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Mathieu Plourde

How I Fell Out of Love with the Internet - 0 views

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    "Join the resistance knowing that you can't be certain whether you're building Skynet or destroying it. Join the resistance knowing that the people who gave up the Internet's backbone thought they were saving the Internet too. Join the resistance knowing that once you unleash strong crypto, it cannot be put back in the bottle. Join the resistance even though some will say it has already failed. Join because you believe there is no fate but what we make."
Mathieu Plourde

Challenges in Giving Consent Online - 0 views

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    "Digital networks, websites, and services are a necessary component of the toolset required to build and utilize digital and media literacies. Appropriate policies, procedures, and guidelines are necessary to protect the developers and administrators of these texts and tools, as well as the users of these spaces. These documents often fail to provide users with the freedom needed to expand their skills, while still creating safe and appropriate boundaries for use of the Internet and all it has to offer."
Mathieu Plourde

The Fall of Google+ - 0 views

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    "Within a year, I had developed a number of great relationships with people on Google+. These weren't the school friends I followed on Facebook or work associates I was connected to on LinkedIn. These were people I didn't already know who shared my interest in various topics. By early 2012, I'd come to the conclusion that Google+ was something very different from Facebook's social network. It represented an intersection between relationships with people and connections to ideas. It was, in short, a "shared interest network." I even put together a slide show using Google+ images to explain this idea. It went viral and people on the Google+ team told me privately that I'd nailed the essence of their network"
Mathieu Plourde

Goodbye, Google+: A eulogy for the last great social network - 0 views

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    "Most Google+ fans I know don't mourn its closure as much as they mourn the loss of Google+ circa 2014. Imagine a social network where geeks have higher follower counts than celebrities. Where there's no advertising. Where trolls get crushed and ordinary people have a voice. Where smart people gather for long, detailed and interesting conversations. Where most streams aren't algorithmically filtered. Where photographs appear at full quality. Where social networking engagement leads to actual, real-life friendships. Imagine a social network that strikes fear into Facebook, and forces them to improve the site for their users. It's all hard to imagine. But for about three years, this was Google+. Google+ is dead. But the best version of the site died in 2014. We should all mourn its loss."
Mathieu Plourde

diaspora* - 0 views

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    Decentralized open source social networking service. In the wake of G+ shutting down, could be an alternative to Silicon Valley behemoths.
Mathieu Plourde

What is your "brand voice" and why does it matter? - MarketingTango - 0 views

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    "What exactly is a brand voice? Adweek puts it succinctly: "When we say brand voice, we mean the authentic personality of your brand. Ask yourself: 'Who would my brand be if it were a real person? What would it sound like?' That is the voice of your brand.""
Mathieu Plourde

ambi: the world's first Learning Social Network - 0 views

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    "Ambi makes it easy to stay on top of your classes, social groups, and campus life."
Mathieu Plourde

Activism in the Social Media Age - 0 views

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    "The rise of the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag - along with others like #MeToo and #MAGA (Make America Great Again) - has sparked a broader discussion about the effectiveness and viability of using social media for political engagement and social activism. To that end, a new survey by the Center finds that majorities of Americans do believe these sites are very or somewhat important for accomplishing a range of political goals, such as getting politicians to pay attention to issues (69% of Americans feel these platforms are important for this purpose) or creating sustained movements for social change (67%)."
Mathieu Plourde

Cass Sunstein's '#Republic' explores dangers of social media curation - Harvard Gazette - 0 views

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    "an unfortunate and largely unintended consequence of the rise of social media is that instead of being better informed and exposed to ever-broadening viewpoints, research shows that Americans today are more polarized and draw from shrinking pools of news. Many people now operate in virtual gated communities as a result of their culled Facebook and Twitter feeds and the opaque corporate algorithms that organize people into invisible groups."
Mathieu Plourde

A Great Tool to Automatically Collect and Save Tweets to Google Sheets - 0 views

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    "You can use Twitter Archiver to save tweets for instance, for brand mentions, tweets from a specific person, trending hashtags, geotagged tweets, and even to back-up your own tweets. Besides the actual tweet text mentioning your keywords, Twitter Archiver also captures other data related to the tweets include: details about Twitter user (e.g. their name, number of follows and followers, location, bio, profile image, verified or not), a link to the original tweet, date and time of the tweet,  the app from which the tweet was shared, number of retweets, and many more. 'The add-on is free though you can upgrade to premium edition to capture more search terms. The premium version also includes supports and polls twitter more frequently (every 10-15 minutes) to download new tweets."
Mathieu Plourde

THINK: Fresh Opinions, Sharp Analyses and Powerful Essays - 0 views

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    "we cannot be dependent on Facebook's benevolence for protection in a world where so much of our daily activities are codified into data and collected by third parties. Indeed, we should be skeptical of Facebook's own efforts to use artificial intelligence to monitor user data for what it deems dangerous content. To continue down this path is to passively accept a surveillance society and sacrifice the liberty that enables a democracy to flourish."
Mathieu Plourde

Here's How the End of Net Neutrality Will Change the Internet - 0 views

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    Be prepared for a slow-lane Internet unless you can pay up...
Mathieu Plourde

F8 2017 Keynote - 0 views

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    "Mark Zuckerberg and other Facebook leaders talk about the future of artificial intelligence and virtual reality."
Mathieu Plourde

Online profile pictures leave lasting impressions, researchers say - Technology & Scien... - 0 views

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    "There's already a lot of research into how we form impressions of people based on facial features alone. We see a picture of someone and almost immediately make an assessment of that person. As much as we know we shouldn't, we judge books by their covers."
Mathieu Plourde

Perusall - 0 views

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    "Order and assign textbooks, articles, or your PDFs in Perusall. Students annotate the readings and asynchronously respond to each other's comments and questions about the readings in context. With novel data analytics, Perusall automatically generates optimal student groupings and social interactions, grades students' engagement to ensure they are prepared for class, and nudges those who need help to keep everyone on track. "
Mathieu Plourde

We 'haven't quite got the formula down' to fight bad behaviour on social media - Arts &... - 0 views

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    ""Why not shame and embarrass others, especially the vulnerable, if there are no negative consequences? If people had a stronger sense that online abuse would be followed by legal or social sanctions, then we surely would have less of it," according to Danielle Keats Citron, law professor at the University of Maryland and author of 2014's Hate Crimes in Cyberspace."
Mathieu Plourde

TOS agreements require giving up first born-and users gladly consent | Ars Technica - 0 views

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    "A study out this month made the point all too clear. Most of the 543 university students involved in the analysis didn't bother to read the terms of service before signing up for a fake social networking site called "NameDrop" that the students believed was real. Those who did glossed over important clauses. The terms of service required them to give up their first born, and if they don't yet have one, they get until 2050 to do so. The privacy policy said that their data would be given to the NSA and employers. Of the few participants who read those clauses, they signed up for the service anyway."
Mathieu Plourde

How technology disrupted the truth - 0 views

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    "Social media has swallowed the news - threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism"
Mathieu Plourde

Google Spaces' Fatal Flaw: It Requires Too Much Mental Energy - 0 views

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    "Social networking entails "following" people and exchanging personal information about one's family, work, life, travel and so on. And pictures of your cat. When Google launched Google+ in 2011, social networking was on the rise. Social media, on the other hand, is when you share memes, articles, photos and videos taken by someone else-pictures of someone else's cat-and other content that is not about your own life."
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