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Americans’ Ebola Panic Reveals Afrophobia with No Sense of Scale

This morning, J. Clifford reports that people have called for the cancellation of flights from West Africa in order to stop Ebola, but refuse to take far simpler steps that would save many more lives. J. Clifford’s point is valid, but there are even more irrational reactions to Ebola surfacing in America.

Yesterday, someone at [...]

Was I a Troll Boy?

This image presents a real conversation over social media taking place in the last 24 hours. My correspondent: a social media agency, whose identity is obscured to protect the… well… you decide.

You won’t be able to find this conversation any longer; my comments have been deleted, and I’ve been banned from commenting on the [...]

Dedicated Denial Of Service At Ello

Social networking web sites are no fun any more, says Paul Budnitz, founder of Ello. Ello is a relatively new social networking site that promises not to engage in electronic surveillance of its users, as Facebook, Twitter, and the other big social media sites do.

The Ello manifesto reads: “Your social network is owned by [...]

Human Trafficking On Twitter

I’m not an expert on social media marketing – and few of those who say they are actually are. Still, I feel confident in declaring that the technique that I witnessed this morning is about 180 degrees in reverse of what effective social media marketing would look like.

An account called WebTraffickers promised to provide [...]

Despite the New York Times Column, Not Too Many People Actually Need Smith

Following the strategy of Americans Elect and Unity08, the mysterious media-fueled political enterprise called We Need Smith has started to cite well-placed columns by acquaintances as evidence that the nation is ready for an outside campaign for President and seats in Congress in 2016.

Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, wrote a [...]

World Humanitarian Day

As F.G. Fitzer observed earlier this morning, today is National Aviation Day, a holiday that promotes an industry that has become more of an annoyance than an inspiration. Today also commemorates something more inspiring: Humanitarian workers who put themselves into dangerous situations in order to help other human beings.

August 19 is World Humanitarian [...]

Plants Maps – Now With Maps!

A few months ago, I asked the rhetorical question, What kind of Plants Map has no map? I was referring to a web site called Plants Map, which is aspiring to serve as a kind of social media network for gardeners. It’s a great idea, but at the time, what stood out about Plants Map [...]

Has Social Media Really Killed Off Traditional Media?

“Every day fewer and fewer people get breaking news from a newspaper or even TV.” — Social Media Today, “Is News Dead?”

A tallyboard for historical ship replicas touring the Atlantic Coast of the U.S. provided one indication this week to the contrary:

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HP Bends the Rules to Trend with its #BendTheRules Twitter Campaign

The ancient technology corporation Hewlett Packard (long since KFC’ed to “HP”) is trying to recast itself as young and rebellious with a social media campaign this week. Here’s a sample from the microblogging platform Twitter:

Show us what you’re doing to #BendTheRules and get your name on @IanWalsh4's surfboard. http://t.co/fEGnrOMJMx

— HP (@HP) June 25, [...]

Billionaires Stage “Grassroots” Protest in Pennsylvania

Here’s how “Americans for Prosperity” describes itself on a national scale and in the context of Pennsylvania:

“Americans for Prosperity is a grassroots movement of over 2.3 million activists nation wide who advocate and promote limited government, lower taxes, and more freedom. We have over 117,000 activists across the state of Pennsylvania who are taking [...]

Monday Likes

451 Facebook users like the U.S. House of Representative Committee on Rules.

2,069 Facebook users like the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

6,676 Facebook users like the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means.

4,491 Facebook users like the Republicans alone on the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services [...]