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In the time of #MeToo and the Year of the Woman, Mormon Church president tells women to get off social media for 10 days - The Washington Post
“I don’t think this is telling Mormon women not to be political on sexual virtue. I think that would be the last thing you would hear from these guys,” Flake said. “I don’t think he’s talking about politics. I don’t think he’s talking about sex. I think he’s talking about focus — recalibrate your priorities; know what matters; and just detox.”
mormon  lds  #metoo  #believewomen  women  religion  social  socialmedia  politics  elections  election  election2018 
3 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Should Art Be a Battleground for Social Justice? - The New York Times
It was called “The Cosby Show,” but it was never really only his (there are lots of unpaid actors and crew members who can attest to that). Those 6,000 or so hours belong as much to the culture and country as they ever did to him. He canceled himself. He was never the show’s legacy. That was always going to be us.
television  reputation  comedy  fiction  acting  social  art  justice  culture  music 
11 days ago by allaboutgeorge
'High Fidelity' Sequel: Nick Hornby Reveals What Would Happen | Hollywood Reporter
The arts are the most elaborate and most precise social network ever invented, but if it's going to work properly, you have to get out of the house sometimes and show who you are and what you love. You have to go to shows and galleries and bookstores, you have to ask for what you want out loud. And this expression of taste must involve an impulse that, at its heart, is anti-democratic: Somewhere you have to believe that what you like is better than what all those other losers like.
arts  books  music  aesthetics  criticism  beauty  social  socialnetworking  culture 
21 days ago by allaboutgeorge
‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ director Martin McDonagh wasn’t made for these times | The Outline
Context is like a social compass. It guides our politics, our reasoning, our decisions to get mad at bad articles online, but its function in storytelling is a little less strict. So as to prevent looking like an idiot, we demand context to understand why things happen. Crucially, though, it’s not always an artist’s job to provide this for an audience.
movies  film  storytelling  creativity  social  cinema  oscars  theater 
february 2018 by allaboutgeorge
The year we wanted the internet to be smaller - The Verge
“Loneliness is personal, and it is also political,” Laing concludes. “Loneliness is collective; it is a city.” The vast digital metropolis of the internet — that place that was supposed to make us feel never alone — failed us this year; we built what we needed on its outskirts.
internet  attention  identity  social  socialnetworking  socialmedia  email  humor 
january 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Twitter
“Most people use not to open their horizons wider, but to lock themselves in a comfort zone”
media  social  Bauman  from twitter_favs
january 2016 by allaboutgeorge
Flickr Is Back, Letting Us Go Home Again | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
It wasn’t just that we wanted yet another app update. It’s that we didn’t want to give up on what we already had. In short, we wanted to go home again.
flickr  photography  twitter  facebook  social  mobile  memory 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
How Jihadists Use Twitter, And Soon Even Instagram | Fast Company
“The migration of jihadis to Twitter is happening, but Twitter is unlikely to replace the forums because it cannot supplant the authentication function of the elite forums, which remains critical. Twitter, however, offers flexibility and security for times when the forums are under attack or groups are looking to put out information in breaking news situations,” Zelin writes.
terrorism  social  activism  twitter  instagram  gwot  fastcompany 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
How important are all those ugly Tweet Buttons to news sites? » Nieman Journalism Lab
I wish folks used them far less than they do now. Time to rethink their use in certain places ...
twitter  social  news  google  sharing  journalism  media  web 
june 2012 by allaboutgeorge
Google’s Richard Gingras: 8 questions that will help define the future of journalism » Nieman Journalism Lab
While technology holds great promise, it’s important to recognize that while technology has value it has no “values.” Technology, in and of itself, is not the solution. Yes, it can provide the means for solutions, but it is up to us to determine how to make it so.

We need to rethink every facet of the journalism model in light of the dramatic changes in the architecture of the news ecosystem. I’m not suggesting that everything must change, but a comprehensive rethinking is a necessary and valuable intellectual process.
journalism  media  newspapers  news  google  content  narrative  writing  reporting  work  data  search  social  design  innovation 
april 2012 by allaboutgeorge
Sepia Mutiny’s Closure Is a Reminder: Blogging While Brown Ain’t Easy - COLORLINES
For Mukhopadhyay, the shift in blogging culture signals a lack of infrastructure for people who want to talk about important issues in ways that don’t generate income. She suggests a progressive startup plan that’s funded by big non-profits and advocacy groups whose campaigns are often supported by bloggers and that can generate income. “The larger activist community needs to come together to figure out how to support our voices, since they matter.”
blogging  race  ethnicity  attention  social  socialmedia  media  journalism 
april 2012 by allaboutgeorge
Social Business isn’t About Companies, It is About Cities | Social Enterprise Today
Customer-centricity, whatever this really means, not only implies the growth of different behaviors, but also to think differently about our spatial and symbolic relationships to customers. Providing them with more channels to interact is not enough, we need to design them in a more human way, and allow customers to embed these channels in their way of life. Cities, and those who think and design them, are ahead of organizations in tackling these problems.
cities  urbanism  business  relationships  capitalism  work  jobs  social  socbiz 
april 2012 by allaboutgeorge
CBC Books - Breaking up in a digital age
"I thought I would get wonderful stories about infidelity, about people who were arguing until six in the morning or would not return their lover's or ex-lover's possessions," Gershon revealed to Spark host Nora Young. "Nothing of the sort. Everybody answered 'It was on Facebook. It was text.'"
love  relationships  marriage  internet  technology  social  facebook 
august 2011 by allaboutgeorge
I Flunked My Social Media Background Check. Will You?
Your personal email address, especially if you've had it for a long time, could have all kinds of things tied to it that you'd rather an employer not see. Spend the nothing it costs to set up a dedicated job search email account, and list that one on your c.v.
business  jobs  work  web  online  social  socialnetworking  facebook  twitter  search  google 
july 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Shrinking of the Non-Social Web - Ben Elowitz - Voices - AllThingsD
When you exclude just Facebook from the rest of the Web, consumption in terms of minutes of use shrank by nearly nine percent between March 2010 and March 2011, according to data from comScore. And, even when you include Facebook usage, total non-mobile Internet consumption still dropped three percent over the same period.

