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Facebook is Like a Disease, But Recovery is Near

April 3, 2014

Facebook is Like a Disease, But Recovery is Near

“A new study of Facebook has predicted that the social network’s rapid growth will prove unsustainable and that the site will lose 80 per cent of its users between 2015 and 2017.

A group of Princeton researchers has compared Facebook to a highly infectious disease, claiming that after it reaches a certain critical mass of ‘infected’ users, these individuals will ‘recover’ and quit the site.”

– “Facebook is an ‘infectious disease’ and will lose 80% of users by 2017, according to researchers,” James Vincent, The Independent

If you’s like to see how Princeton’s engineers apply an epidemiological model to social media, you can read study here:

“Epidemiological modeling of online social network dynamics,” John Cannarella and Joshua A. Spechler, arXiv

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Turkey Tries to Turn Off Twitter

March 24, 2014

Turkey Tries to Turn Off Twitter

In a frantic effort to keep a lid on dissent, Turkey’s political leaders are blaming an outside agitator — Twitter — and they’re desperately trying to shut it down. The real problem seems to be insider information on corruption in those tweets, though, and not the micro-blogging platform itself. And work-arounds make a shut-off attempt futile. Twitter can be accessed through other sites and even by SMS text messaging.

More:

“Turkey: Twitter allows ‘character assassination, ‘” Suzan Fraser, AP via Fort Worth Star‑Telegram

“Twitter May Have Exposed Government Corruption, So Turkey Is Banning Twitter,” Sara Morrison, The Wire

“Turkey blocks use of Twitter after prime minister attacks social media site,” Kevin Rawlinson, The Guardian

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Instagram Gun Deals

October 23, 2013

Instagram Gun Deals

Firearms enthusiasts like shooting snapshots of their guns almost as much as shooting the guns themselves. And a cell phone photo is worth a thousand tweets … and a thousand bucks to an illegal gun dealer. Brian Ries explains:

“Users of Instagram, which has no explicit policy prohibiting the sale of firearms, can easily find a chrome-plated antique Colt, a custom MK12-inspired AR-15 tricked-out with ‘all best of the best parts possible,’ and an HK416D .22LR rifle by simply combining terms like #rifle or #ar15 with #forsale. These are handguns, shotguns, assault rifles, and everything in between being sold in an open, pseudo-anonymous online marketplace. With no federal law banning online sales and differing, loophole-ridden state laws, many gun control advocates are concerned about the public safety consequences of this unregulated market.”

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Purgatory Pass? Tweet the Pope.

July 20, 2013

Purgatory Pass? Tweet the Pope.

“In its latest attempt to keep up with the times the Vatican has married one of its oldest traditions to the world of social media by offering ‘indulgences’ to followers of Pope Francis’ tweets.

The church’s granted indulgences reduce the time Catholics believe they will have to spend in purgatory after they have confessed and been absolved of their sins.”

More:

“Vatican offers ‘time off purgatory’ to followers of Pope Francis tweets,” Tom Kington, The Guardian

And for His Holiness:

“The Complete Guide to Twitter Lingo,” Amy-Mae Elliot, Mashable

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The Library of Congress Has All Your Tweets. Now What?

January 4, 2013

The Library of Congress Has All Your Tweets. Now What?
The Library of Congress archives all public messages on Twitter. This was announced two years ago (on Twitter, of course). The Library has the very first tweet, the Twitter equivalent of the Gutenberg Bible. It preserves Barack Obama’s presidential victory tweet as well as George Washington’s diary.

Now that the Library has amassed this huge and growing sea of  social media data, it doesn’t know what to do with it. Meanwhile, the tweets keep gushing in.

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NotionsCapital: 2012 in Review

January 1, 2013

NotionsCapital: 2012 in Review

This blog was viewed about 140,000 times in 2012 by readers from 188 countries. Those remaining 7 countries don’t know what they’re missing.

In 2012 there were 454 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 2,693 posts. Most were illustrated with mashups from our Flickr file.

The busiest day of the year was March 6th with 2,654 views. The most popular post that day was a typically hard-hitting think piece, “Oreo Cookie Centennial.” Best ever? 48,132 views of Congress Reaps Pizza Harvest on November 17, 2011. Total views of NotionsCapital.com since August 2007: 1,122,131.

Thanks folks!

(Stats from WordPress.com)

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The Pope is on Twitter.

December 14, 2012

The Pope is on Twitter.
Pope Benedict XVI is on Twitter, tweeting encyclicals in 140 CXL letters. Actually, His Holiness was on the Twitter last year, about the same time he went on Facebook, but this is his very own personal account, and his handle is @Pontifex. Twitter Followers: 1,104,394, Following: 0.  That’s your Vatican table of organization right there.

But Twitter works in mysterious ways. The Pope invited questions to the hashtag #askpontifex, unleashing a flood of tweeted inquiries about faith, sex, scandal and lunch. More queries of the curia curious can be found here and here.

More:

“To Tweet the Infallible Tweet,” Steven Mazie, Big Think

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The Pope Tweets

November 10, 2012

The Pope Tweets

Pope Benedict XVI is on Twitter. Well, he will be before the end of the year, anyway.

Actually, His Holiness was on the Twitter last year, about the same time he went on Facebook, but this will be his very own account.

We look forward to reading encyclicals written in 140 CXL letters.

More:

“Pope Benedict to guide followers with personal Twitter account,” Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian

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Tweet for Your Tea

July 2, 2012

Twitter for Your Tea

If you’re strolling through Wembley Square in Cape Town and you’d like a nice cold rooibos iced tea, reach for your iPhone, not a coin. Tweet the hashtag on the front of the Bos brands Iced Tea vending machine and it will give you a can for free.

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