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Social media outpaces print newspapers in the U.S. as news source | Pew Research Center
One-in-five U.S. adults say they often get news via social media, slightly higher than the share who often do so from print newspapers (16%) for the first time since Pew Research Center began asking these questions. In 2017, the portion who got news via social media was about equal to the portion who got news from print newspapers.
social  socialnetworking  media  journalism  newspapers  news  information  internet  online 
18 hours ago by allaboutgeorge
Using information security to explain why disinformation makes autocracies stronger and democracies weaker / Boing Boing
Without a sense of which political views are genuine and which are disinformation, all debate degenerates into people calling each other shills or bots, and never arriving at compromises with the stamp of broad legitimacy.
communication  democracy  government  information  power  politics  truth  informationwarfare  social  socialmedia  socialnetworking 
7 days ago by allaboutgeorge
Asian Americans' WeChat-Fueled War on Affirmative Action - The Atlantic
"WeChat's impact has to be understood as an information environment as a whole — it's kind of like a fishbowl in which you have these different narratives that kind of cohere together, one of which is the neglect and marginalization of Chinese Americans"
news  identity  china  asianamerican  government  law  information  social  socialnetworking  socialmedia 
20 days ago by allaboutgeorge
How Philosopher Paul Virilio (1932-2018) Spoke to an Age of Acceleration and Total War | Frieze
Modernity is war on ever increasing scales: expanding from the tactical to the strategic to the logistic. World War II was won not by generals but by quartermasters, by the ones who kept the biggest flows of boots and bullets and bodies moving toward the front.

Modernity is also war on more and more kinds of terrain. Warfare not only took to the air but to the airwaves. The modern world is a condition of generalized information warfare. Not only is architecture vulnerable to bombs, it proves defenseless against information, passing through the doors and walls of our homes, rearranging the space and time we imagine we live within.
war  information  philosophy  speech  theory  writing  nonfiction  wwii  terrorism  terror 
11 weeks ago by allaboutgeorge
On Keeping a Notebook in the Digital Age — Architecting A Life — Medium
If I go back through my ersatz spark file now, each note triggers the memory of something I was thinking at the time, but the fragments look disjointed and nonsensical. It’s a text that is, per Didion, meaningful only to me.
digital  memory  writing  attention  data  information 
march 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Copy-paste journalism wants to be free
With computer-generated journalism, the old quote “information wants to be free” is becoming a reality. And it is happening exactly the way Stewart Brand predicted: “the cost of getting it (information) out is getting lower and lower all the time.”
Luckily for journalists, the free part is only half of the quote. It actually begins with “information wants to be expensive, because it’s so valuable.” As Brand points out, some of the things you read or see can literally change your life.
journalism  media  information  writing  identity  technology  style  reputation  online  blogging 
march 2013 by allaboutgeorge
New research details how journalists verify information | Poynter.
“[T]he aspiration to vet the news is an essential goal of most journalists, but … the processes for living up to that goal are not well-defined and not rigorous enough. And for journalism to survive, much more needs to be done to give the process of verification more throw weight.”
media  journalism  data  nonfiction  reputation  information  research 
february 2013 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
Our data, ourselves - The Boston Globe
Instead of arguing about ownership and the right to privacy, they say, we should be imagining data as a public resource: a bountiful trove of information about our society which, if properly managed and cared for, can help us set better policy, more effectively run our institutions, promote public health, and generally give us a more accurate understanding of who we are. This growing pool of data should be public and anonymous, they say — and each of us should feel a civic responsibility to contribute to it.
data  information  creativity  health  privacy  census 
may 2011 by allaboutgeorge
NSA Gathers 4x the Amount of Info than the Library of Congress, Daily
Every six hours one of our spy agencies gathers as much information as our most complete repository of literature contains. It is a mind-boggling amount of information, even in an age of big data.
data  information  government  technology  wtf 
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
Unusual Homicide Patterns Puzzle Oakland Officials - The Bay Citizen
According to new data from Measure Y, the city's violence-prevention program, homicide victims this year are, on average, older than the victims of years past, and slightly more homicides are occurring on weekdays, rather than Friday and Saturday nights.

