For Immediate Release 113: Not a 280-Character Episode
For Immediate Release 113: Not a 280-Character Episode
appiiscreens Shel and I recorded the November edition of the monthly Hobson & Holtz Report podcast. We had a great chinwag on these topics:
  • A follow-up to our KFC story (about 11 herbs and spices); the social media team struck again.
  • Twitter has made its new expanded 280 character count available to almost everyone. Not everyone is happy about it.
  • Uber’s new CEO took an investigator’s advice and scrapped the company’s old values statements. Instead of simply crafting a new one, he crowdsourced it to his employees, who responded in a big way.
  • The traditional media thinks the fake news problem is elevating trust in the traditional media. Audiences don’t agree.
  • When pregnant US mums get information from a website with social media elements, they’re more likely to get their children vaccinated and keep those vaccinations up to date. There are
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Social Web Recap 13.11.17

A weekly annotated short summary of significant social web platform developments from the previous week, with links and carping marginalia as needed . . . Posted every Monday morning or thereabouts.
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In keeping with last week's theme of changes in the architecture of news usage, Pew Research Center reports that the gap between television and online news consumption is narrowing—"The share of Americans who often get news from TV – whether from local TV news, nightly network TV news or cable news – has fallen, while the portion of Americans often getting news online – either from news websites/apps or social media – has grown."


Surely the biggest news last week was the planned redesign of the Snapchat application to make it easier to use (about bloody time) announced by Snap Inc. CEO Evan Spiegel.  According to Business Insider, the key features of the redesign will be a streamlined Continue reading "Social Web Recap 13.11.17"

Twitter offers richer scope with 280 characters
Twitter offers richer scope with 280 characters
Twitter Since Twitter first appeared in 2006, the notion of sharing your thoughts and those of others in a concise 140-character message you can create and share from myriad devices has become an enduring aspect of the social web. Today for many, it’s an essential communication tool that enables direct and unfiltered connection between individuals that results in engagement and even relationships. For others, it’s seen as a marketing channel that pays only lip service to authenticity. And for others still, it’s a dark place filled with fake news, misinformation and propaganda. One thing many of its roughly 100 million global daily active users might agree about is that Twitter can be a challenge to get a message across in only 140 characters. It often requires some smart thinking about words, grammar and meaning, requiring clever editing to get all you want
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SDF Podcast 13: 1984 meets Pavlov’s dogs
SDF Podcast 13: 1984 meets Pavlov’s dogs
Trust “Trust, but verify” is a phrase that was used often by Ronald Reagan. It is more than a little ironic that this is originally a Russian proverb (Doveryai, no proveryai). Trust is also what links the various topics in episode 13 of our podcast (with show notes written by Thomas Stoeckle). From Chinese citizen scores to alleged irregularities in the UK referendum and the US presidential election, the implications of GDPR and the prospects of blockchain: trust is the glue that should hold together the fabric of such interactions, in private as well as public contexts.

China scores its citizens

Writer and academic Rachel Botsman calls her analysis of our hyperconnected, hyperpartisan times Who Can You Trust. Both Neville and I are currently reading the book, and it will feature in our next podcast (by which time I
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Artificial intelligence risks GM-style public backlash, experts warn
Artificial intelligence risks GM-style public backlash, experts warn
Stop the Robots Researchers say social, ethical and political concerns in the UK about artificial intelligence (AI) are mounting and greater oversight is urgently needed, according to the Guardian. Otherwise, we could expect to see the kind of social disruption that greeted the advent of genetically-modified (GM) foods during the past decades. The Guardian’s report notes that there are no testing standards or requirement for AI to explain their decisions. There is also no organisation equipped to monitor and investigate any bad decisions or accidents. AI has entered public consciousness during the past couple of years with largely a negative focus. In how AI is reported in the media – mainstream and social – that focus tends to be about how the robots are coming to take away our jobs, our livelihoods, our comfort zones. Undoubtedly, elements of AI – notably automation
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Social Web Recap 23.10.17

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The survey from investment firm PiperJaffray finds that "7 percent of surveyed teens say Snapchat is their preferred social media, up from 39 percent in the spring".  However, Facebook's efforts to retrofit Instagram to match Snapchat's appeal "have been paying off as Instagram has eaten away at Snapchat’s share of new users in the U.S., according to data from Adobe", although Instagram "hasn’t been the most popular platform since 2015, according to the survey data." 


I had never heard of it . (If you haven't guessed, I'm not a teen.) But Facebook last week acquired an app used by teens to send compliments to each other. Shanon Liao at The Verge reports that "Tbh lets you send prewritten compliments to friends, a method aimed at preventing people from writing nasty comments and cyberbullying." Sounds good. Facebook began testing a new feature called 'Sets' Continue reading "Social Web Recap 23.10.17"

For Immediate Release 109: CEOs Torturing English
For Immediate Release 109: CEOs Torturing English
Listening Shel and I recorded the October edition of the monthly Hobson & Holtz Report. This month’s topics: