Ars Technica: Discord’s new feature looks a bit like Internet forums—with a dash of Reddit

Ars Technica: Discord’s new feature looks a bit like Internet forums—with a dash of Reddit. “Discord announced a new feature on Wednesday called ‘Forum Channels’ to allow for more organized and asynchronous discussions within servers. The intent with Forum Channels seems to be to make it easier for specific conversations to continue for extended periods without the worry that a topic change or another simultaneous conversation will bury a subject in the annals of chat log history.”

NBC News: Black Covid long-haulers felt invisible to the health care system, so they formed their own support groups

NBC News: Black Covid long-haulers felt invisible to the health care system, so they formed their own support groups. ” Like most of the pandemic’s fallout, Black people are bearing the brunt of long Covid, with the group making up a majority of long Covid hospitalizations and researchers even projecting that Black people’s life expectancy will drop significantly in the next five years as a result. As a way to counter the troubling data, Black people have formed these support groups in hopes of making sense of the illness and to find the help they need.”

Newswise: Assessing the toxicity of Reddit comments

Newswise: Assessing the toxicity of Reddit comments. “User behavior toxicity analysis showed that 16.11% of users publish toxic posts, and 13.28% of users publish toxic comments. 30.68% of users publishing posts, and 81.67% of users publishing comments, exhibit changes in their toxicity across different communities – or subreddits – indicating that users adapt their behavior to the communities’ norms.”

CNET: A Healthy Relationship With Social Media Is Hard to Define for Gen Z

CNET: A Healthy Relationship With Social Media Is Hard to Define for Gen Z. “Plenty of young people, equipped with ample knowledge of how to quash social media use, and an awareness of the pitfalls of constantly being online, continue to sink huge amounts of time into the platforms. That dynamic underscores a more connected reality for members of Gen Z, roughly those born between 1997 and 2012, who rely more on social media than older generations for friendship, knowledge or a sense of community that they lack in physical spaces.”

Social Media and Chronic Illness: An Impact That Transcends a Screen (CNET)

CNET: Social Media and Chronic Illness: An Impact That Transcends a Screen. “Before the digital era, it was nearly impossible to connect with others who had similar illnesses, let alone see the scale of chronic illness visibility. But social media is changing that. Many people with chronic illnesses have turned to social platforms to share their stories in the hope that it’ll prove helpful to anyone experiencing a similar situation.”

News @ Northwestern: Twitter health amplifiers combat COVID-19 misinformation

News @ Northwestern: Twitter health amplifiers combat COVID-19 misinformation. “At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, when false information about the virus began to spread on Twitter, physicians and scientists from Northwestern Medicine and other institutions banded together to combat the deadly misinformation and disinformation and support one another when they ultimately were attacked online for doing so.”

‘The Internet’s Best Friend’: How One TikTok Comedian Gets Laughs While Raising Mental Health Awareness (CNET)

CNET: ‘The Internet’s Best Friend’: How One TikTok Comedian Gets Laughs While Raising Mental Health Awareness. “Social media can be a powerful tool for expressing yourself, bringing awareness to social issues and sharing compelling stories that resonate with your audience. Enter Elyse Myers, a comedian who uses platforms like TikTok and Instagram to share stories (like her infamous date where she bought 100 tacos), to make people laugh and to talk about her mental health. In a world of filters that give you bunny ears, there is Myers. She has become a staple of authenticity and honesty that people look to; she’s even lending her expertise to events like a mental health panel at VidCon next month.”

MIC: These elderqueer influencers are showing me how to live my best life

MIC: These elderqueer influencers are showing me how to live my best life. “Since I am on my merry way to becoming an elderqueer myself, it seems more important to me than ever to have queer elders of my own. I am finding them in the absolute last place I thought I would — social media. Here are the elderqueer influencers that are helping find the hope and skills to survive and thrive in a world where it still doesn’t always feel safe to be out.”

BuzzFeed News: She Was Single. She Wanted A Baby. So She Did It Herself.

BuzzFeed News: She Was Single. She Wanted A Baby. So She Did It Herself.. “In recent years, SMBCs have formed small but rich and tight-knit online communities like the 4,000-member-strong Single Mother by Choice subreddit, where they help one another navigate the complexities of this path. Topics include how to find a sperm donor, what to say to your friends and family, whether to do insemination through a fertility clinic or the ‘DIY’ method, and how to prepare your finances for a child.”

Science Has Spoken: Tell the Truth on Facebook or Risk Your Reputation (University of Houston)

University of Houston: Science Has Spoken: Tell the Truth on Facebook or Risk Your Reputation . “Online social networks (OSN) like Facebook and Twitter have created a space for people to easily express their opinions, which can encourage open dialogue and stimulate plenty of disagreements. Research now reveals that just like in face-to-face relationships, intellectually humble behavior, like admitting when you are wrong, leads to better impression formation online.”

Ghacks: Brave Search introduces Discussions to add real-human conversations to search results

Ghacks: Brave Search introduces Discussions to add real-human conversations to search results. “The new Discussions section is added as a block to the search results. A search for ‘how to upgrade to Windows 11’ returns articles, video content, and also the new discussions section. The returned results were not matching the search query for this particular result. Instead of providing answers to the question, all four visible results asked whether it was worth upgrading to Windows 11. Discussions needs finetuning to return better results in Discussions.”