On Facebook, ‘Likes’ Become Ads. Embarrasing tales of Facebook likes becoming ads in this New York Times article. A law professor is reported to say ‘Facebook, he wrote, interprets a “like” as a statement of a user’s attitude and a “green light” to create an ad.’
If you’re learning to use Twitter have a go at some of these, on your own or with a friend or team (take a look at Beth’s post and the comments for more ideas):
Find a new hashtag and use it successfully
Tweet a photo you took with your phone
Follow 5 new people that interest you
Schedule a tweet using HootSuite, Tweetdeck, or another service
Find and sign up for a link that will track your clicks
Search for a topic or hashtag you are interested in
Create a Twitter lists
Reply to someone’s tweet and get them to respond to you
Use a social media tool to determine your most effective time of the day to tweet
Gain 10 new followers by following less than 10 people
Use #FF to list a few people you enjoy following
Another useful approach if you have a large team or workshop session is to get people to share how they use Twitter, the moments when it has saved them time, brought them news first, thrown up an unexpected opportunity.
Search engines that can find pictures of people using an image of their face are not new, but their use has not been widespread so far. There are some search tools of varying reliability that look for your own photos or images like the one you have uploaded in video and Apple’s iPhoto uses the technology to help you sort your pics in iPhoto. So far so innocuous…
But the implications of facial recoginition search are a little disturbing. In theory it means that images of someone can be found that even they don’t know about. Ever wandered into the background of a photo taken at a nightclub or walking down the street? Continue reading →
Yesterday I had a conversation with someone who told me that over the past year that had learned how to use LinkedIn and that they reckoned that they could directly attribute several hundred thousand pounds of profit to it. Not vaguely, not hypothetically – they knew exactly which items on their balance sheet were the result of doing things because of and through that social network tool.
They were a fiftysomething avowedly non-techie businessperson in a service industry and I found their account of their experience very useful, as it had the fresh perspective of someone outside of the connected world I most live in. Continue reading →
Interesting to read of the English teacher who encourages their pupils to cyber-stalk strangers. It’s an excellent, practical lesson for them about just how much information people reveal about themselves online, often without considering the consequences.
Wanting to teach the kids in my class about concepts of digital footprint and online safety, I used three people well known from the edusphere as examples: Will Richardson, Jabiz Raisdana and Jeff Utecht. I introduced these three friends to the students in my class by giving them only a photo and a name. I simply told the kids in my class: find out all you can about these three guys.
The students made a list of places to search. They started with simply Google and then soon expanded to other places such as flickr, youtube, twitter, wordpress, linkedin, delicious and facebook. They expanded into a Yahoo domain search and searching other sites such as whois.net. Soon their lists of information began to grow. Continue reading →