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How Connected Is Your Community to Everywhere Else in America? - The New York Times
In the millions of ties on Facebook that connect relatives, co-workers, classmates and friends, Americans are far more likely to know people nearby than in distant communities that share their politics or mirror their demographics. The dominant picture in data analyzed by economists at Facebook, Harvard, Princeton and New York University is not that like-minded places are linked; rather, people in counties close to one another are.
datavis  maps  facebook  socialmedia  relationships 
3 hours ago by alykat
Light Work: The Rise of NBA Skills Trainers - The Ringer
Bazzell is a part of a new generation of skills trainers who have utilized social media to their advantage and in the process turned the profession mainstream. Today you would be hard-pressed to find an NBA player who doesn’t have “their guy,” whether they’re team-affiliated or from the private sector. Players work out with their trainers in the offseason, do film work with them, and keep in contact—sometimes in person—throughout the season. Some have even been hired on their trainees’ teams. In recent years, these trainers have become more than just another face in an NBA player’s entourage. They are highlight-reel curators, entrepreneurs, and newsmakers. To the chagrin of some of their peers, some are even social media celebrities.
weekly  sports  socialmedia 
16 hours ago by twwoodward
Facebook’s Motivations – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
Perhaps there is a third motivation though: call it “enlightened self-interest.” Keep in mind from whence Facebook’s power flows: controlling demand. Facebook is a super-aggregator, which means it leverages its direct relationship with users, zero marginal costs to serve those users, and network effects, to steadily decrease acquisition costs and scale infinitely in a virtuous cycle that gives the company power over both supply (publishers) and advertisers.

It follows that Facebook’s ultimate threat can never come from publishers or advertisers, but rather demand — that is, users. The real danger, though, is not from users also using competing social networks (although Facebook has always been paranoid about exactly that); that is not enough to break the virtuous cycle. Rather, the only thing that could undo Facebook’s power is users actively rejecting the app. And, I suspect, the only way users would do that en masse would be if it became accepted fact that Facebook is actively bad for you — the online equivalent of smoking.
facebook  technology  socialmedia  society  economics 
yesterday by aleksandrxyz
YouTubers are not your friends - The Verge
Because creators often earn money off their fans through memberships, Patreons, and other cash avenues, there are fans who feel entitled to specific details about the lives of creators or even specific content. Twitch streamers deal with prickly expectations when it comes to disclosing their relationships, whether they’re dating someone or not. Fortnite streamer Ninja explained he doesn’t stream with women to avoid precisely this kind of gossip. While the framing of his issue was clumsy, he later clarified that decision is a preventative measure against harassment and a larger problem faced by streamers: the way fans feel they’re entitled to details and involvement around creators’ personal lives and relationships.

^^^ Determining "value-for-value" between the individual and the masses.
youtube  technology  socialmedia  valueforvalue 
yesterday by aleksandrxyz
Could Trump keep tweeting for ever? - UnHerd
“However, what AI probably will be able to do (and soon) is piece together a basic, but convincing, simulation of a human personality – which Stoltzoff refers to as a ‘digital surrogate’.”
SocialMedia  AugmentedEternity  DigitalSurrogates  AI  PeterFranklin 
yesterday by cbearden
1 The Life Coach
2 Tone Police
3 The Gaslighter
4 Cookie Manster
5 Himpathy
6 Sealion
7 Mansplainer
8 The Prestige
9 Trolls, Creeps, Fools
mansplaining  sealioning  socialmedia  maleprivilege 
2 days ago by campylobacter

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