Mashable: 1-800-Flowers is doing major damage control after a Valentine’s Day fail.
Normally, being deflowered on Valentine’s Day would be romantic ...
Marco.org: Google and blogs - “Shit.”
There is good news, though. I get the occasional right-wing site link a blog-article tweet because the title sounds like I’m supporting their cause. When their followers click through, the fur sure flies. Enormously enjoyable. “Hey, I was just standing here. You walked into the wall yourself.”
Stop Using LinkedIn.
Oooh, some folks are pissed.
The Awl: The Next Internet Is TV.
euansemple: Telling stories.
“We cause ourselves untold stress and unhappiness when the world doesn’t conform to our stories.” Our stories shift over time, too. But overall, the Moyers-Campbell dialogues over “The Power of Myth” comes to mind.
PS Mag: Is Social Media Making Us All the Same?
“While Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube all provide great opportunities for us to express our local tastes, unique styles, and nuanced views of the world, we too often don’t. Herd mentality rules.” Our uniqueness is in our foibles. #GREENCHILEFOREVER
Viral meme speed.
Amazes me how fast “Left Shark” has entered conversations around the world. Ms Perry and her sharks seem ‘the only bait in town.’ No Wikipedia article, so far.
The Smart Set: The Real Problem with Public Discourse.
“And the best thing about it was, nobody in his life — not his parents, his adult children, his grandchildren, not his neighbors nor the members of his church congregation—knew that Bob Anderson, retired accountant, family man, churchgoer and pillar of his suburban community, was really the infamous scourge of the Internet, that dreaded and admired titan among trolls, Mrpoophispants.”
SF New Mexican/Science Matters: The Internet giveth and the Internet taketh away.
“The new study was able to measure a second problem, known as content drift, that describes the change over time that occurs in most linked documents or references. Does the link still connect to the version of the document that was intended? If not, there is content drift. By combining content drift with link rot, the researchers were able to come up with a metric for what they call reference drift or reference rot, indicating how far out of alignment the basic documents were with their intended links. In the archives studied, 20 percent of the articles were not reliably moored to their references.” Link of the day. Roger gives us a great one. If I go back to my oldest archives, if 80% are not rotted, I’m surprised.
SaintSal: Get your loved ones off Facebook.
Worthy of the read. See what you think.
ConsumerismCommentary: How Your Positive Posse is Destroying You.
If you’ve read here long, you’ll know I disdain empty ‘support’ statements. I want to be better, not artificially fulfilled. Take off the kid gloves, rip it up. I like it better that way.
Macworld: How this 16-year-old turned an Instagram feed into a $15K-a-month social media empire.
His looks don’t help him at all, now do they ...
SciAm: No Increased Stress from Heavier Social Media Use.
Personal expression as a form of destress. I suspect folks participate based on what’s best for them. Overdo, and it’ll eat you alive. Can’t be maintained long-term without visible cracking at the seams.
WaPo: Why women don’t leave comments online.
Medium: Why I Broke Up With Mommy Blogging.
If you don’t plan to become a brand (with associated business model + staff), you wear out as a solo. Important to see what her daughter’s opinion is about the whole shebang.
Medium: A Teenager’s View on Social Media.
The Verge: Facebook is the new AOL.
I called this, eons ago.
Media/ite: Baltimore Fox 45 WBFF Kill a Cop Chant Video Edit Protest.
What happens to ‘believe what you see and hear’, now that video is as easy to manipulate as Photoshop stills?
Seems the social media will become check-and-balance. If one can meaningfully winnow through all the noise.
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.