Well, *I* thought it was funny. From the New Yorker: Social-Media Creation Myths. “Twitter is a beautiful, magical bird trapped in the body of a Web site by a jealous underworld demigod. The billion billionth time that Twitter is refreshed, the bird will return to her original form and ascend to the sky, borne aloft by a billion billion joules of subtweets.”
Columbia Journalism Review: Social media fills vacuum left by China’s ‘hollowed out’ press. “China… was recently ranked the fifth-worst country in Reporters without Borders’ annual press freedom index. That’s largely thanks to President Xi Jinping, whose clampdown on free speech has included increased restrictions on domestic media, stepped-up censorship across the board, and draconian punishments for anyone—journalist or civilian—who steps out of line….But for all Xi’s efforts, there’s one variable that could thwart his careful calculations: social media, which, in the vacuum left by China’s decimated press, has created surprising openings for debate, foreign influence, and even citizen reporting.” Excellent article. Please read.
Harvard: Learning about nutrition from ‘food porn’ and online quizzes. “Many of our social media feeds are dominated by beautiful, mouth-watering photos of food. These photos inspire some serious food envy but could they also educate and encourage healthier eating? That was the question explored by a team of researchers from the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).”
Forbes: New ‘Geosocial Index’ Ranks Global Locations By Social Media Activity. “A new startup called HYP3R, which connects social activity to real-world locations, is monitoring and measuring tweets, shares, and posts from tens of thousands of locations in the U.S. and around the planet, starting with stadiums, hotels/conference centers, and hospitals.” And that’s it for the moment, but more venues will be added over time.
Forbes: How China’s Social Media Giant Tencent Is Shaking Up Traditional Philanthropy. “The Wenchuan earthquake in Sichuan that killed 69,000 people in 2008 shook up China’s social media and online giant Tencent Holdings, located 1,000 kilometers away in Shenzhen. Social media was buzzing with users that wanted to lend a hand during one of China’s worst disasters in modern history. The company previously made scattered efforts involving philanthropy, such as donating PCs, but its leaders now had the same question as everyone else: What more could they do?”
Dunya News: Imran warns of protests if action against social media activists not stopped. “Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan has warned the government on Sunday to taking to roads if action against social media activists is not stopped. A message posted on Twitter stated: ‘We will take to the streets if action is taken against our social media activists under garb of national security.'”
TheNextWeb: Study: Snapchat and Instagram are the worst for young people. “The study, published today and called ‘Status of Mind,’ was conducted by researchers for the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK. The researchers surveyed 1,479 British youths ages 14-24, asking them how they felt the different social media networks effected their mental health. They took in several factors such as body image, sleep deprivation, bullying, and self-identity.”