Authorities are hard-pressed to assign meaning to the new patterns. Measure Y authorities say the numbers could mean that anti-violence efforts targeting youth are working, while crime analysts and homicide detectives say the numbers are the result of normal fluctuations.
Oakland  crime  data  information  BayArea 
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
Local news is going mobile. | Pew Internet & American Life Project
One-quarter (24%) of mobile local news consumers report having an app that helps them get information or news about their local community. That equates to 13% of all device owners and 11% of the total American adult population. Thus while nearly 5 in 10 get local news on mobile devices, just 1 in 10 use apps to do so. Call it the app gap.

These mobile app users skew young and Hispanic. They are also much more active news consumers than other adults, using more sources regularly and “participating” in local news by doing such things as sharing or posting links to local stories, commenting on or tagging local news content, or contributing their own local content online.

Many news organizations are looking to mobile platforms to provide new ways to generate revenue in local markets. [...] Currently, only 10% of adults who use mobile apps to connect to local news and information pay for those apps. This amounts to just 1% of all adults.
mobile  local  news  journalism  games  information  location  technology  software  latino 
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
Google introduces search site blocking. Why not the reverse, too? | Knight Digital Media Center
“A tool like this could increase the Balkanization of a precious resource: attention. When you can choose your info-filter, you can filter out not just content farms, but ideological opponents, religious resources, and whoever’s content you’re boycotting this week or next."
information  attention  media  journalism  google  search  power  technology 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
How journalists are using metrics to track the success of tweets | Poynter.
“The thing is, I am insistent that my tweets be very human-sounding and a genuine representation of myself, so it might sound counterintuitive to make decisions based on data,” Victor told me. “But I don’t think there’s a conflict there, and I don’t think it makes you a robot. Looking at the data is just listening to what your followers are silently telling you.”
data  information  journalism  media  blogging  twitter  news  attention  audience  curation  reputation  business  technology 
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
The economics of love - Coupling: Dating, marriage and other relationships - Salon.com
"Economics is the study of how people and societies allocate scarce resources. Relationships involve two people who are sharing scarce resources -- whether that's time, energy, libidos, money, ambition, patience, whatever -- and that's of course going to involve trade-offs."
economics  relationships  love  technology  data  information  men  women  sex  marriage  beauty  attention  money  dating 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Debate over journalism's required skills gets heated
I do not believe programming replaces a story. Never has, never will. When was the last time you had a driveway moment with a database?
But, also, when was the last time you were able to understand the weight of 251,287 cable dispatches without a database?
Those are made possible because of different, yet equally important, skills. And thankfully, regardless of your answer, we don't have to choose.
journalism  newspapers  media  online  data  information  technology  news 
december 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork: Why We Fight: Why We Fight #8
We can probably spend a minute thinking about all the things that might be lost without the model of the album as a coherent statement-- the same way we can worry about what happens if people rarely sit down for deep, focused engagement with something like a book. But you can't really deny that this ongoing-stream version of following music is a good match for how people experience life and consume information. It's actually the same vantage on pop music that's always been held-- by radio listeners, party regulars, mixtape shoppers, pop-chart followers, folks everywhere. Packets and bursts and narratives.
business  celebrity  hiphop  music  pop  attention  story  radio  life  information  books  presence 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Parsing Online Data to Find You a Date | Sam Yagan | Big Think
So it is a little bit of a marketing game, but it’s also a numbers game. So you should be reaching out to more people. Don’t be afraid about sending a message to somebody, even if you think you might be, you know, out of your league or not necessarily the best match for you. You have to go out there and you have to put those messages out there. You have to try. Don’t just cut and paste the same messages you sent to the last girl. Customize it. Think about "How do I actually get this specific person, guy or girl to write me back?"
dating  relationships  data  information  attention  presence  writing  identity  technology  love  research 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Combatting the invisible problem – Richmond Confidential
“Violent crime is totally unpredictable,” he said. The key to the new initiative is in getting a handle on the city’s known criminals. ”If you look at all the studies that have been done, there is no time of day, there is no day of the week, there is no pattern. The only pattern is the person,” he said.

