KIVI: Boise State Senior creates social media platform, Scholarships-Africa

KIVI: Boise State Senior creates social media platform, Scholarships-Africa. “Boise State Senior, Sunday “Paul” Adah is the Founder and CEO of Scholarships-Africa. He left his friends and family back in 2015 to enroll in a university more than 73-hundred miles away…. ‘Growing up in Africa there’s a lot of challenges with finding funding to get a good education,’ he said, ‘I noticed that a lot of Africans and black minorities have the same struggles.’ It was those struggles that inspired Scholarships-Africa, a social media platform created to connect students to scholarship opportunities.”

Berkman Klein Center: A meta-proposal for Twitter’s bluesky project

Berkman Klein Center: A meta-proposal for Twitter’s bluesky project. “Members of the Berkman Klein community, representing academics, activists, lawyers and technologists, came together to discuss the bluesky project, Twitter’s proposed protocol for public conversation. The discussions culminated in a ‘meta-proposal’ for the bluesky team and community, which presents suggestions on how to go about considering proposals and building out bluesky.” You can read more about Twitter’s proposed bluesky project here.

Protocol: How a social app you’ve never heard of became a haven for Gen Z

Protocol: How a social app you’ve never heard of became a haven for Gen Z. “At its core, Yubo turns the idea of ‘stranger-danger’ on its head. The app very openly wants young people to make new friends with strangers on the internet. If that makes you afraid for your own children, or for the future as a whole, you’re not alone. And, in the eyes of Yubo CEO and co-founder Sacha Lazimi, you’re also very wrong.”

New York Times: Far-Right Extremists Move From ‘Stop the Steal’ to Stop the Vaccine

New York Times: Far-Right Extremists Move From ‘Stop the Steal’ to Stop the Vaccine. “If the so-called Stop the Steal movement appeared to be chasing a lost cause once President Biden was inaugurated, its supporters among extremist organizations are now adopting a new agenda from the anti-vaccination campaign to try to undermine the government. Bashing of the safety and efficacy of vaccines is occurring in chat rooms frequented by all manner of right-wing groups including the Proud Boys; the Boogaloo movement, a loose affiliation known for wanting to spark a second Civil War; and various paramilitary organizations.”

New York Times: Clueless About Discord? Read This.

New York Times: Clueless About Discord? Read This.. “The talking and texting app Discord is popular with video gamers who use it to plot strategy for blowing up virtual enemies. But Mieke Göttsche and Bianca Visagie, avid readers from South Africa, use Discord for hosting thoughtful book club discussions. I spoke with Göttsche and Visagie to better understand the appeal of Discord and why it has been in deal talks with Microsoft for a transaction that could top $10 billion. Talking through how their book club uses the app helped me to better understand what the fuss is about.”

ZDNet: Is ad-free Gravvity a ‘healthier’ social media app?

ZDNet: Is ad-free Gravvity a ‘healthier’ social media app?. “Toronto-based social media company Gravvity is about to release an app that aims to address the flaws in the current social media platforms to give them a healthier and happier news feed. The app has moved away from ego-stroking likes and follower counts and is focusing instead on its users’ privacy and wellness to create, as it says, a ‘healthier alternative to the current platforms.’”

Make Tech Easier: 7 Telegram Tips and Tricks You Need to Try

Make Tech Easier: 7 Telegram Tips and Tricks You Need to Try. “After Telegram expanded its group size to 200,000 members, it is slowly transforming from a secure messenger app to a WhatsApp rival. The messaging app also features some lesser-known features that will help you get the most out of it. By taking advantage of these options, you can help keep your data private and add your own personal touch when customizing.”

Jeremiah Owyang: 20 Ways Businesses Will Engage Social Audio

Jeremiah Owyang: 20 Ways Businesses Will Engage Social Audio. “The tech crowd abuzz with the promise of a new, real-time engagement platform, influencers gathering en masse to share content, and the ever-so-slight opening of the proverbial ‘exclusive access door’ to the public for a peek inside the magic. Except this time around, consumers and the press are much more keen to the potential data risks and platform flaws.”

Phys .org: Sports information on social networks leaves out women, disabled and minority disciplines

Phys.org: Sports information on social networks leaves out women, disabled and minority disciplines. “Researchers from the University of Seville and Pompeu Fabra University argue that sports information on social media is dominated by men and football. This leaves out women’s sports, sports featuring athletes with disabilities and minority disciplines, thus repeating the reality of the traditional media. That is the main conclusion of a study analyzing more than 7,000 tweets published by the profiles of four public media in four European countries.”

TNW: How Twitter’s battle with India is boosting its local rival, Koo

TNW: How Twitter’s battle with India is boosting its local rival, Koo. “As the world moves towards the Splinternet, India’s trying to define its own versions through local laws and promoting homegrown apps. In this story, we’ll take a look at Twitter’s fight with India’s government, Koo’s opportunity to take advantage of that, and what challenges it could face by trying to rely on its nationalistic ties.”

TechCrunch: Cappuccino lets you share short, intimate audio stories with your friends

TechCrunch: Cappuccino lets you share short, intimate audio stories with your friends. “The app lets you create groups with your friends or your families. Members of the group can record a short audio message — a bean, as the startup calls it. They talk about what’s on their mind for a couple of minutes. The next morning, group members receive a notification saying that your morning cappuccino has been brewed.”

CNN: People are turning to Nextdoor for tips on getting a vaccine. Why that may be a problem

CNN: People are turning to Nextdoor for tips on getting a vaccine. Why that may be a problem. “A fraudulent link could be shared on many social networks but it may carry unique weight on Nextdoor. The startup, founded in 2010 and most recently valued at $2.1 billion, was designed to give people a way to connect with neighbors virtually to do things such as buy and sell items from each other, and discover local businesses, services and, importantly, news at a time when local publications are in decline. People are required to verify their home address to use the platform, and, for some, that could lend more credibility compared to interacting with random strangers on other sites.”