The reelection of President Obama has hardly dimmed the enthusiasm of hardcore GOP racists. Even Mitt Romney, not too many hours after his hasty but graceful (for him) concession speech, is already out on the airwaves bitterly claiming it was the president’s promises of “gifts” to the unwashed 47 percent (read: minority) that got him reelected. Paul Ryan blames the unexpected high turnout of the “urban” vote (if you feel at all that the GOP uses the word “urban” to mean anything other than black, please refer to this video of Lee Atwater and the birth of the GOP’s “Southern strategy”). Karl Rove, who should have his own TV show called “The Biggest Loser,” has been petulantly invoking a high “urban” turnout, even bafflingly labeling a large and enthusiastic voter turnout as “voter suppression” — he must mean that lots of minority voters are considered suppressors of the white vote.
I had the experience recently of unfollowing someone on Twitter. He has about 800 followers, is following 400. A few days later, he unfollowed me. (I've had this experience several times in the past as well, which is why I checked.)
I don’t mean to be a spoilsport, and I don’t think I’m a Luddite.
Anxiety: We worry. A gallery of contributors count the ways. If you live in America in the 21st century you’ve probably had to listen to a lot of people tell you how busy they are. It’s become the default response when you ask anyone how they’re doing: “Busy!”
Now you can get away with cruising around Facebook at work, even when your boss is peering over your shoulder. Well, as long as the boss doesn't look too closely. Even the laziest slacker can look busy in a jiffy with this interactive adaptation of many of Facebook's functions.
Algorithms are shaping how we see the world around us, with big consequences. What a machine thinks we need to know can become what we fear. Yahoo News/Rebecca J. Rosen
File-sharing for facebook groups is here. For some folks anyway. According to Mashable , the file-sharing feature was rolled out to members starting yesterday, and will continue over the next several days. “We started to roll out file sharing for all groups,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement reported by zdnet.com . “We previously launched it to Groups for Schools and now we’re making that feature more widely available.
The number of followers you have and the exact wording matter less than you think. What makes a difference is having the right message for the right people. Visualization of meme diffusion related to the Arab Spring and the 2011 uprisings from the #Egypt hashtag, which shows strong connectivity and many users linked to one another to form a dense cluster. [Courtesy of Indiana University]
These tools offer free functionality that extend and enhance the possibilities for instructional uses of Twitter. Twitter is playing a role in more classrooms every day. Articles like “ 6 Examples of Using Twitter in the Classroom ” and “ 100 Ways To Teach With Twitter ” have drawn tens of thousands of readers, a clear testament to the high level of academic interest in this wildly popular microblogging platform.
The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark . If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here . Name: TweepsMap Quick Pitch: TweepsMap provides a visual, interactive map of your Twitter followers by country, state or city. Genius Idea: Measures the effectiveness of Twitter campaigns by analyzing the locations of your followers. Knowing where your Twitter followers are located can not only feed your curiosity, but it can also help you measure the success of your social campaigns.
If you like social media data and science like this, my latest book “ Zarrella’s Hierarchy of Contagiousness ” is now only $1.99 in Kindle Edition (which will work on any computer or device). Buy it now! After compiling a dataset of more than 200,000 link-containing Tweets to generate the CTR heatmap, I decided to dig into what words, phrases and characters correlate with higher (or lower CTR).