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What Is a Twitter Chat and How to Make the Most of It

What Is a Twitter Chat and How to Make the Most of It | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it

Twitter is used for many purposes including staying in touch with friends and promoting corporate identities. If you are new to the Twitter world or haven’t stayed on top of the network’s latest trends, then you may not be aware that Twitter chat sessions are available.

 


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No Money, No Time

No Money, No Time | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
The poor are under a deadline that never lifts.
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There's some subtle irony in scooping an article about attention and time poverty while on holiday. Yet it is when we momentarily stop the relentless daily grind that we find the time to question what we normally consider to be important.
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It’s Complicated: Facebook’s History of Tracking You

It’s Complicated: Facebook’s History of Tracking You | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Facebook is launching an aggressive technique to track people across the Web.
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Here we go again.  It all sounds like old hat, except Facebook continues to 'up the ante' on its right to use its users' data, under the guise that it's for our own good , fair game for the vast majority of users who don't pay a dime for the most (useful, popular etc.) social network and have no clue how it works.  Hence, let's just press 'like' one more time and help Facebook help us.

 

This morning, yet another academic told me about his plans to set up a Facebook page to 'engage with community for free' and was mildly flummoxed as I muttered about 'true user reach with no budget, privacy, surveillance and native advertising' .  I would direct anyone interested in a quick introduction to the subject to Chapter 7 of Christian Fuchs' excellent "Social Media: a critical introduction" where you may find nuggets such as the following that spell things out:

 

"Facebook is a capitalist company.  Therefore its economic goal is to achieve financial profit.  It does so with the help of targeted personalized advertising, which means that it tailors advertisements to the consumption interests of the users.  Social networking sites are especially suited for targeted advertising because they store and communicate a vast amount of personal likes and dislikes of users that allow surveillance of these data for economic purposes and to identify and calculate which products the users are likely to buy.  This explains why targeted advertising is the main source of income and the business model of most profit-oriented social networking sites.

 

Facebook uses mass surveillance because it stores, compares, assesses and sells the personal data and usage behaviour of several hundred million users.  But this mass surveillance is personalized and individualized at the same time, because the detailed analysis of the interests and browsing behaviour of each user and the comparison to the online behaviour and interests of other users allow Facebook to sort the users into consumer interest groups and to provide each individual user with advertisements that, based on algorithmic selection and comparison mechanism, are believed to reflect the users' consumption interests.  Facebook surveillance is mass self-surveillance.  Mass self-surveillance is the shadow side of mass self-communication (Castells 2009) under capitalist conditions.  The users' permanent input and activity is needed for this form of Internet surveillance to work.  The specific characteristics of web 2.0, especially the upload of user-generated content and permanent communicative flows, enable this form of surveillance."  (Fuchs. 2014. p.164).

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Social Media wouldn't have changed Tiananmen Square

Social Media wouldn't have changed Tiananmen Square | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
The protests wouldn't have been different, even with modern technology.
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One of those conundrum pieces, where a historic crisis of coercion over consent is juxtaposed with current-day, so-called 'revolutionary media'.  And you're supposed to wonder if things would have been different if a couple of thousand of protesters who vanished overnight had access to Twitter and Facebook.  Kluver certainly doesn't think so:


"China’s government has faced an almost unending stream of opposition even with the rise of social media, and it has not significantly impacted the government’s control. The 2011 Wukan protest, where villagers in southern China expelled Communist Party officials and the police for corruption and brutality, was also a high stakes gamble for the future of Chinese governance. Although it was not as visible as the Tiananmen protests, it also ended without a revolution, in spite of global media attention and a highly networked Chinese public".

 

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Vodafone reveals existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance

Vodafone reveals existence of secret wires that allow state surveillance | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Wires allow agencies to listen to or record live conversations, in what privacy campaigners are calling a 'nightmare scenario'
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Hurrah.  And right up there on the surveillance Richter scale is my very own hyperlocal city state.  At least I got that one right, in my PhD.

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rheingold's brainstorms: technology 101

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Rheingold could always see round corners.   In this 1998 piece, he was already urging technophiles to think critically about technology.  Fascinating reading, in 2014. 

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Howard Rheingold - Connected Learning Alliance

Howard Rheingold - Connected Learning Alliance | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
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A treasure throve of Rheingold's interviews with people exploring the boundaries of connected learning.
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How Content Curation and Tools Can Fit In Your Digital Marketing MIx

How Content Curation and Tools Can Fit In Your Digital Marketing MIx | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
There are many types of content a business can create to attract, engage and convert customers: Evergreen, Repurposed, Curated and Co-Created. Of those
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Content creation is expensive and time-consuming.  If you are converted to the benefits of content for marketing and customer engagement, an investment in content curation is a no-brainer.  And Scoop.it does a pretty good job of that, as you can read in the comment exchange between Lee Odden, the writer of this post, and Scoop.it's Guillaume Decugis.  

