Cyberculture agenda: “The Wild World of Telegram Stickers

The Wild World of Telegram Stickers

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Telegram sticker set based on Leningrad’s hit music video, “Exponat.”

It’s rare for Microsoft products to invoke a pleasant sense of nostalgia, but MSN Messenger is a piece of software that does.

The truth about algorithms

Algorithms are not working for you and me – they are working for corporate interests, and their aim is to mould us into receptive customers.

An employee walks past a sign at Facebook headquarters in California. Credit: Jeff Chiu/AP/Press Association Images. All rights An employee walks past a sign at Facebook headquarters in California. Credit: Jeff Chiu/AP/Press Association Images. All rights reserved.On a Thursday evening, while casually checking my Facebook profile, I came across an article onSocial Media Today, an online marketing publication, boldly claiming to reveal the ‘truth’ about the algorithms behind social media and search engines.

Facebook is wrong, text is deathless

It’s a throwaway line in a longer talk and we probably shouldn’t make too much of it, but I will anyway.

In five years time Facebook “will be definitely mobile, it will be probably all video,” said Nicola Mendelsohn, who heads up Facebook’s operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, at a conference in London this morning. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, has already noted that video will be more and more important for the platform. But Mendelsohn went further, suggesting that stats showed the written word becoming all but obsolete, replaced by moving images and speech.

“The best way to tell stories in this world, where so much information is coming at us, actually is video,” Mendelsohn said. “It conveys so much more information in a much quicker period. So actually the trend helps us to digest much more information.”

The Inventors of the Internet Are Trying to Build a Truly Permanent Web

What would you do if you wanted to read something stored on a floppy disk? That’s a future the web’s inventors don’t want to see for their own creation

Crisis Communication, Crisis Management & Digital Diplomacy

Crisis Communication as Crisis Management 

Crisis communication may be regarded as a field of inquiry that has benefited from numerous disciplines including international relations, diplomacy studies, psychology and communication studies. While each discipline focuses on a specific facet of crisis communication, all are in consensus that a crisis represents a major challenge to governments. This challenge stems from the fact that during a crisis, “the pillars of normal life come crashing down”. The meta-narratives and frames used by citizens and the media to make sense of the world no longer apply (Boin et al., 2013) .  As people try to make sense of the new unfolding reality, they are bombarded by a myriad of different stakeholders each contradicting one another and each trying to frame the crisis to their own advantage.

Snapchat on the Road to Long-Term Success (Report)

Snapchat is one of the fastest-growing social networks ever, and signs point to it reaching a tipping point into mainstream adoption. However, Snapchat is notoriously cagey with the data that it shares, so many of these predictions are based on speculative data. Long-term user data collected by eMarketer hints at Snapchat’s upward trajectory in the coming years.

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