Twitter: design:related shuts down.
Anomo: New Social Network App.
“You use an anonymous avatar and actually get to know the people around you while interacting in games and group or one-on-one chats. Because everyone starts as an avatar, first impressions reach beyond appearance and relationships grow in a more interactive way. You control how much you want to reveal about yourself in each relationship as you go.” Clever. Wonder if it’ll take off?
Psychology Today: Selfies or Selfless? 6 Top Habits of Happy Social Networkers.
FinerMinds is mildly interesting. But Upworthy and PurposeFairy, “inspiring” and “uplifting”? (Gong Show sound) Sorry. Wrong answer. Navel lint is more inspiring and uplifting.
Later: On Finerminds, Oprah. So forget FM. Psychology Today gets filed in the circular bin for future links.
Medium: Medium 1.0 - Beautiful Stories.
“Now, all collections are moderated by their creator (whom we call “editors”). For readers, this means when you follow a collection, only stories approved by the editor will be published to the collection. For collection editors, it gives you a chance to build a following by being a great curator or solicitor of content.” Ouch! Right below the belt (curationly speaking). I’ll have to stew over this, to figure out how to leverage the power. But really … crowdsourced curation. Medium doesn’t have to lift a finger. Brilliant solution. Just brilliant.
Aeon: Does my identity live on online after I die?
“Our idealised conception of who we are carries risks of narcissistic self-delusion, but it can also act as an aspirational ideal. Our ‘next self’ is our better self, meaning that the person we see on Facebook might be the person we are trying to become.”
LitReactor: Snark is a Dead Scene: Why It’s Time For Writers to Try Something New.
“These days, just about anyone who’s “hip” and has a blog, or writes for a more reputable website devoted to dissecting one of the major disciplines of pop culture, relies a little too heavily on the crutch of snark. It’s as if we can’t have opinions anymore without being assholes.” Exactly what I’ve been saying! Fantastic.
Medium: Social media is making us anxious and paranoid - so why can’t we stop using it?
“If you were an employer, and someone applied and they didn’t have any activity on social networks and that person was 23 years old, you’d think they were the Unabomber. You would be really scared to meet this person without even a bodyguard. I don’t even know if that person exists.” An interesting bunch of observations about our social media ‘lifestreaming’ habits.
PDN: Professionalizing the Instagram Market.
Folks seem to not realize that Instagram is a social photo display system. The camera app is only ancillary. Many photographers are taking photos with pro-level DSLRs, transferring them to their smartphones, and posting them through the Instagram system. “Aha” you say. “That’s how such sharp photos end up on Instagram. I thought it was the crappy camera on my smartphone.” Nope. “Cheating?” Nope. Just working the system. Smartphone quality is a liability; start with higher quality, you end up with better IG low resolution photos. Many pros seem to use either email or Dropbox to get the images from their desktops or laptops over to their phones quickly and easily.
Evernote and Google Chrome: Buggy?
Anyone else using the Web Clipper with Chrome? Occasionally, engaging the Web Clipper in a particular tab doesn’t work, and portions of the Clipper interface shows up in other tabs. Any fixes out there I haven’t seen? It seems to be related to layering (z-index), from my initial debug.
CNet: Does Facebook need a cemetery?
“Some people feel that remembering those they loved doesn’t quite harmonize with cat videos, political diatribes, and news of the latest boyfriend, job, or date. So on Thursday they launched Sanctri, an app that gives bereaved Facebookers their own area for grief, sorrow, and remembrance.”
Dissent: Privacy and the Public Interest.
“In the absence of a bright-line principle of demarcation between private and public, our only recourse is discussion that is ultimately political—aimed at deciding what kind of a world—in terms of who can know what about whom – we want to inhabit. For most of human history, such choices have been given by default, dictated by contingencies of population density, government powers, family custom and the like. Now things are much different. With the steady stream of innovation in social roles and uses of personal information, the need for searching public conversations on these matters grows ever more acute.” Review of two books.
Chicago Trib: The takeover of Facebook by a cultural carnival of oddities.
“What Facebook user has not marveled at how a real-life friend of great apparent sophistication has become such an easily manipulated sucker online?” One realizes how rare is the ability to express true character in text form.
MeFi: ‘And enough L-Tryptophan to knock you on your sorry Thanksgiving ass!’
MST 3000, for Thanksgiving. Twitter one-liner snarks, long before Twitter ever existed.
SciAm: Bad Behavior Gets “Paid Forward” Even More Than Good.
“What happens when we are the victims of cruelty instead of kindness? Unfortunately, our research shows that we are more likely to pay greed forward than generosity.” As I’ve noticed on Twitter sometimes … leave a snark, get two in return for the price of one.
AP Social Media Image Maker.
Strobist: Low Frequency, High Amplitude.