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Facebook announces listening feature

Facebook announces listening feature | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Facebook is to release a new feature on its mobile app that will listen to and identify your music and TV shows before publishing them in a status update.
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The Panopticon rules OK
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How Being Curious Children Led Two Internet Pioneers To Innovation

How Being Curious Children Led Two Internet Pioneers To Innovation | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Asking questions doesn't show incompetence--it's how great leaders innovate, explore, and disrupt.
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One of the most wonderful things about Howard Rheingold is precisely the fact that he has retained that child-like curiosity throughout his life.  And used it to inspire others.

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Whose fantasy are you living in? Your employer's or Mark Zuckerberg's?

Whose fantasy are you living in? Your employer's or Mark Zuckerberg's? | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
A now classical result of the sociology of social networks is the distinction between formal social structures defined by kinship, inherited hierarchy or companies' organisational charts, and infor...
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Yes, this piece is 'academic'.  But there are some exquisite nuggets to unravel with a careful reading:

 

On the way the "formal organisational chart and the informal advice (or trust or communication) network are just two different ways of construing social structure and objectivating it".


How these formal (rigid, hierarchical, functional) structures and informal (fluid, flatter, collaborative) networks are "informed by different political and epistemological orientations: those of (old-style) employers for the former, those of social researchers (and perhaps enlightened employers) for the latter".


How the "resulting formal-informal dichotomy would then be the result of a cleavage between two competing approaches to the management of organisations (and more generally of human groups or communities)"


And the challenges to the traditional dichotomy from the disruptive social web where "only apparently spontaneous, digital networked interactions are in fact codified, ritual, and often systematically traceable. Connections are no longer only in the minds of people, and barely depend on their perception, but are objectivated by the very technological tools they use, and by the design of online networking services" - where interactions on social networks, via text messages have ended up "making written communication prominent. Everything is more explicit, and virtually every action is recorded and feeds a database. Thus, one no longer finds the ‘invisibility’ often attributed to informal networks in the classical literature. Social structures are now in the data, and these data are not elicited by questionnaires with all their subjective biases, but are digital traces of the actual outcomes of people’s behaviours".


As scholars like Christian Fuchs have been advocating for some time, "digital social networks and data mining from the web require re-examining our understanding of what a network is, its apparent objectivity, its heuristic validity, and the very place of the researcher in its definition and implementation".


We are all still trying to understand the basics of communications power.  Somewhere between Castells' "network society" and Fuchs'  assertion that we cannot discuss information technologies and their impact on society without engaging with social theory, and deconstructing the capitalist agendas of the companies we 'trust with our online data - lies the wisdom of another hybrid theory in the making.

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Altimeter: Technology Should Not Lead Digital Transformation

Altimeter: Technology Should Not Lead Digital Transformation | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
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This Altimeter report on digital transformation has a couple of decent infographics and some qualified truisms:


"Digital transformation should be driven by the expectations of digital customers.  [Solis claims that the  values and expectations of digital customers are different than those of traditional customers.  Are we sure that there is much difference?  Customers typically demand fantastic products and services at affordable prices, irrespective of their channel of choice.  As for 'different values'..Really?]


“The role of the CMO is more important and strategic to a company’s success than ever before.” [As long as the CMO understands that throwing money at Facebook native advertising is not the only way to go.  Let's just say 'think strategy before technology']


"Many businesses are still operating in a funnel model" [The funnel / silo analogy extends way beyond digital marketing.  It will continue to exist in organisations which encourage 'information is power' cultures].

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Whatever goes up, that's what we do

Whatever goes up, that's what we do | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it

A year ago, Facebook announced a new News Feed that was completely redesigned to focus on content–it had large photos, big user icons, better integration with Facebook messenger, and it brought Facebook’s website into closer alignment... 

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A neat little treatise about Facebook's approach to the user experience vs its commitment to native advertising.

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15 Theses About the Digital Future

15 Theses About the Digital Future | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it

The world is moving rapidly towards ubiquitous connectivity that will further change how and where people associate, gather and share information.

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2,558 experts and technology builders predict where we will stand by the year 2025 in our relationship with the Internet.   15 hopeful and not so hopeful theses on 21st century connectivity.

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David Hain's curator insight, March 24, 1:30 AM

The tools are nearly there, but the mindset has a long way to go.

Lee JungSoo's curator insight, April 5, 6:52 AM

15 things that will happen in the future.. Internet will be like 'electricity' and it will become 'internets'.

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Create more than you consume

Create more than you consume | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
But it’s how you consume that’s vital to creative inspiration
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Some interesting thoughts on mindfulness, online learning and consumption in the age of information overload.

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To Live in this World

by Jordan Thomas and Kenzie Wade, Digital Ethnography Class of 2014 Final edit by Michael Wesch Eleven students moved into a continuing care retirement commu...
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A deeply human approach to digital ethnography.  Michael Wesch's students are fortunate to have such an inspirational guide to their digital adventures.

