Irish election: The weird and wonderful rise of online campaign videos Image copyright Oynx_Okami/You Tube Imagine the scene - a man is peering, almost hidden, from among the heavy thicket of branches. "The fall upon the bloom, will always flower in spring," he wistfully recites, like William Wordsworth via David Attenborough. "But, he doesn't need your number one." It sounds like a crazed fever dream or maybe something out of a Terry Gilliam movie, but it's comes from the wonderful world of online campaign videos for the Republic of Ireland's general election. The election has produced a bumper crop of bizarre clips aimed at pushing candidates all the way into the Irish parliament by way of a screaming viral hit.
Instagram Now Tops 400 Million Users And 40 Billion Photos Facebook says it will give video creators and publishers a way to remove copyrighted videos that have been uploaded to its popular social network without the proper permission. The company has come under fire from video creators, like YouTube star Hank Green, for allowing users to embed and post videos on the site, even if the content doesn’t belong to them. But this may soon change. Facebook responded to such concerns in a blog post today, saying that it will soon be testing a “new video matching technology,” allowing video partners to check whether their content has been uploaded without their consent. “This technology is tailored to our platform, and will allow these creators to identify matches of their videos on Facebook across Pages, profiles, groups, and geographies,” the company explained in the post. “Our matching tool will evaluate millions of video uploads quickly and accurately, and when matches are surfaced, publishers will be able to report them to us for removal.”
10 essential values on social media Every company has now come over the fact that it is vital to be present on social media. Nevertheless, lots still seem to ignore that there are some values to share when you become part of the global networking sphere. Indeed, one should remember that in the term ‘social media’ you will keep this notion of being social, which brings us to the fundamentals of each society… values, codes and respect ! Let’s summarize these values into 10 points : 1- Share others’ content 2- Thank (the authors of content you have appreciated or people who have quoted you…) 3- Be reactive 4- Banish automatic messages… they are useless!
What does artificial intelligence see when it watches political ads? Two actors pose for stock footage that can be used in political ads. Karen O’Connell, left, and Leslie Luxemburg pretend to chat over coffee. In a political ad, this clip could be used to illustrate any number of topics. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post) Two weeks ago, the Internet Archive launched its new Political TV Ad Archive, which monitors television stations in 20 markets in eight U.S. states to compile a list of 2016 primary-election advertisements and uses audio fingerprinting algorithms to automatically flag every airing of those spots. [Who are all those smiling people in campaign advertisements?]
How much activity happens in just one minute on the internet Just a month ago, it was revealed that Facebook has more than two billion active monthly users. That means that in any given month, more than 25% of Earth’s population logs in to their Facebook account at least once. This kind of scale is almost impossible to grasp. Here’s one attempt to put it in perspective: imagine Yankee Stadium’s seats packed with 50,000 people, and multiply this by a factor of 40,000. That’s about how many different people log into Facebook every month worldwide.
Step Inside The Invisible World That Runs The Internet The “cloud” is a cloudy concept: Most of us don't really know how our smartphones and laptops actually get data. But it’s also less ethereal than the name suggests. There are nearly half a million data centers around the world, filled with servers that suck up more energy than the airline industry. A new film, Internet machine, gives a glimpse into one of the world's largest data centers in an attempt to make it less mysterious. “It’s incredible how much of the technical systems that we rely on every day are completely invisible and often seemingly unknowable,” says Timo Arnall, who directed the film. “I think this is a real problem, in that we need to understand technologies at more than just a surface level in order to be able to act on them or critique them.”
How presidential campaigns are building the perfect website Which picture of Bernie Sanders makes you most likely to sign his birthday card? Is a limited-edition lithograph a more tempting thank-you gift than a Ben Carson for President hat? Are you more likely to click a donation button if it’s Green Bay Packers green? As they optimize their websites to collect every possible donation and email address, these are the types of questions that the presidential campaigns are asking. They’re using a technique called A/B testing—a way of making marketing and design decisions that grew out of the technology and culture of Silicon Valley startups.
YouTube Announces That It Has Hit One Billion Monthly Users, Which Is Roughly Ten Super Bowl Audiences Today, YouTube announced that it has hit a billion monthly users, which is an extremely insane metric. We know that YouTube is the go-to place for silly, interesting and important videos, but these numbers are something that even TV networks dream of. The great part for YouTube is that this means that online video ad spend will go up since the eyeballs appear to be ready, willing and able. It’s not only advertisers that are rushing YouTube, budding music artists are heading there too, and making a career from the attention that they get.
India Plans World's Largest Floating Solar Power Project (50 MW) Clean Power Published on July 2nd, 2014 | by Mridul Chadha July 2nd, 2014 by Mridul Chadha After canal-top solar power projects, India is planning to install the world’s largest floating solar power project. Inside Bernie Sanders's Social Media Machine Ask most any political pundit a year ago who the 2016 Democratic nominee for president would be and virtually all of them would have told you that Hillary Clinton had the lock. But then something unexpected started happening: Bernie Sanders, the relatively unknown Independent senator from Vermont who was 60 to 70 points behind Clinton started attracting massive crowds to his burgeoning campaign. By some key measures, Sanders was even drawing larger crowds than Obama did in 2008. The sizes of the crowds—tens of thousands of people at a time—had everyone asking, including the Washington Post, "How does he do it?" While theories varied—"It’s his charisma!"
Facebook to Hit a Billion Users in the Summer Jan. 11, 2012 | by Gregory Lyons Last summer we took a look at Facebook usage around the world, and with Facebook recently announcing that they’re currently at over 800 million active users we thought it would be interesting to extrapolate their current grown rate and estimate when they’re likely to hit a billion active users. Using a process of linear regression on the data from the end of 2008 onwards we expect Facebook to hit a billion active users around August 2012.