We’ve known that social is growing lightning fast — notably, Facebook consumption, which grew by 69 percent — but now it’s clear that Facebook is not growing in addition to the Web. Rather, it’s actually taking consumption away from the publishers who compete on the rest of the Web.

And just what is the rest of the Web?

I have been calling it the “document Web,” based on how Google and other Web architectures view its pages as documents, linked together. But increasingly, it might as well be called the “searchable Web” since it’s accessed predominantly as a reference, and navigated primarily via search.
data  information  search  web  technology  facebook  social  business  attention  blogging  twitter 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Rise and Inglorious Fall of Myspace - BusinessWeek
"The thing about user adoption and user departure is that it's not a steady flow," says Boyd. "Think of it as, you're knitting a beautiful scarf, and you're knitting and knitting, and you get a bigger and bigger scarf. Then someone pulls a loose thread at the bottom. And it all unravels."
myspace  social  technology  attention  business 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and the Terrifying Truth About New Technology - WSJ.com
I'm not saying you have to keep up. But at the moment you choose to stop growing, your world will begin to shrink. You'll be able to communicate with fewer people, especially the young. You will only see reruns. You will not understand how to pay for things. The outside world will become a frightening and unpredictable place.
As they say, the only constant is change.
Each new generation builds on the work of the previous one, gaining new perspective. New verbs are introduced. We Google strange and dangerous places. We tweet mindlessly to the cosmos. We Facebook our own grandmothers.

I, for one, don't want to be left behind.
social  technology  internet  psychology  culture  innovation  attention  youth  twitter  foursquare  aging  memory  future 
june 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Why The New York Times replaced its Twitter ‘cyborg’ with people this week | Poynter.
“The metrics went up considerably and almost immediately after switching from automated to personal. We’ve seen the same effect with several other accounts.”

“What we’ve seen by measuring it closely,” he said, “is that human-powered feeds do much, much better than automated ones, by any relevant metric.”
twitter  social  technology  media  journalism  newspapers  attention  audience  communication  online  presence  reputation 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Quick-response codes aim to capitalize on the boom in smartphones - WSJ.com
"QR codes are not the end-all, be-all," says Ryan Goff, vice president/director of social-media marketing at marketing firm MGH Inc. "They may not exist in two years. But they're a temporary solution to the problem of, 'How do you connect people to online things in the real world?' "
media  social  marketing  mobile  business  technology 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Real time, All the time: Why every news organisation has to be live « Emily Bell(wether)
Live is not ‘yet another thing’ for a working journalist to understand , it is the great journalistic challenge of our time. The skill involved in providing real time valuable information for audiences around stories as they happen is crucial to being a credible journalist and a resilient news organisation. For those who question whether this kind of journalism can be valuable or high quality, there are three examples I can immediately think of to show them which rebuts the idea (if anybody realy still holds it)  that working in real time degrades good journalism.
journalism  technology  attention  reputation  news  media  social 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Anatomy of a Fake Quotation - Megan McArdle - National - The Atlantic
We become invested in these quotes because they say something important about us--and they let us feel that those emotions were shared by great figures in history.  We naturally search for reasons that they could have said it--that they could have felt like us--rather than looking for reasons to disbelieve. If we'd put the same moving words in Hitler's mouth, everyone would have been a lot more skeptical.  But while this might be a lesson about the need to be skeptical, I don't think there's anything stupid about wanting to be more like Dr. King.
quotes  speech  online  journalism  media  twitter  facebook  social  reputation 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Can Delicious Solve Our Information Discovery Problem?: Tech News and Analysis «
But think about the vast amount of content that has already been sucked in by Delicious over the years — arguably the single biggest asset that the company has, and the one Hurley and Chen were likely willing to pay up for. Those millions of shared bookmarks are a kind of social graph of content in a way: they are implicit signals from all the people who shared those links, or stored them for later, that there is valuable content there. Some of those links may be dead or changed, but it’s still a fairly substantial foundation for an information-discovery service to build on.
social  information  toread  yahoo  socialmedia  search  data  attention  youtube 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
A Colorful Weekend
Whereas apps like Instagram, Picplz, and Path are great for sharing one-off photos, that’s not what Color is doing. Their specialty is the ability to rapidly document an event with multiple pictures (and short videos) from multiple perspectives. The result is actually quite fascinating when it all comes together. You get a sorta living, breathing photo album for an event.

