Rob Horning has a wide-ranging and insightful essay
up at n+1 that seeks connections between three apparently disparate phenomena: global fast-fashion retailers with dubious labor practices like H&M and Forever 21; self-presentation on social media web sites; and neoliberal capitalism's new demands for workers to embrace precarity by endlessly reinventing their identities. [more inside]
posted by AlsoMike
on Jun 6, 2011 -
Stealth social marketing
: CBC’s Spark
radio show and podcast interviews a social marketer who describes the lengths to which advertisers will go to make you believe the “friends” who mention a product really are your friends. Includes everything from use of regional slang to hiring a stripper. (Bonus points for the segment’s Deep Throat–style concealment of the identity of the source.) Spark blog
with Flash audio player; direct MP3 download
. [more inside]
posted by joeclark
on May 16, 2011 -
If This, Then That [beta]
allows you to designate trigger actions in one corner of the cloud based on events in another. In addition to popular websites like Facebook, Craiglist, and Twitter, IfTTT links email, SMS, and telephone (full list of current services here
) in any configuration.
posted by Rykey
on May 3, 2011 -
is a new social media platform that makes it easy to assemble and winnow Flickr photos, tweets, Facebook posts, Google search results and URLS into a coherent story. It went into public beta
on April 25th. [more inside]
posted by msalt
on Apr 28, 2011 -
Do you still think social games are “evil” then?
Jonathan Blow: Yes. Absolutely.
[T]he general definition of evil in the real world, where there isn’t like the villain in the mountain fortress, is selfishness to the detriment of others or to the detriment of the world. And that’s exactly what [most of these games are].
posted by Rory Marinich
on Feb 15, 2011 -
The Viral Me
- GQ article on some of the newer social media stuff coming down the pike by Devin Friedman who asks: What is the endgame of your revolution? And can you promise me it won't suck?
A more general thesis about the basic disappointment of the Internet: It ultimately evolves only where it meets human desire, which itself is geared for life circa 200 b.c. If the Internet ultimately disappoints, it's because it was made for humans. Give us instant connection to everyone and the ability to collaborate in vast seamless networks and we spend 99 percent of those resources telling everyone what kind of oatmeal we ate for breakfast and 1 percent of it building Wikipedia. [more inside]
posted by marble
on Jan 28, 2011 -
is a new, free community and platform for young people to share their fiction writing, "connect with other readers and discover new stories and authors. Users are invited to write novels, short stories and poems, collaborate
with other writers and give and receive feedback on the work posted on the site." (Via
posted by zarq
on Dec 5, 2010 -
Massive Right-Wing Censorship Of Digg Uncovered.
"A group of influential conservative members of the behemoth social media site Digg.com have just been caught red-handed in a widespread campaign of censorship, having multiple accounts, upvote padding, and deliberately trying to ban progressives. An undercover investigation has exposed this effort, which has been in action for more than one year."
posted by zwemer
on Aug 5, 2010 -
attempts to measure influence on Twitter. Recognizing that follower count does not measure influence, Klout considers 25 factors
to determine how engaged you are with your network, how widely your tweets are read, and how likely your tweets are to drive action (retweets, replies, clicks). [more inside]
posted by Faust Gray
on Jun 30, 2010 -
Lately, the organizations that make up the American Republican Party/GOP have been experimenting with going online
. The House Republicans have created America Speaking Out
, a website for the people to give their ideas to "an arrogant congress." There, visitors can upload ideas they would like the government to carry out.
posted by mccarty.tim
on May 25, 2010 -
Yahoo is releasing a new service: Firehose
, a real-time, searchable index of social content
aggregated from around the web. Accessible via YQL
, Yahoo’s SQL-like query language, the Firehose will gather data from status updates, user ratings and reviews, comment threads, Google Buzz, Flickr, Delicious, Twitter, YouTube, Last.fm and a range of other sites and apps. [via
] [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Apr 12, 2010 -
Museums build some pretty cool websites. To help people find them, use them, and give them props, the Museums and the Web conference has held an annual Best of the Web contest since 1997. This year's nominees are here
. Just a sample: the MOMA on Bauhaus
, the Center for New Media's Bracero History Archive
, the Textile Museum of Canada's In Touch:Connecting Cloth, Culture, and Art
, Perception Deception from The National Science and Technology Center of Australia, The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh
from the Van Gogh Museum, the Smithsonian's Prehistoric Climate Change and Why it Matters Today
, and more . If that doesn't wash out the remainder of your Friday, you can always dig into the past nominees
posted by Miko
on Mar 26, 2010 -
You may be active in social media on your own account. That’s good. But please remember that whether you are on your own time or company time, you’re still a member of our team. And the judgment you exercise on your own time reflects on the judgment you exercise at work. There’s only one you
– at play and at work.
posted by h0p3y
on Feb 7, 2010 -
Circuits are flipping on in the nation's attic
. A couple of weeks ago, 31 "digerati"
-- like Clay Shirky
, Chris Anderson
, and George Oates
-- dropped in to the Smithsonian Institution
for the invitation-only conference "Smithsonian 2.0: A Gathering to Re-imagine the Smithsonian in the Digital Age"
. Dan Cohen
of the Center for History and New Media
provides a great summary
(and continues to pose provocative questions) on his own blog. Those whose invitations were somehow lost in the mail can play fly-on-the-wall by watching the keynotes
, paging through the Flickr pool
of envymaking glimpses of their behind-the-scenes lab and collections tours, reading the blog
(where Bruce Wyman of the Denver Art Museum lays out a succinct road map
for museums using social media), and poking around in the SI's website gallery
. Want to cheer on the USA's favorite 163-year-old "Establishment for the increase & diffusion of knowledge"
without taking the trip to DC? Thanks to their recent efforts, you can now follow the SI on Twitter
, listen to its podcasts
, watch its YouTube channel
, visit the Latino Virtual Museum in Second Life
, or use the FaceBook gifts page
to send your best friends their very own pair of Dorothy's ruby slippers
, Hope diamond
, Negro Leagues baseball
, or coelocanth
posted by Miko
on Feb 27, 2009 -