On programmer and internet artist Darius Kazemi‘s private social media network, he and 50 other handpicked users are the arbiters of what’s allowed—and what’s not. advertisement advertisement “On Twitter, you have to rely on Jack Dorsey to decide what speech is good and what speech is bad,” Kazemi says. “I can just talk to my 50 friends and say, we won’t stand for anyone who says pineapple on pizza is bad, and we will flat out ban people who dislike pineapple on pizza. We can do that as a community of 50.” It’s one of the perks of building a private social network website, which Kazemi started doing last summer. His handiwork, called Friend Camp, is a personalized offshoot of the open-source, decentralized social media site Mastodon, which is similar in format to Twitter. But because Kazemi is the administrator, he sets the norms and rules for how people on Friend Camp should behave. All the Friend Camp users’ … [Read more...] about Done with Facebook and Twitter? Try building your own private social network
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Facebook is losing its edge. The biggest name in social media has gone from scrappy upstart to tech establishment, and at this point, some sort of decline is inevitable. What’s most surprising, though, is how little the company seems to be doing about it. advertisement advertisement In a recent blog post, product designer Chrys Bader argues that Facebook’s nature as a social network demands that it be looked at as a social movement with four distinct phases: Emergence, Coalescence, Bureaucratization, and Decline. It’s not unlike the classic industry life cycle, but with one key distinction–a social movement seeks to be established in a culture. Once that happens, the movement becomes mainstream, and ceases to exist. Bader writes: What we’re seeing is a fundamental shift in the perception of what Facebook means to society. It has become institutionalized. It’s become the town square of the world. But that’s not where the kids hang … [Read more...] about 2014: Probably The End Of The Facebook Era
photograph by Nigel Parry advertisement Not content with bringing socialism to its boardroom, Flip cams to the family room, and comedic product placements to the nation’s TV screens, Cisco has just unveiled a set of Web-based communication products that could put the San Jose company into direct competition with both Google and Microsoft. Its entry into two new markets–hosted email and enterprise social software–is, says Cisco, part of a push to make business more people-centric than document-centric. This move signals a major shift for a company that is best known as the Internet’s plumber (the Internet’s backbone if you prefer). Along with a cloud-based mail system, WebEx Mail, the company is introducing a social video system, called Cisco Show and Share. According to the PR blurb, it “helps organizations create and manage highly secure video communities to share ideas and expertise, optimize global video collaboration, and personalize the … [Read more...] about Cisco’s Collaboration Platform: Facebook for Business?
A year and a half after its launch, it seems as though Upworthy is legitimately onto something. On a superficial level, the reason seems obvious: The company’s distinct headline style, which is both widely parodied and imitated, is working like gangbusters–the company is rapidly closing in on traffic giants like BuzzFeed and Gawker. But below the surface is a story of social networks and the algorithms they tinker with, and how tweaks to the formula can upend even the best laid plans for reaching massive amounts of people online. advertisement advertisement In a piece for the Atlantic, writer Robinson Meyer argues that while Upworthy and its many imitators have found success with their signature style, it was just a part of a larger story: Upworthy is one of the smaller traffic kingdoms in the middle of a distribution battle between Facebook and Twitter. Meyer cites this Facebook corporate blog post from mid-October in which the social media giant states that … [Read more...] about Why Upworthy’s Signature Headlines Are Only Half The Story
“We want a volunteer experience that can be done in no more than a day, and no less than a half-day.” advertisement advertisement Companies want to engage their communities through employee volunteering programs. For most, this means calling a non-profit and scheduling an activity. But how should non-profits respond? Is there a “best” answer for everyone? Everybody wants to volunteer. And those who don’t….well, they’re bound to feel a little left out of conversation at the next cocktail party. Volunteering is the latest and greatest way to contribute to society. It’s trendy – and unlike skinny jeans, this trend is bound to last. (Don’t get me wrong, I like skinny jeans.) As corporations jump on the volunteering band wagon, non-profits are frantically trying to manage the influx. Incidentally, they’re finding themselves a little (ok, a lot) frustrated. Corporations make a lot of sometimes unreasonable … [Read more...] about Corporate Volunteering: Top 7 Requests & the Bad, Better and Best Responses (1 of 7)