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Episode 139: How to fix Twitter (and why can’t we vote online?)

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In this heated primary season, we discuss why isn’t it easier to vote?

Why can you file your taxes online but you can’t vote online? It might not be an accident that voting is still not that easy and somewhat time consuming.

Why can’t you tweet your vote? I mean, how much different is the caucus system than tweeting your vote out anyway?

The real show starts at about 15 minutes in. We discuss our immense frustrations with Twitter and the people running it. We have a plan for how to fix Twitter.

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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 98: Tim Armstrong is a distressed human being (and gentrification in the Bay Area)

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We kick off the show talking about AOL — from digital prophets (that man you see above) to its CEO Tim Armstrong blaming “distressed babies” for the need to roll out a terrible new 401(k) plan).

But we actually spend the majority of the show talking about reinvestment, gentrification, tech companies and the Bay Area (particularly San Francisco). There is a lot all sides in this could do to make this situation better from more housing stock to tech companies that are more invested in the communities they are headquartered in.

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A look back at The Facebook in 2004

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It’s always interesting to see what people thought of technology when it first launched. Here is a New York Times take on the site back when it was still known as The Facebook:

LIKE many addictions, it begins innocently enough. A tentative experiment here, a repeat visit there. Before too long, only the strong survive.

“At the beginning of the year you had people checking every five minutes to see if they had any new friends,” said Isabel Wilkinson, a Princeton University freshman from New York City. “I like to think it’s subsided a little, but it’s still heinous in terms of procrastination or wasting time. Last night I couldn’t sleep, so I went on for a half-hour or 45 minutes.”

I joined Facebook in 2004, and it would remain exclusive and college-only for several years to come. It was incredibly addictive. The exclusivity didn’t hurt either, and it was a really different experience when it was just a bunch of college kids making friends and sharing stories.

In many ways, Facebook is even more addictive than ever. It’s a testament to the staying power of the site and the additional work that has gone into the site that people still find it addictive 10 years later. Ten years is a long time in Web years.

Yes, Facebook users are aging, but the site is growing up with us. Where we used to share drunken stories and try to check out people of the opposite sex, we now connect with family all over the country and stay in touch with our college friends.

It’s hard to describe what Facebook was like when it first started if you weren’t there, but it took off like nothing I’ve ever seen in my life. Most people don’t get Twitter at first. Everyone got Facebook the moment they saw it.

Within days of it coming to Lehigh, almost all of my friends were on it. Everyone just had to have it. It made my last two years of college a lot more memorable.

When Facebook first launched, it was a lot wilder. It was just college kids, and there was no way for outsiders to see what we were doing. You could also see what classes people were in and even where they were checking into Facebook from.

If you met someone at a party at night, you just had to check them out on Facebook when you got back to your dorm and friend them. When I look back at the messages we exchanged back in the early years, they really crack me up. Now everyone is scared of employers seeing what they do on Facebook, but before those issues cropped up, it was kind of like hanging out in a pub.

The magic of Facebook now is that it allows adults to stay in touch with each other when they move around the country. I get why that appeals less to teens, but Facebook was built for Zuckerberg and his friends when they were in college and now they are all grown up.

There is demand, however, for a new Facebook — an exclusive social network just for college kids. I don’t know if that will ever happen again, but it was a blast. I’m sorry kids today won’t get that experience, and that privacy is one reason many might be flocking to Snapchat.

The Facebook of today is not a great tool for irresponsible high school and college kids. On the other hand, when they graduate from college and really start their lives, they’ll really like what Facebook has become. It’s an indispensable tool in my life.

I only see my nieces and nephews a few times a year, but thanks to Facebook, I get to see lots of photos and videos. I can quickly say high to one of my high school or college friends and see what they are up to. It helps make the distance seem smaller.

Episode 76: Facebook hashtags #youin?

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How useful are hashtags?

How useful are they on platforms other than Twitter? Facebook is much bigger than Twitter. Do hashtags make sense for a network with more than one billion people?

We also talk about Instagram video and the new Flickr.

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Episode 71: Twitter is not secure enough for news orgs and pros to use

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When hackers are tweeting out fake assassination attempts on the president from reputable news outlet’s Twitter accounts, you know we have an issue.

There have been a string of high profile Twitter hacking cases. The issue is fairly simple: Twitter is not an enterprise tool. It even has significantly less security than Gmail and some other Web apps.

But Twitter is used by large organizations all over the world. Why don’t they care more about security? It threatens the entire legitimacy of Twitter.

Yes, two-factor authentication would be a start, but Twitter needs a lot more than that. And companies would be willing to pay for added security, accounts and features.

We then discuss House of Cards, Netflix and whether or not people care about the anticipation of waiting for new episodes to come out week after week.

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Episode 64: Do you want to wear a computer?

We discuss wearable computing from watches to glasses. Now you can finally look like an X-Men team member or Robocop.

Do you want to wear a computer on your body? Jeremy and I discuss how these wearable computing devices could fit into a smartphone world. We don’t see them replacing phones any time soon.

We also discuss the PlayStation 4 failure to launch. So, there’s that.

Also, should the Knight Foundation of paid Jonah Lehrer for talking about his past plagarism? Is there value from hearing him recount his past mistakes?

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Episode 61: Six seconds in heaven

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Vine is setting the video blogging world on fire six seconds at a time.

Are you into six second video clips? What if I were to tell you they were sometimes porn clips? Are you interested now?

Well, Vine has some porn on it. Does Apple have a porn problem? Should they care about this? Or is porn just part of life, and Apple should allow it as long as its labeled explicit.

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Episode 58: It’s not about photo filters

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We’re a little late in launching out latest podcast. The end of the semester did us in.

But neither one of us is barred from our campuses, so all is well.

We spend some time discussing my latest smartphone purchase. After that we get into T-Mobile getting away from selling phones on contract, which is a BFD. We also discuss the new Flickr, Instagram, Twitter and photo filters. It’s not about photo filters.

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