Some of the photos are good, but many of them are mediocre to bad. But it doesn’t matter. It’s about the album as a whole, not a single picture.
location  social  photography  video  journalism  attention  technology  business  travel  documentary 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Unlit Social Graph - TNW Location
Ubiquitous smartphones and always on access to umbrella social graphs are suddenly making these sort of tools possible.

And the opportunity is far larger than pick-up basketball, or even sports.  Every school is a network, every employer is a network, every bar is a network, every office building is a network, every hobby is a network, every neighborhood is a network, and at an extreme level, every shared interest is a network, regardless of location.

This doesn’t even get at the disposable, or elastic networks as discussed by companies like Nearverse and Color – people that happen to just be nearby each other for a snapshot of time.

All of these networks share two common characteristics.  1) They are not yet graphed in a mainstream way by Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Jive, or any other dominant, online social service; and 2) They are all mappable with a smartphone.
mobile  location  social  work  attention  socialnetworking  behavior  data  information 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Bank of Facebook: Currency, Identity, Reputation « emergent by design
Money is a tool we use for arms-length transactions, where there isn’t an assumption of any kind of relationship or trust between parties. But as data is being mapped at an accelerating rate – from self-quantifiation, to the contextual and relational data about our location and interactions, to our preferences and opinions, to our exchanges and transactions – we are being granted access to a much richer base of information in our decision-making toolkit.

What this means is that money isn’t the only kind of currency that can facilitate a transaction anymore. Trust networks are able to be tapped for recommendations and referrals, while predictive analysis algorhithms can suggest the kinds of people, products, services, or events that would resonate with our personalities or value set. A new set of filtering tools are emerging that are shaping where we direct our attention and resources, namely intentions and actions.
facebook  social  data  information  money  business  attention  reputation  behavior 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Engagement, shovelware, magic bullets, and expanding the idea of journalism: Six themes from ISOJ | Mark Coddington
As expected, this year’s International Symposium on Online Journalism (my first) was an illuminating collision between the academic and practical sides of journalism — I’m sure most everyone left with a full set of ideas for newsroom initiatives, research projects, and the like. But if any of them are like me, they probably also find it difficult to properly process and mentally organize 40 presentations over the span of two days.
journalism  media  newspapers  social  business  twitter  research  conferences  community  aggregation 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Whats the role of media for sports teams ? « blog maverick
Newspaper: Newspaper has to be in the room. I know this is counter intuitive to some, but it is a fact. Why ? Because there is a wealthy segment of my customer base that does not and will not go online to find out information about the Mavs.  If I don’t have a PRINT beat writer and /or PRINT columnist showing up and writing about the Mavs, both sides lose.  So congrats Eddie, DP and friends. You are safe to dance another weekend.
newspapers  media  journalism  sports  dallas  basketball  social 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Decline, plateau, decline: New data on The Daily suggests a social media decline and a tough road ahead » Nieman Journalism Lab » Pushing to the Future of Journalism
Its activity on Twitter seems to match my own perceptions of how they’re doing — an early rush of excitement; a decline as people lost interest and the app struggled with technical problems; a plateau once the tech got sorted out; and then another decline once the app started charging users.

In the nearly two months we’re looking at, only 6,026 tweets were generated within The Daily app. But much more discouraging is the trend.
ipad  twitter  social  technology  tablet  mobile  attention  app  software 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
louisgray.com: Seesmic: My Go-To Twitter Client on Android (and #Wp7)
Amusingly, one of the boons of Android also turned out to be a detraction, for after Seesmic's installation, I would not only receive notifications from the native Twitter app that replies and messages were waiting, but the same activity would double down my alerts, coming from Seesmic as well. So I did the unthinkable and the official Twitter app is off my Android devices, which eliminates duplication. Meanwhile, on Windows 7, Seesmic was the first app I downloaded, comfortable the experience would be familiar and very useful.
twitter  technology  social  mobile  android 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
A VC: Curation
If you are building a marketplace or a social platform, make sure to build curation into your model. It will make the service easier for everyone to navigate, particularly new users.
attention  technology  social  mobile  business  reputation  curation 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
TechCrunch: Why Women Rule The Internet
Women are the routers and amplifiers of the social web.  And they are the rocket fuel of ecommerce.  The ongoing debate about women in tech has been missing a key insight. If you figure out how to harness the power of female customers, you can rock the world.
social  women  online  business  feminism  internet 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
One Per Cent: Happier people tweet together
The researchers indeed found that happier people - those recording a high subjective well being - tended to be tweeting and receiving tweets from people who were also happier. The same was true for those who were less happy.

