Detecting Social Media Bullshit: A Sociologist’s View Social media “gurus” abound these days. Which ones are worth listening to and which ones are bullshitters? Philosopher Harry Frankfurt exposed bullshitters in his famous essay “On Bullshit.” Should people “live tweet” during an event or presentation? « To January 11, 2010 Tony Hollingsworth Social Networking, Twitter I recently attended a course called “Presenting with Confidence“, delivered by Steve Herzberg. Steve is a teriffic bloke, and is someone I would describe as “keeping it real” – his style of delivery is guaranteed to have you laughing, and learning. I mean this seriously: the good thing about Steve’s course is the relaxed and confident manner in which he presents his material - he’s throroughly prepared, and the printed material you receive is professionally produced and rich with content. There’s a great interview with Steve here you can watch and see for yourself here just how well he communicates.
Digital Identity: Moving to Privacy 3.0 [Dave Birch] A typically excellent piece from Jan Chipchase that I've continued to think about again and again since reading it. Commenting on the Facebook privacy stories that have were around recently, he asked whether the Facebook privacy "moment" is: their Microsoft Moment, that point where the internal perception of themselves starts to significantly, negatively diverge from the public perception? Or will we look back on it as more akin to the iMac Floppy Moment where Apple launched said computer without, gasp, a floppy drive.[From History's New Gatekeepers - Jan Chipchase - Future Perfect] The idea that Facebook is the crucible in which new notions of identity and privacy are being forged is, I think, true to some extent.
Danah Boyd: Why Parents Help Tweens Violate Facebook's 13+ Rule "At what age should I let my child join Facebook?" This is a question that countless parents have asked my collaborators and me. Often, it's followed by the following: "I know that 13 is the minimum age to join Facebook, but is it really so bad that my 12-year-old is on the site?" While parents are struggling to determine what social media sites are appropriate for their children, government tries to help parents by regulating what data internet companies can collect about children without parental permission. Yet, as has been the case for the last decade, this often backfires. The Best-Performing CEOs in the World A lot of people have blamed short-term thinking for causing our current economic troubles, which has set off a debate about what time window we should use to assess a CEO’s performance. Today boards of directors, senior managers, and investors intensely want to know how CEOs handle the ups and downs of running businesses over an extended period. Many executive compensation plans define the “long term” as a three-year horizon, but the real test of a CEO’s leadership has to be how the company does over his or her full tenure. This article contains the first ranking that shows which CEOs of large public companies performed best over their entire time in office—or, for those still in the job, up until September 30, 2009. To compile our results, we collected data on close to 2,000 CEOs worldwide. It may come as no shock that Steve Jobs of Apple tops the list.
Hey, Let's Fix The Internet I'm not the oldest guy in the world, not by any stretch, but I do remember a time before the Internet. And I remember when it first showed up, full of promise and potential none of us understood. I remember when you needed to make your computer dial a number to access it, and I remember the Internet tying up phone lines, and I remember suddenly losing your Red Alert game if someone in your house tried to make a phone call. I remember it being so new that the majority of people didn't even have it; if you didn't have it set up yet, you would just go to your friend's house-- the one friend you knew who had it -- and you'd simply "play Internet" for a while. I remember Google not existing.
50 Cool Search Engines for Serious Readers The Internet has proven itself as a valuable resource for all types of readers, from collectors of rare books to tech-minded readers who shop, network and download books online. But if you’re having trouble finding exactly what you need, whether it’s a book review, a book by a certain author, or a digitized anthology for your class at an online college for creative writing, you’ll want to use sophisticated tools that direct you to high-quality resources. Here are 50 cool search engines for serious readers and students. "Making Sense of Privacy and Publicity" "Making Sense of Privacy and Publicity" danah boyd SXSW March 13, 2010 [This is a rough unedited crib of the actual talk] Citation: boyd, danah. 2010. Privacy in an Era of Social Media The Mediasite presentation cannot be played back. The requested presentation content can be played using the following plugins:WindowsMedia, Silverlight We have detected that your browser supports the following plugins:None
YouTube faces 4chan porn attack Don't be surprised if you find some porn among the sport highlights, children's cartoons or music videos you are looking for on YouTube today. A web forum, the notorious 4chan, has declared today YouTube Porn Day. To take vengeance for the apparent removal of the popular YouTube account of Lukeywes1234, 4chan called on its members to upload hidden porn onto the site. But who is Lukeywes1234? It was the username of an eight-year-old Nintendo fanboy who scored viral success with his hilarious videos. His "shows" featured childish ideas like ghost-fighting with tinfoil on his head directed by his grandmother, and performing his own versions of Super Mario Bros and Star Wars.
The Social Graph is Neither The Social Graph is Neither I first came across the phrase social graph in 2007, in an essay by Brad Fitzpatrick, though I'd be curious to know if it goes back further. The idea of representing relationships between people as networks is old, but this was the first time I had thought about treating the connections between all living people as one big object that you could manipulate with a computer. At the time he wrote, Fitzpatrick had two points to make. The first was that it made no sense for every social website to try and recreate the same web of relationships, over and over, by making people send each other follow requests.