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Deep-Sea Mining and the Race to the Bottom of the Ocean
He points to electric cars: the batteries for a single vehicle require 187 pounds of copper, 123 pounds of nickel, and 15 pounds each of manganese and cobalt. On a planet with 1 billion cars, the conversion to electric vehicles would require several times more metal than all existing land-based supplies—and harvesting that metal from existing sources already takes a human toll.
nature  research  environment  ocean  science  mining  deep  sea  resource  extraction 
5 weeks ago by markhgn
Passerby, occasional, regular, super fan: These are the 4 types of news site visitors, according to The Atlantic
The Atlantic’s consulting/creative division, Atlantic 57, released a report that lays out the four kinds of readers The Atlantic has identified.
research  consumption  audience  website  visitor 
december 2019 by markhgn
OSF | Youtube_Supply_Demand_OSF.pdf
We think this theory is incomplete, and potentially misleading. And we think thatit has rapidly gained a place in the center of the study of media and politics on YouTubebecause it implies an obvious policy solution|one which is flattering to the journalists and academics studying the phenomenon.
youtube  academic  research  paper  politics  radicalisation 
december 2019 by markhgn
The echo chamber is overstated: the moderating effect of political interest and diverse media: Information, Communication & Society: Vol 21, No 5
This study examines the relationship between political interest as well as media diversity and being caught in an echo chamber (measured by five different variables). Using a nationally representative survey of adult internet users in the United Kingdom (N = 2000), we find that those who are interested in politics and those with diverse media diets tend to avoid echo chambers.
social  media  echo  chamber  choice  politics  research  diversity  survey 
october 2019 by markhgn
Dark Patterns at Scale: Findings from a Crawl of 11K Shopping Websites
Dark patterns are user interface design choices that benefit an online service by coercing, steering, or deceiving users into making unintended and potentially harmful decisions. We conducted a large-scale study, analyzing ~53K product pages from ~11K shopping websites to characterize and quantify the prevalence of dark patterns.
design  ethics  patterns  user  experience  interface  psychology  manipulation  reference  web  paper  study  research 
october 2019 by markhgn
Which advertising channels are best when all else is equal?
“We did two tests where we cut out programmatic display ads entirely and did not re-allocate to other channels,” Betz added. “We did not see any change in web traffic, inquiry volume, conversion rates or any brand awareness and recall metrics.

“We even looked the potential ‘indirect’ impact programmatic ads using advanced analytics tools and could not find any impact – such as people that were served a programmatic ad were not more likely to go to our site or click on paid search or paid social ads. Based on these results, we stopped all spend on programmatic display – though we continued with paid social and with retargeting.”
advertising  programmatic  funnel  channels  marketing  research  opinion  display 
may 2019 by markhgn
Data & Society
The issues that Data & Society seeks to address are complex. The same innovative technologies and sociotechnical practices that are reconfiguring society – enabling novel modes of interaction, new opportunities for knowledge, and disruptive business paradigms – can be abused to invade people’s privacy, provide new tools of discrimination, and harm individuals and communities.
research  data  nyc  danah  boyd 
december 2018 by markhgn
Social influence and political mobilization: Further evidence from a randomized experiment in the 2012 U.S. presidential election
Voting also increased significantly among the close friends of those who received the message to go to the polls, and the total effect on the friends was likely larger than the direct effect, suggesting that understanding social influence effects is potentially even more important than understanding the direct effects of messaging.
network  social  politics  voting  facebook  study  media  research 
january 2018 by markhgn
Researchers chart rising inequality across millennia | EurekAlert! Science News
The researchers found that hunter-gatherer societies typically had low wealth disparities, with a median Gini of .17. Their mobility would make it hard to accumulate wealth, let alone pass it on to subsequent generations.
research  nature  interesting  agriculture  history  study  wealth  inequality 
january 2018 by markhgn
The era of Facebook is an anomaly
The weird thing about Facebook and the dynamics of it becoming a utility — which [teens] really despise — is the fact that it becomes this backdrop. It’s not the place of passion. It’s really valuable when you want to reach everybody, it’s really valuable when you don’t have somebody’s cell to text them, it’s really valuable when you need to contact somebody in a more formalistic structure.