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Hashtag Movements and the Need for a Diversity of Tactics

Hashtag Movements and the Need for a Diversity of Tactics | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
We cannot ask whether clicktivism and events like #YesAllWomen work. We must ask what work they do.
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A thoughtful piece that revisits popular  myths associated with virtual revolutions, hashtag activism et al.  

 

"Judgement of clicktivism should be... contained in the framework of diversity of tactics. It makes no more sense to ask whether it "works" than it makes sense to ask if voting "works." These are unfinished sentences. We must really ask what these political actions work towards: what are they in service of."

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The Privacy Pack

The Privacy Pack | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Help fight to end mass surveillance. Get these tools to protect yourself and your friends.
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From encryption to secure chat - a set of tools to make Big Brother's task a tad more difficult.  

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The Most Important Insights From Mary Meeker’s 2014 Internet Trends Report

The Most Important Insights From Mary Meeker’s 2014 Internet Trends Report | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Kleiner Perkins partner Mary Meeker's data dumps have become a highly anticipated event in the tech industry, as her research helps everyone else level..
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For those who enjoy crunching data to read the tea leaves.

 

There's a summary version here:  http://www.smartinsights.com/digital-marketing-strategy/internet-trends-2014-mary-meeker/?utm_source=enews&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=June_6th_2014

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The Internet as we know it is dying

The Internet as we know it is dying | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
How Facebook and Google are killing the classic Internet and reinventing it in their image
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Yet another in the series "rage, nostalgia and despair" on the slow death of the open Internet.  At some future date , Berners-Lee's warnings will be mashed up with soundbites from Aaron Swartz, Evgeny Morozov and Christian Fuchs into a modern day rendition of "Do not go gentle into that good night".  

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Faking Cultural Literacy

Faking Cultural Literacy | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
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A piece about the tenuous nature of acquired information via scanning, clicking and sweeping. As ordered by algorithms.
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Only the powerful will benefit from the 'right to be forgotten'

Only the powerful will benefit from the 'right to be forgotten' | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Mark Stephens: The European search engine ruling weakens our democratic foundations and could lead to our history being rewritten
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The implications of the recent European Court of Justice rulings on the 'right to be forgotten' have yet to unravel.  From a practical point of view, Google will have its work cut out to execute what may be required from it .  Of much more concern is the likelihood that the organisations and persons seeking to obliterate their digital footprint will be precisely those whom we should hold particularly accountable for the way they behave - and not just online. And it's not just governments - but multinationals, rich brokers, people with access to very expensive lawyers.  Even in this age of mass surveillance, the likelihood is that we are likely swing further away from Berners-Lee's vision of the 'open internet' into one which is managed in the interest of the networks of hegemony - rather than the interests of the empowered individual. 

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100+ sources that every innovation professional should know

100+ sources that every innovation professional should know | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
Running innovation projects is hard. By definition you're doing new things so you can't rely on old habits and routines. If you and your innovation team don't f
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A pretty comprehensive Innovation Bucket List.  To be filed, tagged and retrieved in moments of inspiration or running into walls.

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Lawrence Lessig: The unstoppable walk to political reform

Seven years ago, Internet activist Aaron Swartz convinced Lawrence Lessig to take up the fight for political reform. A year after Swartz's tragic death, Less...
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Lessig is always compelling.

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Where are the real outsiders in New Media?

Where are the real outsiders in New Media? | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it

From Vox to 538, white guys get feted as the future of journalism while everyone else gets attacked and dismissed.

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Outsiders + Technology + Ubiquitous Internet = 'The Political'.  

 

Perhaps.  That's the promised land for those of us who intuitively associated social technologies with 'challenging power' and spent time engaging with the media, getting their hands dirty and thinking critically about 'political participation'.  There should be no surprises that poster boys backed by VCs will occupy whatever 'space' is left in 'digital journalism'.  You may disrupt the hegemony, but you know damn well that the process of re-negotiation starts with the first dent to the system.  

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Newly unsealed documents show Steve Jobs' brutal response after getting a Google employee fired

Newly unsealed documents show Steve Jobs' brutal response after getting a Google employee fired | Strategy and Social Media | Scoop.it
In early March, 2007, as Google was expanding fast and furiously, one of its recruiters from the “Google.com Engineering” group made a career-ending mistake: She cold-contacted an Apple engineer by...
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It's not particularly fashionable to debunk icons, particularly those forged in the 'uber-cool' of our technologies of life, c/o Silicon Valley.  Well, there's nothing uber-cool about this exchange of emails between Jobs, Schmidt and suits in Google and Apple.  Just scamper for Gramsci's notebooks and look up 'Fordism'.  

 

Jodi Dean nailed it when she (and others) started to rail about communicative capitalism.  Plus ca change.  

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