In 2008 Nicholas Carr wrote an article in The Atlantic, titled Is Google Making Us Stupid. Very shortly, he argued that the way we engage with content online is ultimately having a detrimental effect on our ability to engage with longer, printed texts. Because we can open an article and search instantly for the exact piece of the text we need, we are slowly losing the ability to search for relevant information in textbooks and printed articles. (Hey! Perhaps that’s why my studies are such an uphill battle for me. It’s all Google’s fault.)
Carr’s article sparked numerous responses and studies into this topic, and we’ve yet to see whether he was right or not, but I believe that there’s another part of the internet that’s making us dumber. Or rather, lazier (though some might argue that’s the same thing).
I’m speaking of social media, and in particular, the sharing culture.
Continue reading “On thinking before you share” →
I suck at social media. I really do.
I’ve been on Twitter for almost a year and a half now. In that time I’ve amassed a grand total of sixty-nine followers. (Suddenly I’m thinking “amassed” is perhaps not the best word to use…) Continue reading “On my digital footprint” →
If you’re on Facebook, you’ll probably know exactly what I’m talking about. Please share.
Facebook has made a change to Graph Search! COPY AND PASTE THIS TO YOUR WALL so everyone knows how it works and your News Feed doesn’t again get flooded by idiotic messages on how Facebook is making your personal information searchable to anyone in the world!
The new feature allows you to search for key words in comments and status updates. However, YOU WILL ONLY BE ABLE TO FIND INFORMATION THAT HAS BEEN SHARED WITH YOU, i.e. public posts or posts by your friends. If you don’t want your posts to turn up in Graph Search, DON’T POST THEM PUBLICLY, but change your post settings to “Friends Only” or “Private”. Of course, not posting things online in the first place also helps to keep them private and unsearchable.
To find out more about Graph Search (like what it actually is and how it works), click here:
To find out how to manage your privacy settings, click on the gear-icon top-right of your screen, go to ‘Help’ and read the articles under ‘Privacy’.
To find out more about search privacy specifically, click here:
Share this with all your friends and stop the circulation of idiotic panicky messages on our Facebook walls!!!!!!!
You think I’m being silly? I prefer to call it a pre-emptive strike. Hey, it’s worth a try.
No, this isn’t another Dan Brown-inspired rant. (Do tune in tomorrow for my review of Secrets of Inferno which explores the facts behind Mr Brown’s latest bestseller, though.) Today I want to talk about something else.
I’m generally a nice guy (at least I think so), but I do have a nasty side and at times I can be a real bastard when I think someone is deserving. What does one need to do in order to receive this dubious honour? My dark side gets awakened when people indiscriminately forward e-mails. Continue reading “Some more getting right of facts” →
As you may or may not know, last night I had a job interview in another part of the country. Because I was in a silly mood and wanted something to do while waiting for my flight to be called at the airport I decided to tweet the whole adventure. In case you missed it on Twitter and Facebook, here it is for your enjoyment, now with added commentary and pictures (for some reason my picture tweets didn’t want to go through – captions with pictures are as I remember the original tweets, but probably not the same at all) and including replies on Twitter and Facebook.
Continue reading “On my job interview – a twitterventure” →