Twitter: How much is too much?
For those of us who rely on our Twitter feeds for news, how much of what we get from journalists on Twitter is useful news?
The news website, The Awl, did a study to answer that question using the Twitter feeds of BuzzFeed, Gawker and Business Insider journalists. The analysis of the public facing tweets from all of the journalists’ Twitter accounts showed that, while most tweet a lot, they do not just link back to their publication’s content. Rather the feeds showed that most of what these journalists share is not work-related content.
In similar news, The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein expressed his own recent lack of enthusiasm with Twitter. He writes that so much of what is on Twitter is useless and highlights Nick Beaudrot call for a way to separate the wheat from the chaff. Links are useful and many tweets are funny and can lead to forming valuable connections online, but does that outweigh the garbage that is put out by the truckload every second? They are not so sure.
Facebook Home: A good thing or a bad thing?
Facebook announced a new app, Facebook Home, this week. The app will allow users to be in constant contact with what is happening on Facebook by bringing updates from your friends to the forefront and without needing to click on the app itself. While other apps like Twitter and web browsers will still be there, they will be harder to get to because you will have to click through Facebook Home’s interface. As of right now, the app is solely for Android phones and will be available to download April 12.
But as Gigaom points out, the app could present some serious privacy problems for users. By integrating with the phone’s operating system and hardware, Facebook Home can start to access much more private data on its mobile users than through desktop and browser users.
There could be many different pros and cons, but Facebook Home may be more of a disruption than benefit. It’s up to you to decide home much of your mobile attention span should be dedicated to Facebook.
Data: A different way to consume news?
An app to search by numbers — not a lot has been written about a new app from Tel Aviv startup company Numbeez, but the app has the potential to be very useful to news junkies of all kinds.
Fast Company reports that the app acts as a dashboard for tracking data on a particular subject and lets you take in data about things around you or the world at large.
The app also allows users to input their own data and keep track of their numbers through profiles. We have become so used to sharing just about anything online, from stories right down to a photo, sharing a number seems a logical next step. It’s communication at its simplest.