Date Created: September 1, 2013 Date Modified: September 1, 2013
Being web focused, I tend to use Google Analytics to gain visitor information, but in the walled-garden of social we are limited to some extent by what the application itself provides us. Luckily Facebook is improving their page ‘Insights’–a limited version of Analytics, so admins can keep informed of page activity
Just at a glance of the insights opening ‘overview’ page you can already tell that this page receives over twice as much interaction as it does have likes, this kind of extended reach is often overlooked by page admins.
I have uploaded screen caps from the 3 other top-level pages: Page, Posts and People…
As you can see above it shows the progresson of likes and even unlikes (I wish that feature were available to peoples own profiles!)…
Posts is a run-down of all the pages posts which can be filtered–I have this filtered by reach just to show you that a page with 1000 likes can have a post reach over 3 times its page audience. (and this usually exponentiates the more users or ‘likes’ the page has)
And lastly People breaks down our users demographics.
Yeah, this was probably not the most informative on Facebook Page Insights; but those who know me know my motivation
Date Created: November 6, 2012 Date Modified: November 19, 2012
I was quite interested in this report by the Canadian Human Resources and Skills Development Canada; Social Media as a Tool for Inclusion. I have looked into some of the issues around special-needs users of the internet, and have dealt with web accessibility in the front lines, but what piked my interest in this report was that it covered two demographics often overlooked–Indigenous and the homeless.
The objectives of the study were to determine the extent, nature and benefits of social media use by five vulnerable populations – Aboriginal peoples, people with disabilities, recent immigrants, the homeless and seniors – and by the institutions that serve them, and to explore the extent to which such media help to overcome social isolation and barriers to inclusion
The homeless are often an invisible demographic, and in a traditional web1.0 paradigm the notion of sitting down to a desktop computer to surf the internet is not seen as in the capacity for the homeless, however the more the net has moved onto devices the more uptake and more visible this demographic will be. The digital divide persists, but the advances of technology are making it easier for users with limited means to be able to access the digital realm.
…given the dire daily challenges of the homeless and those that serve them. It is surprising that no pertinent Canadian academic studies on this topic were unearthed, online or otherwise, during the course of this research. Nevertheless, anecdotal reporting indicates that the internet and social media are extensively used by the homeless, especially those under 30, and this finding resonates with those of several U.S. studies on the topic
Having dealt with homelessness first hand, I knew from my own experiences what benefits I gained from the use of social media–in fact the catalyst for me to create a Facebook account back in 2007 was part of a need to reconnect with those who I had lost contact with during my diaspora.Having dealt with homelessness first hand, I knew from my own experiences what benefits I gained from the use of social media–in fact the catalyst for me to create a Facebook account back in 2007 was part of a need to reconnect with those who I had lost contact with during my diaspora.
The number one issue for homeless people is loneliness; many have left behind them a trail of lost or damaged relationships. Facebook is seen to help the homeless regain contact with family members and actually help them rebuild relationships. A youth worker writes: “I frequently use Facebook as a means of staying in touch with youth who are homeless. They are often without a regular phone or address, but will find a way to update their Facebook status. This way I can continue to support them wherever they are at.”
UPDATE: If you are homeless in Western Australia, the Department of Housing have a homeless assistance hotline you can call: 1800 065 892 for help and assistance.
Date Created: October 29, 2012 Date Modified: October 29, 2012
Released Monday from Global Network Initiative, is the following report Digital Freedoms in International Law, which addresses many of the issues relating to protecting human rights on-line. It looks into state driven censorship in oppressive regimes such as Saudi Arabia and it also highlights the lack of accountability corporations have in the digital eco-system when it comes to human rights violations:
…there are special problems in applying law generally, and human rights law in particular, to the new global, digital environment. Laws are still mainly drawn up for an environment with clearly defined territorial jurisdictions. And much of the control over the Internet rests in the hands of private companies, whereas traditional human rights law almost entirely focused on states. This raises problems of both “prescriptive” and “enforcement” jurisdiction, and of “privatised” (or semi--privatised) law enforcement, without adequate remedies. Page 14
Also mentioned is the corporate sectors willingness to comply with take down requests, and that they have a moral obligation not to facilitate such:
companies should think in advance of possible risks arising from undue state demands made upon them, and they should take measures – including technical measures – to try and make it possible for them to deny or at least minimise their cooperation. They must afterwards help the victims of their enforced cooperation with such allegedly undue and illegal state actions, to alleviate the harm done as much as possible. Page 23
I would however suggest that it is the corporate interests manipulating the states; tho this might be me speaking from a political, rather than a legal perspective.
