Thursday, April 10, 2014
Television pushes social media really hard in its advertising these days. You'll see ads and even TV shows with hashtags in the corner, and anyone who watches AMC shows knows about their whole "second screen experience" deal which keeps you tethered to your computer while you watch The Walking Dead or Mad Men. But Nielsen has found that most viewers aren't all that engaged with social media while they watch TV.
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
PJ wrote an article a couple weeks ago about attempts to curb gun sales on Facebook. He was skeptical that such a ban would work. This week, after a lot of vocal protest and a petition that got 230,000 signatures, Facebook announced new measures to prevent Facebook gun sales. Judging by these new measures, it looks like PJ's skepticism was justified.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
If you’ve got a friend who posts every single Upworthy article, you can put a stop to the deluge without unfriending.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
There’s a culture of journalists who are Facebook truthers - they’ll believe anything about the company “as long as it’s totally outlandish.”
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
A special mini-episode of TLDR to get your mouth watering for tomorrow's non-mini episode!
This week, a man named Matthew Mills interrupted the post-Super Bowl MVP press conference to let the world know that 9/11 was perpetrated by the US Government. News outlets pounced at the chance to interview him, flocking to the internet to locate his web presence. A few ended up contacting a different Matthew Mills, who gamely played along. PJ talks to the non-conspiracy minded Matthew Mills about his run-ins with the news media.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Sunday, January 05, 2014
Anyone who can see your post can see a full history of its edits. All they have to do is click the gray text that reads "Edited" at the bottom of your comment, just to the left of the "Like" button.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
See the picture that leads this article? It's pretty intense, right? Techdirt shared a story this morning from a couple weeks ago about an anti-immigrant conservative Florida political group that posted this image on its Facebook. The only problem is that the image was lifted from the video game Bioshock Infinite, and was specifically intended to parody uncritical nationalism.
Thursday, December 26, 2013
If 2014 is the year we read a never-ending parade of stories about the Death of Facebook, you can probably safely ignore them. The first sign that Facebook’s actually in trouble will be when it's no longer popular enough to earn clickbait pieces about its imminent death.
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Yesterday, blogger Matthew Keys published the kind of nerdy exclusive that excites a small percentage of geeks (present company included). Twitter, Keys wrote, was going to add an “edit” button in the near future.
Friday, December 06, 2013
Facebook announced plans this week to tweak their news feed algorithm to serve users more high quality content and less of what Facebook called “the latest meme.”
Friday, November 29, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
There’s an old joke - I don’t even know if it qualifies as a joke - about the idea that people claim to read Playboy for the articles. A new Pew study finds that we’re using Facebook for news, but we don’t admit it to ourselves.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Wait, what? Facebook has once again updated its policy on beheading videos: they’re not allowed.