URLs of wisdom is a weekly round-up of interesting links about topics at the intersection of people, science and technology.
- Social media and the spiral of silence – new Pew Internet research report on how willing interviewees were to discuss the NSA/Snowden stories on- and offline.
- The Facebook experience without a like button “we’ll all have to find more intimate ways to tell each other what we like about them. Which might be a good thing for everybody.”
- Unfacebooking, randomizing and other ways to burst the filter bubble
- Reflections on online cruelty and kindness – “it’s incumbent upon those of us who host conversations or share our thoughts publicly online to try to respond with empathy, kindness and understanding where we can, and with polite but resolute moderation when others do not respond to those tactics or attack our friends and communities.”
- Three things I don’t like about science communication these days – Eva Amsen shares some of her concerns about how we’re talking to each other.
- How much is your privacy worth? $100 per month to sell it?
Web/Social media developments
- What is clickbait? As Facebook announces that it’s going to reduce the visibility of clickbaiting content in newsfeeds, what factors determine whether content is just for clicks or is actually engaging us?
- When it comes to chasing clicks, journalists say one thing but feel pressure to do another – “all media sites now rely on web analytics to make editorial decisions. But this does not mean that they all use and interpret metrics in similar ways. In fact, each editorial department makes sense of traffic numbers differently. There is not one but several “cultures of the click.”
- Instagram releases Hyperlapse – a stand-alone app that lets users create time lapse videos with motion stablisation. More on the tech behind it here.
- This week, Dietram Scheufle did a reddit Ask Me Anything about social media and science communication. Covers lots of topics including framing, social media use and commenting on news sites.
- Visualising the evolution of a scientific conference – interesting read on using data visualisation to look at how a conference has evolved over time.
- Concerns raised online linger – PubPeer allows users to leave anonymous comments about scientific papers – but are these being picked up by the original publishers? How do we join up innovations?
- Linguistic traces of a scientific fraud – new paper in PLOSONE where linguistic analyses reveals differences between fraudulent publications and genuine ones.
- Cliquenomics – “as much as I am sensitive to why communities are formed, I’m also sensitive to who gets left out and why. there are those we should be wary of (like people with malicious intent) but in our zeal to “belong”, we sometimes overlook people we might be keeping out because of things we take for granted.”
- A rough guide to science advice – great 8 point list about engaging around science policy issues.
- The hype cycle of emerging technologies – chart from the Gartner report on where new technologies currently sit with respect to their possible benefits
Just for fun
All that weird text speak is ruining our writing skills, isn’t it…?