social  facebook  research  danah  boyd  microsoft  opinion  interview 
october 2017 by markhgn
Using Twitter as a data source: an overview of social media research tools
This post is aimed at social sciences researchers who want to capture and analyse social media data, and it provides a useful collection of resources related to methods and practical tools which can be used for this purpose.
twitter  tools  data  mining  reference  social  media  research 
july 2017 by markhgn
Ad Contrarian Newsletter #69
Over the course of a year, they did a week-by-week study comparing online chatter with real talk - "the conversations people have in person with family, friends, colleagues at work"  - for 500 brands.
influencer  marketing  social  media  share  voice  research  study  myth 
june 2017 by markhgn
Study: Gen Z more discriminating, more advertising-resistant than Gen X or Y
It’s particularly tricky to get Gen Z to engage, because they are highly discriminating and more averse to advertising in general. In the online space Gen Z are significantly more likely to skip ads, suggesting they have a lower threshold for boredom. They are also more turned off by invasive, interruptive online and mobile formats.
advertising  generations  medium  message  research  quantitative  millennial 
march 2017 by markhgn
The 30 Elements of Consumer Value: A Hierarchy
Three decades of experience doing consumer research and observation for corporate clients led us to identify these 30 fundamental attributes, which we derived from scores of quantitative and qualitative customer studies.
business  research  consumer  value  pyramid  maslow 
september 2016 by markhgn
Hyperuniformity Found In Birds, Math And Physics | Quanta Magazine
Scientists are exploring a mysterious pattern, found in birds’ eyes, boxes of marbles and other surprising places, that is neither regular nor random.
science  uniformity  underlying  randomness  hidden  order  rule  research  structure  interesting 
july 2016 by markhgn
Infographic: Consumers Know Exactly How They Want to Be Marketed To
Marketing research firm MarketingSherpa asked consumers how they would prefer to receive communications from brands and retailers, and its insights suggest people don't actually hate advertising.
research  marketing  branding  advertising  consumers  survey 
march 2016 by markhgn
This renowned mathematician is bent on proving academic journals can cost nothing
This week, he debuted a new online mathematics journal called Discrete Analysis. The nonprofit venture is owned and published by a team of scholars. With no publisher middlemen, access will be completely free for all.
research  journal  academic  publishing  free 
march 2016 by markhgn
How the internet flips elections and alters our thoughts
What we actually found was astonishing. The proportion of people favouring the search engine’s top-ranked candidate increased by 48.4 per cent, and all five of our measures shifted toward that candidate.
politics  google  search  rankings  influence  behaviour  interesting  research  article  useful 
march 2016 by markhgn
42% of Mobile Homepages Risk Setting Wrong Expectations for Their Users
During our large-scale mobile e-commerce usability study, we observed that when the test subjects landed on the homepage of a new mobile site, 70% of them scrolled up and down across nearly the entire homepage, quickly scanning its contents. Most described this as “getting an overview of my options”.
ecommerce  homepage  usability  design  tips  research  ux  site 
february 2016 by markhgn
The state of privacy in America
Our recent report about how Americans think about privacy and sharing personal information was a capstone of this two-and-a-half-year effort that examined how people viewed not only government surveillance but also commercial transactions involving the capture of personal information.
privacy  research  data  statistics  usa  america  online  internet  web  personal  information 
february 2016 by markhgn
On Surveys — Research Things
Surveys are the most dangerous research tool — misunderstood and misused. They frequently straddle the qualitative and quantitative, and at their worst represent the worst of both.
surveys  research  qualitative  advice 
january 2016 by markhgn
Startup myths and obsessions
"SMEs and the startups that form part of this group are neither under-financed, nor are they particularly valuable to the economy—whether measured by jobs, productivity or innovation."
innovation  startup  economy  blog  post  idea  research  sussex  business  enterprise 
october 2015 by markhgn
Firefox User Types in North America
Starting in October 2012 and finishing in February of 2013, the User Experience Research team conducted the largest project in its history: a large-scale user typology of Firefox’s user base in North America.
