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February 19, 2018 on Tech Crunch

The funny thing about fake news is how mind-numbingly boring it can be.

Not the fakes themselves — they’re constructed to be catnip clickbait to stoke the fires of rage of their intended targets. Be they gun owners. People of color. Racists. Republican voters. And so on.
The really tedious stuff is all the also incomplete, equally self-serving pronouncements that surround ‘fake news’. Some very visibly, a lot less so.

February 21,  2018 on The Guardian

Teenagers’ use of Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram is social media at its best – a cudgel against political discourse that desperately needs to change.

March 19, 2018 on The Flor-Ala

It can be difficult to imagine a modern business or professional which does not somehow represent itself through social media.

Multiple businesses and professionals take advantage of social media platforms to promote their brands, connect with consumers and remain relevant in an increasingly competitive world.

However, as helpful as social platforms can be, it can be even more damaging.

Due to screenshots, social media posts are not always easy to permanently delete, resulting in the creation of scandals that can go viral before the target is even aware of it.

February 22, 2018 on WKRN TV

We’ve all heard the slogan, “If you see something, say something.”
This is now more important than ever and something to think about when you’re scrolling through posts, photos and videos and on your phone or computer.
It’s up to all online users to keep an eye out and social media platforms are making it easy to bring attention to an alarming post quickly.

February 24, 2018 on Forbes

With today’s society becoming more connected and more reliant on the internet, business ties are increasing being forged online rather than in a boardroom. Nowadays, most brands have at least one online presence, and most have several.
Social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat are the new homes of conducting business, creating consumer bases and advertising products. However, the overwhelming presence of businesses on these platforms creates a good deal of pressure for companies trying to beat out their nearest competitors.

February 20, 2018 on Marketing Land

We human beings love shortcuts. From the time our distant ancestors began to walk upright, hacking was our way of life. If a Neanderthal hunter could find a quicker path to the hunting grounds, he might out-compete his neighbor for the annual mastodon haul.
Thousands of years of evolution have not dulled this impulse, and much good has come of it. The huge leaps in technology, as well as the great scientific discoveries of the last few centuries, were largely driven by the impulse to find faster, better, more efficient ways to get things done.
However, to slightly paraphrase Frodo in “The Lord of the Rings“: “Shortcuts sometimes make long delays.”

February 26, 2018 on The Telegraph

Children as young as 11 are so addicted to social media that they log on after midnight every night, research has found.

MPs and leading charities warned that almost two thirds of young people had fallen victim to cyber bullying but admitted they would not tell their parents if they experienced something upsetting online.

Their report accused social media platforms of failing to effectively tackle cyber-bullying and offering only a "tokenistic" response to the problem, placing children’s mental health at risk.

February 27, 2018 on Social Media Today

As the competition between Snapchat and Facebook rages on, Snapchat is making its next advance, this time by capitalizing on a feature Facebook has yet to replicate.

Snapchat’s rolling out a new version of their animated Bitmoji tools which will enable users to include friends’ Bitmoji character in their Snaps, with the two characters interacting on screen.

February 28, 2018 Digital Trends

Twitter may be designed around a real-time feed, but the social media platform is gaining a new tool to save those tweets for later. On Wednesday, February 28, Twitter launched bookmarks and a new share icon for easily saving and sharing tweets. So what is a Twitter bookmark, and how do you add one?

March 1, 2018 Pew Research Center

A new Pew Research Center survey of U.S. adults finds that the social media landscape in early 2018 is defined by a mix of long-standing trends and newly emerging narratives.

Facebook and YouTube dominate this landscape, as notable majorities of U.S. adults use each of these sites. At the same time, younger Americans (especially those ages 18 to 24) stand out for embracing a variety of platforms and using them frequently. Some 78% of 18- to 24-year-olds use Snapchat, and a sizeable majority of these users (71%) visit the platform multiple times per day. Similarly, 71% of Americans in this age group now use Instagram and close to half (45%) are Twitter users.

March 3, 2018 Digital Trends

Dr. Noble’s Algorithms of Oppression book makes the argument that many of the algorithms driving today’s digital revolution are helping to marginalize minorities through the way that they structure and encode the world around us.

February 28, 2018 Inc.

I'm LinkedIn's biggest fan. I spent more time on LinkedIn than any other platform. Yes, even more than Facebook. Every job I've ever had was because of LinkedIn.
So, when I saw that Facebook is rolling out a job search and application feature to the UK, Brazil, France, Spain and Italy I had to do a double take.