“Parolees, probationers, gang members, and drug users have a higher likelihood of being victims or suspects of violent crime. So if you target them, you can indirectly impact your violence problem,” he said.
crime  police  richmond  data  information  community  westcontracosta 
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
Bartz On Blogging: “An Extremely Hard Engineering Feat”
Instead of a technology stack, she talks about a “content stack,” with original Yahoo editorial on top, followed by licensed news and articles from other sources, “pro blogging,” and then crowdsourced news and information at the bottom (presumably, that will come from her Associated Content acquisition).
yahoo  blogging  news  journalism  information  media  business 
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
Technology Review: Blogs: arXiv blog: New Class of Malware Will Steal Behavioral Patterns
If malware steals your credit card details or online banking passwords, you can easily change them and this limits the damage.

But if a malicious attacker steals your behavioral patterns, there's almost nothing you can do. You can't change your network of friends or family, for example.

What's more, once this information is released, it is more or less impossible to contain--how would you ensure that every copy had been deleted?
identity  information  crime  online  technology  behavior  software 
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
Scott Adams Blog: Phone 09/03/2010
My suggestion, which I offer simply to prime the pump, is to call the phone your "head." This term recognizes that you are essentially a cyborg with a detachable brain. You offload a lot of your memory into your device, and it helps you communicate and gather information, just like the other parts of your general skull area.
humor  mobile  iphone  nokia  attention  information  data  humans 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Infographic of the Day: Why Do People Move To and From New York? | Co.Design
How it works: People’s moves are plotted according to zip codes. A brown marker with a red ring represents a zip code where more people moved out than in; brown with blue means more people moved out; and plain brown means that moves in and out were about equal. A bigger marker indicates more moves.

From there, you can click a marker to see precisely who moved where.
mapping  demography  nyc  location  newyork  information  data 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
On the Web's Cutting Edge, Anonymity in Name Only - WSJ.com
Calculating "bits" gets complex, as some facts about a person are more valuable—and thus have more "bits"—than others. ZIP codes and birthdates, for instance, are extremely valuable when zeroing in on individuals.

Bottom line: Mr. Eckersley determined Mr. Burney's location (the small town of Avon, Colo.) and his Nielsen demographic segment ("God's Country") together offered about 26.5 bits of information that could be used to identify Mr. Burney individually.

That's enough to narrow him down to one of just 64 or so people world-wide.
anonymity  privacy  online  marketing  identity  data  information 
august 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Learning the web: Lisa Williams’ guide for journos, Part 1 | Knight Digital Media Center
“Too many people who start new ventures that are entirely web-based are far too willing to say, ‘Oh, I’ll just hire someone to handle the technology.’ If dry cleaning was your business, you’d be very interested in how dry cleaning works! When you hire a web developer, you should be literate enough to understand what you need, what you’re buying, and assess the quality of what you’ve paid for. These are basic business skills; you will fail without them.”
education  journalism  kdmc  technology  media  newspapers  data  information  web  diy  howto 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
MediaShift . Why Journalists Should Learn Computer Programming | PBS
I'm still just a beginner, but I feel that this perspective provides you with an acute awareness of data. You start looking for data structures, for ways to manipulate data (in a good sense) to make them work for your community.

When covering a story, you'll think in terms of data and interactivity from the very start and see how they can become part of the narrative. You'll see data everywhere -- from the kind that floats in the air thanks to augmented reality, to the more mundane version contained in endless streams of status updates. Rather than being intimidated by the enormous amount of data, you'll see opportunities -- new ways to bring news and information to the community.

