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Mashable: This Weekend, Behold The Giant Buck Moon.

No! No! No! Another arbitrary Moon event! Please folks, find something else to blog about. Navel lint. Rearranging the sock drawer. ANYTHING BUT MORE MOON EVENTS.

07/11/14 • 06:12 PM • NatureScienceSocial MediaWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The New Yorker: The Potato Salad Guy Should Keep Every Penny.

… to pretend that a reward is always (or even ever) commensurate with the amount of work one does is to misconstrue how the world works. If potato salad leads people to reflect on the injustices of modern American capitalism, then we really may be on to something.

07/09/14 • 02:46 PM • HistoryInternetPsychologySocial Media • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Seattle Times: Why in the world I hand-wrote my emails – and what it taught me about how we wr

More loafs, less crumbs.

07/07/14 • 09:17 AM • InternetPsychologySocial MediaWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

ReadWrite: An Early Fourth - Welcome To ReadWrite 4.0.

Another redesign. I swear, Evan W. should charge for Medium copycats. It has had such a huge impact on design.

07/02/14 • 01:34 PM • DesignInternetMobileSocial MediaWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Rumpus: Face-Off - Facebook Vs. Reality.

Someone who’s not on Facebook is sketchy. It’s like people who don’t drink. You can’t trust them.”  Bwah-hah-hah-hah. Like NYC in the 80’s - if you weren’t seeing a shrink like everyone else, you had to be an axe-murderer. And the author, Bibi Deitz, sounds like she lives in Santa Fe. Go for it, kiddo.

07/02/14 • 10:04 AM • InternetMobilePsychologySocial Media • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Facebook emotion study breached ethical guidelines, researchers say.

As a researcher, you don’t get an ethical free pass because a user checked a box next to a link to a website’s terms of use. The researcher is responsible for making sure all participants are properly consented. In many cases, study staff will verbally go through lengthy consent forms with potential participants, point by point. Researchers will even quiz participants after presenting the informed consent information to make sure they really understand.

06/30/14 • 02:58 PM • Human RightsLawScholarlyScienceSocial Media • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The AV Club: Facebook tinkered with users’ feeds for a massive psychology experiment.

Told you. Involuntary psychoanalysis. Mind control. Dogs and cats, living together … Via LakeFxDan on FB.

06/27/14 • 04:49 PM • Human RightsInternetMobilePsychologySecuritySocial Media • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The New Yorker: Should Auschwitz Be a Site for Selfies?.

The Instagram era has now brought us the selfie in a concentration camp.Speechless.

06/26/14 • 04:39 PM • HistoryHuman RightsInternetMobilePhotographySocial MediaTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Poynter: ‘Almost half’ of the NYT’s blogs will close or merge.

Some blogs are quite popular, but others ‘“got very, very little traffic, and they required an enormous amount of resources, because a blog is an animal that is always famished.’” Information point, fellow bloggerati.

06/25/14 • 02:38 PM • InternetNewsSocial MediaWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SERoundtable: CNBC Highlights 17 Year Old Web Site Devastated By Google’s Panda 4.0 Update.

We need to rout around Google indexing.

06/24/14 • 08:27 AM • GoogleInternetSmall BusinessSocial MediaWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Circular - an open source Buffer app.

Of note.

06/23/14 • 12:55 PM • InternetMobileProgrammingSocial MediaSoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

TNW: Technorati Quietly Killed its Blog Index in May.

End of an era. Klout should start counting down the days. Take note, all ye who overvalue ‘blog rankings’ services.

06/23/14 • 11:01 AM • HistorySocial MediaWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Contently: New Report Reveals Just How Drastically Brand Engagement is Plummeting on Facebook.

Hitching your wagon to any service, whether Google, Facebook or other(s), seems the height of unwisdom these days.

06/15/14 • 09:29 PM • EconomicsInternetSocial MediaWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Dazed: Top fashion bloggers now earn six-figure salaries.

Popular bloggers can demand $50,000 for an appearance at a high-profile brand event like a store opening. One top blogger charged $5,000 for posting a single Instagram photo of the brand’s product.” Good grief - I picked the wrong niche.

06/13/14 • 10:57 AM • ConsumptionInternetSmall BusinessSocial MediaWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

GigaOm: A startup is pushing an alternative to Facebook by showing how much info we really share.

Clever and timely.  Their site. Personally, I think it’s time to dump Facebook and embrace Path instead.

06/11/14 • 06:28 PM • Human RightsInternetSecuritySocial Media • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SciAm: Wikipedia Dicey As Medical Info Source.

Researchers who compared peer-reviewed articles to the Wikipedia pages for the 10 most costly medical conditions in the U.S. — including heart disease, back pain and osteoarthritis — discovered incorrect information on 9 out of 10 pages.

06/10/14 • 08:46 PM • HealthInternetScienceSocial Media • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Medium: Update on Medium’s Paid Collection Experiments.

We picked editors we trusted, and we found, for the most part, they respected the site and reliably delivered high quality writing. We also learned (surprise) that high quality posts do not automatically garner attention and audience commensurate with the effort of producing them. As a result, our payment model failed to support some really terrific contributors.” Two Medium posts in a row is purely coincidence, I assure you.

06/02/14 • 06:23 PM • ConsumptionInternetSocial MediaWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Caught. Was wondering when sites were going to start spoofing Facebook likes.

Just took a peek at a friend’s “liked” post, to see if it was legit. It was not. But there was a large modal dialog in the middle, saying nothing of importance, which I dismissed. The ‘x’ close box triggered a personal ‘like’ on my own FB timeline. Luckily, I had remained in FB and saw it before it sat there for any amount of time.

Beware what you click on, when you click through articles and stories linked on FB. At least double-check your timeline afterwards.