study  users  types  research  firefox  browser  observation  participants  experience 
july 2015 by markhgn
Everything you know about teenage brains is bullshit
Kathryn Mills reports that discussion has become dominated by unconvincing 'experts' and scaremongering. The evidence is not in.
teenagers  brain  neuroscience  research 
may 2015 by markhgn
Lean User Research or: How I Learned to Do Research When Trying to Ship
"Routines - What rituals do they have? What do people do repetitively? Interrupts - What interrupts them? What disrupts their flow? Transitions - Where do they transition? What are the in-between moments that connect disparate activities?"
user  research  experience  tips  how  to  opinion  activity 
april 2015 by markhgn
The Personal News Cycle: How Americans choose to get their news
"Contrary to the conventional wisdom about media consumption dividing along generational or political lines, a new survey finds that the nature of the news itself — the topic and speed of the story — largely determines where people go to learn about events and the path they take to get there."
news  social  media  trust  survey  research 
january 2015 by markhgn
An Old Fogey’s Analysis of a Teenager’s View on Social Media
"Almost all of them work in the tech industry and many of them are tech executives or venture capitalists. The general sentiment has been: “Look! Here’s an interesting kid who’s captured what kids these days are doing with social media!” Most don’t even ask for my interpretation, sending it to me as though it is gospel."
social  media  teen  ethnography  research 
january 2015 by markhgn
A Teenager’s View on Social Media
"For transparency, I am a 19-year-old male attending The University of Texas at Austin. I am extremely interested in social media’s role in our society as well as how it is currently evolving. Thus, the views I provide here are my own, but do stem from observation of not only my own habits but my peers’ habits as well."
social  media  teen  ethnography  research 
january 2015 by markhgn
It’s the Occupation, Stupid
"Extensive research into the causes of suicide terrorism proves Islam isn't to blame -- the root of the problem is foreign military occupations."
terrorism  research  islam  usa  policy  politics 
january 2015 by markhgn
Identifiable Images of Bystanders Extracted from Corneal Reflections
"Here we combined robust face perception and high-resolution photography to mine face photographs for hidden information. By zooming in on high-resolution face photographs, we were able to recover images of unseen bystanders from reflections in the subjects' eyes."
image  photography  eyes  corneal  reflection  research 
january 2015 by markhgn
Focus groups are worthless.
"Everything focus groups purport to give you, you can get through interviews and contextual interviews, without the unpleasant side effects."
focus  group  research  web  usability  experience  ethnography 
november 2014 by markhgn
Georgia Tech Research Horizons
Magazine-style content from a US institution.
magazine  research  content  higher  education  usa 
november 2014 by markhgn
Research shows that if you remove anonymity, you won’t hear from most of your readers
"And close to 80 percent of those surveyed said that if a site forced them to login with their offline identity, they would choose not to comment at all."
research  comment  social  user  behaviour 
august 2014 by markhgn
Demystifying Ethnography
"Even seasoned researchers who sell ethnography to their clients sometimes assume that engaging in ethnographic research means using the traditional anthropological approach of participant observation."
ethnography  research  techniques  useful 
august 2014 by markhgn
Study: Sponsored Content Has a Trust Problem
"... even signing off an otherwise objective blog post or newsletter with a product pitch will bring the content’s credibility level down by 29 percent."
marketing  content  research  strategy  sponsored  advertorial  native  advertising  data 
july 2014 by markhgn
30 tips for successful academic research and writing
"As part of preparing for a workshop on academic publishing for early career academics, I jotted down some ideas and tips to share with the group which I thought I would post here."