"It turns out that Twitter users are preferentially linked to those with whom they share a similar level of general happiness," says Bollen.
happiness  psychology  behavior  social  twitter  research 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Caterina.net» Blog Archive » FOMO and Social Media
FOMO —Fear of Missing Out— is a great motivator of human behavior, and I think a crucial key to understanding social software, and why it works the way it does. Many people have studied the game mechanics that keep people collecting things (points, trophies, check-ins, mayorships, kudos). Others have studied how the neurochemistry that keeps us checking Facebook every five minutes is similar to the neurochemistry fueling addiction. Social media has made us even more aware of the things we are missing out on. You’re home alone, but watching your friends status updates tell of a great party happening somewhere. You are aware of more parties than ever before. And, like gym memberships, adding Bergman movies to your Netflix queue and piling up unread copies of the New Yorker, watching these feeds gives you a sense that you’re participating, not missing out, even when you are.
attention  social  media  conferences  behavior  games  sxsw  facebook 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The 'gamification' of news, and how it can be relevant | Old Media, New Tricks
Imagine a reader using her smart phone to open your news app while she’s sitting at a coffee shop. Instead of just the latest, or even hand-picked top stories, appearing on the main page, what if it had a section that showed news that was relevant to the area around that coffee shop? What if the “game” were that users get points for reading the news about all sections of the city (as they travel and check your stories, a map fills in, showing they saw the latest news for that area)? The game mechanic added in could also just be to show which of their Facebook friends had read the same stories, at the same location. So when you log into the app at that coffee shop, it tells you that three of your friends read the news from your site from that same shop. Users could also leave comments on the story that are location-specific or just a tip about the coffee shop (which could be displayed next to your news organization’s review, which also could appear thanks to location tagging).
news  media  newspapers  information  data  journalism  social  location  games  attention  community  mapping  presence 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
South by Southwest Interactive - SXSW 2011 Analysis - Popular Mechanics
Perhaps the greatest realization of this window into the future, though, is that for all the criticism modern gadgets and technology get for serving as half-hearted simulacrums for real-life social interaction, a fully wired world may just be the most social (and fun) one imaginable. That is, until our phone batteries die.
sxsw  conferences  austin  mobile  social  location  technology 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Software Rants & Other Miscellany: Foursquare, Facebook, Founders, and Passion
The Passion Gap is evident when you see a founder or product manager so deeply engaged in their product that they can’t help but think about it all the time, and, as a result, they see all the fine details that are required to make a product that exactly matches what the market needs. This is true even when the market hasn’t yet realized the need.
business  beauty  social  foursquare  attention  identity  software  technology  location 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Guest Post: Robert Lane Greene on Language Sticklers - NYTimes.com
Illiteracy has fallen from one in five people to almost nonexistent over a century and a bit.  But “illiteracy” clearly isn’t a single on-or-off switch. It’s not just “you can read and write or you can’t.” Literacy is a continuum of skills. Basic education now reaches virtually all Americans.  But many among the poorest have the weakest skills in formal English.

That combines with another fact: more people are writing than ever before. Even most of the poor today have cell phones and and internet. When they text or scribble on Facebook, they’re writing. We easily forget that this is something that farmhands and the urban poor almost never did in centuries past. They lacked the time and means even if they had the education.
language  english  technology  social  usa  mobile  internet  facebook  grammar 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
TED 2011: Junk Food Algorithms and the World They Feed Us | Epicenter | Wired.com
“It’s your own personal, unique universe of information that you live in online,” Pariser said. “What’s in it depends on who you are and what you do. But the thing is, you don’t decide what gets in, and you don’t see what gets edited out.”
attention  politics  social  facebook  twitter  technology  reputation  aggregation  curation 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Case Against Drop-down Identities | Smarterware
Social software should let you explain. But as the drop-down option says, it's complicated.
identity  gender  power  social  software  technology  reputation 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
High on the Stones by Dan Chiasson | The New York Review of Books
I am not making an original point, but it cannot be reiterated enough: the experience of making and taking in culture is now, for the first time in human history, a condition of almost paralyzing overabundance. For millennia it was a condition of scarcity; and all the ways we regard things we want but cannot have, in those faraway days, stood between people and the art or music they needed to have: yearning, craving, imagining the absent object so fully that when the real thing appears in your hands, it almost doesn’t match up. Nobody will ever again experience what Keith Richards and Mick Jagger experienced in Dartford, scrounging for blues records. The Rolling Stones do not happen in any other context: they were a band based on craving, impersonation, tribute: white guys from England who worshiped black blues and later, to a lesser extent, country, reggae, disco, and rap.
culture  culturalstudies  memoir  writing  nonfiction  books  music  rock  blues  youtube  social 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The New York Times Twitter strategy leaves room for innovation
“I like to think about [tweeting] like being up on a panel," Heron said. "You can be conversational, you can be funny, you're not writing a story ― but you're still not going to say anything that gets you in trouble.”
journalism  media  twitter  nytimes  social  technology 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
I Will Check My Phone At Dinner And You Will Deal With It
Is part of it antisocial? Sure. Can it lead to distractions if you read a work-related email that you need to respond to? Of course. But this is the way the world works now. We’re always connected and always on call. And some of us prefer it that way.
dinner  food  mobile  technology  friendship  relationships  culture  attention  presence  social 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Web of Popularity, Achieved by Bullying - NYTimes.com
Using the maps, the researchers tracked the students most often accused of aggressive behavior. They found that increases in social status were associated with subsequent increases in aggression. But notably, aggressive behavior peaked at the 98th percentile of popularity and then dropped.

