalism  twitter 
september 2013 by juliusbeezer
Five Pros and Cons of Newsjacking | The Blog Herald
Newsjacking is a term coined by author David Meerman Scott, and is defined as “the process by which you inject your ideas or angles into breaking news, in real-time, in order to generate media coverage for yourself or your business.”
journalism  twitter  news 
august 2013 by juliusbeezer
Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda - Middle East - World - The Independent
In a campaign to improve its image abroad, the Israeli government plans to provide scholarships to hundreds of students at its seven universities in exchange for their making pro-Israel Facebook posts and tweets to foreign audiences.

The students making the posts will not reveal online that they are funded by the Israeli government, according to correspondence about the plan revealed in the Haaretz newspaper.
socialmedia  twitter 
august 2013 by juliusbeezer
PLOS ONE: How the Scientific Community Reacts to Newly Submitted Preprints: Article Downloads, Twitter Mentions, and Citations
We analyze the online response to the preprint publication of a cohort of 4,606 scientific articles submitted to the preprint database between October 2010 and May 2011. We study three forms of responses to these preprints: downloads on the site, mentions on the social media site Twitter, and early citations in the scholarly record.
scholarly  sciencepublishing  openaccess  twitter  socialmedia 
june 2013 by juliusbeezer
How to Make an Academic Conference and More Accessible and More Interesting: Live-Streaming and Conference Hashtags — The Monkey Cage
I felt the use of the conference hashtag improved my own experience attending the conference. Throughout the two days of presentations, I was able to communicate with other people – both in Florence and watching over the live-stream – about the papers as they were being presented. I got to see what other people found interesting about presentations and you could communicate in real time about issues being raised by presenters. Moreover, I personally found that – far from being distracting – the fact that I was looking at the Twitter feed and tweeting kept me more engaged with the presentation.
twitter  education  video  streaming 
may 2013 by juliusbeezer
Twitter Reaction to Events Often at Odds with Overall Public Opinion | Pew Research Center
Twitter users are not representative of the public. Most notably, Twitter users are considerably younger than the general public and more likely to be Democrats or lean toward the Democratic Party...At times the Twitter conversation is more liberal than survey responses, while at other times it is more conservative. Often it is the overall negativity that stands out. Much of the difference may have to do with both the narrow sliver of the public represented on Twitter as well as who among that slice chose to take part in any one conversation.
twitter  politics  us 
may 2013 by juliusbeezer
The Virtues of Excrement: Lili Loofbourow on Blogging and the Academic Life « UC Berkeley English Department
Academic writing will always be more complicated and more ambitious than blogging, but I’ve found blogging and tweeting really useful because they force scholars into informal encounters. I find this hugely productive because MY GOD, we need to let the dynamic energy that goes into scholarly work express its dynamism somewhere. Conferences at one time served that purpose, but they’re part of the professionalization machine now; they’re not creative testing grounds, they’re where you recite some finished work to prove your competence and say you did. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard someone say they’re presenting a conference paper, then sigh that they finished it some time ago and are working now on other questions. The same is true for publishing. It takes passion to be an academic and yet the ways in which academics exchange ideas is so antithetical to passion, so glacially slow, that an article might receive a response (if indeed it receives any response at all) a year or so after it was published. Again, the original author will have long since moved onto other projects, and the conversation languishes and dies there, mostly unseen.

Blogging and Tweeting force speed. Twitter especially guarantees a sort of amnesiac impermanence, and that’s useful for a lot of academics who feel able to safely try thoughts and ideas out before developing them into their more formal and rigorous scholarly iterations. It’s a format that encourages collaboration and dialogue and lets you sometimes say, “hey, look at this! It’s neat,” without having to say anything more about it. Which we should be able to do and say, because so much of the pleasure of academic work lies in those moments of discovery.
scholarly  blogs  doctoratix  twitter 
may 2013 by juliusbeezer
Could Twitter Have Stopped The Media's Rush To War In Iraq? | Blog | Media Matters for America
Thinking about the historic failure of the Times and others in the media a decade ago, I couldn't help wish that Twitter had been around during the winter of 2002-2003 to provide a forum for critics to badger writers like Keller and the legion of Beltway media insiders who abdicated their role as journalists and fell in line behind the Bush White House's march to war. I wouldn't have cared that recipients might have been insulted by the Twitter critiques or seen them as mean and shallow, the way Keller does today. Sorry, but the stakes in 2003 were too high to worry about bruised feelings.

Looking back, I wish Keller and other pro-war columnists had been "bullied" (rhetorically) as they got almost everything wrong about the pending war. I think the revolutionary peer connection tool would have been invaluable in shaming journalists into doing their jobs when so many failed to. (Keller later admitted the invasion was a "monumental blunder.")
twitter  socialmedia  journalism 
march 2013 by juliusbeezer
a new chorus of squawks after viewers took to Facebook and Twitter when its on-air translator [sic] struggled with the remarks of Argentinean Cardinal Bergoglio, following his election as the new pope.
translation  religion  facebook  twitter 
march 2013 by juliusbeezer
'Little Twerp ... Get a Life': The New Yorker's Jon Lee Anderson Thinks He's Somebody on Twitter
The trouble here is that though Twitter can be a great medium for getting into fights with people, Jon Lee Anderson went in with a common and damaging misapprehension of the rules. He was the guy who asks, Don't you know who I am? And the answer to that question, on Twitter, is: You're one more dipshit with a Twitter account. Nothing more, nothing less.

The internet in general and Twitter in particular are a challenge to people who've succeeded under older standards of prestige.
twitter  funny 
march 2013 by juliusbeezer
À côté de mes billets plus ou moins théoriques, voici quelques liens qui racontent l’histoire de la twittérature.

Nice summary by Crouzet of developments in the ultrashort form.
twitter  literature  writing  editing 
march 2013 by juliusbeezer
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