• That Moment Social Media Sets You Free
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    That Moment Social Media Sets You Free

    – My family has always been told we’re so beautiful, and I always felt like for me, it was from the neck up. So I was born a happy, normal baby. My mom would describe me as perfect, but about two weeks after I was born, she noticed that my hands were different sizes, and they found out that I was born with a rare bone disease called Ollier’s and Maffucci’s syndrome. I can remember playing in the snow during winter, and my aunt said something like, “Oh with that snowsuit on, “Ash looks normal.” And I remember one time when I was getting my jeans hemmed, the tailor, he…

  • Trump calls Google, Twitter biased, says they should be sued
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    Trump calls Google, Twitter biased, says they should be sued

    >>SOMEBODY SAID THEY DON’T WANT WHAT HAPPENED IN 2016 TO HAPPEN IN 2020. THEY DON’T WANT IT TO HAPPEN AGAIN, IS THAT WHAT YOU’RE REFERRING TO?>>LET ME TELL YOU, THEY’RE TRYING TO RIG THE ELECTION. THAT IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE LOOKING AT, NOT THE WITCH-HUNT, PHONY WITCH-HUNT.>>IS WHAT TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES DOING TO YOU, IS THAT LEGAL, ARE THEY BREAKING THE LAW, MR. PRESIDENT?>>I DON’T KNOW BUT TELL YOU WHAT, THEY SHOULD BE SUED. NEIL: PRESIDENT TRUMP SLAMMING GOOGLE, OTHER TECH COMPANIES CLAIMING THEY’RE SUPPRESSING HIS REACH AND COULD HURT HIM AGAIN. “WASHINGTON EXAMINER” ON ALL OF THIS. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF ALL THIS?>>LOOK, NEIL, ONE THING THERE IS…

  • Check Email and Social Media Obsessively? It’s Basic Biology | Tim Wu
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    Check Email and Social Media Obsessively? It’s Basic Biology | Tim Wu

    You know one of the most important chapters in establishing our present existence so to speak, our present media existence was the realization of the power of the check-in. That is that urge, maybe you’ve felt it, I’ve got to check my email or maybe I should see what’s going on in my Twitter stream or it’s time to go to Facebook. That’s kind of an unusual thing. I don’t know how you’d explain it to another generation but it’s kind of almost like a biological feeling that you need to check-in. I would say it was invented sometime in the 1970’s with email, the first emails. In fact, the…

  • Startup Social Chain Takes Social-Media Marketing To A New Level (HBO)
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    Startup Social Chain Takes Social-Media Marketing To A New Level (HBO)

    As big brands look for new ways to engage with millennials, they’ve shifted their advertising strategy towards social media. And the people who best understand how to gain traction on social networks are millennials themselves, so brands are paying very young people shocking amounts of money to market to their peers. And it’s working. — So this mural here is the answer to the question, “What would The Last Supper look like if it happened today?” — Social Chain is the creation of Steve Bartlett, a 24-year-old university dropout. In 2014, Steve started hiring the authors of popular social media channels, often teenagers living at home, and brought them into…

  • Why Billionaires Don’t Let Their Kids Use Social Media | The Realist 7 Minute Speech
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    Why Billionaires Don’t Let Their Kids Use Social Media | The Realist 7 Minute Speech

    it’s hard to be very empathetic and have a strong connection if you don’t see and hear someone for a long period of time and people default to using their devices don’t accept what you see with your eyes look for something deeper we underestimate how artificial it is to have a constant companion you’re doing this because you I want to feel accepted but by doing this all the time you’re actually feeling less connected and less accepted you’re absorbing too much information on our phone actually we’re thinking about ourselves getting outside of yourself and finding other people more interesting than your selling news technology is a bridge…

  • Facebook and Twitter delete accounts ‘undermining’ Hong Kong protest | Tech Wash
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    Facebook and Twitter delete accounts ‘undermining’ Hong Kong protest | Tech Wash

    Both Facebook and Twitter are banned in China but that has not stopped Beijing using both platforms to advance its own agenda, whether that is by taking out accounts for its own officials or by simply paying for advertising. But in recent months, as pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong have ramped up, both Twitter and Facebook say they have seen the use of their platforms for something more sinister. Both companies say they have noticed co-ordinated attempts by the government in Beijing to spread disinformation about the protests and to undermine their legitimacy. Twitter says it has taken down 936 accounts, which it said originated from mainland China and were…

  • The Manipulation of Twitter – Smarter Every Day 214
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    The Manipulation of Twitter – Smarter Every Day 214

    – You’ve probably heard a lot of talk lately about bots on Twitter or even foreign involvement in our political process. For example, the president of the United States publicly thanked a Twitter account which we now know was run by malicious actors located somewhere in Russia. Now, depending on what your political views are you might be inclined to roll your eyes and make some kind of joke about the president being tricked, but this is far more than that. This reply is totally something I would do. If an account with over 100,000 followers Tweeted something nice to me I think an appropriate response would be thank you…

  • Social Media’s Dark Side: How Facebook and Snapchat Try to Steal Our Self-Worth | Tristan Harris
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    Social Media’s Dark Side: How Facebook and Snapchat Try to Steal Our Self-Worth | Tristan Harris

    Well, there’s a really common misconception that technology is neutral and it’s up to us to just choose how to use it. And so we’re sitting there and we’re scrolling and we find ourselves in this kind of wormhole and then we say, “Oh man, like, I should really have more self-control.” And that’s partially true, but what we forget when we talk about it that way is that there’s a thousand engineers on the other side of the screen whose job it was to get my finger to do that the next time. And there’s this whole playbook of techniques that they use to get us to keep using…

  • The MOST IMPORTANT STEP in Creating a Social Media Plan (With Duke Caboom!)
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    The MOST IMPORTANT STEP in Creating a Social Media Plan (With Duke Caboom!)

    Hello and welcome! Ryan Lassiter here with everything branding, content, perspective, and push. Today, I’m going to show you the most important step in creating any social media plan with the help of Canada’s most spectacular stuntman, Duke Caboom. Caboom. Creating content for social media can be scary. You can get lost in a sea of tutorials, eaten by the expectations of invisible audiences, and you can quit before you’ve even begun. Enter the Canuck with all the luck, Duke Caboom. Wait, you haven’t seen toy story four yet? Well, if you haven’t, here’s the 15-second rundown. Duke Caboom is Canada’s greatest stuntman. However, out of the box, his first…

  • The Upside of Social Media Narcissism
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    The Upside of Social Media Narcissism

    An older colleague of mine, Huw, often complains about “kids these days–with their tweeting, Facebook. A whole generation of self-absorbed, narcissistic people.” Narcissism is defined as the obsession with your appearance, being extremely egotistical, or having an unhealthy admiration of your intellect. Is the millennial generation really more narcissistic than previous generations? And are sites like Facebook to blame? A study found that two thirds of college students were more narcissistic than the average college student 30 years ago. To measure this, researchers used the Narcissistic Personality Inventory. It measures your self love by asking questions with a forced choice. For example, pick one: I want to amount to something…