Thoughts on Social Media 2015

“Social media” is a bit of a misnomer, as the term is used to describe many different and diverse communities online.  An essential concept that gets lost is the fact that all these different online communities (social media platforms) have very different cultures.  The best way to grok each individual culture is to immerse oneself in a given community for a significant length of time.

The challenge in utilizing social media is understanding how to adapt the message and become part of the native conversation.  Being tone deaf to the unique social media culture in question can have sharply negative results.  Interactions on Facebook are very different from sending out a hashtag laden tweet.  Posting an Instagram photo with relevant hashtags takes a wholly different attitude than uploading a set of images into a Pinterest account. … Read the rest

JPG Magazine closing it’s doors – erg !

JPG was a breakthrough, breakout magazine, and it will be used as a guide and a template for other future initiatives as we go forward into the uncharted territory of this ‘new age’ of photography.

Links to active discussions on and about JPG magazine below the fold.

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JPG mag has come out of the photographic revolution that is happening here and now, where people are discovering photography though the availability of relatively inexpensive digital SLRs and point and shoots.

The ease of use, the low cost of no film, and the advent of ‘web2.0′ photo sharing sites like Flickr – one of the first ‘web2.0′ social networks using the power of server based site apps, is revolutionizing photography.

I have portfolios filled with tear sheets of my published work, and can say without a blink that one of my proudest moments in recent time was when I saw my work published in JPG magazine.… Read the rest

An impromptu State of the Web Address by El Zorro

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“We’re experiencing a bit of turbulence from the side-effects of structural limitations inherent in centralized closed source system development model – beyond a point nobody on the outside really knows what is going on inside.”
El Zorro

Now by and large although i’ve never met them personally i believe that the techies working on flickr cal et al are brilliant and wonderful people – particularly the ones who openly give back what they’re learning to the community (ie Link && Link ). before rounding off about a sinister conspiracy theory you must also consider that the problematic these people are dealing with is immense (think : data volumes, storage, servers, real-time distributed databases, massive in memory ram cache, hardware and so on). implementing any new functionality to such a system requires a serious understanding of so much that even with the best due diligence and safety harness there’s always room for the possibility that something is not quite working out the way it was intended (especially if the messages between technical/commerical/executive) get confused in translation / implementation

what the likes of big clustered centralized sites like flickr, facebook, youtube et al are doing has never been attempted before so technically and to an extent ethically (in terms of the socio implications of globalized virtual cross border multi-cultural meme exchange systems) they are exploring the model and (hopefully with our participation) making up the rules as they go.… Read the rest

Facebook, Facebook, Facebook, we hardley knew ye !

A relevant quote from the ether, found though Flickr:

“I’m done with Facebook. I’ve never really seen the value in it (except Scrabulous, perhaps) and I am getting increasingly uneasy about handing over so much information to them. The recent Beacon debacle was revelatory.

So I’m saying goodbye. I do sincerely hope that all 201 of my friends will continue to be my friends — you know where to find me! Please invite me to your parties via good ol’ fashioned email (I also accept phone calls); we can compare relative hotness and trivia knowledge in real life.

As it turns out, you can only *deactivate* your account on your own. An email to customer service revealed how to fully delete it from their servers:

“If you want your information removed from our servers, we can do this for you.… Read the rest

SeeMingLee !

“Continuing to push technology’s limitations to solve complex business and design challenges in powerful integrated ways” – SeeMingLee 07

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photo © SeeMingLee

Who is this enigmatic man who seems to be everywhere all at once ? Since one of the main topics of my rather eclectic blog is Flickr, I think there is a good place to start. Link Pictured above is one of his breathtaking photographs of the Manhattan Bridge from his Flickr account, used slightly outside the scope of the Flickr TOS, just to keep you on this page. The hyperlink will take you to his account.

SeeMingLee is spread across a number of the social networks like I am, and I am impressed. He has harnessed the power of possibility, and I hope this will be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.… Read the rest

Social Trends for September

This was an interesting item that popped up from my iGoogle feed, ironic, I never considered the personalized Google page to be ‘Social Networking’ but apparently in stats it’s considered thus:

Found on Tech Crunch

On the bookmarking side, in September Google commanded a 17.0 percent share of all Web bookmarking activity, followed by native-browser bookmarking (i.e., “Favorites”) with a 16.1 percent share.

Social Trends for September

Here are the trends for September. The first graph shows the evolution of the ranking for the top 10 social bookmarking services.

A comment excerpted from the addthis blog:

Steve Ballmer

October 15th, 2007 at 9:18 am

“Must I say it again? All of this “Social” stuff is just a fad, a passing fancy, bellbottoms, flattops, Mac computers, ….… Read the rest