writing  academic  early  career  research  useful  list  how  to  tips 
july 2014 by markhgn
Do online reviews matter? - An empirical investigation of panel data
"This study examines the persuasive effect and awareness effect of online user reviews on movies' daily box office performance. In contrast to earlier studies that take online user reviews as an exogenous factor, we consider reviews both influencing and influenced by movie sales. The consideration of the endogenous nature of online user reviews significantly changes the analysis. Our result shows that the rating of online user reviews has no significant impact on movies' box office revenues after accounting for the endogeneity, indicating that online user reviews have little persuasive effect on consumer purchase decisions. Nevertheless, we find that box office sales are significantly influenced by the volume of online posting, suggesting the importance of awareness effect. The finding of awareness effect for online user reviews is surprising as online reviews under the analysis are posted to the same website and are not expected to increase product awareness. We attribute the effect to online user reviews as an indicator of the intensity of underlying word-of-mouth that plays a dominant role in driving box office revenues."
social  review  network  word  mouth  research  movies  film  reviews 
june 2014 by markhgn
Reflections on Google Glass
"Glass is Google’s unintentional public service announcement on the future of privacy."
research  culture  technology  observation  sociology 
april 2014 by markhgn
Social Media Research Foundation
"Mapping, measuring and understanding the landscape of social media is our mission. We support tool projects that enable the collection, analysis and visualization of social media data. We host data sets that are relevant to social media research. And we will support graduate students studying and building research related to social media."
research  media  social  nodexl  data  network  software  visualisation 
march 2014 by markhgn
Mapping Twitter Topic Networks: From Polarized Crowds to Community Clusters
"There are at least six distinctive structures of social media crowds which form depending on the subject being discussed, the information sources being cited, the social networks of the people talking about the subject, and the leaders of the conversation. Each has a different social structure and shape: divided, unified, fragmented, clustered, and inward and outward hub and spokes."
research  twitter  social  network  analysis  interesting  important  useful 
march 2014 by markhgn
The era of Facebook is an anomaly
"The weird thing about Facebook and the dynamics of it becoming a utility — which [teens] really despise — is the fact that it becomes this backdrop. It’s not the place of passion."
facebook  social  media  danah  boyd  research  teenager  ethnography  anthropology 
march 2014 by markhgn
6 new facts about Facebook
"Facebook turns 10 tomorrow and reaches that milestone as the dominant social networking platform, used by 57% of all American adults and 73% of all those ages 12-17."
pew  research  facebook  facts  list  statistics  useful  social  network 
february 2014 by markhgn
Princeton engineers predict Facebook may lose 80% of users by 2017
'According to new research from Princeton, which compared the ”adoption and abandonment dynamics” of social networks by “drawing analogy to the dynamics that govern the spread of infectious disease,” Facebook is beginning to die out.'
facebook  social  network  interesting  media  princeton  research 
january 2014 by markhgn
Scholarship, integrity and going viral
"I don’t think anyone reading my original blog post would be misinformed. I don’t ever suggest that Facebook is doomed. I state clearly that Facebook is expanding in other field-sites and age groups and that these same teens retain Facebook for family purposes. My data overwhelmingly made the case for this loss of cool. The phrase ‘dead and buried’ unambiguously only refers to the way Facebook is never going to be cool again for this age group."
social  media  facebook  viral  press  research  teens 
january 2014 by markhgn
Little Bird
Uses Twitter to identify people with lots of followers mentioning a topic you are interested in targeting.
research  tools  marketing  influence  social  content  interesting 
december 2013 by markhgn
Research funding emphasis on 'impact' spawns a new industry
"In their bid to secure funding under the terms of the Research Excellence Framework, academics are drafting in writers and consultants to make them and their work more accessible."
research  guardian  impact  ref  university  consultant 
november 2013 by markhgn
Tweet Buttons are less of a big deal than they used to be for your Twitter strategy
"A year and a half ago, I wrote an article trying to gather some data on a simple question: Are all those Tweet Buttons you see pockmarking the web really useful?"
research  sharing  button  distribution  twitter  reference  2012  2013 
november 2013 by markhgn
Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework
'By "augmenting human intellect" we mean increasing the capability of a man to approach a complex problem situation, to gain comprehension to suit his particular needs, and to derive solutions to problems. Increased capability in this respect is taken to mean a mixture of the following: more-rapid comprehension, better comprehension, the possibility of gaining a useful degree of comprehension in a situation that previously was too complex, speedier solutions, better solutions, and the possibility of finding solutions to problems that before seemed insoluble.'
research  inspiration  engelbart  internet  doug  1962  augmentation 
july 2013 by markhgn
Teen dream: can high schoolers help build the next Snapchat?
'"The consensus we found was that when an app has Facebook in it, it becomes shady," says Bregman, who decided not to add a Facebook friend-finding feature after heeding the advice of her teen advisory group.'
app  snapchat  social  network  squawk  research  teen  facebook  interesting 
july 2013 by markhgn
The Next Facebook — Musings About Text Boxes
"It has now been six months since I documented my tenth grade sister’s technology habits. Intrigued by what I learned, I’ve gone on to ask many more “normal” people, of all ages, about the products that they use on a regular basis. This post is an attempt to string those conversations together, at a high level, and offer a proposal for what The Next Facebook might look like."
facebook  social  media  what  next  sociology  research  ideas 
july 2013 by markhgn
Leah Reich
"A social scientist, a researcher, a problem solver, and a writer, I mix the applied and the academic. I combine the tools I have available to help understand and analyze problems in order to develop workable solutions."
person  ethnography  sociology  portfolio  professional  research 
july 2013 by markhgn
Going viral: Using social media to publicise academic research
"Only a tiny fraction of the research done in universities gets covered by newspapers. So I feel an unbridled sense of satisfaction if I get a research story mentioned in the mainstream media."
university  social  research  marketing  communications 
april 2013 by markhgn
Reaching wider audiences: how Warwick developed its university website
"To better engage its web visitors and demonstrate research impact the University of Warwick launched the Knowledge Centre. Ken Punter explains how the magazine-style site was developed."
university  warwick  magazine  research  engagement  interaction 
april 2013 by markhgn
False Memories of Fabricated Political Events
"In the largest false memory study to date, 5,269 participants were asked about their memories for three true and one of five fabricated political events. Each fabricated event was accompanied by a photographic image purportedly depicting that event."
research  politics  psychology  study  false  memory 
february 2013 by markhgn
Internet 2011 in numbers
"So what happened with the Internet in 2011? How many email accounts were there in the world in 2011? How many websites? How much did the most expensive domain name cost? How many photos were hosted on Facebook? How many videos were viewed to YouTube?"
internet  statistics  numbers  data  2011  research 
january 2013 by markhgn
Internet 2012 in numbers
"There is so much happening on the Internet during a year that it’s impossible to capture it all in a blog post, but we’re going to give it a shot anyway."
research  statistics  internet  numbers  data  2012 
january 2013 by markhgn
UH OH: New Nielsen Data Says People Are Turning Away From TV
"More people watch video on computers once a day than watch TV once a day."
tv  data  statistics  research  nielsen  example 
june 2012 by markhgn
What is the future of sharing?
"A very good event this morning at London Social Media Week run by digital agency Beyond on the Future of Sharing. It presented research that is perfectly distilled here into a very decent infographic. The focus ws on what is being dubbed 'frictionless sharing'."
sharing  social  media  data  research  infographic 
february 2012 by markhgn
% of people with active social media profiles
"To back this up he cited analysis by Kevin Kelly, a former editor of Wired magazine, on 560,000 people that have 'circled' him on G+. The largest group of people were found to be 'ghosts' - those who hadn't even filled out profile information."
reference  research  uk  social  media  platform  active  users  infographic  data 
february 2012 by markhgn
How Companies Learn Your Secrets
"Over time, this loop — cue, routine, reward; cue, routine, reward — becomes more and more automatic. The cue and reward become neurologically intertwined until a sense of craving emerges."
behavioral  modification  cue  routine  reward  research  consumer  choice  marketing 
february 2012 by markhgn
"... is a research project that helps you understand how memes spread online. We collect tweets from Twitter and analyze them. With our statistics, images, movies, and interactive data, you can explore these dynamic networks."
meme  politics  research  twitter  social  media 
january 2012 by markhgn
Return Infinity
"Return Infinity is a computer software and research group based in Atwood, Ontario, Canada. Our current focus is on low-level programming for x86 and x86-64 based computer systems."
