Mass Programming Resistance: CommaFeed As Backup Plan.
Great MeFi comment about RSS included within.
DP Review: There’s no such thing as ‘pro’ photographers: More details.
“There’s no such thing as Flickr Pro today because [with so many people taking photographs] there’s really no such thing as professional photographers anymore.” The comment continues to echo through the photography niches in the metacosm. Then again, a photography professional is not the major focus of Flickr marketing, really.
rc3.org: NewsBlur redesigned.
Mashable: The New Flickr—What it Means for Flickr Pro Users.
A whole lotta confusion if you’re a Pro member. New skin on most of Flickr, but much is the same … an anchored top menubar slammed over the old interface. Another tablet-like experience, better than the old cluttered design. I’ll live with it a little, and decide whether I’ll continue in a month or so. I use too many photo services now, and need to eliminate a couple.
Guardian.UK: Yahoo poised to buy Tumblr for rumoured $1.1bn.
Well, it was nice while it lasted.
Observer.UK: Stewart Brand and the Whole Earth Catalog, the book that changed the world.
“If you want to start a revolution, you’d do it on Facebook.” FB? Oh, gag.
Gravity by Disqus.
This might score more linkable items than Twitter.
New Scientist: Bad news spread online is bad news for your health.
ShortFormBlog: The AP’s erroneous tweet about explosions at the White House.
Linked for the illustrative chart. Talk about knee-jerk reactions!
CJR: The social media tail mustn’t wag the MSM dog.
“No mainstream journalism outlet should allow its coverage of a major story to be hijacked by backchannel noise — especially when a large part of the value such outlets provide is that they filter out the noise and transmit only a reliable signal.”
ScienceDirect/Journal of Theoretical Biology: Making sense of information in noisy networks.
This, I just might purchase. Anyone using social media as a source should consider purchasing it also.
BBC: Boston bombing—How internet detectives got it very wrong.
Mashable: FBI Criticizes Internet Vigilantes in Boston Case.
“This is vigilantism, and it’s only the illusion that what we do online is not as significant as what we do offline that allows this to go on.” It’s the equivalent of an old West hanging party, or simply mob mentality [2:13].
CJR: The other side of reporting a tragedy.
“Even though we’re all writing and tweeting mainly for an audience that’s not directly invested—people who didn’t have family members at the finish line—before you hit send in the immediate wake of a tragedy, try to read each tweet as if you do have loved ones at the scene. Think about whether you’re adding practical information and amplifying news that’s been vetted, or whether you’re adding to the noise. You can always opine later. ” Good advice. Noone will pay attention to it, but good advice.
Poynter: Medium buys science journalism site Matter.
“Williams has said he’d like Medium to create ‘a better Twitter for long-form content,’ as Rip Empson put it in TechCrunch last month.” Of all people, as a short-but-not-short-enough-for-140-characters blogger I applaud longer form. But. Medium’s at the edge of my attention. They’ve promised posting capabilities for too long without delivering. The curated content is nice enough, but if they intend to remain a walled garden, I question the value. It feels too clubby and exclusive at present. One person on their front page right now has the potential of owning a gray hair, for instance.
Twitter RSS: Read twitter on RSS.
Get tweets via RSS.
LucidChart: Is social media worthless?
“Experts say that social media’s ROI is best measured in the long-term. They argue that over time, brands that engage regularly with fans will build a solid base of loyal fans to market to. But you know what I think? They’re using you.”
The Luminous Landscape: The Age of Narcissism.
On narcissism and Instagram. Perhaps there’s an egotism bubble that will burst.
CJR: What am I supposed to tweet about?
“The Internet can smell your fear and/or disdain.” Heh. See the animated gifs in that article.
Naked Security: How to stop your friends’ Facebook apps from accessing *your* private info.
“But it seems that some Facebook users aren’t aware that - unless you have locked down your privacy settings correctly - the apps, games and websites that your *friends* use can also access your personal details, photos and updates.”
Mashable: Use 5 or More Social Networks? You’re a Better Employee.
“So should we conclude that more social media make you better at your job? Not necessarily. As the folks at Evolv point out, it could just be a leading indicator of your computer literacy.”
Likely Service Disruption - Tumblr status.
Down. At the moment. Just FYI.
7:45PM, back up.
Mashable: Instagram Photos Now Affect Your Klout Score.
You mean Klout’s still around? Goodness. Next up, you’ll get more Klout-juice for using HDR on top of your terrible grainy blurry filtered mush-photos. Because HDR *always* makes everything better, right?
“How to live tweet like a pro.” Ask a songbird.