It's been a humbling way to start the New Year. Last week, on Christmas Eve, I decided to deactivate my Facebook account. I put a lot of thought into the decision, wondering if I would miss reading my friends' updates, if they would miss mine, and what impact it might have on my blog stats. … Continue reading If I Deactivated My Facebook Account, and No One Cared, Did It Really Happen?
Researchers at Princeton and NYU's Social Media and Political Participation Lab examined the individual-level characteristics associated with sharing false articles on Facebook during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. Here were some of the results: first and foremost, sharing content was a relatively rare activity. Roughly 1 in 12 users shared fake news stories. Those who shared the most … Continue reading Getting Too Much Fake News on Facebook? Blame Your Conservative Grandparents
For the past several years, Mark Zuckerberg has set a personal challenge for himself. He just announced his challenge for 2019 on Facebook (of course) - host a series of discussions on the future of technology "My challenge for 2019 is to host a series of public discussions about the future of technology in society -- … Continue reading Mark Zuckerberg’s Personal Challenge for 2019, and a Look Back at His Previous Ones
There seems to be a battle brewing in the world of live video streaming over Twitter. Such a service turns anyone with a smartphone into a broadcaster. The two apps that are competing head to head are Meerkat and Periscope. Meerkat was released about a month ago and Periscope was just released yesterday. At this point, … Continue reading Meerkat, Periscope, and Younow – the Next Killer Apps?
The Wall Street Journal had a fascinating story yesterday about how many companies are changing the way they evaluate their employees. Instead of focusing on employees' weaknesses and past mistakes, employers are now focusing on employees' strengths and offering them frequent praise. Why the change? Could it be that managers have finally figured out that positive … Continue reading Accentuate the Positive
I've enjoyed the 31 day running and writing challenge so far, particularly the writing aspect (although it's only day 3!). I've often thought about starting a daily blog. I've always enjoyed reading Seth Godin's blog, impressed with the fact that he posts to it every day and at this point has over 5,000 posts, and thought … Continue reading Another Challenge for the Year