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What We Learned from Staring at Social Media Data for a Year - Features - Source: An OpenNews project
We are the product, hence our data is not ours: Our data is what makes Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms valuable. Every click and like, even our searches and posts, contribute to a massive corpus of data that is more valuable than any marketing research could ever be. It’s longitudinal data about our behavior and, more importantly, indicators of how we feel about issues, people, and—dare I say it—products. By using social platforms, we opt into giving them power over our data, and they decide how much access we get to it. In many cases that’s very little.
journalism  buzzfeed  facebook  twitter  social  socialdata  surveillancecapitalism  indie  radar 
october 2017 by laurakalbag
This Is How Your Fear and Outrage Are Being Sold for Profit
The digital rabbit hole you just tumbled down is funded by advertising, aimed at you. Almost every “free” app or service you use depends on this surreptitious process of unconsciously turning your eyeballs into dollars, and they have built sophisticated methods of reliably doing it. You don’t pay money for using these platforms, but make no mistake, you are paying for them — with your time, your attention, and your perspective.
media  press  clickbait  journalism  algorithms 
july 2017 by laurakalbag

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