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Why is more than half of Congress still not on Twitter? - By Christopher Beam - Slate Magazine
Sure, linking to press releases isn't a terrible thing. But people don't sign up for Twitter to get updates on their representative's obscure pet project. That's what Web sites are for. Twitter is about glimpsing how a person thinks.
twitter  social  politics  congress  yasns  attention  washington 
december 2009 by allaboutgeorge
New Twitter Research: Men Follow Men and Nobody Tweets - Conversation Starter -
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
Multnomah County puts social media position on hold after backlash from employees -
"The bedrock of communication has shifted dramatically in the last three years," Matthews said. "Maybe I am too busy to go to a county meeting, but I want information. It's a way of responding to consumer demand."
politics  government  social  yasns  public  media  work  oregon  portland 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
GigaOm: Twitter’s Tipping Point
Take my Thomas Pink salesperson. After some basic questions about Twitter, he leaped to the money question: How he could boost his sales at the store via Twitter? Now Twitter as a channel for e-commerce is something I don’t actively think about, but his question did make me think: A salesperson could create a list of followers to whom he or she can broadcast messages such as “your favorite striped shirts are available at 30 percent off” — or something like that.
twitter  media  business  marketing  economics  yasns  social  sanfrancisco 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
As It Inflects, Twitter Must Add Value to New Users, Faster - John Battelle's Searchblog
There are already a lot of third party services that help users find folks worth following, but new users are never going to find them in their initial interaction with Twitter. incorporating this kind of a service into a newbie's initial experience - even if it's very, very simple - could pay huge benefits in turning around that 60% abandonment number, and soon.

In short, you never get a second chance to make a first impression, and right now, Twitter's initial impression does not add enough value. But with a few tweaks, it most certainly could.
twitter  social  media  yasns  web  online  attention  reputation 
may 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
Matchmakers, Matchmakers, Making a Mint -
"By your late 20s, many people are not willing to stand around in a bar all night . . . and they've met everybody they would've met through their office mates. So they're turning to new ways to do this same old thing, which is: find love."
love  relationships  marriage  men  women  technology  work  jobs  sex  money  social  yasns 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Narcissists Can Be Identified By Their Facebook Accounts - Psychologists | Scientific Blogging
"Observers used three characteristics – quantity of social interaction, attractiveness of the individual and the degree of self promotion in the main photo – to form an impression of the individual's personality."
psychology  facebook  social  yasns  blogging  education  identity  photography  beauty  health 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
no more whuffie please | Michelle's Blog
"I don’t have health insurance right now. I haven’t been on a vacation in over a year. I’m worried about paying my bills. Man, whuffie sucks."
marketing  social  jobs  work  austin  texas  yasns  identity  attention 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge / Comment & analysis / Comment - In an online world, the party is over
"[...] Politicians must have audiences: democratic practice demands it. As those audiences mobilised by parties age and dwindle, new ones appear on the internet. The termites of indifference and contempt, corruption and manipulation, special interests and private cynicism, eat away at parties: the able and ambitious can scarcely be expected to decay with them. [...]"
politics  parties  organization  labor  unions  facebook  yasns  social  campaigns  elections  activism  uk 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
MediaNews Group’s Social Media Services Take Shape With TauMed: George Dearing’s Blog On New Media, Marketing And Technology
"[T]he big media companies are realizing that their newspapers alone just ain’t gonna pay the bills. In today’s media landscape, MediaNews can’t be satisfied with simply reaching your doorstep with yesterday’s news printed on dead trees."
blogging  medianews  journalism  media  newspapers  health  social  yasns  web  online 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge Conservatives playing catch-up to liberals on Web utilization
"Young Republicans and young Democrats are basically doing the same stuff. There's just a lot more (young) Democrats."
democrats  online  republicans  youth  austin  texas  activism  campaigns  elections  blogging  yasns  social  socialnetworking 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Facebooker Who Friended Obama -
"You can have the best technology in the world, but if you don’t have a community who wants to use it and who are excited about it, then it has no purpose."
facebook  social  socialnetworking  yasns  community  technology  politics  elections  campaigns  2008  obama  mccain 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
TechCrunch: Delicious 2.0: We’ve Been Waiting 9 Months
"Delicious is still my social bookmarking service of choice, but Delicious 2.0 is a serious black eye for Yahoo and the Delicious team. It’s time for them to update us on when we can expect a general release of the next version."
delicious  yasns  data  information  social  minimalism  blogging 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Interviews: Scott Esposito Interviews Matthew Sharpe, author of Jamestown
"I’ve tried to communicate with non-human animals, with trees, with rocks and machines, and sometimes I think they’ve tried to communicate with me. The results have been even more uncertain than communications with humans."
