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Eric's Archived Thoughts: Inadvertent Algorithmic Cruelty
"The Year in Review ad keeps coming up in my feed, rotating through different fun-and-fabulous backgrounds, as if celebrating a death, and there is no obvious way to stop it."
facebook  design 
december 2014 by kevan
I Liked Everything I Saw on Facebook for Two Days. Here's What It Did to Me | WIRED
"After checking in and liking a bunch of stuff over the course of an hour, there were no human beings in my feed anymore."
facebook  web 
october 2014 by kevan
A Logic Named Joe - Murray Leinster
1946 short story. "Logics Service will hereafter keep your personal accounts, take messages, and locate persons you may wish to get in touch with. This demonstration is to introduce the service."
fiction  internet  facebook 
september 2014 by kevan
Facebook Manipulated 689,003 Users' Emotions For Science
"The experiment ran for a week — January 11–18, 2012 — during which the hundreds of thousands of Facebook users unknowingly participating may have felt either happier or more depressed than usual."
psychology  facebook  illusions  secrets  depression 
june 2014 by kevan
What Witchcraft Is Facebook? - Laura Dimon - The Atlantic
"[There is] potential for a far greater or global episode, unless we quickly understand how social media is, for the first time, acting as the primary vector or agent of spread for conversion disorder."
psychology  delusions  facebook 
september 2013 by kevan
Tim Harford — Article — The antisocial network?
"The control group was given no specific instructions; the treatment group was asked to post more status updates “than they usually post per week”. Some ignored the instruction – but those who did not said they felt less lonely. [...] We may simply feel satisfied with the illusion that someone is paying attention."
facebook  psychology  delusions 
may 2013 by kevan
Why Are Dead People Liking Stuff On Facebook?
"If nobody tells Facebook that the account-holder is dead, Facebook just keeps operating on the assumption the person is alive. In that case, someone’s “likes” from months and months ago can still keep surfacing in the news feeds of their friends, since Facebook recycles “likes” long after they first occur."
facebook  illusions  death 
december 2012 by kevan
Facebook's plan to find its next billion users: convince them the internet and Facebook are the same - Quartz
"In May 2010, Facebook announced Facebook Zero. It is a simplified, text-only version of Facebook that can be accessed at if you’re in the right country and you’ve got the sort of WAP-enabled [phone] that comprises the majority of the phones on the planet."
phones  facebook  internet  africa 
october 2012 by kevan

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