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Episode 115: God, I’ve got to click on that! What happens next?

Upworthy, the shitty website on the Internet.

Upworthy, the shittiest website on the Internet. The original click-bait whore.

Click-bait, click-bait, click-bait. It makes our blood boil.

We discuss click-bait headlines. Facebook empowered them and now wants to do away with them. You can personally thank Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook for the rise of Upworthy and its crappy brethren.

Facebook killing click-bait is good for news publishers and blogs that don’t want to trade in click-bait.

We also discuss Facebook vs Twitter for getting news and information. A lot of people have complained that news shows up slower on Facebook than on Twitter. Can you get news in real time on Twitter? Does it even matter if Facebook is different at showing news than Twitter?

We finally discuss how Uber is trying to illegal kill competition in the ride sharing business. There’s a rant involved about that.

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Episode 114: #Ferguson

The Twitter hashtag #Ferguson has been very active over the last week. Right now it's mostly people posting opinions back and forth, but at night it becomes lively with first-hand accounts.

The Twitter hashtag #Ferguson has been very active over the last week. Right now it’s mostly people posting opinions back and forth, but at night it becomes lively with first-hand accounts.

We start off the show discussing Twitter parodies and satire.

Journalism Professor Jeff Jarvis has had enough with the parody account Prof. Jeff H. Jarvis. Could Twitter handle parody accounts better? We discuss the value of satire and parody on Twitter.

We then transition into a discussion of the events in Ferguson, Missouri, and how they are being broadcast around the world via social media. What exactly is a “free speech zone,” and how do you decide who is a journalist today? We begin talking about Ferguson around the 40 minute mark, if you’d like to skip ahead.

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Episode 104: Vox.com vs. FiveThirtyEight

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Spoiler: We kick off the show discussing TV watching and spoilers. Is it possible to have an Internet connection and not get a show spoiled if you can’t watch the show live?

Our main topic is our thoughts on Vox.com and FiveThirtyEight, the two new big journalism startups. There is a lot to like. And a lot not to like.

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Episode 70: How do you report someone has been arrested when there is no suspect?


We discuss the Boston Marathon bombings, journalism and social media.

A lot of people didn’t have their finest hour. We’re looking at you CNN.

Social media was a big part of the story of this event — and the non-stories.

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Episode 53: Your stay-at-home Hurricane Sandy listening

Many of us on the East Coast are stranded and our work is closed.

As long as you have power (or your mobile phone does), we’ve got an hour of tech + liberal arts goodness to listen to.

We lead off by discussing the presidential debates and social media. The Twitter experience is better than the actual debates.

We also discuss the terrible, terrible U.S. patent system.

Stay warm. Stay dry. Stay safe.

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No more tweeting and Facebooking directly from XBOX 360

Well I’m shocked that people don’t want to tweet from their XBOX 360s:

Eagle-eyed gamers may have already noticed that the Xbox 360’s dedicated Twitter and Facebook apps have gone missing after the latest Dashboard update, and now Redmond has confirmed it’s put the applications out to pasture. According to a Microsoft representative that spoke to IGN, the firm is “retiring the Facebook and Twitter apps” as it works to streamline functionality. When asked if the pair of apps will ever make a comeback, Ballmer and Co. didn’t comment.

Updates from Tvs was a fad the last few years, and thankfully it’s going away. Why would someone want to check or update a social network from a TV? The XBOX 360 doesn’t even come with a keyboard, so I’m not exactly sure how this was supposed to ever work. All the data actually points to people using mobile devices to access social networks while they use their TVs. That makes sense.

“We’re not writing for machines. We’re writing for humans.”

The Atlantic no longer focuses on SEO for headline writing:

“Sixteen months ago we received the same number of monthly referrals from search as social. Now 40% of traffic comes from social media,” Scott Havens, senior vice president of finance and digital operations at The Atlantic Media Company, said in a phone conversation ahead of his on-stage interview at our Mashable Connect conference in Orlando, Fla. last weekend. “Truly [our writers] are not really thinking about SEO anymore. Now it’s about how we can spin a story so that it goes viral.”