If you do any blogging or social media work, read this today. Classified as a ‘must read.’ For those of us with businesses to run, the high frequency model has always been an exercise in total frustration.
WSJ: So Many Podcasts, So Little Profit.
Wall Street Journal seems to be confusing fixed equipment costs with actual podcast recording costs.
Stirling & Cooper: Spittie.
A really gorgeous Spitfire photo to start the week.
DoubleMesh: Men Posing Like Motorcycle Models.
Some things you just wish you could unsee. But it needs to be expressed so we’re aware of how ridiculous some of these poses actually are, and how demeaning.
Related: There’s a ‘reality’ meme on Tumblr: you can tell if a woman actually rides the motorcycle she’s posing with by her footwear. Folks post all kinds of shots that percolate through on the regular ‘motorcycles’ and ‘vintage motorcycles’ hashtag searches - and it’s true. You can tell instantly. Nobody kickstarts a cafe racer with Louboutins — and you’d risk serious injury to try. But you’ll also realize there were a great deal of very happy motorcycling ladies in the past. [I wish I could point you, but when I want to find anything on Tumblr, their new search feature is just too limited. Experiment with some search terms, you’ll eventually find a couple.]
Forbes: F-Secure Launches A Dropbox And A VPN That Could Erase Content Borders.
“Younited collates your existing cloud accounts, making pictures, video, or whatever else you want to store and share available in one spot, including sharing options with popular services like Facebook and Skydrive. As well as being an online file locker, F-Secure spent a considerable amount of time securing Younited, having worked on development for a number of years now. Quite simply, everything is encrypted, with the purpose of transferring the most basic data ownership and levels of privacy back to the control of the user, even when sharing through Facebook.” Very interesting. Keeping my copyrighted work out of Facebook’s hot little servers, yet still being able to share it, is intriguing and useful.
NiemanLab.org: The limitations of how we try to understand online activity.
“A new report from two fellows at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society is out today: ‘Measuring Internet Activity: A (Selective) Review of Methods and Metrics’ breaks down attempts at measuring the impact of the Internet into three categories — infrastructure and access, control, and online content and communities. The main takeaway: Our methods for measuring online activity are fragmented and usually offer only an incomplete, if tantalizing, picture of how people learn and communicate online.” Perhaps the best metric is actual person-to-person engagement (comment, email, tweet or other forms of direct response) rather than measurement of virtual engagement (retweets, pins, etc.) … ?
(Mild formatting change on pullquote - they used bold for the highlighted section, I used italic.)
ReadWrite: Pinterest Unveils Its Public API.
Took long enough.
SciAm: How Many Friends Can Your Brain Handle?
“Certain brain areas are enlarged and white-matter tracts were better connected in people with larger social networks.” I have a certain social networking friend here in Eldorado who may need to buy hats in larger sizes.
Buffer: How a content style guide can enhance your blog’s quality.
“The tone of your blog deals with how content is written rather than how it appears. Again, to borrow an example from the Economist, here is what their style guide’s tone establishes:
Do not be stuffy.
Use the language of everyday speech.
Do not be hectoring or arrogant.
Do not be too pleased with yourself.
Do not be too chatty.
Do not be too didactic.
Do your best to be lucid.”
Me here. Let’s see how I score. #1. Fail. #2. Fail. #3. Fail. #4. Fail. #5. Fail. #6. Fail. #7. Win.
You know, I think I could probably find a day’s postings where I fail all of those within a single morning. I prefer to embrace the colorful foliage of character, without reference to journalistic limitations.
I totally agree about a visual style guide. I used to use no formatting and all-lowercase letters, and STILL was the #4 meme-generator on the internet. Thus, I found being style-less was very stylin’.
Seriously, there are no hard-and-fast rules. Look to your niche, your goals, your competition (if you care), and style accordingly. But please, don’t eliminate character from your prose. Pretty please.
Via Email: A reader says I fail #7 regularly too. Huzzah! Slam dunk.
Story time: Back during the period when I was temping as a word processor in NYC (easy money; I still type over 120wpm when I get going), a close friend of mine got his engineering degree. I did him the favor, and created him a really kick-ass resume. He sent that resume around for three months - nada. I created another one, different in design, still kick-ass. Three more months - nada. I created yet a third, not as cutting-edge, more staid. Three more months - nada. My friend got fed up, and HAND WROTE his resume, even ending the resume with “A Good Man For The Job” in his execrable hand-printed capitals. With two strokes underneath. He sent these handwritten nightmares to three of his best, most desired outfits to work for. I cringed. Well, guess what happened. ALL THREE answered him. “Never do this.” All three gave him interviews. One hired him. Lesson learned: “Quality” be damned. Stand out from the crowd.
Mashable: Quora Adds Traffic-Tracking Tool for Writers.
Stats. I love that screenshot. Obviously chosen so we can imagine how unfamous we all are.