You probably won't have time to actually do a lot of the programming and data structuring yourself. But now you're equipped to have a valuable and impactful conversation with your geek colleagues. A conversation that gets better results than ever before.
computing  data  diy  html  journalism  media  science  information  newspapers  radio  television 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Aggregators, curators, and indexers: There’s a difference, and it matters » Nieman Journalism Lab
For me, the lesson is simple. Anytime you hear someone talk about Google News, The Huffington Post, Gawker, blogging, aggregating, curation, and indexing as if they are the same phenomenon, ignore them. And if they attach that discussion to a set of policy recommendations, without acknowledging the full complexity of what it is people actually do when they aggregate, curate, and index information — well, then you should put your fingers in your ears and run in the other direction.
attention  reputation  technology  media  journalism  information  news  google  blogging 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Magazine Preview - The Data-Driven Life - NYTimes.com
At the center of this personal laboratory is the mobile phone. During the years that personal-data systems were making their rapid technical progress, many people started entering small reports about their lives into a phone. Sharing became the term for the quick post to a social network: a status update to Facebook, a reading list on Goodreads, a location on Dopplr, Web tags to Delicious, songs to Last.fm, your breakfast menu on Twitter. “People got used to sharing,” says David Lammers-Meis, who leads the design work on the fitness-tracking products at Garmin. “The more they want to share, the more they want to have something to share.” Personal data are ideally suited to a social life of sharing. You might not always have something to say, but you always have a number to report.
data  psychology  culture  health  nytimes  sociology  business  productivity  mobile  information 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Government data: People love it, say Pew, Texas Tribune | Knight Digital Media Center
“This is perhaps the best argument I can think of for more use of (and access to) more data. Data is journalism; journalism is data. It’s truly a brave new world.”
data  journalism  newspapers  media  information  government  politics 
april 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Inquisitr: The hashtag jungle of real time search
Rather than having to deal with old news and the built up reaction to past events companies now have a chance to see these negative events, or even positive ones, as they are happening. By being able to deal with consumer reactions as they develop in real time companies are able in the short run to save money that they would have otherwise had to spend on things like lawyers, public relations, and crisis management.

In the long run it puts a human face to the companies who step in early due to their monitoring of social media and in turn presents the company to consumers as one who cares and is worth spending our money on.

This kind of use of real time search might only return savings or make millions for those involved which might not be as sexy as making billions but sometimes reputation is more important than short term dollars in the bank.
search  google  twitter  facebook  media  reputation  attention  information  data  business 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
It’s Not You, it’s Me: Detecting Flirting and its Misperception in Speed-Dates
"Our flirtation-detection system uses prosodic, dialogue, and lexical features to detect a speaker’s intent to flirt with up to 71.5% accuracy, significantly outperforming the baseline, but also outperforming the human interlocuters. [...] Our analysis shows that humans are very poor perceivers of intended flirtatiousness, instead often projecting their own intended behavior onto their interlocutors."
love  language  relationships  men  women  sex  pdf  attention  dating  science  thinking  data  information  filetype:pdf  media:document 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Not every cloud has a silver lining: Cory Doctorow | Technology | The Guardian
It's easy to think of some extremely specialised collaborative environments that benefit from cloud computing– we used a Google spreadsheet to plan our wedding list and a Google calendar to coordinate with my parents in Canada – but if you were designing these applications to provide maximum utility for their users (instead of maximum business-model for their developers), they'd just be a place where encrypted bits of state information was held for periodic access by powerful PCs that did the bulk of their calculations locally.

That's how I use Amazon's S3 cloud storage: not as an unreliable and slow hard drive, but as a store for encrypted backups of my critical files, which are written to S3 using the JungleDisk tool. This is cheaper and better than anything I could do for myself by way of offsite secure backup, but I'm not going to be working off S3 any time soon.
amazon  computers  internet  work  data  information  backup  technology  online 
september 2009 by allaboutgeorge
SwebApps, Mobile Roadie Try to Democratize iPhone Apps - TIME
"In a few years, mobile apps will be to businesses what sites are today," says Chocano. "They'll serve as a product catalog, a shopping tool, a social-media resource, a way to gather client information, a media gallery — all on the go, at your customer's fingertips."
mobile  marketing  shopping  business  cities  social  information  media  iphone  google  apple 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Advertising - Predicting a Shift in Communications Spending - NYTimes.com
An interesting shift occurred in 2008, the report said. For the first time, consumers spent more time with media they paid for, like books or cable television, than with primarily ad-supported media, like newspapers and magazines.