So it should also be no surprise that this kind of Social Engineering is being utilized by corporate interests to manipulate the clean energy debate. As this report from The Montreal Gazette states:
The marketing has involved professional bloggers working for M THIRTY, a Toronto-based communications firm, who actively use social media websites such as Facebook or Twitter to simulate or kick-start online conversations with a consistent message promoting the views of their clients.
In the above instance it was stated the client was the Ontario Power Workers’ Union, however this type of faux user-generated content is available to any corporation or NGO who is willing to fit the bill. A price for opinion, so to speak.
The problem with this kind of assault of our freedom of expression is that it is a divide and conquer method to exponentiate any internal disputes within the groups where misinformation like this is posted. A reader of such a debate who is trying to learn the issues surrounding the topic is bombarded with this type of disinfo in such a way that they are unable to discern the truth from the marketing.
So how can the general public be expected to know the difference between a PR campaign and actual User-generated content? here are some of my thoughts:
Marketing professionals use marketing language–such as “weasol words”, pejorative words and phrases to cause an emotive response with the reader. Logic is reason, not emotion.
What are antagonists doing in the forum in question?, if they have a negative view of the topic in general, then why are they even concerned to join in the debate.
Who are these people blaming for the problem?. if there is a clear target of blame then is it congruent with the views of the forum which it is posted?.
Often it is more than one profile attacking a thread, look into those that are quick to support the questionable postee, are their views in line with those of the forum?.
there are other ways to tell an agent provocateur however one must remember that no checklist is fool-proof. There are a over a billion people on the web, and some of those people are idiots, trolls or even just ill-informed. But its good to know that the “shills” (as they say on conspiracy websites) do exist, and will try to manipulate your ideas.
Be forever vigilant. The internet is serious business.
Date Created: September 19, 2011 Date Modified: September 22, 2011
In a follow-up to my post from earlier re: Political Trolls, last night the ABC’s Four Corners aired this piece on the climate change debate called “The Climate Wars”. I think the following quote from Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi really sums up the current political climate over new media:
I’ve always sought to build a movement, not an empire. I want as many, you know, like-minded groups out there advocating for what they think is important – not what Cory Bernardi thinks is important.
If they’ve got a good idea about a blog or you know an activism initiative that they want to pursue, if I’ve got the money and the resources to help them, I will do that.
Now, I don’t necessarily have to agree with everything they do or everything they say. I just want people to get out there and have a go.
The entire article is below (thanks to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
So basically yes, the fascist dogs are manipulating the media to their own agenda, and its up to us to do something about it… then this morning the ABC aired a programme about Phone Phreaking and the early days of hacking–maybe the ABC is trying to manipulate me to go after these shites!. (BTW: the Sydney Morning Herald is a sharepoint driven site so dont even bother going after Andrew “Im a fuckwit” Bolt.
After all, it was those inflammatory remarks from right-wing retards which caused me to disable my Facebook.
Date Created: September 14, 2011 Date Modified: May 6, 2012
after all the love, hate, drama and chaos facebook brought to my life I decided that the social network was nolonger for me. Im still on linkedin, and google+, but facebook is nolonger active..
However I did decide to create a page on Facebook for myself, so if people search for me they can still find me (and Like me)–they just cant Friend me.
UPDATE: I received many calls from friends re: deleting my Facebook of the “why did you defriend me” type, if you’re considering ditching facebook–let your friends know in advance or it might cause some unwanted confusion.
Date Created: May 27, 2010 Date Modified: October 8, 2012
Online privacy in socila-networking sites has been a hot topic, not only amongst us technocrati, but also amongst the bizillions of plebs that use SNS.
my friends should know better
Its not just your friends that can see some of the stupid things you write on-line, but once its on the tubes its available for anyone (depending on computing competency) to view.
it is disturbing the amount of results returned when using ‘lego up my butt’ as a search string
Most people will often make harmless jokes (in poor taste), and yet not realise that they could be potentialy attracting unwanted attention from law enforcement…
Tho, there is a positive; the public’s complacancy on privacy could prevent future errors of judgemnet when researching (read: stalking) potential mates…
I wont be calling you tonight
But ultimatly we need to be aware of our privacy, and who is watching. Not everyone on the tubez is a pertty cool guy… and there can be often occasion to use a little common sence when it comes to SNS
ASIO really do know how to party!!!
You can of course communicate with encryption so the general population might not know what your talking about–but code breakers in government departments are far better resourced than the lunatic conspiracy theorists below: