The Dish: Looking Back At A Self-Help Legacy.
Scholars say all philosphers are ‘just footnotes to Plato’; methinks all modern self-help authors and personalities are mere footnotes to ol’ Dale Carnegie.
vowe dot net: Facebook is broken, and I can’t fix it.
Many of us are getting frustrated. FB, are you listening? Do you even bother? And I’ll put in another plug (the umpteenth) for BOLD and ITALIC in status updates?
Gerry McGovern: How reliable are web analytics?
“Let’s say you’re a single man in a bar and you see a beautiful woman. You walk up to her, smile, she smiles back. You say a few words and then offer to buy her a drink. She says okay, then you pause and inform her that before you will buy her a drink she has to give you her phone number. How successful do you think you’re going to be?”
GigaOm: What happens when academic research goes viral.
“Take some academic research on Facebook, add a sexy quote about how teens are abandoning the social network in droves, and combine it with a slow news period. What do you get? A small-scale media frenzy about how Facebook is dying.”
Mashable: Study - 1/3 of Women in U.S. Use Pinterest.
“While Pinterest’s user base in the U.S. appears to be growing, that doesn’t mean it’s grabbing users away from other social networks like Twitter and Facebook. Pew found that 42% of online adults in the U.S. use two or more social networks and nearly one-fifth use three or more social networks.”
The Collection Room.
Do you collect things? Get social with your hobby.
GigaOm: A growing obsession with viral content exposes weakness of most digital media.
“… I would argue that these sites and services are focused on a short-term strategy at best — and one that is ultimately self-defeating. Why? Because they only serve to reinforce the flawed view that traffic is all that matters.” @#&$^@^%&@ exactly.
Pay with a Tweet - A social payment system.
Upworthy Insider Blog.
“Our top curators comb through hundreds of videos and graphics a week, looking for the 5-7 that they’re confident are super-shareable. That’s not a typo: We pay people full-time to curate 5-7 things a week.” I could work an hour a week and be paid full-time.
The Atlantic: I Thought I Knew How Big Upworthy Was on Facebook, Then I Saw This.
Mmm-hmmm. AARP Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Reader’s Digest, People, etc. have the highest magazine circulations in the US. Why does it surprise anyone that glossy fluff sites would be hugely popular on a social network? Perhaps because Upworthy is adopting a tabloidish sort of oeuvre?
Positionly: Old SEO vs. New SEO.
Fluffy infographic, but will be handy to show people. Sit back and consider how much influence Google has over our sites. A little search engine algorithm change, and we all get busier. It’s astonishing.
10,000 Words: NY Women In Communications Panel - ‘‘Where Is The Print Industry Going?’.
“I hate the word content because it sounds like gas, oil, coal. It’s that kind of commodity sounding word. At the end of the day, what we are is storytellers. Even if we tell it in a list, or a slideshow, or a pictorial.” Sounds awfully familiar.
Gawker: On Smarm.
“When you hear a voice say ‘Everyone’s a critic,’ listen for the echo: Everyone’s a publicist.” Smarm vs. snark, the heavyweight bout. Long.
I vote for conversation. Perhaps that’s a little unrealistically utopian for the age.
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.