Emoji etiquette in the workplace: The good, the bad and the downright inappropriate (Human Resources)

Human Resources: Emoji etiquette in the workplace: The good, the bad and the downright inappropriate. “Emojis are everywhere nowadays. When words fail us or we want to lighten the mood, very often we turn to emojis. In fact even in a professional work setting, 71% of respondents in Perkbox’s latest survey feel emojis should be encouraged.”

UnDark: No, You’re Not Addicted to Social Media

UnDark: No, You’re Not Addicted to Social Media. “It has become commonplace for media outlets to talk about this dark side of technology using the language of addiction. In a Washington Post op-ed earlier this year, for instance, psychologist Doreen Dodgen-Magee called on mental health professionals to recognize the bleak reality of ‘tech addiction.’ In his New York Times column, Kevin Roose wrote about his ‘phone problem,’ and how it had broken his brain. Parents and teens often signal their unhappiness with the amount of time spent online by framing the issue as smartphone addiction. But to me, the confession from the girl in the Philadelphia coffee shop did not sound like that of a social media addict. “

Research: How Twitter Is Changing the Behavior Around Death and Mourning

University of Washington research: ‘I miss you so much’: How Twitter is broadening the conversation on death and mourning. “In a paper that will be presented at the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA), UW doctoral students Nina Cesare and Jennifer Branstad analyzed the feeds of deceased Twitter users and found that people use the site to acknowledge death in a blend of public and private behavior that differs from how it is addressed on other social media sites.”

Research: Using Real Names Does Not Temper Social Media Attacks / Trolling

You’d think that people posting online with real names instead of anonymously would temper their remarks a bit, wouldn’t you? apparently not. “In research published this June in the journal PLoS One, [Lea] Stahel studied comments on online petitions published on a German social media platform between 2010 and 2013. The data included 532,197 comments on about 1,600 online petitions. Commentators could choose to be public or anonymous. Contrary to expectations, the commentators with the harshest words during mass public attacks were more likely to be the name-identified ones than the anonymous ones (less than a third of commentators kept their names private).”

Reddit Question: How to Use Facebook Properly in the USA?

Speaking of social media in individual countries, I just found a most interesting question on Reddit (it’s true that I rarely log in to Reddit, but I monitor it other ways.) The question is How to use Facebook properly in the USA? and it starts “I am studying in the USA right now, and I am from a country where the Facebook is banned. Currently I get some questions about the Facebook culture and American social networking routine.” Some thoughtful responses too.

R. Stuart Geiger on Twitter and Blockbots

R. Stuart Geiger has some interesting thoughts on Twitter and blockbots. “I’ve been working on a research project about counter-harassment projects in Twitter, where I’ve been focusing on blockbots (or bot-based collective blocklists) in Twitter. Blockbots are a different way of responding to online harassment, representing a more decentralized alternative to the standard practice of moderation—typically, a site’s staff has to go through their own process to definitively decide what accounts should be suspended from the entire site. I’m excited to announce that my first paper on this topic will soon be published in Information, Communication, and Society… This post is a summary of that article and some thoughts about future work in this area.”

Facebook Continues With the Decency Double Standards

Meanwhile, still hanging out on the Planet of Double Standards, Facebook has suspended accounts which posted an image of two Aboriginal Australian women performing in a public ceremony. Their breasts are exposed, including, if Facebook’s decency policies are to be believed, their Female Nipples of Doom. Meanwhile, as this article points out, Esquire can post a picture of Kim Kardashian completely naked (except for paint) and that is apparently perfectly okay. Nina Agdal showing her rump? Facebook doesn’t seem to have a problem with that either. It should be obvious from this summary, but I’ll warn you anyway: the story I’m linking to contains images of nudity.

2098: The Dead Outnumber the Living on Facebook?

Eeesh. By the end of the 21st century, the dead people on Facebook might outnumber the living. “The social media network has about 1.5bn users around the world, but in the not-so-distant future, the dead people on the platform could end up outnumbering the living. This is due to Facebook not deleting dead users automatically, and instead leaving their profiles up as memorial pages.”

19th Century Coroner’s Reports From South Carolina

There’s a new site that provides coroner’s reports from 19th century South Carolina, and it’s called CSI:Dixie. OF COURSE it’s called CSI:Dixie. “CSI:Dixie, a beautifully conceived and profoundly mournful new digital history site, holds 1,582 digitized coroner’s reports from six counties in 19th-century South Carolina. You can search by keyword, or read lists that organize inquest files by the act that killed the person (homicide; suicide; infanticide; accident; natural causes), clicking through to individual cases that fit that description.”

Arizona Using Social Media To Shame “Deadbeat” Parents

The state of Arizona is using social media to shame “deadbeat” parents. The headline is “deadbeat dads” but women, albeit fewer, are on the list too. “Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey this week launched a campaign to crack down on ‘the worst of the worst’ parents who are ignoring child support payments, posting their names and photos to Twitter and Facebook. The hope is that the public shaming will make some of them pay up and give other dads (and moms) second thoughts about evading child support.”

Facebook Censors Little Mermaid Statue Because Vast Buckets of Stupid

And in today’s episode of Stupid Facebook Censoring: Facebook censored the statue of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen because it was pornographic. Or something. “A Danish politician has accused Mark Zuckerberg’s social network of blocking her from uploading an image of the 102-year-old statue, which is displayed on a rock by the waterside at the Langelinie promenade, to the site.” Facebook later reversed the decision, but by then the stupidness had been accomplished.

Twitter Goes from Stars to Hearts; Bleh

Twitter is going from a star for favorites to a heart. Which I don’t like. I favorited stuff when I wanted to save it, or just note it as interesting. “Heart”ing something has positive implications I don’t find appropriate for how I use it. Of course if Twitter had a thriving third-party developer community and a very open API people could develop all kinds of structures for liking content.