URLs of wisdom is a weekly round-up of interesting links about topics at the intersection of people, science and technology.
- Publicly available data from Twitter is public evidence and does not necessarily constitute an “ethical dilemma” – Ernesto Priego argues that “Publicly published data is public evidence and it should be subject to public research– Facebook is not Twitter, and Twitter research is not hacking into private mobile phone messages or emails. There is a difference between surveillance and recording for historical/sociological/scientific other research.”
- And here’s the announcement of which six organisations have been awarded the Twitter Data Grants, giving them access to the Twitter archives. Projects include looking at discussion of diseases online and measuring the happiness of cities.
- How is Twitter different during a big news event? “Despite the potential for social media to create larger public squares with more diverse voices speaking, occasions for large-scale shared attention such as media events appear to undermine this deliberative potential by replacing existing interpersonal social dynamics with increased collective attention to existing “stars”
- Social dynamics of Twitter usage in London, Paris and NYC
- How advanced socialbots have infiltrated Twitter (according to follower numbers and Klout scores – be interesting to ask other users how they actually perceived them).
- It doesn’t just break on Twitter – characterising Facebook content during real world events. “Contrary to existing notion that Facebook is used mostly as a private network, our findings reveal that more than 30% of public content that was present on Facebook during these events, was also present on Twitter.”
- Facebook wants to listen in on what you’re doing “The tech giant does seem well-aware that in these days of Snowden surveillance revelations, people might not be too keen for Facebook to take control of their smartphone’s mic and start listening in on them by default. It’s only rolling out the feature in the U.S. and a product PR person emphasized repeatedly that no recording is being stored, only “code.”
- Google receives 12, 000 requests to be forgotten from Europeans on day 1
- Stack Overflow founder’s next big thing: reinventing online communities – “The only kind of moderation that scales with the community is the community” – Jeff Atwood on Discourse, which aims to revamp online discussion forums.
- Diary of a corporate sell out – what happens to the community on your startup site when you’re bought out? Upcoming’s story “Building an online community is like throwing a big party. You build the house, decorate it, and send out some invites. But it’s the people that show up that make it special. When you sell the house, you’re not just selling a house. You’re selling everyone inside.”
- Where do community organisers fall off the rails?
- Who’s behind the tweet? How 7 news orgs manage their Twitter and Facebook accounts
Web/Social media developments
- A platform and blogging tool – Medium charms writers – “It turns out the Internet, like every other technology, doesn’t trend toward good or bad. It is just a convenience machine for what people want.”
- More changes to the Facebook newsfeed – this time auto-sharing from 3rd party apps will be less favoured that stories explicitly created within Facebook.
- The popular apps that many have never heard of
- Does innovation by Chinese social networks give a glimpse of Facebook’s future?
- Mary Meeker’s state of the internet summary and a reworking of her slides.
- The top ten posts from COMPASS about sharing your science
- The art and science of data-driven journalism – report by Alex Howard with 14 findings, recommendations and predictions, including:
- Better tools will emerge that democratise data skills
- More journalists will need to study social sciences and statistics
- Collaborate with libraries and universities as archives, hosts and educators