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Social Decay by Andrei Lacatsu
Social networks as decaying storefronts. Uncanny and beautiful.
art  socialnetworks 
yesterday by carlesbellver
A Gentle Corrective for the Epidemic of Identity Politics Turning Us on Each Other and on Ourselves
“So many people are frightened by the wonder of their own presence. They are dying to tie themselves into a system, a role, or to an image, or to a predetermined identity that other people have actually settled on for them.”
IdentityPolitics  SocialNetworks  Personality  Identity 
12 days ago by juandante
Dissident | Together, we are Dissident
Dissident : The slow web platform for creative minds. Reboot your digital life. Take back control of your files, follow what really matters, explore a timeless public library.

The new digital world has left us drifting. The technologies that were meant to empower us have made us passive. Machines have taken over the responsibility of serving our experiences, deciding what we should see, think and feel. And your little home gardens have placed behind giant walls.

At Dissident, we are on a mission to slow down the pace of the Internet, to opt out from a world dominated by Artificial Intelligence and take time to nourish our human intellect.

Our mission is driven not only by a certain nostalgia for the past, but also in the belief of a more utopian future. A future where humans get back in the driver's seat with new ways of exploring a world of infinite content and crafting our own unique space there.

We are now taking the first steps into this future by recreating an ”analog internet”. We are restoring what machines have broken apart and giving creative minds space to breathe, time for serendipity and uncluttered selection.

We believe that this is a mission worth fighting for, and we hope that you will join us.
CloudService  Tools  dashboard  Library  Desktop  WebApp  CloudStorage  RSS  Subscription  Paid  SocialNetworks 
14 days ago by abetancort
A Saucy App Knows China’s Taste in News. The Censors Are Worried
According to Bytedance, every piece of content is automatically screened to check that it is acceptable before appearing on Toutiao. But once something has attracted more views, the system applies a more sophisticated screening algorithm. Certain material is also examined by humans as a final check.
Toutiao  socialnetworks  china  Bytedance 
15 days ago by iankennedy
Friction and silo dead-ends
Make it easier to post to your blog… But don’t make thoughtless re-sharing completely frictionless. That’s what leads to fake news spreading, why hateful tweets are exposed in algorithmic trends, and why safe communities must have some amount of curation.
blogging  socialnetworks 
6 weeks ago by carlesbellver
Social Apps Are Now a Commodity - The Atlantic
Snapchat's redesign shows how communication services are becoming indistinguishable.
snapchat  design  socialnetworking  socialnetworks  atlantic 
7 weeks ago by jorgebarba
Social Networks and Labor Markets: How Strong Ties Relate to Job Finding On Facebook’s Social Network
Social networks are important for finding jobs, but which ties are most useful?
Granovetter (1973) suggested that “weak ties” are more valuable than “strong ties,” since strong ties have redundant information, while weak ties have new information. Using six million Facebook users’ data we find evidence for the opposite. We proxy for job help by identifying people who eventually work with a pre-existing friend. Using objective tie strength measures and our job help proxy, we find that most people are helped through one of their numerous weak ties, but a single stronger tie is significantly more valuable at the margin.
socialnetworks  Facebook  labor 
8 weeks ago by zephoria
Friends of a Certain Age -
As external conditions change, it becomes tougher to meet the three conditions that sociologists since the 1950s have considered crucial to making close friends: proximity; repeated, unplanned interactions; and a setting that encourages people to let their guard down and confide in each other, said Rebecca G. Adams, a professor of sociology and gerontology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This is why so many people meet their lifelong friends in college, she added.

In the professional world, “proximity” is hard to maintain, as work colleagues are reassigned or move on to new jobs. Last year, Erica Rivinoja, a writer on the NBC series “Up All Night,” became close with a woman, Jen, when they worked together on a pilot. Almost instantly, they knew each other’s exercise schedules and food preferences. Jen could sense when Ms. Rivinoja needed a jolt of caffeine, and without asking would be there with an iced tea.

“But as soon as the pilot was over, it was hard to be as close without that constant day-to-day interaction,” said Ms. Rivinoja, 35. They can occasionally carve out time for a quick gin and tonic, she said, but “there aren’t those long afternoons which bleed into evenings hanging out at the beach and then heading to a bar.”
SocialNetworks  psychology  Sociology 
9 weeks ago by cnk
André Staltz - The Web began dying in 2014, here's how
The internet will survive longer than the Web will. GOOG-FB-AMZN will still depend on submarine internet cables (the “Backbone”), because it is a technical success. That said, many aspects of the internet will lose their relevance, and the underlying infrastructure could be optimized only for GOOG traffic, FB traffic, and AMZN traffic. It wouldn’t conceptually be anymore a “network of networks”, but just a “network of three networks”, the Trinet, if you will. The concept of workplace network which gave birth to the internet infrastructure would migrate to a more abstract level: Facebook Groups, Google Hangouts, G Suite, and other competing services which can be acquired by a tech giant. Workplace networks are already today emulated in software as a service, not as traditional Local Area Networks. To improve user experience, the Trinet would be a technical evolution of the internet. These efforts are already happening today, at GOOG. In the long-term, supporting routing for the old internet and the old Web would be an overhead, so it could be beneficial to cut support for the diverse internet on the protocol and hardware level. Access to the old internet could be emulated on GOOG’s cloud accessed through the Trinet, much like how Windows 95 can be today emulated in your browser. ISPs would recognize the obsolescence of the internet and support the Trinet only, driven by market demand for optimal user experience from GOOG-FB-AMZN.

Perhaps a future with great user experience in AR, VR, hands-free commerce and knowledge sharing could evoke an optimistic perspective for what these tech giants are building. But 25 years of the Web has gotten us used to foundational freedoms that we take for granted. We forget how useful it has been to remain anonymous and control what we share, or how easy it was to start an internet startup with its own independent servers operating with the same rights GOOG servers have. On the Trinet, if you are permanently banned from GOOG or FB, you would have no alternative. You could even be restricted from creating a new account. As private businesses, GOOG, FB, and AMZN don’t need to guarantee you access to their networks. You do not have a legal right to an account in their servers, and as societies we aren’t demanding for these rights as vehemently as we could, to counter the strategies that tech giants are putting forward.

The Web and the internet have represented freedom: efficient and unsupervised exchange of information between people of all nations. In the Trinet, we will have even more vivid exchange of information between people, but we will sacrifice freedom. Many of us will wake up to the tragedy of this tradeoff only once it is reality.
Internet  SocialNetworks  Sociology  Privacy 
10 weeks ago by cnk
We Asked Men and Women to Wear Sensors at Work. They Act the Same but Are Treated Very Differently
But as we analyzed our data, we found almost no perceptible differences in the behavior of men and women. Women had the same number of contacts as men, they spent as much time with senior leadership, and they allocated their time similarly to men in the same role. We couldn’t see the types of projects they were working on, but we found that men and women had indistinguishable work patterns in the amount of time they spent online, in concentrated work, and in face-to-face conversation. And in performance evaluations men and women received statistically identical scores. This held true for women at each level of seniority. Yet women weren’t advancing and men were.

The hypothesis that women lacked access to seniority, in particular, had little support. In email, meeting, and face-to-face data, we found that both men and women were roughly two steps, or social connections, away from senior management (so if John knows Kate and Kate knows a manager, John is two steps from a manager).

Some have argued that women lack access to important, informal networks because they don’t reach out to or spend time with “the boys club.” But this didn’t hold up in our data. We found that the amount of direct interaction with management was identical between genders and that women were just as central as men in the workplace’s social network. The metric we used for this is called weighted centrality. Centrality can be thought of, at a simple level, as how close someone is to decisions being made, other employees, and the other “power connectors,” or individuals with a high number of contacts. Weighted centrality takes into account how much time employees spent talking to different people, which we used as a proxy for how strong the relationship is.

If the Behaviors Are the Same, What Explains the Differences in Outcomes?
Our analysis suggests that the difference in promotion rates between men and women in this company was due not to their behavior but to how they were treated. This indicates that arguments about changing women’s behavior — to “lean-in,” for example — might miss the bigger picture: Gender inequality is due to bias, not differences in behavior.
Women  SocialNetworks  Sociology 
10 weeks ago by cnk
The Trends And Impact Of Monetising Networks
The Trends And Impact Of Monetising Networks. Old but still highly relevant. @mrmainelli
socialnetworks  seimani  PR  Search  Research  collaboration 
12 weeks ago by lbenjamin

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