writing  fiction  creativity  history  novels  e-mail  internet  blogging  social  yasns  genocide 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Jeffrey Zeldman Presents : The vanishing personal site
"But outsourcing the publication of our own content has long-term implications that point to more traffic for the web services we rely on, and less traffic and fewer readers for ourselves." Oh, shit, he's right.
blog  blogs  business  community  design  identity  rss  media  social  toread  twitter  web  yasns 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
penmachine: Life, death, and the blog (spoken word)
"[W]hen the planned speaker dropped out at the last minute a couple of weeks ago, I filled in, talking about how I've mixed my online and offline lives since developing colon cancer last year."
death  blogging  twitter  yasns  social  socialnetworking  health  canada  music  technology 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Finding Political News Online, the Young Pass It On - New York Times
“We’re talking about a generation that doesn’t just like seeing the video in addition to the story — they expect it. And they’ll find it elsewhere if you don’t give it to them, and then that’s the link that’s going to be passed around [...
journalism  media  social  socialnetworking  yasns  politics  newspapers  internet  blogging 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Q&A with Clay Shirky, author of
"[W]hen the social density is high enough — which is to say, when everybody you know is online — suddenly the internet becomes a way of coordinating real life rather than replacing it."
social  socialnetworking  bloging  wikipedia  attention  reputation  presence  internet  nonfiction  research  yasns  flickr  email 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
My Infocalypse » Critical Mass of Redundancy in Social Media
He's right, and I shouldn't take any pleasure in anything he says about the one advantage Newspapers Etc. have: knowing _how_ to publish.
newspapers  media  blogging  online  social  socialnetworking  yasns 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Journalism Iconoclast », the forgotten social network
"Basically, if you enjoy Romenesko, I believe you’ll find to be a far superior experience." I CAN HAS BOTH?
delicious  yahoo  yasns  social  journalism  newspapers  news  media 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Ben Brown, Internet Rockstar: if all your friends jumped off of a bridge...
"If we’re going to be spending a significant slice of our days, every day, using this software, we should be choosing software because we enjoy it and because it adds real value to our lives."
facebook  business  blogging  software  yasns  social  socialnetworking 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Eric Lee: Bandwagons and Buzzwords: Facebook and the Unions
"[T]he best way for unions to campaign online is not to jump on the latest bandwagon, but to spend the time, effort and money to create powerful online campaigning systems ourselves."
unions  work  jobs  online  facebook  yasns  social  socialnetworking 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
MyDD :: Unions using Facebook
"I'd love to see a some kind of widget which allows coworkers to gripe about work online, perhaps with some anonymization to prevent recriminations at work."
unions  work  jobs  corporations  business  social  yasns  facebook  anonymity  socialnetworking 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Email And Cellphone Contacts Are The Real Social Graph - Publishing 2.0
"Sending someone an email, in contrast, actually requires having something to say. It requires introducing yourself. It requires actually COMMUNICATING substantively, rather than just empty gestures like adding, poking or sending virtual beer."
communication  email  social  yasns  media 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
What are we doing when we Twitter? - -
"But posting it to Twitter gives it a kind of life, and exposes it to a whole range of people who might not otherwise have seen it."
communication  social  yasns  media  public 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
History of Single Life: Infidelity -
"Social capital depends on belonging to a church, which in turn depends on acting like a mensch." Got religion?
religion  sociology  social  public  yasns  behavior  relationships  marriage  love  friendship 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Fakebook Generation - New York Times
"[T]he site is popular largely because it enables us to indulge our gazes anonymously. [...] If our ability to privately search is ever jeopardized, Facebook will turn into a ghost town."
yasns  social  sociology  public 
october 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Metroblogging Minneapolis: @MinneapolisMN - The City Twitter
"I emailed Corey wondering about the evolution of the idea and his intentions for it. Our exchange is below and my thoughts on it follow." Erica Mauter's excellent explanation of how not to Twitter means I need to check myself on
media  minnesota  yasns  attention  identity  social  journalism  presence  marketing  cities  corporations 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
From Cool to Passé: Identity Signaling and Product Domains - Knowledge@Wharton
"Conformity is one of the most basic principles underlying social behavior, yet while individuals want to be both similar and different, little research explains where conformity versus divergence will occur."
behavior  identity  marketing  psychology  social  creativity  yasns 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Is This Man Cheating on His Wife? -
"Our brains are not specialized for 21st-century media. There's no switch that says, 'Process this differently because it's on a screen.' "
marriage  online  relationships  identity  games  aesthetics  love  dating  polyamory  yasns  psychology  attention  presence  reputation 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Not Being There - New York Times
"Leadership is intellectually delegitimizing, and yet leaders require intellectual legitimacy. This is an old conundrum. It has often been beyond the powers of a single identity to solve."