“It’s not that people aren’t willing to pay for content, because they are paying for video games, fantasy sports information, music downloads,” Mr. Rutherfurd said. “There’s just some content they’re not willing to pay for.”
marketing  video  sports  music  media  journalism  newspapers  social  business  film  cable  television  radio  mobile  information  magazines  books 
august 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Twitter URL Service Bit.ly Says No to Ads, Yes to Data-Mining News | Epicenter | Wired.com
“If I send out a tweet about dogs versus a tweet about cats, what is my average click rate normalized by the number of followers I have today? Did dogs perform better than cats? Did dogs perform 20 percent better than cats, and if so, if I share a URL about dogs again, has it performed two standard deviations beyond what I would normally expect for sharing a dog-related URL at noon on a Thursday?”
data  information  twitter  marketing  attention  pets 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Coolness Index « Music Machinery
It may be too hard to tell whether an artist is cool, but we have all sorts of ways to tell that an artist is definitely not cool. For instance, if lots of listeners really don’t want people to know that they are listening to a particular artist, then that artist is probably not too cool. Luckily, there’s an interesting source for just this kind of data. Recently, the researchers at Last.fm published a list of the ‘most unwanted scrobbles‘. This is a list of tracks that were most frequently deleted by the Last.fm community from their scrobbles in the last month. These are the tracks that Last.fm listeners didn’t want people to know that the listened to. Here’s the first page of the most unwanted scrobbles:
music  information  data  aesthetics  identity  technology  pop  rock  gender  race 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Wired: Know Thyself: Tracking Every Facet of Life, from Sleep to Mood to Pain, 24/7/365
The basic idea of a macroscope is to link myriad bits of natural data into a larger, readable pattern. This means computers on one side and distributed data-gathering on the other. If you want to see the climate, you gather your data with hyperlocal weather stations maintained by amateurs. If you want to see traffic, you collect info from automatic sensors placed on roadways and cars. If you want new insights into yourself, you harness the power of countless observations of small incidents of change—incidents that used to vanish without a trace. And if you want to test an idea about human nature in general, you aggregate those sets of individual observations into a population study.

