URLs of wisdom is a weekly round-up of interesting links about topics at the intersection of people, science and technology.
- The anatomy of a forgotten network – analysis of Tumblr:
“Tumblr is even denser than Twitter, with almost 30 percent of connections being reciprocated. What’s more, the average distance between two users in Tumblr is 4.7; in other words one user can connect to another in an average of 4.7 steps. That’s half the distance of the blogosphere and about the same as the distances in Facebook and Twitter.”
- How Twitter has changed over the years in 12 charts – round up of Twitter stats by Alexis Madrigal. We RTing more, replying less and don’t change our handles very often…
- How your location data is being used to predict the events you’ll want to attend – algorithm created by researchers at the University of Cambridge can predict which events you attend.
- Keep your friends close and your Facebook friends closer
- Why privacy is actually thriving online – when privacy is about what we choose not to reveal.
- Love in a time of Internet – on unfollowing exes online. New TechCrunch column on digital love.
- Update to the post on gender balance in science blogging networks
- March highlights from the world of science publishing – latest update from Anna Sharman’s blog.
Web/Social media developments
- Why is Facebook page reach decreasing? We’re following more and more pages each year so competition for visibility in the news feed increases. The algorithm that calculates what appears in your news feed apparently assesses more than 10, 000 factors!
- The state of community management 2013 – some interesting info in this report by the Community Roundtable, including a challenge to the assumption that the 90:9:1 rule always applies for online engagement.
- Older adults and technology use – latest report from the Pew Research Internet Group.
“Two different groups of older Americans emerge. The first group (which leans toward younger, more highly educated, or more affluent seniors) has relatively substantial technology assets, and also has a positive view toward the benefits of online platforms. The other (which tends to be older and less affluent, often with significant challenges with health or disability) is largely disconnected from the world of digital tools and services, both physically and psychologically.”
Just for fun