Social Power -and the Coming-Coporate Revolution: The institutions of modern developed societies, whether governments or companies, are not prepared for this new social power. People are changing faster than companies.
The pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong enjoys a global network of online support. In the social-media age, protests are no longer “local.”
"On July 1, 2003, some half a million Hong Kong people took to the streets to protest a national-security bill, proposed by Hong Kong’s government and backed by Beijing, that was widely believed to restrict freedom of speech. I had just moved to Hong Kong, where I worked as a journalist for three years. The day of the protests was hot. People were carrying umbrellas for the sun, not for tear gas. Some wore black to mourn their freedoms. The protesters were orderly and good-natured, but that shouldn’t be confused for complacency—the people I saw in Hong Kong were passionate about defending the “one country, two systems” that is supposed to protect them from Chinese interference. In 2003, the people won, and the controversial bill was shelved."
When Mark Zuckerberg, the C.E.O. of Facebook, started appearing at local haunts in San Francisco’s Mission District last year, one blog speculated that he was attempting to “rebrand himself as a Mission hipster.” It’s an apt turn of phrase, one that conveys the casual predominance of “personal branding,” the practice that Zuckerberg’s company has popularized: managing your presentation—your behavior, appearance, reputation, online persona—to stand out in your professional and personal lives. The Oxford Dictionaries Online last week added the term “selfie”—the self-portrait taken in solitude and submitted to the gaze of millions, turning each of us into his own paparazzo. Although image maintenance is nothing new, the images we’re presenting are now available online, all the time, and are presumed to meaningfully represent us. Personal branding is the subtext of all social networking: when we post vacation photos, we attest to our ability to take luxurious vacations; when we post pictures of our babies, we present ourselves as proud and caring parents; when we crack wise about current events, we demonstrate our wit, relevance, and political leanings.
“ Twitter’s earnings last quarter, after all, were an improvement on the period before, and it added 14 million new users for a total of 255 million. The thing is: Its users are less active than they once were. Twitter says these changes reflect a more streamlined experience, but we have a different theory: Twitter is entering its twilight.”
"In light of these predictions, it’s not surprising that Twitter is contemplating some big changes to how it handles content and discourse. Twitter has always been notable for avoiding the algorithmic approach favored by Facebook and other social media. The hierarchy of information on Twitter is clear: the most recent tweets are always at the top, and when you log in to your timeline, the majority of your attention is focused on a constantly refreshing portrait of the moment. Content that is regularly retweeted by people you follow is more likely to appear in any time snapshot you view, and thus retweets are a way of maintaining visibility even as the hierarchy stays time-based."
"Then it came Google+, trying to do everything Facebook did, but with less time to do it, albeit with far more resources Facebook had. Here comes the irony, Web apps for an specific platform is not something that Facebook pioneered. Google was one of the companies that embraced this feature in many of their platforms, like Google Docs for example. But for some reason, Google closed the possibilities of giving this same functionality to Google+, as a matter of fact they clearly stated that they were not going to allow games on it. Hence, no time waster feature on Google+?"
Paying Facebook to get "likes" is a waste of your money. I know it! as, last year, I spent 25$ to promote my posts as an experiment with zero engagement. In this video Derek Muller creator of Veritasium Youtube channel exposes Facebook advertising.
Hong Kong's political earthquake; US bombing in Syria; Turkey's authoritarian drift; threats to UK Human Rights Act; anniversary of massacre in Guinea; Azerbaijan crackdown; Belgrade pride; investigation into Czech discrimination of Roma in education; and the world's longest imprisoned journalist.
If you're wondering if you have a Facebook shadow profile, you do.
We need to be aware a beware of what digital corporations are doing with our data.
"A Facebook shadow profile is a file that Facebook keeps on you containing data it pulls up from looking at the information that a user’s friends voluntarily provide. You’re not supposed to see it, or even know it exists. This collection of information can include phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and other pertinent data about a user that they don’t necessarily put on their public profile. Even if you never gave Facebook your second email address or your home phone number, they may still have it on file, since anyone who uses the “Find My Friends” feature allows Facebook to scan their contacts. So if your friend has your contact info on her phone and uses that feature, Facebook can match your name to that information and add it to your file.
In a keynote address delivered to the Berlin Open Knowledge Festival earlier this year, Googler Eric Hysen set up some big stakes for Google's future: Google, he said, has not yet begun to think big. To really think big, Google would need to start thinking about history, and to think about infrastructure in particular.
"How is it that enormous shifts in economics and politics have been executed in our historical experience? The industrial revolution and the creation of the modern nation-state both rest upon the building of physical infrastructure, and in particular, upon the building of roads. If Google wants to really change our reality -- to stand up to promises that the internet can bring transparency to government, that it transform public policy and public health, or that it can actualize democracy through access to information -- then Google would do well to think about how material infrastructure creates revolutions in information, and how the information revolution of our own time is also an infrastructure revolution. All of these points are picked up by Hysen's keynote. He gets it: this is not the first time the world has been transformed by laying pipe and getting people together, and we can learn from the past how to do it better and aim for bigger successes than before.
What I hear in Hysen's speech is an important trend in the way certain individuals have begun to understand our world anew, a return to long-term thinking. That means using history to map out where we are in the present, and to foreground how we might engage vast processes and macroscopic patterns (for instance, actualizing democracy, as Hysen urges Google to do). "
People have always tended to surround themselves with like-minded people, but the Internet makes doing so easier than ever before, a study finds.
"Social media, like Twitter and Facebook, has the effect of tamping down diversity of opinion and stifling debate about public affairs. It makes people less likely to voice opinions, particularly when they think their views differ from those of their friends, according to a report published Tuesday by researchers at Pew Research Center and Rutgers University.
The researchers also found that those who use social media regularly are more reluctant to express dissenting views in the offline world."
Science has shown that humans are not selfish by nature. How do we transform this trend into cooperation within the company? Yochai Benkler explains the process.
"Science has proven that human beings are not selfish by nature. Recent research in a range of scientific disciplines, such as evolutionary biology, psychology, sociology and experimental economics, have all demonstrated that human beings are not as selfish as we thought. According to the research just 30% of all humans act selfishly by nature, while 20% are unpredictable and the remaining 50% tend to prefer cooperation, although not unconditionally."
How can companies and citizens capitalize on this a propensity for cooperation?
When it comes to sharing news online, Facebook and Twitter get most of the attentionPinterest, a platform more traditionally known for retail, food and travel-related postings, is gaining ground in the news category as well A new study from Gigya,...
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