Thursday, 29 March 2012

Guardian open journalism: Three Little Pigs advert

Guardian open journalism: Three Little Pigs advert

"This advert for the Guardian's open journalism, screened for the first time on 29 February 2012, imagines how we might cover the story of the three little pigs in print and online. Follow the story from the paper's front page headline, through a social media discussion and finally to an unexpected conclusion"

Email is still more popular than Social Media

Even amidst all the new forms of SNS, e-mail still prevails as the most used form of communication on the internet

"Private research firm Ipsos polled 19,216 adults in 24 countries last month and found 85% of them used the Internet for email while 62% used it for social networking. Keren Gottfried, research manager at Ipsos, says she expected email use to trump that of social media"

"How people use the Internet varies from country to country. In Hungary, 94% go online to use email while only 46% do so in Saudi Arabia. In Indonesia, 83% of people use the Internet for social networking (defined in the study as visiting social networking sites, forums or blogs.) Social media use is also high in Argentina (76%), Russia (75%) and South Africa (73%). It’s low in Japan (35%) and Saudi Arabia (42%). The U.S. figure for social media use was right around the average: 61%.

Aside from email and social networking, another primary use of the Internet is for Voice-Over-IP. Overall, VOIP is used by 14% of people across the globe and trends high in Russia (36%), Turkey (32%) and India (25%). VOIP use is lowest in Brazil (4%), France (5%) and the U.S. (6%)"

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Ludicrous School Expels Student For Swearing On Twitter

We've covered the issue of social media impacting our professional lives, but now it is impacting you education as well? Teens were suspended for using profane language on twitter. But does this cross the line of personal privacy?

Saturday, 24 March 2012

It's a man's world on Google+

If women are from Pinterest, does that mean men are from Google+? An interesting article on the gender divisions found on the internet 
"A new report shows that Google+ is a man's world, with two-thirds of the social network's population falling into the XY chromosome camp. G-plusers also tend to be students, single and residents of the U.S. or India." 

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

A little birdie told me your teen is on twitter

Addresses the issue of privacy:
"While many parents are trying to keep up with Facebook’s ever-changing privacy policies, their kids are quietly taking their private conversations to Twitter. They are using multiple and anonymous accounts to communicate unobserved." 

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Microsoft’s Danah Boyd: Social Media Makes the World More Fearful

 "Information overload makes us numb, but things that freak us out have a rare ability to break through and capture our attention, Boyd said. As she put it, “The attention economy provides fertile ground for the culture of fear.”"

Sunday, 11 March 2012

An interesting commentary on the way we use and interact with Pinterest

RiP: A remix manifesto

"Immerse yourself in the energetic, innovative and potentially illegal world of mash-up media with RiP: A remix manifesto. Let web activist Brett Gaylor and musician Greg Gillis, better known as Girl Talk, serve as your digital tour guides on a probing investigation into how culture builds upon culture in the information age."

Monday, 5 March 2012

I Share, Therefore I am

Put Down the Phone and Learn to Be Alone (And to Listen), Says Sherry Turkle at TED

 "We constantly text and social network so we don’t have to feel lonely, but while peering into our phones we’re ignoring the people and the world around us. That’s a serious problem, one that should be addressed by technologists, regulators and norms, according to psychologist Sherry Turkle."

"All this time spent communicating digitally gives us “the illusion of companionship without the demands of friendship,” Turkle said. “If we’re not able to be alone, we’re going to be more lonely.”"