The macroscope will be to our era of science what the telescope and the microscope were to earlier ones. Its power will be felt even more from the new questions it provokes than from the answers it delivers. [...]
technology  data  information  identity  science  social  culture 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Salon.com Books | How to go viral
The editor of the Washington Post never knew before which individual stories in the paper were generating interest. He just knew the whole thing sold X number of copies. But with the Internet you have all this granular information about where your readers are coming from and which stories they pick. You can't help but use that information in how you decide to present yourself or how you decide what to write or what to create in the future. And that to me is the way that this kind of marketing mind-set unavoidably creeps into Internet culture.
newspapers  journalism  web  online  marketing  information  future  internet  culture  business 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Pop Matters: Liz Colville's "Surfing Alone: Is Digital Technology Destroying Relationships?"
In our idle entertainment and in our job searches, romantic searches, research, reading and scanning, we will continue to wander in solitude around the Web. Our job is to continually ask ourselves what we are doing, to borrow Twitter’s slogan, which seems at turns a taunt, a greeting, and an admonishment from God. Twitter is an anomaly in that it lets us mark our footprints for each other to walk in, even though those footprints fade quickly as a new tide of information washes over it. On Twitter, we are each other’s sherpas, guiding one another through the treacherous onslaught of information of varying usefulness. But it should be only one of many conduits to a “long, slow dinner,” not a substitute. Technology is seemingly limitless at this stage of human evolution. It’s up to us to put limits on it, and direct it to the best possible advantage for all.
online  relationships  communication  news  media  technology  behavior  twitter  social  books  information 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Programmable Web: The Twitpocalypse is Near: Will Your Twitter Client Survive?
Every tweet in Twitter’s system is uniquely identified by an integer value. For example, the system’s very first public tweet, “just setting up my twttr,” by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, is tweet number 20 (presumably tweets 0 through 19 were used for testing). The maximum signed 32-bit integer value for most database applications is 2,147,483,648. This is a huge value, but the accelerating popularity of Twitter means has the amount of tweets is rapidly approaching this limit. If third party application developers haven’t designed their Twitter clients to store tweet IDs using something like the less restrictive unsigned 64-bit integer data structure, users might start seeing strange errors, such as tweets listed in the wrong order - or worse, applications not working at all.
twitter  data  information  social  software  technology 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
ReadWriteWeb: NYC Waterfalls: How Real-Time Cellphone Data Can Impact Local Economies
Overall the analysis of digital footprints showed the impact of the waterfalls, and how they drove people to new parts of the city over time. MIT says that this type of information can feed tourism studies and help a city to understand the behavior of people (tourists) who can have a large impact on the local economy. This type of data would also be useful for urban planning, of future events and attractions.
technology  research  economics  travel  flickr  mobile  nyc  location  data  information  art 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
MediaShift Idea Lab . The A Word: Information and Activism | PBS
One of the central shifts implicit in user-generated information is that in many cases the user will be closer to the subject than a reporter may have been. Journalists, like ethnographers or consultants, are separated from their subjects by factors like structures of reward (salary) and professional codes (organized skepticism, systematic disinterestedness). These factors are sometimes driven by ethical positions and sometimes are byproducts of revenue structures, but have been seen as important to the neutrality and objectivity that characterize recent ideas of journalism.

Citizen-created content falls in a different space; as I have said elsewhere, it starts to look like activism. [...]
mobile  activism  journalism  communication  public  social  information  media 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
New Twitter Research: Men Follow Men and Nobody Tweets - Conversation Starter - HarvardBusiness.org
At the same time there is a small contingent of users who are very active. Specifically, the top 10% of prolific Twitter users accounted for over 90% of tweets. On a typical online social network, the top 10% of users account for 30% of all production. To put Twitter in perspective, consider an unlikely analogue - Wikipedia. There, the top 15% of the most prolific editors account for 90% of Wikipedia's edits ii. In other words, the pattern of contributions on Twitter is more concentrated among the few top users than is the case on Wikipedia, even though Wikipedia is clearly not a communications tool. This implies that Twitter's resembles more of a one-way, one-to-many publishing service more than a two-way, peer-to-peer communication network.
twitter  men  women  yasns  online  wikipedia  communication  data  information 
june 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Health Data Proves Contagious On Social Media - WSJ.com
Public interest in swine flu also spurred the CDC to start its first Facebook page May 1. By May 21, it had nearly 6,500 fans, adding to an increasing number of health-care organizations already on Facebook including the American Red Cross, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Mayo Clinic.

Yet not everyone is jumping on the bandwagon. Of more than 5,000 hospitals in the nation, only 128 have YouTube channels, 87 have Facebook pages, 140 have Twitter accounts and 23 have blogs.
health  social  socialnetworking  twitter  facebook  youtube  video  web  online  medicine  data  information  government 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Editor & Publisher: MediaNews Group's Interactive Strategy: 'Multi-Prong Approach'
MediaNews plans to borrow the pricing strategy currently used by the cable industry by offering varied subscription packages. Explained Lodovic: "Say you are a Sunday-only subscriber, you can add on an electronic version and online components for a few bucks a year. If you don't want to be a print subscriber, we will still give you breaking news and abbreviated stories. We don't want to lose the traffic we have. We might look at micropayments or a registration model. If you pay one dollar a month you can avoid the micropayments. It's going to be a combination of all the above."