computer  software  os  programming  interesting  research  processor 
december 2011 by markhgn
Researchers track the secret lives of feral and free-roaming house cats
"Researchers (and some cat-owners) wanted to know: What do feral and free-roaming house cats do when they're out of sight?"
cats  research  science  study  physorg 
may 2011 by markhgn
Twitter isn't very social: study
"A whopping 50% of all content consumed on Twitter is generated by only 20,000 users. This is no 80/20 rule: even if we assume that a significant number of Twitter accounts are dormant (which appears to be a valid assumption), a very, very small group of "elite" users (0.05% of all users by Yahoo Research's calculation) is producing half of the content that gets consumed."
social  twitter  research  network  behaviour 
march 2011 by markhgn
Ecstasy does not wreck the mind, study claims
"Previous research was flawed, say experts, but findings will shock those who campaign against the drug's use."
drug  research  ecstacy  prohibiiton  science  health  brain  legalisation 
february 2011 by markhgn
We're All Sheep On The Internet -- Up To A Point
"From this finding, the researchers determined that a product's popularity doesn't spread like an infectious disease -- an outbreak which spreads uncontrollably.  They didn't find much of a network effect."
network  effect  research  crowd  word  of  mouth 
january 2011 by markhgn
UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis - CASA News: ENFOLD-ing
"CASA will lead ten academics in UCL who will build models of migration, trade, security, and development. Many jobs will be advertised in due course."
spatial  analysis  research  university  site 
may 2010 by markhgn
Sysomos | Reports and Whitepapers
Takes a look at Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc.
sysomos  research  social  media  facebook  twitter  youtube 
may 2010 by markhgn
Guardian WOM
"We have been researching influence, idea propagation and word of mouth."
communication  networking  influence  marketing  media  social  viral  guardian  research  site 
april 2010 by markhgn
The top 100 sites on the internet
"Explore this interactive graphic to find out which are the biggest sites on the internet, as measured by the Nielsen company."
bbc  data  internet  reference  visualisation  infographic  website  nielsen  research  statistic 
march 2010 by markhgn
Emotiv - Brain Computer Interface Technology
"Based on the latest developments in neuro-technology, Emotiv has developed a revolutionary new personal interface for human computer interaction. The Emotiv EPOC is a high resolution, neuro-signal acquisition and processing wireless neuroheadset."
brain  gadget  eeg  science  research  controller 
march 2010 by markhgn
The State of the Internet
"Here we take a look at exactly who is using the Internet the most, how they are using it and how much the amount of usage is increasing."
social  media  web  visualisation  research  infographic  information  demographics 
february 2010 by markhgn
Inside Facebook Pages
"Sysomos analyzed nearly 600,000 Facebook Pages to investigate usage patterns. This is the first large-scale study of Facebook Pages, reporting on different aspects of pages including popularity, amount of content posted, number of fans, and categories."
social  media  research  data  analytics  facebook  pages  reference  statistic 
january 2010 by markhgn
Global Web Index
"... is a unique service providing leading edge data, insights and thinking on web behaviour, motivations and impact from 16 key markets and 32,000 consumer surveys."
research  data  web  social  media  online  analysis  statistic 
december 2009 by markhgn
"For the past twelve years my research team has been using all the brain research tools at its disposal, from functional MRI to electro- and magneto-encephalography and even electrodes inserted deep in the human brain, to shed light on the brain mechanisms of consciousness."
brain  consciousness  research  neuroscience  science  to  read 
december 2009 by markhgn
Why dolphins are deep thinkers
"There is still much to learn about these flexible problem-solvers, but from the evidence so far, it seems that dolphins do indeed deserve their reputation for being highly intelligent."
science  intelligence  brain  biology  research  learning  dolphins 
november 2009 by markhgn
Microsoft Live Labs
Featuring the rather nice 'Infinite Canvas' for viewing comics.
microsoft  software  research  development  technology  labs  innovation 
october 2009 by markhgn
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