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One simple change that can fix social media

One simple change that can fix social media On Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything podcast: Kathy Sierra was bullied off social media twice by vicious death threats, for her opinions about user interface design. (Yes, UI design). Now she proposes … Continue reading

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Dave Winer: Less Facebook is OK

Dave Winer: Less Facebook is OK Dave is my blogging spirit animal. I like blogging, and I like sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Tumblr, and Medium. Of those platforms, I get the most return from Facebook. But blogging AND sharing … Continue reading

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Get politics out of your Facebook

​How to block annoying Facebook political posts Use these tips on everybody but me. (Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, ZDNet)

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How to unplug when you should →

Do you obsessively fiddle with your phone all the time? Win back some mental space with these tips – Michael Duran, Wired I see many articles like this. They all recommend similar steps. Don’t put your phone in your pocket, … Continue reading

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Facebook, Twitter join network to tackle fake news

The coalition includes 30 media and technology companies, including Google, the New York Times, The Washington Post, and more. Billion-dollar companies are openly conspiring to make sure we only find out what they decide is legitimate news. But it’s for … Continue reading

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Ulysses vs. Scrivener

In a brief Reddit discussion, users of both writing apps ding Ulysses for relying on Markdown for formatting, while Scrivener uses rich text. That surprises me. I find Markdown quite natural, which goes a long way to explaining why I … Continue reading

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Facebook reinstates Vietnam photo after outcry over censorship, says Reuters

Terje Solsvik and Yasmeen Abutaleb, Reuters Reuters isn’t entirely accurate here. I posted the photo to my account twice Friday; Facebook censored it once and gave me a slap on the wrist. In my case, Facebook still has not reversed … Continue reading

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Yep, Facebook censored me when I posted the ‘napalm girl’ photo

I actually posted it twice, in connection with two separate articles. The first article is still up, and it’s also here on the public web. However, Facebook deleted a second instance, which is here on the public web. Facebook also … Continue reading

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What Facebook gets wrong about that napalm-girl photo

Facebook is partly right: That is a disturbing photo. But what’s disturbing about it isn’t the nudity. What’s disturbing is that it’s a photo of a child who’s been severely burned in a napalm attack. A napalm attack by an … Continue reading

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Facebook censors iconic Pulitzer-prize-winning ‘napalm girl’ photo

A Norwegian newspaper published the photo as one of seven that “changed the history of warfare.” Writer Tom Egeland was suspended from Facebook. Now, the Norwegian prime minister published the photo, had it deleted by Facebook, and called on the … Continue reading

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Get Facebook (and Google+) to support the open Web

Dave Winer wants Facebook to support the open Web. He wants Facebook updates to support embedded links, titles, enclosures, and styling such as italics and boldface. I 100% agree. And it applies to Google+ too. I create and publish my … Continue reading

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Mother with crying baby says she wasn’t kicked out of Trump rally, still supports him →

A message from Devan Cierra Ebert, who other attendees confirmed to be the mother at the Ashburn rally, was shared on Facebook. In her statement, she said, “Mr. Trump NEVER kicked me or my child out of the Briar Woods High … Continue reading

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My blogging experiment: How I think about what and where to post

I’ve been blogging at my own self-hosted WordPress blog for a few months. Before that, I did it on Google+, and before that various other platforms. I simultaneously post to Facebook, Tumblr, Medium, Twitter, and Google+. Here’s how I think … Continue reading

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Historians look to preserve what’s said on social media for future generations

We look to the journals, notebooks, and private letters of past generations to find out what people were really thinking and doing. Now, social media serves that purpose. But preserving it is tricky, both technically and ethically. Jenna Wortham, The New … Continue reading

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Closing the Web to keep it open

The Forrest Gump of the Internet Robinson Meyer at The Atlantic profiles social media's least-well-known billionaire, Evan Williams. Williams founded Medium, and co-founded Twitter and Blogger. Williams wants to keep Facebook and other closed, for-profit media silos from eating the … Continue reading

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That is exactly what a lizard person would say

Mark Zuckerberg Denies Being a Secret Lizard Person [Matt Novak/Gizmodo]

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I, for one, friend our new robot overlords

I Let a Robot Take Over My Social Media for 48 Hours – Harvey Wilks – Motherboard 

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Facebook backfire

Apartment complex demands tenants give Facebook “like” within 5 days – Joe Mullin, Ars Technica Tenants are required to friend the Salt Lake City apartment complex on Facebook within five days or face eviction. They’re also banned from posting negative reviews. … Continue reading

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Apple is becoming like Microsoft in the late 90s

Google, Amazon, and Facebook are betting big on AI and virtual assistants. If those are the wave of the future – and it seems likely they are – then Apple is screwed, says Marco Arment. Apple is lagging badly in … Continue reading

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My Facebook double-secret probation has a backdoor

I can post links from my iPhone but not from my Mac or Buffer. Weird, huh?

