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Martijn van Beek

Information management. Search. Web- and techenthusiast. Always on (well, almost).


Ingress - Project Niantic from Google. RTV N-H - Uitzending gemist. The world of Algorithm. SEO tools. Local SEO. App Net. Celebrity (Backed) Tech Startups. Myhue-mcgowran.suite101. A few weeks after Facebook filed their $100 billion IPO, Amine Derkaoui came forward to tell the world about the work he had been doing as a moderator of flagged content for the social media company.


In an interview with, the 21 year-old Moroccan spoke openly and angrily about his work for oDesk, an online outsourcing company based in California that provides content moderation services for Facebook and Google. The job he applied for required passing a written test and an interview and undertaking several weeks of training, he and about 50 others from around the world (Turkey, Mexico, India, the Philippines) then worked four-hour shifts at $1 an hour censoring the dark and dirty content that gets flagged on Facebook and often needs to be removed. But Derkaoui and his far-flung colleagues were never explicitly told that the site they were moderating was Facebook. Speaking Out About Exploitation Derkaoui spoke out about the bad pay and the exploitation. Inside Facebook's Outsourced Anti-Porn and Gore Brigade, Where 'Camel Toes' are More Offensive Than 'Crushed Heads' A camel toe is not a vulva, nor does it have a more proper name.

Inside Facebook's Outsourced Anti-Porn and Gore Brigade, Where 'Camel Toes' are More Offensive Than 'Crushed Heads'

Er, well, not just a vulva. I think it's clear to everyone that your labia cannot be visible in your profile picture. I had never heard the term "moose knuckle" before. The more you learn! You haven't seen much variety of labia have you? Yes, we all have labia on our faces as well. The problem with the genitalia visible through clothing thing is that it brings up the image of visible nipples or anything clearly visible through transparent clothing.

I generally prefer proper terminology, but not where it is more cumbersome than simply using accepted slang that everyone will be familiar with. Spot Pornography on Facebook for a Quarter-Cent an Image. Companies like Google, Facebook and Travelocity have plenty of money and armadas of smart people.

Spot Pornography on Facebook for a Quarter-Cent an Image

There are plenty of tasks they do not mind outsourcing, however, and a look at some of those jobs presents an interesting picture of where work is going. ODesk, which runs marketplaces that match people with jobs, currently has all three companies signed up, along with Hewlett-Packard, AOL and others. Google, though it uses software to do translations, also hires individuals to check translated words and phrases. The company recently hired a bunch of people in Belgium who were fluent in both Flemish and French. Facebook in new row over sharing users’ data with moderators.

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Social Media Analytics. Big Data. Obama 2012. Alternative Newssources. Writing Tools/Resources. Writing and Publishing. Online Search Tools. Sherilynn Macale - Google+ - Wha? Justin Bieber? NyanCat? Why do these irrelevant… What do Twitter users actually think of Trending Topics? Of the many features Twitter employs, the Trending Topics section seems to be one of its more mystifying elements.

What do Twitter users actually think of Trending Topics?

Perhaps unsurprisingly, many Twitter users don’t even use Trending Topics, citing several understandable rationales, including being downright oblivious to what Trending Topics actually are and how to use them. Buried within the Twitter help and support pages, I dug up this official definition: “Twitter’s Trending Topics algorithm identifies topics that are immediately popular, rather than topics that have been popular for a while or on a daily basis, to help people discover the “most breaking” news stories from across the world.

We think that trending topics [which capture the hottest emerging trends and topics of discussion on Twitter] are the most interesting.” In other words, Trending Topics are recently popular key words and phrases being consistently mentioned in tweets. What sort of topics end up trending? Anything, really. “Almost never. T.S. Harty - Projectmanagement, Careercoaching and Lifecoaching - Home.

Online transparency and privacy

Twitter, Facebook, and social activism. At four-thirty in the afternoon on Monday, February 1, 1960, four college students sat down at the lunch counter at the Woolworth’s in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina.

Twitter, Facebook, and social activism

They were freshmen at North Carolina A. & T., a black college a mile or so away. “I’d like a cup of coffee, please,” one of the four, Ezell Blair, said to the waitress. “We don’t serve Negroes here,” she replied. The Woolworth’s lunch counter was a long L-shaped bar that could seat sixty-six people, with a standup snack bar at one end. The seats were for whites. By next morning, the protest had grown to twenty-seven men and four women, most from the same dormitory as the original four. Help.

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