Everyone who reblogs this will get their url written down on a scrap of paper and left in a public place. It may be resting along the shelves of a grocery store or in between the slats of a park bench. It will say something along the lines of “You found me! Now go here (insert your url) and tell them where I was.” Want this? Reblog!
Facebook is supposed to envelope us in the warm embrace of our social network, and scanning friends’ pages is supposed to make us feel loved, supported and important (at least in the lives of those we like). But skimming through photos of friends’ life successes can trigger feelings of envy, misery and loneliness as well, according to researchers from two German universities. The scientists studied 600 people who logged time on the social network and discovered that one in three felt worse after visiting the site—especially if they viewed vacation photos. Facebook frequenters who spent time on the site without posting their own content were also more likely to feel dissatisfied.
The most common cause of Facebook frustration came from users comparing themselves socially to their peers, while the second most common source of dissatisfaction was “lack of attention” from having fewer comments, likes and general feedback compared to friends.
“Can you believe that 40% of the top 100 brands (Interbrand, 2011) still have not made the switch to Twitter’s brand-friendly layout? Granted it’s still fairly new, having been released only at 2 ½ months ago, but given the benefits of the revised”—The New Twitter Layout – was the hype worth it?
Seesaw is a new company from three co-founders of CoTweet, one of the first big Twitter business services. The new company lists Aaron Gotwalt, Jesse Engle and Kyle Sollenberger as its founders.
A Techcrunch report by Drew Olanoff no…
Seesaw, a new social decision making company from the founders of CoTweet http://flpbd.it/FI7LF
Looking forward to this…
Bogost launched Cow Clicker in July 2010. Within weeks, it had achieved cult status among indie-game fans and social-game critics. Every “I’m clicking a cow” newsfeed update served as a badge of ironic protest. And then something surprising happened…
“To shift the structure of a sentence alters the meaning of that sentence, as definitely and inflexibly as the position of a camera alters the meaning of the object photographed. Many people know about camera angles now, but not so many know about sentences.”—Joan Didionon writing (via explore-blog) Brilliant.
This email just in from the principal at my daughter’s school. Oh, the irony.
One of our school goals this year is to improve our students? writing. As part of our efforts in 5th grade we have increased the amount of writing instruction, and we plan to increase the number of writing opportunities.
We will be utilizing a computer program to help analyze students? writing. This allows a student to get timely feedback and have more opportunities to write. There are similar programs both at the middle and high school. Our sixth grade students have already started to use the writing scoring program, and we plan to have our 5th grade students start using it within the next few weeks.
We are excited about these changes as we help our students become better writers.
The definition of precision is not ?accuracy?, but repeatability of a measurement. No human scoring can ever come anywhere near the precision of computer based scoring. It is important that our students are assessed with precision to get a true picture of how they write. When the exact same essay is scored multiple times by computer, there is high confidence (low standard deviation) between scores. When scored by humans, the variation is much larger, so the specific score is much less reliable.
Lack of Bias
A computer doesn?t ?know? the student and so is not biased. There is no ?Johnny is such a sweet boy? or ?I know Beth is a great writer? or ?I bet Susie is still tired from the party? to influence the scoring. There are no over emotional reactions ?positive or negative?to affect the scoring.
We’re excited to spotlight a fantastic collaboration with fashion retailer Urban Outfitters. The stylish apparel store just launched on Spotify and will be offering music and fashion lovers a unique collection of curated playlists.
Check out their very first playlist featuring hits from iconic independent label, 4AD and be sure to add Urban Outfitters to your people list to stay up to date with their monthly music picks.
Creative SM campaign with one trendy brand using another wisely.
Experience can only get you so far. Not all great finance professors are personally wealthy, and not all wealthy people can teach finance. Michael Jordan may be the greatest baller ever, but he just might be the most incompetent team leader in the NBA today.
My takeaway is that it comes down to trust — whether you can earn the trust of your audience right from the start. Your credentials as a professional speaker, or professor, or accomplished in any meaningful way, don’t matter when the time comes. It’s how you engage in a meaningful way, be willing to listen and learn from your audience, and not rest on titles and accomplishments.
In other words, it’s how you personally lead moment to moment through both word and action.
Tara Hunt’s piece on the HBR’s blog network clearly articulates what I’ve been thinking for years, as the nascent idea of social networking turned mainstream. We have a fundamental misunderstanding what this evolution is all about. In her words, it’s about “making our lives better” and goes on to explain how companies fail to execute on their brand promise through social media. ”Instead of thinking of all of the ways to reach your customers, think of all of the ways to improve your relationships with customers so they reach one another.” Amen.
If you are in the business of creating your social brand, take 5 minutes and carefully consider what she’s written. I couldn’t say it better myself, so I won’t.
I thought this was simply brilliant. Not that all entrepreneurs fit the same mold — we all know that successful leaders and CEOs have primary traits that make them exceptional — but this drills down to the essentials. Enjoy!
I am quickly regretting moving to this state years ago. On a recent trip I picked up Harper’s, and found this. If you can find it on newsstands, give it a read. You will be shocked. And no, only a portion of the article deals with immigration policy.
Atul Gawande’s poignant piece in this month’s New Yorker hit home, as I’m dealing with some of these issues with my dad. But everyone — especially those with an opinion about health reform in the U.S. — should read this beautifully written article.