"The audience is still growing ... but we are not really reaching a younger demographic. And we can't go after a younger audience by simply putting the same content online [as in print]. That is not a business model. The newspaper brand is not going to attract a younger audience. We still want to leverage the value by creating a separate brand."
medianews  wtf  news  newspapers  media  journalism  demography  aging  business  information  cable  marketing 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
What Would Micropayments Mean for Journalists? « The Digitalists
In fact, in this hour of crisis, newspapers should be moving in the exact opposite direction to generate revenue — focusing not on specific articles, but rather on delivering valuable experiences to their readers, whether that takes the form of articles, databases, multimedia, user-generated content, or whatever else will serve the audience’s needs. It is the entirety of that experience that will deliver goodwill and revenue opportunities down the road.
newspaper  economics  online  journalism  media  business  data  information  reading  social  money 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Research: Actually, Readers Would Pay For Online News | paidContent:UK
What most such assessments miss is the obvious distinction between mass-market readers and specialist, business readers, who are far more likely to subscribe to content. PwC’s online study, which surveyed 700 people in seven countries, saw the difference and concluded: “While the vast majority of consumers indicate that they are primarily interested in general news, a growing segment is increasingly demanding specialised, targeted and relevant information.”

Specifically, respondents said they would pay the equivalent of between €16 and €32 a month for news on paper, and between €6 and €12 for news online or on mobile. In fact, those aged under 50 are more likely to pay than elder people.
journalism  media  newspapers  uk  research  business  corporations  information  mobile 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Ping - Should Design Be Held Back by a Tyranny of Data? - NYTimes.com
“Using data is fundamental to what we do,” Mr. Bowman said. “But we take all that with a grain of salt. Anytime you make design changes, the most vocal people are the ones who dislike what you’ve done. We don’t just throw the numbers in a spreadsheet.”
data  information  web  design  google  twitter  internet  aesthetics 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Execs reveal why newspapers don't block Google | Digital Media - CNET News
"There was a fair amount of pushing from people at the (Washington Post) news group who said: 'We should make Google pay us for our content,' Brady said. "I told them 'They're never going to do it. They wouldn't give us a dime.' (They responded) 'Well then, we should block it.' I said 'Fine, we can go ahead and do that and that's suicidal.'

"Google built a better mousetrap than the newspapers were able to build," Brady continued. "That's part of the reason they're making the money they're making. At some point I don't know what you can do about that other than to try and work it to your advantage."
google  seo  information  newspapers  journalism  media  online  web  data  marketing 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The future of the book turns a page | csmonitor.com
These are but a few of the possibilities of “books” in the digital era, says Virginia Kuhn, Associate Director of the Institute for Multimedia Literacy at University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles.

A professor who uses film as a classroom textbook and embedded video in her doctoral thesis, Ms. Kuhn is working with a new digital authoring tool dubbed Sophie (sophieproject.org).

The open source software was developed at the Institute for the Future of the Book, but the 2.0 version is under construction at USC with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

In a Sophie-created “book,” says Kuhn, think of the pages as being “thick,” or full of information sources. These might include video clips, music, narration, or a wide range of textual sources. The tools allow readers to go as far into the potentially unlimited additional material as they want to go.
books  publishing  media  education  academia  research  information  data 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Knight Digital Media Center: News Leadership 3.0: Seeing the Newspaper from Outside the Newsroom
“I don’t think it’s possible to really get it inside the newsroom. It’s not possible to see an alternative until you get on the outside, because then you’re not intensely aware of every nuance of the story. (In the newsroom,) you think you’ve got the scoop.”
journalism  media  newspapers  washingtonstate  information  web  online 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
AP: Study: Technology can overwhelm even 20-somethings
Another one-fifth of the mobile-attached users feel quite differently. These people, according to Pew, are the "Digital Collaborators." They not only are comfortable with technology, but they also are enthusiastic. They also tend to be male, but in their late 30s.

Horrigan said Digital Collaborators more likely have elevated into jobs that require collaboration across distance.