“At the very top you start to see a reversal — the kids in the top 2 percent are less likely to be aggressive,” Dr. Faris said. “The interpretation I favor is that they no longer need to be aggressive because they’re at the top, and further aggression could be counterproductive, signaling insecurity with their social position.

“It’s possible that they’re incredibly friendly and everybody loves them and they were never mean, but I’m not so convinced by that, because there are so many kids right behind them in the hierarchy who are highly aggressive.”
children  education  teenagers  status  attention  reputation  power  school  social  celebrity 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Why The New York Times Will Lose to The Huffington Post | Epicenter | Wired.com
Rather than learning from or trying to emulate HuffPo’s hugely valuable editorial technology, then, the NYT is sticking its head in the sand and retreating to a defensive stance of trying to make as much money as possible from its core loyal readers. There’s no growth in such a strategy. Indeed, the opposite is true: the NYT is making it both hard and expensive to become a core loyal reader. Meanwhile, the open web will become ever more accessible and social, with friends pointing friends to news in a site-agnostic manner. The NYT is distancing itself from that conversation, standing proud and aloof. It’s a strategy which is doomed to fail.
nytimes  journalism  media  newspapers  blogging  attention  social  reading  business  paywall  technology 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
AOL-HuffPo: Acquisition of means of production without being revolutionary at all | Capital New York
Search engines improve by delivering you more of the results that you were hoping for when you search for something; so it gets better when it relies on social networks than it does when it relies on algorithms. And this is where the future starts to look brighter for "original content" producers: This is a road that leads, ultimately, to the people who produce what they produce and get their readers without tricking them into reading. Which means Arianna Huffington will get better at her job, and your readers will get better at finding you, will stay longer when they get there, and, if you play your cards right, will start going straight to you instead of waiting for Arianna to tell them to. Then, maybe you can capture a sliver of the business she's going to be getting.

It's that sliver that is going to grow next. And as it does, the scale will even out, potentially putting Arianna herself, and places like AOL, on the defense once again.
aol  technology  search  google  social  news  media  journalism  business 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Creator of Instant Messaging Protocol to Launch App Platform for Your Life
Your personal data will likely be of interest on its own, as a type of diary, but it's probably going to be much more interesting and useful when cross-referenced with other sets of data. Those other sets of data will provide context, surfacing correlations and patterns that would otherwise be invisible. Recommendations, personalization, alerts, benchmarks, social and self assessment: the types of value adds that can be built on top of a good data set are just beginning to be explored. And there are few data sets as interesting, to you, than you.
data  information  attention  identity  technology  social  presence 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Mubarak’s Going to Saudi Arabia, CIA-Funded Forecasters Say | Danger Room | Wired.com
The reasons why he travels matter, too. Mubarak flew both to Germany and France last year: once for cancer treatment, and a second time for suspected health reasons. It suggests that the 83 year-old leader would rather land in a country first first class medical facilities (at least for former strongmen).  Some of Mubarak’s other destinations this year — like Libya, Sudan, and Algeria — don’t really fit that bill.

On the other hand, European countries — especially ones with large Arab minorities — might be a little skittish about taking such an unpopular figure. So Germany or France might not be the best choice for Mubarak’s retirement home.
egypt  travel  futurism  data  information  social 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Joho the Blog » We are the medium
It is easy to slip back into the old paradigm in which there is a human sender, a message, a medium through which it travels, and a human recipient. It’s easy because that’s an accurate abstraction that is sometimes useful. It’s easy because the Internet is also used for traditional communication. But what is distinctive and revolutionary about the Internet is the failure of the old diagram to capture what so often is essential: We are not users of the medium, and we are not outside of the medium listening to its messages. Rather, we are the medium.
mcluhan  media  audience  theory  attention  reputation  internet  social  JournoCensus 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The Facebook Setting You Should Change as Quickly as Possible
By default, Facebook sends your access credentials in the clear, with no encryption whatsoever. Switching to HTTPS is important because a browser extension called Firesheep has made it especially easy for anyone sharing your open wireless network—at cafe or conference, for example—to sniff your credentials and freely access your account. One blogger sitting in a random New York Starbucks was able to steal 20-40 Facebook identities in half an hour. HTTPS solves this longstanding problem by encrypting your login cookies and other data; in fact the inventor of Firesheep made the software to encourage companies like Facebook to finally lock down their systems.
facebook  privacy  online  social  technology  mobile  browser  starbucks 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Microsoft: Consumers Should Think Twice Before Broadcasting Location | Ina Fried | Mobilized | AllThingsD
Microsoft’s research found that privacy concerns are a barrier for some to adopting location-based services, particularly in the U.S. About half of overall survey respondents said they would be more comfortable with such services if they had more information on just who was seeing the information being shared.

