Dazed: The cult of buying fake followers exposed by Instagram cull.
“There were incredible scenes at the top of the ‘percentage lost’ table, where a user called @chiragchirag78 lost 99.998% of his followers, falling from a gargantuan 3,660,448 followers to a measly eight.” Said it before, I’ll say it again. Be careful who you mortgage your opinions to.
GigaOm: Flickr kills sale of Creative Commons prints, issues refunds.
“Even though the Flickr Wall Art service only offered images for which the owner had granted a Creative Commons license for commercial use, some complained that they believed the terms of the license only extended to online use — and not to physical prints as well. Some withdrew their works from Flickr altogether.” It should have been opt-in. Really dumb. Previously discussed.
TechDirt: Tennessee Town Passes Policy Banning Negative Comments About The Town’s Government.
Well. Does TechDirt moderate comments? I can’t tell from their site. I’m not defending the town, mind you. But another article on TechDirt quotes this opinion in positive manner: “I do delete comments from time to time. If I notice them and they are ‘excessively violent’ or ‘harassing’ or ‘otherwise objectionable,’ I delete them. Why? First, its my blog, so my fucking rules. You have a right to express yourself, but not necessarily here.” My italics.
Everyone loves the First Amendment until it ends up bristling and ugly in their own comments section or social channels.
I come down on the side of, “If tax money is being used to support those sites, then any taxpaying citizen can comment.”
BBC: Instagram now bigger than Twitter.
No doubt, social media mavens will instruct you to say it with a photo rather than with a tweet now.
Macworld: Re/code kills comments - I have something to say.
“The idea of person-to-person interaction is now almost quaint. While there remain strong communities of users, they’re often not the primary source of information for most people. Rather, we turn to company sites and data repositories to learn what we need. As for social interaction, well, that’s why they call it social networking. We increasingly use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other services to hang out with our virtual friends.”
the interpreter: ISIS beheadings are a grotesque media strategy
“None of these actions are designed to dissuade Western military intervention in Iraq or Syria, or even to goad the West into becoming decisively committed on the ground, because ISIS understands this is unlikely to occur. Rather, it has a much more short-term aim: to get ISIS’s military and political setbacks out of the media cycle and replace them with bloody imagery that demonstrates ISIS is still a force.” It is very unsettling to see social media and personal branding strategies used for these purposes.
BBC: Trip Advisor couple ‘fined’ £100 by hotel for bad review.
“People should have the right to vent their disappointment if a hotel stay did not meet their expectations and should not be prevented from having their say.” Reviews are getting less and less useful for the consumer, as people become fearful of litigation.
Discover Mag: How Your Facebook Updates Reveal Your Personality.
Figured I’d see Seligman credited in the paper. I’ve mentioned his “Learned Optimism” book before.
The Dish: The SJWs Now Get To Police Speech On Twitter.
Shades of Bella Abzug. Language matters.
WriteRack - Tweet longer and prosper.
Here. Blather at will.
Monocle: Too much information.
“Today’s world is a far more connected and unforgiving place. Information spreads in a split second and it is never forgotten. Just Google the right words and memories of a mistake that you might have made perhaps 10, 15 or even 20 years ago can come flooding back.”
BadassDigest: Film Crit Hulk Smash - ON DESPAIR, GAMERGATE AND QUITTING THE HULK.
I picture Hulk sitting by the fireside, with half-glasses and a smoking jacket.
Self-absorbed Instagrammer defaces National Parks.
This makes me livid. Most know I spent over half a year working in Big Bend National Park in between years of college. We spent a great deal of our time trying to preserve things for future generations. I cannot even begin to express how impenetrably self-absorbed this young lady is.
I say put her on the Park Service’s lowest payscale job. She works as long as it takes to pay for the remediation of the damage she caused, plus a generous fine. Lives in park housing, eats park meals.
Normally, I’d say she needs to visit a psychologist, but I find hard work often smooths out such narcissism. Working in a park, she’ll learn to appreciate it ... make her work with the public, she’ll learn how obtuse the average park visitor can be. She will experience her behavior as in a mirror, and have to deal with the repercussions. Every. Single. Day.
She must be an example, a deterrent. Otherwise more will follow. More will follow anyway, but a proper balanced punishment will go far to prevent this behavior from spreading.
Photoshelter Webinar: Law School 101 – Demystifying Copyright & Social Media Terms of Service.
Of note. I may be tuning in to refresh my memory.
WaPo: The government wants to study ‘social pollution’ on Twitter.
“Hmm. A government-funded initiative is going to ‘assist in the preservation of open debate’ by monitoring social media for ‘subversive propaganda’ and combating what it considers to be ‘the diffusion of false and misleading ideas’? The concept seems to have come straight out of a George Orwell novel.”
Copyblogger: Why Copyblogger Is Killing Its Facebook Page.
“Facebook might not be the best place to invest brand time and energy.” In a world of increasing time pressures, one must rate social interaction by response, and reapportion efforts accordingly. Said it for ages.
Burce Clay: How To Use Social Meta Tags to Optimize Social Sharing.
The New Yorker: The Limits of Friendship.
“With social media, we can easily keep up with the lives and interests of far more than a hundred and fifty people. But without investing the face-to-face time, we lack deeper connections to them, and the time we invest in superficial relationships comes at the expense of more profound ones.” Hmmm. ‘Profound’? I’d say ‘expense of more psychologically beneficial ones’.
Photoshelter Blog: How this London Photographer Got 70,000 Followers on Twitter.
“I try to be intelligent in the way I build my following by targeting the people that I follow who will then follow me back.” But that’s the whole secret. Look at his follower/following ratio. Almost 1:1. Choosing people who follow back is not difficult. I could hire a kid to sit and lure followers eight hours a day for a week, and have a huge following - completely unrelated to the quality of my social posts or photography. No doubt there is an advantage to big follower numbers, but at what cost?
SF New Mexican: Joseph ‘Santa Fe Pulse’ passes away.
Really, really nice guy. I met him while he was working part time at Sam’s Club - he sold me my first Android phone a few years ago. He had a huge Facebook following here in Santa Fe, a truly one-man Santa Fe promotional operation. I don’t think his selfless effort will ever be equalled. RIP, man.
PodioBlog: Stop giving me productivity tips.
“For me productivity is all about getting started, and getting started is all about motivation. So I make sure that I actually want to do most of the things that I have to do, and they are relevant and interesting for me. I check regularly that I am happy with what I am doing (you don’t need any tools for that).”
TechHive: Twitter turns itself into a store with new buy button.
Twitpic is shutting down.
“During the “published for opposition” phase of the trademark is when Twitter reached out to our counsel and implied we could be denied access to their API if we did not give up our mark. Unfortunately we do not have the resources to fend off a large company like Twitter to maintain our mark which we believe whole heartedly is rightfully ours. Therefore, we have decided to shut down Twitpic.” Not nice.
Hey, is Facebook down? I can’t get it to load.
Great! [ducking ...]