05/30/14 • 11:15 AM • PersonalSecuritySocial Media • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

AskReddit: Whats the difference between how Hollywood portrays getting shot and what its really like

Tl;dr: don’t get shot, it’s not as cool as it looks.

05/30/14 • 09:18 AM • HealthInternetSocial MediaWeblogs • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

FStoppers: Facebook Software Engineer Teaches You How to Steal Copyrighted Images.

According to his bio, Jesse Chen is a software engineer at Facebook and recent graduate of UC Berkeley. Jesse has a personal blog which we recently stumbled across that includes a blog post from 2012 that detailed how to go about stealing copyrighted images and removing watermarks.” Causing a bit of hoopla. Who would actually spend that amount of time, though? Most people don’t have the skillset.

05/29/14 • 10:43 AM • LawPhotographySmall BusinessSocial Media • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Giz Fieldguide: TweetDeck Tips and Tricks To Master All Things Twitter.

For those working somewhat inefficiently, this’ll give you a kick in the pants.

05/29/14 • 10:23 AM • InternetSocial Media • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Announcement: Springpad is Shutting Down on June 25th.

I liked the look, but never used it. I never could get the interface to be economical with screen real estate. Took too long to find things.

05/29/14 • 10:22 AM • PersonalSocial MediaSoftware • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

EuanSemple.com: Paranoia?

Hmmm. I won’t answer this as I would have mere weeks ago, before MeFi and I got our butts bruised by Google.  I’ll use Euan’s post as a lever, because he usually doesn’t mind my diversions and tangents from his original points.

I’ve said for years, “a weblog is the virtual representation of your physical self”. It is not a replica. It is what we choose to put online. Therefore it is not necessarily ‘truth’ or ‘fact’ about any given person. And each person’s ability to render themselves in text (photos and video) varies quite widely. I believe online judgments of individuals are inherently flawed; that only groups can be judged from wider criteria with any sort of accuracy.

However, our individual public actions are being observed by elements who do not reveal their observations to us [peek at your browser cookies for a mere sliver of what’s going on]. We play Lady Godiva daily, revealing all nearly 24/7, with almost no attention to who is coming to look and listen. These ‘unseen’ are storing the raw information about ourselves we freely toss out in ever-increasing bounty. The data they collect, at their expense, exists to be acted upon.

Our virtual selves as individuals are being judged.

You’ve heard all that before. But how are they judging us? By algorithm, of course. Therein lies the danger to which I have recently been alerted, in “throw ice water on the sleeping blogger” fashion.

Historically, we’ve been judged by our friends, family, and work associates for our actual, physical behavior. Subtle cues about temporary moods, mental states, overall health, financial stability and more were picked up in face-to-face contact. Now we must add to that equation a virtual behavior metric, where we are involuntarily and emotionlessly psychoanalyzed by social media outfits, marketers, credit firms, insurance companies, large corporations, security entities, and more for what we are saying, and for what they algorithmically believe we are NOT saying, because they have no access to non-verbal and other non-virtual clues. Profiling, in other lingo.

A few things we say could line us up in this week’s algorithm as “potential serial killer.”

That brought you up short, right? “Dude’s gone off the deep end this time.” Think I’m crazy? Think that’s over the top?

Did Google not just algorithmically condemn Metafilter, I and others as one of the prime examples of internet ‘evil incarnate’ - spam?

This is a warning, I believe, for those with eyes to see, ears to hear.

Metafilter, I and other sites found that by enabling algorithmic judgment, we’re also enabling an algorithmic guillotine. There are no special cases; live or die by the algorithm.  The irony is - and you all need to pay special attention to this - we invited them into our sites. We gave them this power. We enabled this behavior. And only we can stop it.

I think what bothers me most about being algorithmically judged, is that there is none of the empathy that is present in a human interaction. No pity. And that, frankly, unnerves me.  We’re talking to a Terminator, a Manhunter, a Decepticon, and don’t realize it. And there are virtually no methods to contest today’s algorithmic judgments. “There is no error in the program. I will obey my program. Wait for the next update.” Wait for the next update? When they’ve already virtually cut you off at the knees?

Algorithmic mercy, exemplified.

For those who know how much I love to weblog, you’ll know how terribly it hurts to say all this. As I said at the beginning of this piece, I would NEVER have even given it a moment’s thought two weeks ago.

Because algorithmic judgment is moving from websites to individuals, we need to insist on more control over what’s going on. We need to stop playing the carefree innocent and draw a line in the sand. Mark my words - there is going to come a day when we as individuals end up being harshly and unfairly judged, and have no method to contest the verdict. I repeat - we need special recourse when confronting a soulless algorithm.

Perhaps a bit of paranoia is a good thing. This is looking at what has happened in the past, what is happening today, and making a reasonable prediction of where things may go in the future in order to avoid the more negative outcomes.

A course correction is needed, IMHO. I’ve just experienced the ‘shot over the bow’, and I’m not ignoring it. Thanks for listening.

05/28/14 • 11:51 AM • InternetPsychologySecuritySocial Media • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Business Insider: The planning process that goes into creating a single corporate tweet.

… it can take a team of 13 social-media and advertising specialists up to 45 days to plan, create, approve, and publish a corporate social-media post.” Oy vey! Are you sure this isn’t from April 1? Via Euan Semple on FB.

05/27/14 • 03:18 PM • InternetSocial Media • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SEOBook: The Side Effect Of Link Removal.

Good article. Just read it. Perhaps I’m caught in a losing battle. Twitter, increase your character allowance. I may be coming your way.

Later: Question. What would Google recommend for those of us who linkblog? What are their preferred practices? Or is there no room in the Google searchosphere for linkblogs?

05/23/14 • 10:39 AM • GoogleInternetPersonalSocial MediaWeblogs • (5) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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