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I’m still on Facebook double secret probation

Facebook isn’t letting me post links most of the time. It does let me post them some of the time. I don’t have time to deal with this right now so I’m just going to wait it out and hope … Continue reading

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I’m on Facebook double secret probation!

I just got flagged for abuse by Facebook, in a message that doesn’t explain what my behavior was or how I need to change it. I received an email from Facebook that says I’m “temporarily restricted from creating Open Graph … Continue reading

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How Facebook flubbed bringing free Internet to India

> From Zuckerberg’s vantage point, high above the connected world he had helped create, India https://is.gd/rrB0dV was a largely blank map. Many of its citizens – hundreds of millions of people – were clueless about the internet’s powers. If only they could see how easily they could form a community, how quickly they could turn into buyers and sellers of anything, how effortlessly they could find anything they needed – and so much more that they didn’t. Zuckerberg was convinced that Facebook could win them over, and even more convinced that this would change their lives for the better. He would bring India’s rural poor online quickly, and in great numbers, with an irresistible proposition: users would pay nothing at all to access a version of the internet curated by Facebook.

> But where Zuckerberg saw the endless promise of a digital future, Indians came to see something more sinister. Seventeen months later, Facebook’s grand plans to bring India online had been halted by overwhelming local opposition – the biggest stumbling block the company had hit in its 12-year-history. In the end, it seemed, Facebook had acted as if it was giving India a gift. But it was not a gift Indians wanted.

From a business standpoint, Facebook wanted to get India online faster because growth in Europe and America was slowing down. People who were going to go online on those two continents were already online. China was a huge market where Facebook was blocked. That left India, with a potential of 700 million to 800 million new users.

Facebook conceived Internet.org, later renamed as Free Basics, as a way of getting India’s poorest citizens a limited version of the Internet for free.

Osama Manzar, of India’s Digital Empowerment Foundation, was initially enthralled with the plan.

> But Manzar’s optimism soured when he saw what Internet.org actually looked like: a threadbare platform that only allowed access to 36 bookmarked sites and Facebook, which was naturally the only social network available. There was one weather app, three sites for women’s issues, and the search engine Bing. Facebook’s stripped-down internet was reminiscent of old search engines that listed the early web on one page, when it was small enough to be categorised, like books in a library.
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> Crucially, Facebook itself would decide which sites were included on the platform. The company had positioned Internet.org as a philanthropic endeavour – backed by Zuckerberg’s lofty pronouncements that “connectivity is a human right” – but retained total control of the platform….

> “There was tone-deafness in the people who carried out the campaign,” Nitin Pai, the co-founder of an influential policy thinktank named the Takshashila Institution, told me. “You know that foreigners talking down to Indians and telling them what is good for them is going to backfire.” Continue reading

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It glued the Web together

Launched in beta in 2007, founded by four ex-Googlers – Bret Taylor, Paul Buchheit, Jim Norris, and Sanjeev Singh – FriendFeed’s mission was to glue together other social networks, consolidating activity from 23 social networks into a single feed.

In addition to pioneering the Like button, it also pioneered the realtime feed, the ability to share or embed items from the feed in the wider web, and more. It had a thriving community too.

Facebook bought FriendFeed, incorporated many of its ideas in the News Feed, and killed FriendFeed in 2015.

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“I’m calling it: Social networking is over”

People are using messaging apps for updates from friends and family about their lives – in other words, people use those apps for “social networking,” says Mike Elgan on Computerworld. The former social networks are now social media, overwhelmed by professional media organizations sharing their content.

Another nail in the coffin for social networking: “the general world of online distractions, including YouTube videos, games, articles, podcasts and more.” Continue reading

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