And the capper:

And what kind of headlines do well? “A great headline is just a great headline,” says Cohn. “It has to be clear; it has to be intelligent. We’re not writing for machines. We’re writing for humans.”


Together and yet apart

If this is what some offices are turning into, what’s the point of even coming into the office:

In today’s workplace, young people who have grown up fearing conversation show up on the job wearing earphones. Walking through a college library or the campus of a high-tech start-up, one sees the same thing: we are together, but each of us is in our own bubble, furiously connected to keyboards and tiny touch screens. A senior partner at a Boston law firm describes a scene in his office. Young associates lay out their suite of technologies: laptops, iPods and multiple phones. And then they put their earphones on. “Big ones. Like pilots. They turn their desks into cockpits.” With the young lawyers in their cockpits, the office is quiet, a quiet that does not ask to be broken

I haven’t worked in an environment quite like this, but I do wear headphones a bit at work (usually just one so I can hear if someone is trying to talk to me). If people are going into the office to be alone, I think they’er missing the point of being in the office. Most offices are sterile places that do not inspire creativity. The whole purpose of showing up at a place with drab walls and corridors lit by subtly blinking, dingy flourscent lights is to be by coworkers and see what they are up.

Lord knows we don’t show up at most offices to be inspired to do great work. My home office is leagues better than my work cube. It’s a place that inspires me to push myself.

Perhaps these stories are really pointing to the fundamental illogic of coming into the office on a daily basis.

Some people really like being social at work. Others like to lose themselves in their work. Maybe it just has finally become socially acceptable to lose yourself in your work and try to seek solitude.

To me, this points to the need for employers to allow people to work remotely more often. Have employees come into the office for meetings and social events. Have those times where people are in the office be centered around social interaction.

For the other days, let people work at home or a coffee shop or a coworking space or even in the office. Our goal should be to make employees as happy as possible and get the best work out of them.

Some of this hang-wringing over people talking less while being hyperconnected is a bit of “The Kids These Days.” Technology changes. Times change.

People no longer go out and get drunk at lunch while at work. Social mores change. Work has largely become a place for work, and younger workers are spending less time socializing while at work.

That doesn’t mean what was before was right. It was just what was before.

We adapt, we change and we figure out new best practices. I have a feeling that are in the middle of a great work upheaval. People don’t know quite how to use a lot of these new technologies at work or at home. But we’ll figure it out.

The kids will be alright.

The Twitter War

The U.S. military and the Taliban are waging a Twitter war:

U.S. military officials assigned to the International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF, as the coalition is known, took the first shot in what has become a near-daily battle waged with broadsides that must be kept to 140 characters.

“How much longer will terrorists put innocent Afghans in harm’s way,”@isafmedia demanded of the Taliban spokesman on the second day of theembassy attack, in which militants lobbed rockets and sprayed gunfire from a building under construction.

“I dnt knw. U hve bn pttng thm n ‘harm’s way’ fr da pst 10 yrs. Razd whole vilgs n mrkts. n stil hv da nrve to tlk bout ‘harm’s way,’ ” responded Abdulqahar Balkhi, one of the Taliban’s Twitter warriors, who uses the handle ­@ABalkhi.

Utterly fascinating. Social media matters.

Source: Washington Post.

Number of Arabic tweets on Twitter multiples by 22 times in a year

More than two million public message are posted in Arabic every day on Twitter:

The volume of Arabic messages has multiplied by 22 (+2 146%) in the last 12 months. Arabic is now the 8th most used language on Twitter, and Arabic messages represent 1.2% of all public tweets (2.2M per day). With recent events, Twitter has grown exceptionally fast in the Middle East. Although they are not part of the top 10 most used languages, Farsi (+350% in one year, but only 50K messages per day) and Turkish (+290%, 0.8% of all tweets) have also grown fast over the period.

For those wondering, English now makes up about 39 percent of tweets, showing the truly global nature of Twitter as a platform.

Source: Semiocast.com.