March 5, 2018 The Next Web

A recurring complaint about social media is that it fosters “echo chambers,” where people are encouraged to consume only content that reflects views they already hold. These bubbles of positive affirmation have been blamed for the spread of fake news, and are the subject of serious concern for those who use social media regularly.

March 5, 2018 Forbes

Think SEO and social aren’t related? Think again.

Good social media marketing leads consumers to a website; good SEO practices help consumers to find that website and to stay engaged with it.

March 9, 2018 The Conversation

The internet was expected to renew democracy, tackle the hegemony of the monopoly news providers and draw us all into a global community. Over the past six months, that idea has been undermined by a new myth which suggests that democracy is, in fact, being overturned by the spawn of the internet: Russian bots and fake news – and that news organisations are losing their power to keep people informed.

March 8, 2018 AP News

Twitter loves lies. A new study finds that false information on the social media network travels six times faster than the truth and reaches far more people.
And you can’t blame bots; it’s us, say the authors of the largest study of online misinformation.
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology looked at more than 126,000 stories tweeted millions of times between 2006 and the end of 2016 — before Donald Trump took office but during the combative presidential campaign. They found that “fake news” sped through Twitter “farther, faster, deeper and more broadly than the truth in all categories of information,” according to the study in Thursday’s journal Science .

March 16, 2018 Social Media Today

As explained by LinkedIn:

“This month we refreshed the "Who's Viewed My Profile" page with a new look, and brought back functionalities that provide a quick snapshot into who's visited your profile over time. Whether it’s because they noticed you changed jobs, saw something you posted in their feed, or they generally wanted to know more about your professional life, someone viewing your profile is a great indicator that they could be open to reconnecting.”

March 16, 2018 Social Media Weekly

Everyone wants to get verified on social media, but it’s not usually an easy process.

Getting verified on social media is one way brands build trust with their customers. However, each social media platform has different requirements. Keeping track of them all is confusing, so we’ve created a handy guide on how to verify your account on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and Pinterest.

March 24, 2018 PBS

When Allison Ruddick was diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer in October 2014, she turned to the world of hashtags.

After her initial diagnosis it wasn’t clear if the cancer had metastasized, so she was in for a nerve-wracking wait, she says. She wanted outside advice. “But they don’t really give you a handbook, so you search kind of anywhere for answers,” Ruddick says. “Social media was one of the first places I went.”

March 28, 2018 NBC News

When asked what he would do if he were Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Cook replied: “I wouldn’t be in this situation.”

April 2, 2018 Forbes

For most people, social media accounts play a big role in our lives. Your online presence is – for better or worse – where people look to understand you. Managing this data, in both life and afterwards, is important.

April 6, 2018 The Verge

After TechCrunch reported that Facebook has been quietly deleting messages CEO Mark Zuckerberg has sent via Messenger, the company is now saying that the ability to retract messages will soon be available to all Messenger users. According to TechCrunch, an “unsend” feature is coming in the next few months, though it provided no further details on how this new function works. Messenger currently offers a Secret Conversation mode where users can set a timer on when messages will self-destruct, but all parties within that conversation are notified when their thread will expire.

April 11, 2018 Tech Crunch

Tenor  is now going to exclusively power GIF searches in LinkedIn messaging after Google a few weeks ago, adding yet another service to its already pretty large portfolio of messaging platforms.

April 12, 2018 Social Media Today

While social media is undoubtedly a powerful marketing tool, it also exposes your brand to intense competition. If you aren’t staying up-to-date with the latest trends and changes, you’ll likely lose ground to your competitors - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and others are constantly updating themselves to meet the changing needs of consumers and businesses.

April 19, 2018 ITV

haring information about our personal lives is a fundamental part of communicating on social media - so how can you do it without putting yourself, and others, in danger?

Cyber stalkers and scammers rely on people whose innocent and celebratory posts on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram inadvertently reveal more than they intend.

April 21, 2018 The Economic Times

Hello Network, the latest social network launched by Orkut founder, wants to tackle fake news through a reputation system called ‘Karma’. 

“Companies cannot just pay money and show ads. They need to earn your trust,” Orkut Büyükkökten, founder of Hello Network, said in an interaction with ET. The Karma feature in Hello tracks interactions on its platform using algorithms that assign a ‘reputation’ to every unique user. 

January 12, 2023

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