Category: Social Web

  • The greatest propaganda machine in history

    Sacha Baron Cohen recently spoke about how social media services have become the “greatest propaganda machine in history”. Much of the media’s focus, when reporting on his remarks, was on his attack on Facebook. While he certainly targeted Facebook, he also spoke about how Google, YouTube, and Twitter shape online discourse, and how they help […]

  • Owning your tweets

    Owning your tweets

    I really like how Zach Leatherman has taken control over his tweets, and is sharing them on his site with some great analytics. He provides some insights into how he’s taking his tweets, and republishing them on his site in his post “I’m Taking Ownership of My Tweets” – I fully expect my personal website […]

  • Resisting closed platforms with the open Web

    Simon commented on the state of the Web in a recent post: Thanks to the open web it was possible to create massive platforms, which inevitably became closed. He asks an important question: Do we now abandon the open web or is it essential for keeping the closed platforms in check? I think the only […]

  • Facebook-fed blog someday?

    Chris’ reference to a means of linking his site to Facebook touches on something I thinking about this morning. Even though you can export your Facebook data into what seems like a nicely presented, local site of sorts, I’d like to be able to basically parse my Facebook timeline, and somehow migrate it to a […]

  • Countless channels and nothing worth watching

    Despite the sheer amount of content available on services like YouTube, there are times when it feels like there’s absolutely nothing worth watching. It must be some sort of algorithmic dead zone that occurs now and then. Like tonight. It’s a good thing I have so much to read …

  • Make your Web

    Make your Web

    I enjoyed Tantek Çelik‘s recent talk at beyond tellerrand // DÜSSELDORF 2019. If you’re interested in the IndieWeb, or just curious why having a personal site is still so important, make yourself a beverage and enjoy: Featured image: IndieWebCamp Berlin 2018 | Day 1 by tollwerk GmbH, licensed CC BY NC SA 2.0

  • Knowing when NOT to share something online

    It’s really easy to share stuff online (that’s the point of social media, isn’t it?). At the same time, just because we can share something online, doesn’t mean we should share it. With all this talk about the term “fake news” that a certain president made popular, there is plenty of material that is misleading, […]

  • Another reason to have your own website

    Brad Frost wrote about the value of having your own website the other day. This quote stands out: Writing on your own website associates your thoughts and ideas with you as a person. Having a distinct website design helps strengthen that association. Brad Frost I had a conversation with someone recently about their site. They […]