URLs of wisdom (26th April)

URLs of wisdom is a weekly round-up of interesting links about topics at the intersection of people, science and technology.


  • This week’s episode of Aleks Krotoski’s Digital Human focuses on the spread of misinformation online.

  • Catfishing – the truth about deception online The term catfish was made popular by the 2010 documentary film by the same name (which has also morphed into a series on MTV). It refers to a person who is intentionally deceptive when creating a social media profile, often with the goal of making a romantic connection.”
  • Careful when asking the internet’s opinion of you…Social media campaigns that went wrong.
  • Speed-reading apps may kill comprehension “…as the length and complexity of an article or book increases, the number of places where comprehension can go awry grows accordingly. “Removing eye movements from the reading process is precisely the fatal flaw in such speed-reading apps and the reason why they will not be useful for reading any text that is not extremely easy or short,” the authors conclude.”
  • The psychology of unfriending someone on Facebook

Academia Online

  • Are 90% of academic papers really never cited? “Many academic articles are never cited, although I could not find any study with a result as high as 90%. Non-citation rates vary enormously by field. “Only” 12% of medicine articles are not cited, compared to about 82% (!) for the humanities. It’s 27% for natural sciences and 32% for social sciences…”


  • The State of Community Management 2014 – annual report created by the Community Roundtable. This year’s version includes discussion of the importance of advocacy programmes and executive engagement for the success of online communities.
  • Facebook’s friend problem “Although social communication is now easier than ever, it seems that our capacity for maintaining emotionally close relationships is finite…Facebook needs Facebook to feel smaller again if it wants to stay at the center of our social lives.”
  • The dark side of community management – old (but wise!) presentation from Community Roundtable about the dangers of Community Manager burnout.

Web/Social media developments

Lots of news about…consuming news.

  • The New York Times launches The Upshot “we believe many people don’t understand the news as well as they would like. The second reason we’re starting the Upshot is that the Internet and the spread of digital data have created new opportunities for journalists. Data-based reporting used to be mostly a tool for investigative journalists who could spend months sorting through reams of statistics to emerge with an exclusive story. But the world now produces so much data, and personal computers can analyze it so quickly, that data-based reporting deserves to be a big part of the daily news cycle.”
  • Facebook teams with Storyful to highlight news content published on the social network. FB Newswire is just the latest move Facebook has made in recent months to promote newsworthy content as it has tweaked its News Feed and search algorithms, introduced trending topics, and added hashtag functionality….Facebook decided to partner with Storyful because it specializes in locating and verifying user generated content from across the social web.”
  • A better breed of news app To date, the taxonomy of news apps has been three-part: there are apps associated with individual publishers, such as the Economist, the Financial Times, and the Huffington Post;apps that use machine-based methods to curate and condense news from a variety of sources, like Pulse, Zite, and Summly; and apps that users themselves set up, such as Feedly and NetNewsWire, among many others. Two new apps, Inside and Paper, take another approach: they also curate from a variety of sources, but the news they show readers has been selected from trusted publications by humans.”

And other news…

  • Twitter now allows you to select a tweet to pin to the top of your profile.
  • G+ is walking dead  Vic Gundotra, Google’s Senior Vice President of Social is leaving the company.  Interesting personal reflection on the project by Danny Crichton.  “There is a precision to Google+’s circles that simply doesn’t exist in our complicated social lives. We can’t just bucket our friends, because we don’t think of them in such a way. But the circles model made sense in a culture where data and algorithms reign supreme.”


Just for fun

But what about all the different versions of your dissertation/reports?  .fin .fin2 .reallyfinthistime .reallyfinwithedits etc


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