Tag Archives: Social network


Google+, Twitter, Facebook: the new capitals of crowdsourcing?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… strategy document (don’t worry, I’ll get over it), I’ve been road-testing Google’s new social network as a personal user. Like most early adopters, my first impressions have been generally positive. The UI is clean and well thought-out (though let’s wait until GoogleAds arrive before rejoicing too much). The “circles” concept seems like a truly innovative feature and could be what distinguishes G+ from rivals Facebook and Twitter.

Spheres of influence

G+ circles …

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Death 2.0: Crowdsourcing the rest of your (after)life

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… the nature of human existence. (Yes, I watched The Matrix again on the weekend.) With the rise of social media, this idea has now gone a step further: can computers change what it means to be dead?

A few weeks ago, while watching TED videos to escape the scorching Italian sun (it’s a tough life, I know), I came across this off-beat and slightly creepy talk by Adam Ostrow, Mashable’s Editor in Chief.

Adam’s subject was our online (im)mortality. These days people are constantly …

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Social networking and the English riots: don’t shoot the (Blackberry) messenger

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… With no obvious cause for the riots, the British press has been (predictably) quick to blame social networks. One newspaper reported a “Twitter frenzy” by rioters encouraging an “orgy of destruction”. Other commentators criticize the role of Blackberry messenger, referring to the popularity of this “secret” messaging service among young people. (It’s also popular with lawyers and bankers – conspiracy theories anybody?)

The mainstream media has launched non-stop riot …

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How many microtasks does it take to change the world?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… the cat among the tweeters recently. Writing in the New Yorker he argues that ‘new tools of social media’ are powerless as a force for activism or social change.

The (strong) ties that bind

Real, high risk, sustained activism is only possible, says Gladwell, when the activists are connected by strong ties. He takes the U.S. Civil Rights movement as his main example. The activists who stuck around and took risks had personal connections – friends and family also dedicated to the …

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How to lose friends and predict epidemics

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

With The Social Network out in cinemas, everyone is talking about Mark Zuckerberg and his 500 million friends. Seeing as we have recently discussed Mark, today I would rather talk about his nemesis, Nicholas Christakis.

While Mark is busy building friendships, Nicholas is destroying them: according to him, if your friend gets fat, the chance of you getting fat at the same time increases by 57%. …

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