Twitter unveils initiatives aimed at making money from its users’ data and behavior.
Tom Simonite writes: Social networks have two faces. One trumpets a heartwarming message about making the world a better place by connecting people. The other has a gimlet-eyed focus on extracting value from the data of those people. Today Twitter flaunted its mercenary side.
“He cited the Black Lives Matter movement as an example of how ‘Twitter stands for speaking truth to power’—and then handed over to executives who introduced new products with a commercial focus.”
The social network is under fire from investors worried that not enough people use its service to support a large business—each month over one billion more people use rival Facebook than use Twitter.
“We’re the largest searchable archive of human thought, that’s public, that’s ever existed.”
— Chris Moody, Twitter’s vice president for data strategy
At an event for software developers in San Francisco, recently returned CEO Jack Dorsey introduced several new initiatives aimed at making money from data on Twitter users and their activity. Partners such as Target and Hilton chipped in with endorsements of the value of information juiced from people who use the social network.
Dorsey opened today’s event with a paean to Twitter’s idealistic side. “Twitter stands for freedom of expression and we will not rest until that’s recognized as a universal human right,” he said. He cited the Black Lives Matter movement as an example of how “Twitter stands for speaking truth to power”—and then handed over to executives who introduced new products with a commercial focus. Read the rest of this entry »
“In a generation, we have shifted from parents trying to stop teenagers slumping in front of the TV to young people losing all interest in the box.”
“U.S. teens are so occupied with social networks and mobile video that they watch only about 21 hours of broadcast TV a week.”
“One interesting question is whether Tumblr more closely resembles a blogosphere network than a microblogging network like that of Twitter.”
But in the rush, one network has been more or less ignored by researchers: Tumblr, a microblogging platform similar to Twitter. So an interesting question is how the network associated with Tumblr is different from the Twitter network.
Today we get an answer thanks to the work of Yi Chang and pals at Yahoo Labs in Sunnyvale. These guys point out that relatively little is known about Tumblr compared to other networks like Twitter and set out to change this.
The basic statistics are straightforward. Tumblr is a microblogging service with about 160 million users who together have published over 70 billion posts.
Facebook has lifted a ban on beheading videos, establishing a policy that allows the graphic videos to remain on the site so long as they are not celebrated by the people posting them.
The social network, which allows anyone 13 and older to become a member, issued a temporary ban on the beheading videos in May, following complaints from the Family Online Safety Institute. Under the new policy, images that “glorify violence” as well as those depicting a woman’s “fully exposed breast” will still be banned, the BBC reports. Beheading videos—many of those in circulation online are staged—are still viewable elsewhere on the Internet, including Google’s YouTube, but critics fear that making them accessible on Facebook to younger users increases the likelihood that teens will encounter psychologically scarring images. [BBC] TIME.com
Twitter’s New “Verified” Filter Lets Celebs Screen Out the Non-Celebs, and Dish Among Them-Beautiful-SelvesPosted: September 12, 2013 | |
Josh Constine writes: Life is hard for famous people. You’re trying to @ reply with your celebrity friends on Twitter, but the conversation gets drowned out by rabid fans and spammers mentioning you. So Twitter’s begun rolling out to people with verified profiles two new filters for the Connect tab. Filtered, which attempts to cut down spam, and Verified, which only shows interactions with other verified profiles. Read the rest of this entry »