The company also found that while 94 percent of consumers find location-based services to be valuable, they weren’t terribly willing to pay, and those who were often weren’t willing to pay more than $10 for such services. That seems to indicate more promise for advertising-funded services, especially since nearly half of those who have seen a location-based mobile ad have taken action on the ad–vastly higher than the response rates seen on traditional online ads.
mobile  marketing  business  technology  social  location  privacy 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork: Poptimist: Poptimist #35
The provisional quality of choices is a hot topic in a world where design and services are highly iterative. Facebook has become something close to a global constant by continually changing and tweaking its service based on the real-time user data it receives-- a giant ongoing experiment in the kind of cybernetics which so fascinated Eno in the 70s. The simultaneous rise of the app as a software delivery system pushes this idea further out into consumer culture. People get used to the software they buy as iterative-- subject to continuous tinkering, upgrades, and improvements. And as that becomes the norm in one area of culture, it changes expectations everywhere else. Again, it's not unfinished-- you expect Facebook, or an app-- to work. But it's unfixed-- you don't expect it to stay the same for long.
technology  music  attention  facebook  social  business  software  design 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
No Opting Out Of Facebook Turning Your Check-Ins, Likes Into Ads | Epicenter | Wired.com
If you click the Facebook Like button on any given site, that data is transmitted to your own Facebook profile and can be promoted by marketers in ads to your friends.
facebook  privacy  marketing  business  technology  social 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Kevin Smith’s Red State Premiered at Sundance, and Vulture Was There -- Vulture
As he explained, the movie took 25 days and cost $4 million to make. If he sold it for $6 million, it would still take $20 million to market. But since that $26 million doesn't go back to the movie team or the studio or the distributor, you have to make $50 million just to get to the profit line. And it would have to make twice that to be considered profitable.
movies  film  cinema  business  religion  christianity  art  social 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
How Lady Gaga Just Reinvented Eye Contact
Maybe it won't catch on. Maybe kids will go nuts with it. I don't know! But I do know that this gadget dovetails perfectly with what the future is starting to smell like: Less the crisp clear world of touch interfaces with meta data on everything, everywhere. And more like the micro broadcasted one we contribute to every time we tweet, post or share.
technology  fashion  style  psychology  social  presence  attention 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Kanye West - ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ - NYTimes.com
Welcome to 2011, a year that — once the last of the snow is scraped away — will bring new hope, the promise of renewal, a chance to wake up in a world in which Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” is not the consensus pick for album of the year. [...]
attention  reputation  music  criticism  pop  hiphop  art  creativity  social  power 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
A Whole Lotta Nothing: Quick thoughts on Pinboard
Like I said, I can understand the reluctance to make Pinboard into yet another social media platform and I made a lot of arbitrary decisions in designing MetaFilter so that it's not gamed by morons but as a user of Delicious for the past 7 years, I've grown accustomed to the subtle network effects for the purposes of discovery and some of the features purposefully lacking in Pinboard rob it of some of that utility.
delicious  social  bookmarking  yahoo  data  twitter 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Groupon, Google, and value on the Internet : The New Yorker
When we think about the Internet, we often think of businesses in black-and-white terms: either they’re huge, world-changing hits or they’re flops. But that’s a false dichotomy. These days, the Web is full of good, solid businesses that may not be remaking the world but that are helping give people what they want. If that’s what Groupon ends up being, well, there are worse fates. 
business  google  online  technology  attention  marketing  social  money 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Burghound, For the Love of Port, and other great niche wine sites. - By Mike Steinberger - Slate Magazine
It is one part opportunity, one part necessity. Thanks to this global quality revolution, there are more wine-growing areas than ever that merit undivided attention, and the Internet has given wine journalists a cheap and easy platform from which to peddle that kind of particularized knowledge. But because of the Internet, there are also probably more people than ever writing about wine. Anyone with a computer and a corkscrew can be a critic now; offering regional expertise is a way of standing out in an increasingly crowded field.
wine  socialmedia  beverages  attention  blogging  social  drinking  alcohol 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Is Portland the new Neverland? | OregonLive.com
"Young people intuitively understand that the old model is broken and they are in the forefront of inventing the new institutional model of the future," says Charles Heying, an associate professor of urban studies and planning at PSU. "But to make this omelet, many eggs are getting broken." [...]
To ask whether this collectivism yields independence, Heying suggests, is the wrong question. "Portland may be deficient in personal wealth, (but) we have an abundance of 'social wealth,'" he said. "The social wealth comes from the livability of the city, its low cost of housing relative to other West Coast cities, vibrant neighborhoods, abundant and inexpensive activities including access to good food and entertainment." 
portland  oregon  business  youth  social  entrepreneurs  bicycling  beer  urban  interviews 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Logic+Emotion: Talk Isn't Cheap
Social technologies empower people to talk about what THEY want to and not about what YOU want them to. So, let's assume for the moment that this statement is a current reality. The next question becomes is there value to letting people talk about what they want to discuss? I believe there is. In fact, I believe that it's better than any focus group your company has ever conducted, and yet it's likely that your company still invests hundreds of thousands of dollars on traditional R&D and focus groups. In some cases these conversations (both positive and negative) leave a considerable "long tail" on the internet which can potentially grow your business or damage your reputation.
marketing  media  online  communication  publicrelations  power  internet  identity  relationships  business  social 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Stewart Buttefield built Flickr into a mass market tool. Can he be a success in online games? | VentureBeat
The usage numbers for all the social games are very high. We are in the middle of a very big disruption. It’s almost like the last two years have been like a compressed version of the shift that took place for the web from 1995 through 2002. People experimented with brand new companies. Google was tiny. Facebook hadn’t been conceived. Now the game usage is moving from the 5 percent or 10 percent of the population to 50 percent or more. Just look at Angry Birds. These games are passing the time. They’re not competing with $60 games.
games  technology  mobile  social  facebook 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Why spreadable doesn’t equal viral: A conversation with Henry Jenkins » Nieman Journalism Lab
NU: What is spreadable media?

