The day I broke Facebook

I wanted to run a test in my Facebook feed based on claims I heard that using certain phrases denoting personal news or big changes (like engagements or babies or new jobs) would bump up posts to the top of the feed. Facebook, basically: pic.twitter.com/cHTJsa0WKk — Yuri Victor ♥ (@yurivictor) September 5, 2014 It turns out,… Continue reading The day I broke Facebook

You’re not my favorite: Twitter experiments with infiltrating your feed

Twitter is the headquarters of the control freak. It's a social network for those who want everlasting control over what they see and from whom they see it. It's the social network for those who want to bless people by following their digital auras, depending on if they prefer ethos (power Twitter), pathos (animal pictures / rage Twitter), or… Continue reading You’re not my favorite: Twitter experiments with infiltrating your feed

These tiny Gutenbergs (Part three)

In my first two posts about sharing media, I covered the reasons why we use social media to share information. The first part of These tiny Gutenbergs reviewed sharing information as a critical expression of free speech. The second part focused on the world of Twitter and why we retweet. In this third post, I thought… Continue reading These tiny Gutenbergs (Part three)

These tiny Gutenbergs (part two)

Why we retweet on Twitter: thoughts and strategies Retweets were straightforwardly introduced in 2009 to serve a single purpose: enable sharing of “particularly” interesting tweets. Today, there is more than one reason and way to retweet, and the very way Twitter launched the retweet was to offer a way for users to share the best quality information: Retweets have morphed… Continue reading These tiny Gutenbergs (part two)

These tiny Gutenbergs (part one)

We depend on our ability to share as much as we possibly can and it is worth taking a moment to reflect on why the act and means of sharing information has become as important as what information you are sharing. This is the first part of two posts on social sharing tools, specifically, retweets. Jump… Continue reading These tiny Gutenbergs (part one)

How to follow Reuters using open resources

As a former social media editor at Reuters, I picked up a few methods I used to help track the fast-moving stream of information that is available to online users. There are many resources for Reuters, but these are the ones that worked best for live coverage. [I should say right at the start that… Continue reading How to follow Reuters using open resources