Pokemon Go Is Driving Insane Amounts of Sales at Small Local Businesses. Here\’s How It Works | Inc.com

Augmented reality is no longer a fringe curiosity. It’s having real commercial potential.

For $1.19 an hour, you can have more customers than you’ve ever seen in your life

Source: Pokemon Go Is Driving Insane Amounts of Sales at Small Local Businesses. Here\’s How It Works | Inc.com

Teens Are Turning Away from Facebook Because Tumblr Is Real, and Parent-Free – J.K. Trotter – The Atlantic Wire

The Atlantic Wire bills itself as “what matters now,” but where have they been? This is old news to participants. However, I like to see this empirically established by Pew.

Teenagers really are over Facebook. In February the social network warned investors that “our younger users … are aware of and actively engaging with other products and services similar to, or as a substitute for, Facebook.” And in April the investment bank Piper Jaffray reported that products and services like Tumblr and Twitter were further eroding Facebooks dominance among the Justin Bieber set. But why? In a deep report published on Tuesday, Pew Research explains that teenagers departing the social networks blue confines are looking for something more… real. More authentic. Which, ironically, was the initial draw of Facebook, one of the first social networks to require real names.

via Teens Are Turning Away from Facebook Because Tumblr Is Real, and Parent-Free – J.K. Trotter – The Atlantic Wire.

But yeah, scratch a Tumblog, and you’ll find an angst-ridden, geeky, anime fangirl/boy taking refuge in pseudonymity.

Can the public solve Marathon bombings? Web users crowdsource to offer plenty of theories – Boston.com

Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an interesting test of claims made about the power of social media.

Amateur sleuths have taken to the Internet in an effort to find out who planted the deadly bombs that exploded Monday at the Boston Marathon, uploading photos from the moments before and after the explosions and analyzing them for clues on who may be responsible.

via Can the public solve Marathon bombings? Web users crowdsource to offer plenty of theories – Boston.com.

Do you think the public can or should help?

Facebook Knew I Was Gay Before My Family Did

This has implications for the privacy of messages shared on Facebook, and should give each of us pause.

When Matt (last name withheld for privacy) logged onto Facebook earlier this week, he was startled by the placement of a seemingly impossible ad on his News Feed: a rainbow-underwear-adorned banner for Rick Clemons (the California-based, self-appointed “Coming Out Coach”) that read, “COMING OUT? NEED HELP?”

Matt (who lives on the East Coast) did need help coming out. But as far as he knew, there was only one other person in the world who knew that but him.

Matt told BuzzFeed FWD in an email:

As many LGBT individuals know, for a time, the most closely held secret we have is our sexuality. Several nights ago, I texted a close and dear friend for advice on revealing such sensitive personal information. The next morning, I woke up to a “sponsored story” on my Facebook page that asked “Coming Out? Need help?” How did Facebook know such a specific ad would apply to my profile?

via Facebook Knew I Was Gay Before My Family Did.

IBM Security Tool Can Flag ‘Disgruntled Employees’

A vintage Scot Tissue ad, first appearing in the 1930s and urging employers to stock bathrooms with Scot Tissue products to prevent turning their employees into radical communists.

Is government “Big Brother,” or is industry? What are the privacy implications of the ability to mine and analyze such data?

A new International Business Machines Corp. security tool uses Big Data to help CIOs detect internal and external security threats in new ways—and can even scan email and social media to flag apparently “disgruntled” employees who might be inclined to reveal company secrets, according to Sandy Bird, chief technology officer of IBM’s security systems division.

via IBM Security Tool Can Flag ‘Disgruntled Employees’ – The CIO Report – WSJ.

Twitter Hacked; Company Says 250K Users May Have Been Affected | Threat Level | Wired.com

For your information.

Following a string of revelations this week from several media companies who announced they had been recently hacked, Twitter announced on Friday that it had also been the target of a sophisticated attack.The company wrote in a blog post ironically titled “Keeping our users secure” that it detected unusual patterns this week that led it to identify attempts to access user data.“We discovered one live attack and were able to shut it down in process moments later,” wrote Bob Lord, Twitter’s director of information security. “However, our investigation has thus far indicated that the attackers may have had access to limited user information — usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords — for approximately 250,000 users.”

via Twitter Hacked; Company Says 250K Users May Have Been Affected | Threat Level | Wired.com.

Dropify Launches File Publishing App for Facebook

This is one of those apps that if you don’t have a use for it, you will develop one.

If you’re a musician, designer or anyone who regularly offers free downloads, here’s one app you may find useful to promote your wares on Facebook. Dropify comes courtesy of Germany-based Hike Social Apps, and integrates with Facebook to “make file downloads more social”, as it puts it.“Dropify changes the game of file downloads,” says co-founder and CEO, Chris Striepecke, ambitiously. “We provide a fun way for people to both publish and discover awesome free files. We make files social.”

via Dropify Launches File Publishing App for Facebook.

Social Media Death

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Image via CrunchBase

This would make an interesting topic in thanatology circles.

[View the story “Facebook flaw allows users to ‘kill’ friends” on Storify]

The Digital Self

Happiness is sensitizing colleagues to the security of their Facebook and e-mail and the wider implications.

…[F]or some time I have felt that social media has given us a “radically distributed biography.” …An autobiography might be written with a particular narrative, but each of the components of this narrative has been chosen from a particular performative standpoint, and as suggested, in a collaborative way.

Just as social networking sites allow us to visualize the underlying networks that already have existed, they now offer us a view into the postmodern self.


via Re-integrating the Self Narrative » Cyborgology.

Facebook Won’t Like This LinkedIn News | Wired Business | Wired.com

Happy Reid

This is the “business casual” of serious social network news.

LinkedIn might be the uptight suit of social networks, but it seems it wants some of the casual, after-hours club flair that is Facebook. Witness the news LinkedIn will add notifications, a productivity-undermining feature that lets you know when someone views your profile or “likes” something you’ve shared.

The notifications, which consist of icons and color highlighting in LinkedIn’s navigation bar, ape a very similar feature on Facebook. LinkedIn rolled out the notifications on its website, but says they will soon come to its iPhone, iPad, and Android software.

It seems odd for a workplace social network to deploy such an intentionally distracting feature. “You’ll never miss a comment or update to an engaging discussion about a news article or trending topic on LinkedIn,” the company says of notifications – as though that’s a good thing.

via Facebook Won’t Like This LinkedIn News | Wired Business | Wired.com.