URLs of wisdom is a weekly round-up of interesting links about topics at the intersection of people, science and technology.
- How does false information spread online? We don’t know exactly…“Understanding the spread of false information online requires a better understanding of two things. First, how information spreads online; second, what we mean by false information.”
- Which of your Facebook friends make you happiest?
“Social media users engage in practices that alter their visibility to machine algorithms, including subtweeting, discussing a person’s tweets via ‘screen captures,’ and hate-linking.”
- We are drowning in data about readers and attention, but which metrics really matter? “…most content publishers are serving two very different masters: one is the reader, and the other is the advertiser…if you want to measure service to the reader then you have to look at different data.”
- Killing comments in news articles – does it actually encourage engagement? “it’s best to have one single thing that you’re asking your user to do. If that thing is “share this on social media,” a comment box can be a distraction.”
- Aleks Krotoski’s weekly Radio 4 podcast, Digital Human, is back – this week’s episode “Voice” considers questions such as why video content will never go viral and the emotional response we get when we hear the voice of someone we know.
- From the On Being archives – interview with Sherry Turkle, author of “Alone Together” on how technology is shaping our lives.
- Did readers actually read a story about reading? “on average, about one-third of news readers never start reading the page after they open it.
- Three issues: privacy, trust and the challenge of managing the popular culture record in a digital age.
- Managing change within communities – some lessons learned from Open Street Map. Great advice which includes the following key areas:
- Work in the open
- Do the work in small pieces
- Be polite
- Set bounds
- Call for closure
- Be patient
- Video linked to from the above post – Building Compassionate Communities in Tech. How do we encourage healthy (“non-violent”) communication in online communities? How do we not react badly to the trolls?
Web/Social media developments
- Facebook launches “nearby friends”
- A million little Facebook pieces “Facebook, massive and successful as it is, is no longer a company that defines new social experiences. It either copies them outright or it just buys them.”
- Social media lab – list of tools for social media research
Just for fun
Free speech – does it mean what you think it means…?