Thanks For Sharing

Interesting relationships between what is shared, and what is read online

Analytics are important, as long as you are tracking the proper metrics. Recent research is showing that the correlation between what is shared on social networks versus what people are actually reading is surprisingly low.

A few key findings noted below, click here to read the whole article, sorry I’m going so fast but statistics show you’re going to be gone in the next 5-8 seconds.

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Relationship Status vs. Facebook Use

Previously we have looked at the effect of Facebook on breakups, in that same vein here are three charts showing how relationship status affects posting mood, and frequency.

Previously we have looked at the effect of Facebook on breakups, in that same vein here are three charts from Chartporn showing how relationship status affects posting mood, and frequency.

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When Eater.Com Asked Me What's Wrong

Eater.com is basically food.tmz.com – let me explain…

In case you missed it, Eater Atlanta is accusing Yum Bunz of serving frozen pre-made bao. My objection here is not towards Yum Bunz, but instead why a website that considers itself a reputable force in the “restaurant blogging community” (N.B. I just cringed typing that) considers this a news-worth topic. Not to the surprise of anybody reading this, I took the opportunity to let Eater Atlanta know they are finding stories where there are none in a shameless ploy to generate more hits. (i.e. generate ad impressions on their website)

After they started favoriting my tweets but refusing to respond, I turned the screws a bit and was invited by Eater.com to email in my concerns. I have emailed them a copy of this URL because, quite simply, they published their story online, and they want to feign journalistic integrity. In light of both these facts it seemed unfair to take the conversation offline. I stand behind what I publish, otherwise I wouldn’t bother putting it in a public forum. You don’t get to start the discussion in public then take all conversations of it offline when the tenor doesn’t suit you. Sorry, but you’re not getting off the hook that easy.

So without further introduction, I give you my long-awaited treatise against Eater.

 

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CB: The Worst Mobile App I've Ever Used

A majority of the people on this app sound like real life incarnations of King of the Hill character Boomhauer, and I would not be too surprised if that assessment was mostly accurate. There are paid features for this app, totaling an absurd $10, you can identify people who were absent minded enough to make this mistake through their green pins identifying them on the map.

You know that feeling when you pass by something on television like Jerry Springer, and its portrayal of humanity is so obtuse you can’t help but immerse yourself? Combine that emotion with one of the most poorly designed iOS interfaces and internet app concepts and you have CB.

cb_screenshot

I have spent a few days on this app, mostly lurking and the most shocking aspect of it has to be that it is apparently inhabited by the same 4 or 5 people continuously, which the occasional preteen troll showing up to flaunt their new-found discovery of vulgar language.

A majority of the people on this app sound like real life incarnations of King of the Hill character Boomhauer, and I would not be too surprised if that assessment was mostly accurate. There are paid features for this app, totaling an absurd $10, you can identify people who were absent minded enough to make this mistake through their green pins identifying them on the map.

Download CB for iOS [and lose faith in humanity completely]

Trayvon Tweets – Statistically Speaking

As we are quickly learning in the information age, things are not always as they are presented.

Floatingsheep recently compiled statistical data around the trial, drawing interesting conclusions.

Trayvon Hashtag MohawkUnderstandably, the George Zimmerman trial received a lot of national attention. As a result, the national conversation quickly became focused on issues of racism, southern identity, and the long-term effects of the acquittal of the accused.

As we are quickly learning in the information age, things are not always as they are presented.

Floatingsheep recently compiled statistical data around the trial, drawing interesting conclusions.

The lifespan of these events in our emotional and internet world is short.

Trayvon imeline

 

All it took was a good night’s rest before everybody jumped back to their normal twitter behaviors, much to the chagrin of Anthony Weiner and a handful of others involved in current events that are not even worth our time.

The South is not as racist as you perceive.

#JusticeForTrayvon Map

Looking at the density of #JusticeForTrayvon tweets across a map of the United States across a two-week period, it doesn’t appear anybody west of the Mississippi perceived an injustice throughout the trial (with the exception of California, which I will attribute to the still salient shooting of Oscar Grant instead of assuming liberal bias.)

Tweeting for Trayvon [via FloatingSheep]

2012 Listening Habits

A glimpse at my listening habits in 2012 as charted by last.fm

This is pretty self-explanatory, every year I try and get a quick snapshot on 1-Jan of the previous years’ listening habits through Last.FM. 2012 was a bit different; I started using Spotify radio playlists, which explains how the Air, Mogwai, and Christopher Cross tunes ended up on the top tracks list for 2012, in the midst of a bunch of seemingly unrelated artists.

2012 Top Artists (Last.FM)

2012 Top Albums (Last.FM)

2012 Top Tracks (Last.FM)

How To: Fix Instagram On Twitter

A simple guide using free ifttt recipe to have your Instagram photos display properly o Twitter.

In response to the heavily reported photo-feud between social networks Twitter and Instagram, a number of subscribers of both services are upset at changes to how photos shared across platforms have begun displaying this week.

Resident icnt.mx geek Tricil, who earlier shared this wonderful primer on social media mores, tones it down a bit but still keeps the quality high on this easy and free to use ifttt-based solution for Sharing Your Instagram Photos via Twitter correctly.

Not tech-savvy? Don’t worry, ifttt (If This Then This) is a straight-forward web automation system that works in a completely point-and-click environment that is easily to learn, trustworthy, and extremely helpful in automatic some routine online tasks.

NPR Music's Top 100 for 2012

NPR Music lists it’s 100 favorite tracks from 2012 and provides a Spotify and Rdio station to allow streaming of their submissions

Our friends over at NPR Music have made their list of Top 100 Songs for 2012 available for browsing and streaming over on their website.

Featuring selections this year from a number of albums and artists covered here, including Spiritualized, Mala, and Wiley, it felt only right to share the link here.

 

NPR Music’s 100 Favorite Songs of 2012 [article]
Stream NPR Music’s 100 Favorite Songs of 2012 on Spotify
Stream NPR Music’s 100 Favorite Songs of 2012 on Rdio