Self-inflicted Culture Clash?


Interesting juxtaposition of links provided on the same page by Techmeme.com (January 9, 2019, 11:15 AM) 


1 | Mark Zuckerberg says his challenge for 2019 is to host a series of public discussions about the future of technology in society

“Every year I take on a personal challenge to learn something new.”

2 | Over a dozen ex-Facebook employees detail how the company’s leaders and stacked ranking performance reviews foster a culture where any dissent is discouraged

More than a dozen former Facebook employees detailed how the company’s leadership and its performance review system has created a culture where any dissent is discouraged.

It’s a Big World, Afterall: Earth View from Google (Chrome, Firefox Extention)

Earthview from Google browser extension has an option that displays a new location everytime you open a new tab.

Via Lifehacker | Visit New Places Every Day in Your Browser with This Google Earth Extension.

“Not every Chrome or Firefox extension you use has to be one-hundred-percent dedicated to productivity or utility. Sometimes, it’s just nice to look at something pretty. And in the case of Earth View from Google Earth (Chrome, Firefox), I don’t really care if it eats up my browser’s memory or otherwise impacts its performance in any way. It makes me happy, and it’ll make you happy too—exactly why this is our Extension of the Week.”

Tweetdecking is Either a New Buzzword or a Doomed One

Tweetdecking, we hardly knew you.

I’ve often said that if you try to game Google for SEO purposes, you are going up against the best engineers in the world. And since the Goose that lays the Golden Google eggs is the quality of search results, anything that is done outside the parameters of what Google approves of is like asking Google to turn you into invisibility.

Twitter seems to be understanding that approach…finally. Seems like they started crushing something called “tweetdecking” over the weekend.

via BuzzFeed:

Tweetdecking, as it’s called, is an explicit violation of Twitter’s spam policy, which does not allow users to “sell, purchase, or attempt to artificially inflate account interactions.”

Still, Twitter has previously struggled to crack down on these accounts.

After a BuzzFeed News story uncovered the practice of tweetdecking in January, Twitter announced new spam-fighting changes to Tweetdeck, including removing the ability to simultaneously retweet a tweet across multiple accounts.

Tweetdecking is over. Our follower gains are gonna diminish,” Andrew Guerrero, a 23-year-old tweetdecker in New Mexico, told BuzzFeed News after Twitter announced the changes in February.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

 

Snap!

When something doesn’t make sense, there’s a reason. Unless there isn’t.

Yesterday, Kylie Jenner tweeted that she hasn’t used Snapchap lately and, poof, the market-cap of Snap drops by $1.3 billion. (Today it’s market cap is around $20 billion.)

While that may not be as dramatic a swing as you’d witness during a typical hour of, say, Bitcoin, it makes me recall when MySapce was worth $12 billion.

Just saying.

@NinaTotenberg Re-Tweets

Two following tweets are from NPR’s Supreme Court correspondent @NinaTotenberg about the death of Justice Scalia. Compare specifically how many people re-tweet and like the “tweet about the actual news” vs. “the tweet about what she was doing when she heard the news.”

The fact that NPR listeners have re-tweeted the “news process” story far more than the “news” story mean only one thing about NPR listeners:

1. NPR Listeners are fascinated with the process of journalism exhibited by one of the foremost experts on the Supreme Court.