Monday starts a new road for me at NPR. After several great years, I’m leaving the Social Media Desk and moving on to work in Business Partnerships. I am proud to leave the social media desk in the more-than-capable hands of Wright Bryan and Melody Kramer, not to mention the hundreds of…
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This is a blog post from Twitter/broadcast analytics company SecondSync detailing the unusual Tweeting dynamics around the new Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith show, Inside No. 9. I really enjoy seeing this sort of nuanced consideration of stats around activity, which tell us how things are really playing out in areas like this.Source: secondsync
For anyone looking for a sensible overview of how the future of TV looks to an insider, this is a good place to start.
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All About the #Selfies
Right now, there are more than 79 million photos on Instagram that fall under #selfie. This is not counting #selfies (7 million photos), #selfienation (1 million photos), #selfiesfordays (400,000 photos) or the countless number of photos with no hashtag at all. You might be thinking: “Finally, we’ve reached peak #selfie!” But according to a new study, only 3-5 percent of photos on Instagram fall into the category…
…In its short lifespan, the selfie has gone from pop culture phenomenon to academic lab rat. For obvious reasons, these photos are a psychological research goldmine, but there’s been little done in the way of objectively looking at the photos’ content to see how it might reflect the actual world we live in. Selfiecity looks at the trend through a window, not a microscope. Instead of zeroing in on a single narrow element, the Selfiecity project is broken down into a few broad areas: main findings, contextual essays and interactive data visualizations. “We wanted to look at this phenomena from different perspectives,” Manovich explains.
Selfiecity analyzes Instagram data for visual cues like head position, emotional expression, gender and age, in order to get a clearer picture of how (and how often) people actually take selfies in different cultures. “The idea was to confront the generalizations about selfies, which are not based on data, with actual data,” says Manovich. “We wanted to look at what the actual patterns are.”
So, check Selfiecity, it’s mesmerizing.
And then, perhaps, check #SELFIE (Official Music Video), a techno ode to all things selfie, crowdsourced “from so many amazing and funny ppl.”
Image: Selfies in New York, via Wired.
New Map Of The Internet
I like the idea of overlaying virtual worlds, the virtual of our digital world with the virtual of our mapped physical world. And I generally like a good map. Anyway, you can now enjoy your very own high res version of an updated but conversely antiquated version of the old map of the internets from Jay Simmons on Deviant Art.