"The live a professional lifestyle that draws them to digital resources," he said. "They are lunging ahead with less fear and hesitation."
aging  technology  blogging  mobile  work  career  information  data 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Information Wants To Be Stolen - Achenblog
Worrying about what Google's spiders perceive one to be is a sign of the psychic deterioration of the modern journalist.
data  information  journalism  media  identity  online  yasns  google  reputation 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Digitizing life's clutter - Los Angeles Times
The average U.S. consumer owns 792 digital songs, 672 digital photos and 666 digital videos, according to a 2008 study by the Consumer Electronics Assn. In the next five years, this is expected to at least triple.
data  information  photography  music  video  marketing  usa 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Google Puts Ads on Its News Site, Reviving Debate - NYTimes.com
"The Internet world is a very competitive world,” said William Dean Singleton, the chief executive of MediaNews Group, which owns 54 daily newspapers including The San Jose Mercury News and The Denver Post. “We don’t have to let them take our content. We let them do so because it drives traffic.”
web  online  newspapers  media  journalism  google  news  marketing  information  data 
march 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The Atlantic Online | January 2009 Unbound | When No News Is Bad News | James Warren
“People do awful things to each other. But it’s worse in places where everybody is kept in the dark. Information is light. Information, in itself, about anything, is light.”
journalism  newspapers  writing  business  news  future  innovation  information  playwriting 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Doc Searls: "What if the roles we play are not to pass along substances called 'data or 'information' but rather to feed hungry minds?" - paradox1x
When we criticize 'the media' we are criticizing ourselves. Media is intermingled. It's everywhere and each of us take part from the smallest of web forums to the largest of social networks. That implies a civic responsibility.

People hate that word - responsibility - but there it is. And when it comes to media - the responsibilities that spring from it are now shared by us all.
media  ethics  journalism  information  social 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The weird science of stock photography. - By Seth Stevenson - Slate Magazine
While it's fun to ponder which future trends Getty's seers are banking on, it can also be illuminating to learn which sorts of images have been most attractive to their clients in the recent past. Getty's Web site gets more than 3 million unique users each month, all scouring it for purchasable content. Getty gave me lists of the most popular search terms on their database for 2006, 2007, and the first half of 2008. Only three entries showed up in the top 10 on all three lists: business, people, and woman. (Woman climbed from eighth to fifth to first, which Waggoner attributes to the increasing global presence of women in the workplace and thus the increasing global demand for photos and video depicting women in the workplace.)
data  futurism  sociology  design  photography  culture  journalism  media  marketing  information  business  women  work  jobs 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Bush Data Threatens to Overload Archives - NYTimes.com
“I’m told researchers like to come and dig through my files, to see if anything interesting turns up,” Mr. Cheney said. “I want to wish them luck, but the files are pretty thin. I learned early on that if you don’t want your memos to get you in trouble some day, just don’t write any.”
cheney  data  information  politics  republicans  gop  wtf  research  history  government 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Ars Technica: Mapping the blogosphere with spinning brain of colored dots
[...] In examining the salience of the range of issues relevant to farm legislation, for instance, Kearns discovered that "school lunches" were a popular topic of searches, but not a terribly hot topic among bookmarkers. Articles about cap-and-trade markets for carbon emissions were frequently saved by wonks, but generated relatively little community discussion.

Someone seeking to generate interest in the Farm Bill, then, would need to focus on a different aspect of the legislation depending on the specific form by which the message was meant to spread. A good candidate for a keyword-targeted search ad might be a poor topic for a viral video. [...]
social  information  data  marketing  video  farming  environment  blogging 
december 2008 by allaboutgeorge
RT: Features : Swarming – the new face of subversion and terrorism
However, the latest advances in communications and information technology has made swarming one of the most attractive combat doctrines of the near future. To use swarming tactics successfully, combat units, like locusts and bees, need a high degree of mutual alertness and a kind of ‘critical mass’ to ensure spontaneous decision-making and instantaneous synchronization of efforts. It is, basically, networking, but of a kind where no time is lost on the forming of the necessary network and on causing it to act.
physics  aesthetics  information  communications  fauna  war  terrorism 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
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