Chastened by the negative effects of social media, Mark Zuckerberg says he will tweak his service and upgrade society in the process. Should any company be that powerful? READ MORE: We Need More Alternatives to Facebook – MIT Technology Review
We need more text and fewer videos and memes in the age of Trump…
…Like TV it now increasingly entertains us, and even more so than television it amplifies our existing beliefs and habits. It makes us feel more than think, and it comforts more than challenges. The result is a deeply fragmented society, driven by emotions, and radicalized by lack of contact and challenge from outside. READ MORE: Social Media Is Killing Discourse Because It’s Too Much Like TV | MIT Tech Review
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Artists beware! AI is coming for your paintbrush too… A new iOS app, called Prisma, is using deep learning algorithms to turn smartphone photos into stylized artworks based on different artwork/graphical styles.
Snap or choose your photo, select an ‘art filter’ to be applied and then wait as the app works its algorithmic magic — returning your stylized image in a matter of seconds, along with options to share it to your social networks. READ MORE: Prisma uses AI to turn your photos into graphic novel fodder double quick | TechCrunch
Our ultimate Linkedin cheat sheet will help you quickly create the perfect Linkedin profile, maximise your online visibility, build your contact list or get contacted about a new job. Whether you’re looking for slight improvements or starting from the beginning we’ve got you covered! READ MORE: The ultimate Linkedin cheat sheet | Leisure Jobs
Since its 2006 launch, Buzzfeed has become an Internet institution by recognizing and capitalizing on the insatiable life-cycle of viral media. The idea behind the website is relatively simple: bring together trending content (e.g., news, celebrity gossip, entertainment, quizzes) from around the web and organize it into a format that is short and eye-catching…
…Buzzfeed’s business model relies on shareability, something it has in common with today’s library, which is why library website designers have the opportunity to learn from Buzzfeed’s overwhelming success. Here are the top lessons library website designers can learn from Buzzfeed… READ MORE: 5 Lessons Library Websites Can Learn from Buzzfeed | Weave
A little discussed topic but an event we may all be confronted with at some point. Below are some resources I have collected regarding managing your digital afterlife or the memories of loved ones in the digital age. The resources provide information on preserving memories on social profiles such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and downloading data from Apple, Google and other services.
- What Happens to My Late Husband’s Digital life New He’s Gone? | July 4, 2015 | The Guardian
- A Blueprint for Your Digital Afterlife | April 22, 2015 and Planning Your Digital Legacy, Part II | May 6, 2015 | re/code
- Watch This Powerful Look at Death in the Facebook Age | April 14, 2015 | Esquire
- In Memory: A Film About Death and Grieving in the Digital Age | March 2015 | VIMEO
- By Sharing Death on the Web, Dying May Not Feel So Alone | March 17, 2015 | TIME
- Our Digital Lives Mean Memories and Life Online Can Continue Even After Death | February 14, 2015 | The Conversation
- How to Prepare for Your Digital Afterlife | | February 13, 2015 | Computerworld
Facebook lets you choose a social heir; What about Google, Twitter and Instagram?
- You Can Now Choose Who Will Manage Your Facebook Account After You Die | February 12, 2015 | Mashable
- Back-up Brains: The Era of Digital Immortality | January 23, 2015 | BBC
How do you want to be remembered? As Simon Parkin discovers, we may eventually be able to preserve our entire minds for generations to come – would you?
- Tweets From the Afterlife: Social Networking With the Dead | December 1, 2014 | The Conversation
- How to Prepare for Your Digital Afterlife | September 4, 2015 | VICE
- What Happens to Your Social Media Profiles When You Die? | June 24, 2014 | Mashable
One of life’s most perplexing existential questions gets a lot more complicated when you factor in social media. While there’s no definitive answer to what happens to us when we die, Dan Shaffer at WebpageFX put together a visual guide to social media life after death.
- How to Protect Your Digital Afterlife | May 28, 2014 | Bloomberg View
- Facebook Will Make ‘Look Back’ Videos for Deceased Users | February 21, 2014 | Mashable
- Dealing With Death In A Digital Age | January 19, 2014 | readwrite
What happens when someone dies, but her profile doesn’t?
- A Digital Afterlife | September 16, 2013 | SLATE
You’ve thought about a funeral. You’ve thought about a will. But have you thought about what to do with the Facebook account?
- Digital Death Day | 2012 | digitaldeathday.com
- Digital Memorials – How is Death Experienced in Social Media? | December 9, 2010 | Media Memory History
- Death Online Research | An International Research Network
- Death and the Social Network | Jed R. Brubaker and Janet Vertesi
- New Memory Cultures and Death: Existential Security in the Digital Memory Ecology | 2013 | Thanatos Journal
- Digital Death and Afterlife Online Services List | The Digital Beyond
- Your Digital Legacy | Facebook
- Inactive Account Manager | Google
- Report a Deceased Person’s Account for Memorialization on Instagram | Instagram
[E]ven those who have mastered the art of brevity in traditional business communication may have a tough time mastering online communication. Whether it’s email, chat, or a social network, word count isn’t just a matter of style—it’s often a technical requirement. Add to that the expectation that your online voice should sound conversational, engaging, or even funny, and communicating online may be the biggest (and certainly most frequently encountered) writing challenge that we face in business today. Here are some guidelines that can help make those messages productive and satisfying—rather than a liability. READ MORE: Using Social Media Without Jeopardizing Your Career | HBR.
As a baby boomer, I’ve seen media trends come and go, and the millennial generation has presented entirely new challenges to the field of marketing. But, I’ve spent much of my career figuring out how to sell products to different types of people, and with age comes the knowledge and attitude not to be put off by something new.
There is no question that marketing is changing — newspaper advertisements, television commercials and direct mail don’t have the influence they once had. Millennials have changed all that, collectively drawing marketers’ focus toward online and mobile marketing.
Paradoxically known for both brand loyalty and short attention spans, millennials are truly unique. Here are five ways marketers can reach them and be heard. READ MORE: 5 effective ways to market to millennials | Mashable
The American Museum of Natural History has always been one of the most popular destinations in New York City. With about 5 million visitors a year, an increase from 3 million in the 1990s, it—along with the nearby Metropolitan Museum of Art—is among the top 10 most-visited museums in the world.
Even with this influx of people coming to its doorstep, however, the museum is now equally focused on drawing a crowd beyond its campus.
“In the old days, a visit to a museum like ours would be a one-off. You come, you visit you go home,” says Futter. “Now people have a relationships with us very often before they get here. They come, and [their visit] is like a giant exclamation point—and then they return home and continue to engage with us wherever they are.”
AMNH today is a sprawling outreach institution that is using apps, social media, and educational programs to slowly grow its reach. READ MORE: The Future Of Museums Is Reaching Way Beyond Their Walls | Co.Exist | ideas + impact.
Instagram uses its official account to promote notable snapshots on the social network, and has been doing so for quite some time. But now, the filter-driven app will serve up a daily look at music “around the globe.” Through the @music stream, the folks behind the software will highlight music photographers, designers working on album art, instrument makers and fans in addition to current stars and emerging talent. It’ll even offer 15-second lessons from time to time. Musicians are a big part of Instagram’s user base, where artists can share updates and connect with fans, so it makes sense that the subject would get its own channel.