HJ: The concept of spreadable media rests on the distinction between distribution (the top-down spread of media content as captured in the broadcast paradigm) and circulation (a hybrid system where content spreads as a result of a series of informal transactions between commercial and noncommercial participants.) Spreadable media is media which travels across media platforms at least in part because the people take it in their own hands and share it with their social networks.
media  journalism  news  culture  web  socialnetworking  theory  socialmedia  libraries  social  attention  public 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Curation And The Human Web... - SVW
Aggregation looks like curation but it's not.

I define curation as a person, or a group of people, engaged in choosing and presenting a collection of things related to a specific topic and context.

Aggregation employs software (algorithms) and machines (servers) to assemble a collection of things related to a specific topic and context.

Aggregation tools can be employed by curators but the human act of curation adds a layer of value that aggregation alone cannot provide.
media  social  web  publishing  socialmedia  curation  attention  journalism  technology 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Jonathan Stray » What’s the point of social news?
[...] For me, the core idea of social news-gathering is that the audience is, or could be, an extension of the news organization’s source network.

Hopefully, a newsroom knows about interesting developments before anyone else, and then verifies and publicizes them, but that’s getting near impossible when anyone can publish, and when virality can amplify primary sources without the involvement of a media organization. We don’t know yet very much about collective news-gathering, but there are promising directions. It seems like maybe there are two broad categories of breaking news: public events that anyone could have witnessed, and private events initially known only to privileged observers. [...]
news  twitter  facebook  social  media  newspapers  journalism  authority  reputation  communication  technology 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Am I the last person in America who still adores President Obama? - By Curtis Sittenfeld - Slate Magazine
But when I see Obama on television, I'm unfailingly struck by his intelligence and charisma, by his easygoing humor, by the magnificence of his megawatt smile. He just makes me proud, and perhaps this is where I should admit that if there are two categories of Obama critics—conservatives who never liked the guy and have in some cases become unhinged since he was elected, and centrists or Democrats who voted for him but now feel let down—I suspect that, in the visceral nature of my response to our president, I have more in common with the unhinged nut jobs. By this I mean that my Obama admiration is a kind of emotional inverse of the right-wing Obama antipathy: I can pretend it's all about policy, but in truth, it's much more personal.
culture  social  politics  obama 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
How Facebook is Pulling an Android… and Why | Android Phone Fans
The interesting thing is that mobile is inherently social; afterall, before all these apps it was used to talk to people with your voice. And social is inherently mobile too: you don’t only want to be connected to people while you’re at your desk at work, you want to talk to them when you’re out in the world, doing the things you love, and have something to say or something to share.

Facebook’s commitment to mobile is what will solidify their social dominance.
facebook  mobile  social  android  technology  software  identity  business  development 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Confessions of an Aca/Fan: Archives: DIY Video 2010: Activist Media (Part Three)
Videomakers who work from within social movements tend to see the rise of commercial videosharing sites (and social network sites) primarily as a major opportunity, but one that presents important challenges. Everyone is glad that DIY movement videos are now able to reach vast audiences that were previously inaccessible. At the same time, commercial portals present problems of 1. censorship, 2. surveillance, 3. exploitation, and 4. closed technology design.
video  activism  internet  blogging  online  business  censorship  social  technology 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Putting Twitter to Work with ThinkUp - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education
ThinkUp can indeed archive your tweets. And with the included Facebook plugin, it can archive your Facebook status updates, along with your friends’ comments to those updates.

But what makes ThinkUp different from other archiving solutions is that it also archives responses to your tweets. And it organizes them. It works like this: if you ask a question on Twitter and somebody replies, that reply is included in the archive and associated with your question.
twitter  data  information  social  attention 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Is Social Media Driving the Economy? - Richard Florida - Technology - The Atlantic
While social media allows us to connect instantaneously to people all over the globe, the geography of its professional use in the United States is concentrated. The leading social media metros in the U.S. are richer, more technologically advanced, have higher levels of education and higher levels of the creative class, and are more open to diversity of all sorts. The geography of social media thus both reflects and reinforces the increasingly uneven and spiky nature of America's economic landscape.
media  marketing  social  business  economics  gay  diversity  demographics 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Value of Your Time and How it Impacts the Internet Video vs Traditional TV battle « blog maverick
I’m going to let you in on a secret. The only 20 somethings that are going to consume media in 10 years the way they do today are the ones without a job, still living with their parents.

I’m going to let you in on another secret. The older you get, the faster time goes by. I’m sure there is some scientific explanation for this phenomena. I don’t know it. But I know it is true. Months and years go back faster and faster the older you get.

Which in turn leads to the next truism. The older you get, the more you value your time. You quickly learn that your most valuable possession/asset isn’t one you put on a balance sheet or in your home. It is time. Every minute, hour, day is one you will never get back and there is nothing you can do to earn another.

So what does this have to do with Internet, Internet video and traditional TV ?
news  internet  video  socialmedia  social  television  time  attention 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Stampede: Razorfish Reveals Latin America's Untapped Digital Consumer | Fast Company
Crump took his eager, former-journalist eyes into the favellas of Brazil to conduct consumer and digital ethnographies and found that a core part of reaching the vastly neglected consumer segment is via social media. Twitter, for example, is growing five times faster in Brazil than in the developed world, says Crump.
twitter  social  brazil  business  research  marketing  latinamerica  southamerica  mobile  facebook 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Identity and The Independent Web - John Battelle's Searchblog
In other words, perhaps it's time for a Revealed Identity, as opposed to a Public or Dependent Identity. [...]

I think it's worth defining a portion of the web as a place where one can visit and be part of a conversation without the data created by that conversation being presumptively sucked into a sophisticated response platform - whether that platform is Google, Blue Kai, Doubleclick, Twitter, or any other scaled web service. Now, I'm all for engaging with that platform, to be sure, but I'm also interested in the parts of society where one can wander about free of identity presumption, a place where one can chose to engage knowing that you are in control of how your identity is presented, and when it is revealed.

One thing I’m certain of: Who I am according to Google, or Facebook, or any number of other scaled Dependent Web services, is not necessarily who I want to be as I wander this new digital world. I want more instrumentation, more nauance, and more rights.
identity  internet  privacy  reputation  marketing  business  power  social  relationships  technology  google  facebook  anonymity 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The 100 Percent Solution: For Innovation in News » Pressthink
In a time of contraction in the news industry, and of diminished expectations in the workaday world of professional journalism, we need counter-cyclical measures that broaden our ambitions, widen the lens and insist that with new tools and greater participation–what Alan Rusbridger calls the mutualization of journalism–we can do way more than we were ever able to do before.
news  innovation  writing  journalism  media  business  social 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Email Still Tops Facebook for Keeping in Touch - eMarketer
Email is a more targeted form of sending content; while content-sharers may shoot off mass emails to large distribution lists, most email shares are likely sent to a person or small group selected based on the specific content being shared.

Sharing via social networks like Facebook, by contrast, typically involves feeding items to an entire friends list. The youngest users, who care the least about whether the recipients of their content actually want to see it, are also most likely to disseminate the information to the widest group. And the seniors and older boomers who find the recipients' needs more important dramatically favor email for sharing, suggesting they are sending relevant items to only those who will want them.
email  facebook  social  news  media  journalism  marketing  research  socialmedia  demographics 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz: 'creepy' Facebook is biggest rival - USATODAY.com
Q: You are starting a local news operation for San Francisco. Tell us about your plans to offer local information.

A: We all live in a place. You live in small communities, and you are very interested in what happens in those communities from police blotters to what happened in the city council or the neighborhood watch. It is interesting to the consumer.

And it is interesting to the advertiser because it is the ultimate target. Statistics are 95% of our purchases are (made) within 2 miles of our house, 5 miles of our house.
media  local  journalism  yahoo  technology  mobile  marketing  information  news  sanfrancisco  bayarea  community  facebook  social 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Art Review - Art and News, Intersecting at the New Museum - NYTimes.com
The idea behind the exhibition — print journalism as a visual and existential phenomenon — is timely, and specific enough to be addressed and illustrated through art. Is the phenomenon intrinsically ephemeral or monumental? Is it truth telling or illusion spinning? One asks the same questions of art.

One also asks: Who has the power to write the news, or make art, and by extension to create something called history? What are the similarities between newspapers and museums? To what degree are both responsible for providing social information as well as entertainment?
art  newspapers  nyc  museums  creativity  history  information  social  power 
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
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