“The algorithm looks at all kinds of interactions with tweets including retweets, favorites, and more to identify the tweets with the highest velocity beyond expectations. [It's] intended to highlight Tweets from all users and doesn’t favor those with large follower counts.
The algorithm is unknown, and has existed for between two and three years. While it initially seemed to concentrate on celebrities, it now has results from all over twitter. Read more…
Just as I’m wondering how to get rid of a load of old books, an article called ARE BOOKS DOOMED?!11!1!! appears. (Skip to the end for the heavy thud of the whopping books infographic, courtesy of American online education resource Schools.com, and found via Mashable.) Read more…
I don’t trust social media – I think it’s all a bunch of bullshit. I think it’s a manoeuvre. It’s Orwellian. This small screen is going to hypnotise you. You’re going to do what it wants you to do. What does it want you to do? It wants you to text your friend. What are you saying to your friend? You’re going to say: “I’m on the corner!” – and your friend says: “I’m on the other corner!” Is that what you’re saying … is that what you’re thinking? Wait a minute.You don’t even know what you think and what you feel if that’s what you’re doing all day and night.
Besides, all this social media – they’re hooked to transactions in some way and they’re delivering this massive audience – to whom? So I don’t like it and I don’t trust it.
They say: “Oh, the Arab Spring!” Well, the goddamn military took over Egypt anyway in the end. Who says they got a revolution? What revolution? The fucking military went in there like they always have done.
To me, the point is you turn the screen off and listen to yourself and maybe you’ll have an idea. Maybe it might be a good idea, something you can do to help out.
Via Instagram – daibaker: How NBC judges the medal table, look who’s on top
Is bronze worth more than gold? US “news” channel NBC thinks so.
In every single London 2012 Olympics table, at least in the right-thinking world, the stats currently look like this:
Because that’s the order a descending order of medals should go in.
But not according to America’s commercial broadcasting television network NBC, who not only value bronze medals above gold, but for No Reason Whatsoever decide to accompany a London 2012 Olympics graphic with the logo of farcical food purveyors and nutritional clowns McDonalds.
(“Official restaurant.” That will never not be funny, either)
This would be hilarious if it wasn’t also slightly sinister. As if the Hitler Youth had been clothed by Abercrombie & Fitch…
There are some weird iconographic decisions going on in this photo. You can almost hear the designer going “No, make the black guy shorter than the white guy. And lighten the skin tone. No, ALL the skin tones.”
Oh, and in case you were wondering, these uniforms are proudly made in China by weeping sweatshop children. Gawd bless ‘Murica.
I take back most of my criticisms of the outfit. In the context of the opening ceremony, the uniforms looked completely appropriate, and certainly weren’t the most outlandish.
Social Media - Journalists and Public Relations Professionals are poised to be amazing content creators in the new social media world. Journalists are probably the best content creators when it comes to social media because they can craft compelling content and understand what is newsworthy. Reuters released Social Pulse earlier this year creating a tool for journalists to monitor company chatter. Journalists make excellent bloggers and have the ability to create tight, focused content on a deadline. Did I mention editing? Journalists are also extremely skilled at editing, turning around tweets, blog posts and other types of digital content. Public Relations professionals are also poised to be experts in the social media world — they, too understand what is newsworthy, how to be concise, write for reports and how to attract attention.
Idris Jenkins was a handsome man. Jet black hair and a kindly face. Big, perceptive eyes. A Welsh face. A familiar face. I remember it being full of love. Features slightly oversized, or at least they seemed so, to my young eyes. Read more…