1. The information demanded by the DOJ is sweeping in scope. It includes all mailing addresses and billing information known for the user, all connection records and session times, all IP addresses used to access Twitter, all known email accounts, as well as the “means and source of payment,” including banking records and credit cards. It seeks all of that information for the period beginning November 1, 2009, through the present. […] On January 5, the same judge directed that the Order be unsealed at Twitter’s request in order to inform the users and give them 10 days to object; had Twitter not so requested, it would have been compelled to turn over this information without the knowledge of its users. […] Suffice to say, this is a serious escalation of the DOJ’s efforts to probe, harass and intimidate anyone having to do with WikiLeaks.
     

     twitter  social media  internet  information  prosecution  wikileaks  private  public  law 

  2. webbys:

    The Webby Debates Presented by Aquent, episode 2: “Social Media is Overrated” premieres *tomorrow* (Nov. 30) on CNNMoney.com!

    Watch Gary Vaynerchuk, “The Social Media Sommelier,” go head-to-head with Paul Carr, TechCrunch columnist who famously quit social media, as they debate the question, “Is social media overrated?”

    For more info on The Webby Awards: http://www.webbyawards.com/debates

     

     digital  media  social media  debate 

  3.  

     social media  literature  écriture  narrative  twitter 

  4. openmindeddk:

    Interactive Twitter-based murals promote Canada

    The Canadian Tourism Commission (CTC) has launched interactive murals to inspire Americans to book a Canadian vacation. These murals have taken over the streets of New York, Chicago and Los Angeles this summer - pulling content from Twitter to display real-time updates from and about Canada.

    The Canadian Tourism Commission run their own twitter profile at @keep_exploring

    - Jens

     

     interactivity  projection  social media  social interaction  twitter  actual / virtual 

  5. The Facebook verification codes. You know. The little box with the words Security Check in the top left corner and a security verification code that you need to interpret and repeat to be able to finalize a “friend” request or a post. They consist of two words, picked out at random I’m sure, depicted in wavy, concave/convex letters on an alternately positive/negative black and white background. 

    I’ve started writing them down because to me they shape a pattern. Either within themselves or as a whole, taken together. In all their randomness these two word combinations seem to make a strange kind of sense to either shape a narrative or to open up vast scope when it comes the possibilities of narrative.

    Here are some I’ve written down in the course of the last week or so,

    trying somehow

    These symbols

    langdon cities

    famous Mr

    pleasure where

    Lackluster hiring

    continued bulky

    street salvers

    blissful visit

    in slanders

    pharisee cured

    So what are these words? Do they mean anything? Of course they mean something, words are meant as vessels of meaning, but how come so many of the combinations look and sound as if though they’re clearly thought out?

    Are they fragments of voices? Bits and pieces of our story flying through the digital realm taking off in myth and landing on our screens as words from the past, a new legend?

    Rest of the article and a funny conspiracy idea (God speaks to people through Facebook).

     

     facebook  social media  narrative  randomness  computer 

  6. newyorker:

politico:

markcoatney:

tanya77:

soupsoup:

Facebook and Twitter’s New Rival

For publishers, services like Tumblr reflect a broader shift in their relationship with their audience, said James E. Katz, a professor of communications at Rutgers University.
“Going back 20 years, publications like Rolling Stone didn’t interact with readers except for letters to the editor,” Mr. Katz said. “One of the realizations that cultural leaders and publishers have had is that there is a lot of expertise, wisdom and ideas in their readership.”
The ability to respond online turns readers into co-creators, he said, which can give them a sense of ownership.
“That is an extremely valuable commodity for publishers these days, even if it does not yet translate to revenue,” Mr. Katz said.


TUMBLR/NY Times FTW!

Apparently, they found some other news to also print in the NYT, but none so important as this. Seriously, this was really nice; thanks, Jenna.

Interesting (and inevitable) trend piece from the NYT, that should have just been titled Why Tumblr Is Awesome.

    newyorker:

    politico:

    markcoatney:

    tanya77:

    soupsoup:

    Facebook and Twitter’s New Rival

    For publishers, services like Tumblr reflect a broader shift in their relationship with their audience, said James E. Katz, a professor of communications at Rutgers University.

    “Going back 20 years, publications like Rolling Stone didn’t interact with readers except for letters to the editor,” Mr. Katz said. “One of the realizations that cultural leaders and publishers have had is that there is a lot of expertise, wisdom and ideas in their readership.”

    The ability to respond online turns readers into co-creators, he said, which can give them a sense of ownership.

    “That is an extremely valuable commodity for publishers these days, even if it does not yet translate to revenue,” Mr. Katz said.

    TUMBLR/NY Times FTW!

    Apparently, they found some other news to also print in the NYT, but none so important as this. Seriously, this was really nice; thanks, Jenna.

    Interesting (and inevitable) trend piece from the NYT, that should have just been titled Why Tumblr Is Awesome.

     

     social media  interaction  creation  production  distribution  readership  tumblr 

  7. culturehoover:

    “Google’s acquisition this month of Metaweb, a San Francisco-based semantic search company is a step in the right direction. Metaweb owns Freebase, which is an open-source database

    […]

    Freebase’s tags and links will help Google develop smarter searches. For example, you may be able to request a list of “colleges on the US west coast with tuition fees under $30,000”, or “actors over 40 who have won at least one Oscar”. So Jack Menzel, Google’s director of product management, wrote in a blog post.

    […]

    The moves by Facebook and Twitter could change the very nature of how we interact with the web. Software writers will be able to build applications that search for bars and restaurants your Facebook friends have enjoyed, or movies and books your Twitter contacts say were over-hyped. Facebook’s involvement should help overcome one of the biggest hurdles faced by the semantic web - persuading website owners to tag their content.”

    READ MORE on NewScientist.com

     

     social web  web  semantic web  social media 

  8. oldfilmsflicker:

Twitter is like a film confessional for me.

    oldfilmsflicker:

    Twitter is like a film confessional for me.

     

     Twitter  Social media  social web 

  9. culturehoover:

    The service is dubbed, yes, Facebook Questions.

    “Millions of people ask their friends questions on Facebook every day. What new music should I listen to? Where’s the best sushi place in town? How do I learn to play the piano?” reads a blog post from the company, which now boasts 500 million users.

    “Facebook Questions…lets you pose questions like these to the Facebook community. With this new application, you can get a broader set of answers and learn valuable information from people knowledgeable on a range of topics”

    READ MORE at The Register

     

     facebook  social web  interaction  q&a  tumblr  social media 

  10. I love the “Landline” in gothic font. The Iphone at the top is creepy but that position is pretty relevant when you think about the Iphone (any Apple devices actually) addiction.
The Hierarchy of Digital Distractions (via GOOD)
 Credit: Information is Beautiful

    I love the “Landline” in gothic font. The Iphone at the top is creepy but that position is pretty relevant when you think about the Iphone (any Apple devices actually) addiction.

    The Hierarchy of Digital Distractions (via GOOD)

    Credit: Information is Beautiful

     

     social media  social web  internet  sociology  information  visualization  habits