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While the tide might be turning on the use of infographics by journalists or bloggers , we can imagine they’re still pretty popular among social media users. Especially when the topic of the infographic is you. With the new Facebook-powered app, GetAbout.me , you can generate three pretty cool infographics about you and your social network entourage. To get started, the first thing you’ll have to do is grant the app access to your Facebook profile.
Participatory culture is a neologism in reference of, but opposite to a Consumer culture — in other words a culture in which private persons (the public) do not act as consumers only, but also as contributors or producers ( prosumers ). The term is most often applied to the production or creation of some type of published media . Recent advances in technologies (mostly personal computers and the Internet ) have enabled private persons to create and publish such media, usually through the Internet. This new culture as it relates to the Internet has been described as Web 2.0 . In participatory culture "young people creatively respond to a plethora of electronic signals and cultural commodities in ways that surprise their makers, finding meanings and identities never meant to be there and defying simple nostrums that bewail the manipulation or passivity of “consumers.” [ 1 ]
April 16, 2012
There seems to be a commercial market emerging around the idea of automizing the creation of infographics. Toronto based start-up vizualize.me [vizualize.me] is currently developing an online application that can automatically translate any online LinkedIn profile into an online infographic. In particular, the new service aims to overcome the issue of reading overly long or highly complex resumes by showing the same information in a more readable and attractive way. The start-up has been coding the online application only since the last 2 months, and is currently still in private beta. First peeks behind the beta service show how this can become particularly useful for those that like to change jobs often, have a high amount of skills or know quite a lot of languages (unfortunately, my current own resume is not that compelling).
Here at MyCorporation we have recently been playing the hiring game.
Even if you never connect your Facebook account to a single app, dozens of them may still have access to your profile information via your Facebook friends. When your Facebook friends connect new apps, the list of permissions they approve can include access to not just their own information, but also specific information from your profile — including your birthday, status updates, photos, hometown, current city and app activity. Facebook won't share information with your friends' apps that you haven't shared with your friends, and you can control which information friends' apps can access through a privacy settings page. But some Facebook users don't realize they're sharing information with app developers this way, or that they can control it.
Intel , which has catered to Facebook and Twitter users' inherent narcissism before, is giving you a new tool for digital navel-gazing: an infographic that's all about you. The chipmaker's new " What About Me? " app culls info from your Facebook, Twitter and YouTube profiles to crank out a data visualization of your composite social media profile. For instance, there's a graphic that looks like a flower that tracks your interests based on what you tweet and write status updates about. There's also a record of your most popular post ever and your most popular pic, your ratio of self-created updates vs. found information and "likes."
Follow the Hash Tag [followthehashtag.com] by Madrid-based communication design office DNOiSE is a viral advertising tool, but also a live visualization of popular Tweet topics. The visualization can be filtered for specific keywords, retweets or even unique Twitter users, including several other parameters (such as the minimum or maximum number of times a user needs to mention the keyword to be selected). The result then becomes a large clickable bubble graph accompanied with several Twitter frequency statistics, in which each user is being represented as a unique bubble of which the size depends on the number of appropriate tweets.
This is a picture of the world, as connected by Twitter, created by Eric Fischer. It shows where people travel--and, what’s more, who they communicate with all around the world. Thus, in one map, you can see where people’s physical communities are, and their virtual ones as well.
Disconnect, the team behind privacy extensions like Facebook, Twitter, and Google Disconnect , has traditionally focused on stopping sites from sending your data back to social networks and other collection entities. These sites, however, aren't the only ones getting information from your browsing, and a new Disconnect tool, "Collusion for Chrome," will chart a map of where exactly your clicks are going. That name ought to sound familiar — it's the same as an experimental Firefox extension that Mozilla created several weeks ago.