identity  yasns  social  leadership  online  www  blogging  blogs  blog  fiction  internet  politics  reputation 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Longest Day -
"I actually had to go out and get a newspaper, which I don't normally do. It wasn't that bad, but I almost felt like I wasn't getting all the news [...]"
technology  society  media  education  college  newspapers  journalism  yasns 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
‘Your sources are not your friends’ — CBC’s new Facebook policy :
"The CBC is directing its journalists to avoid adding sources or contacts as 'Facebook friends,' and to not post their political leanings on their profile."
yasns  journalism  media  online  social  politics 
august 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Networks Try 'Twittering' To Spread Their Message -
"The idea that someone from the show is coming to sit down and talk with everyone [viewers], it all of a sudden makes it feel more special."
mobile  marketing  television  story  social  yasns 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Kids say e-mail is, like, soooo dead | CNET
"It's a problem for teens--you're like losing out on some of your friends if you choose just one. To have all your buddy lists in one place, that's where this is going."
youth  yasns  social  news  internet  email  education  culture  blog  teenagers  communication  online  children 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
‘omg my mom joined facebook!!’ - New York Times
"The same thing you’re experiencing with your daughter online is a reflection of how you’re not a part of her social network in real life." "I thought you weren’t going to comment on my family dynamics."
yasns  families  parenting  identity  technology  social  online 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Chain Reactions - Our Lives as Atoms - Times Select - New York Times Blog
"[T]he fragility of social outcome, its potential sensitivity to the actions of just one person, brings home the profound importance of individual responsibility. Everyone’s actions count."
behavior  psychology  ethics  power  identity  thinking  blogging  religion  relationships  society  yasns 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Web Site Is Held Liable for Some User Postings - New York Times
“The law has been almost uniform that a Web site isn’t liable for what its users say. The problem here is that the Web site offered up choices for users to structure their remarks. That creates a hole plaintiffs can exploit.”
design  information  identity  online  www  yasns  social  housing  realestate  law 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Mexico City's Indie Rock, Now Playing to the World
“There’s always what we call the Mexico City lag. In the U.S. there was the college rock boom — Pavement, Sebadoh, even Nirvana — and now in Mexico City we have our own version of that. This is our own ’90s indie boom, just a decade or so late.
rock  mexico  pop  identity  language  english  spanish  yasns  myspace  mp3  1990s 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Washington City Paper: Dept of Media: Horn of Plenty
"Just think of the acronym that has long inspired reporters at the Los Angeles Times: GOYA/KOD—'Get Off Your Ass/Knock On Doors.' In light of the Post's reportorial romp of last week, a new acronym is in order: SD/HSC—'Sit Down, Have Some Coffee.' "
newspapers  online  politics  virginia  education  media  weblogs  yasns  social 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Love in the Digital Age - The Graduates - Times Select - New York Times Blog
"Men (and women!) of my generation are undergoing an unprecedented emotional crisis that has little to do with gender roles. We are trapped in the Age of the Emoticon :("
love  cinema  identity  aesthetics  art  communication  social  yasns  story  creativity 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
A Call for Manners in the World of Nasty Blogs - New York Times
“Any community that does not make it clear what they are doing, why they are doing it, and who is welcome to join the conversation is at risk of finding it difficult to help guide the conversation later."
weblogs  public  social  yasns  civilliberties  behavior  psychology  online  assault 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Host not found | By genre | Guardian Unlimited Books
"Preservation of the global public sphere, individual civil liberties at home and the safety of dissidents in totalitarian regimes are now inextricably linked. It's not an easy knot to untangle, but we must try."
public  social  activism  information  internet  justice  yasns  www  yahoo  google  security  encryption  power  prisons  protest 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Social Networking’s Next Phase - New York Times
“Humans are migratory beasts, and we do not want to re-enter our data every time we join a new site. Users own their data and should be able to move it around freely.”
social  yasns  information  blogging  socialnetworking  marketing 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
MySpace: The Business of Spam 2.0 (Exhaustive Edition) - Valleywag
"A social paradigm has shifted with the tipping of MySpace. It's incredible to consider, but Spam--as negative a connotation as it has--has morphed to enable and fuel the massive development of an incredible Super Public."
spam  social  public  weblogs  internet  email  yasns 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
The reason I canceled my Friendster account
social  yasns 
september 2004 by allaboutgeorge

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