Social Media Top 5: Craptivism Won’t Kill You and Fake News is Alright (Not Really)

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Craptivism Won’t Kill You I have long been reluctant to festoon my social media profiles with the trappings of social activism (remember “Twibbons?”), because I don’t really think I am doing anything concrete for a cause if I’m doing so- especially if that’s all I’m doing. The latest, in the aftermath of the presidential election, is … [Read more…]

Social Media Top 5: Pipeline Protests, Ballot Selfies, the Electoral Map & More

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Activism/Slacktivism This morning (October 31) I started noticing friends checking in to Standing Rock, ND, the location of protests by Native Americans (the Standing Rock Sioux) against the Dakota Access Pipeline. My first reaction was to assume the unlikely: some friends were traveling to join the protests. Wow, right? No, it turned out some Facebook … [Read more…]

Social Media Top 5: Fixing Conferences, Taking Coffee, Poaching Buzzfeed, Celebrating Social Media Club

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How About Addressing the Real Problems with Conferences? Most of the tips for conferences in this post by Marcus Sheridan make sense; all are, at worst, arguable. They are also mostly small fixes aimed at making the speakers’ lives better. I guess that makes sense, as the writer is a professional speaker. As a sometime conference attendee, … [Read more…]

Social Media Top 5: Brangelina Shaming, AdBlockBlock, YouTube Community, TwitterLong

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Four this week. So what… Brangelina Is Big News, so Spare Me Your Condescension I rarely have time for memes, but the I’m finding the latest to be as tiring as any: since news broke of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s divorce and the predictable over-coverage by so-called news media, some folks wishing for us to … [Read more…]

Social Media Top 5: Twitter Sneetches, No Comment, Hashtags & Unnecessary Zoom

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Of Blue Checkmarks and Sneetche The butthurt by Twitter power-users who don’t get their Verified Account checkmarks is still being heard ’round the world. I, too, was nonplussed after giving it a shot; seeing some of the non-celebrities who seem to have gotten theirs, and Twitter opening up the request process, I thought why not? … [Read more…]

Social Media Top 5: Facebook Automated Trends is Just Fine, Blab is Dead, Disclosure is…Well…

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Some of my items might be slightly out of date for a post that aspires to be weekly (Ha!), but I don’t care, as long as the relevance endures…but first a newer one: Facebook Automates Trending Topics, Hilarity Ensues So people were worried about humans putting bias into the Facebook news algorithm. So people thought … [Read more…]

Social Media Top 5: Instagram Disappears, Snapchat Offends, FTC Enforces, Twitter Censors, Facebook Spoils

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Instagram Stories – I’m Trying to Care – I’m Trying really, really, hard. This has already been batted around a bit, but Instagram has launched a “stories” feature ripped directly, more or less, from the Snapchat playbook. Good thing? Instagram itself is the more established players- plus it has Facebook’s backing, so there is no reason to … [Read more…]