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In an era of disinformation, the CEO of Rappler takes on forces that she believes are undermining world democracies. #Media #Philippines #Facebook #RodrigoDuterte #Socialmedia #Science&Technology #Journalismunderfire
 
UK lawmakers call for social media companies to assume clear legal liabilities for content shared on their platforms. #Facebook #UnitedKingdom #Socialmedia #Privacy&Surveillance #Europe
 
Openbook ist meiner Meinung nach ein sehr interessantes #opensource Projekt aus den Niederlanden. Ziel ist natürlich auch eine werbefreie Alternative zu #Facebook zu bieten.

Gestern wurde nun der Start der closed Alpha für den 8. März 2019 angegeben. Alle die das Netzwerk in seiner Gründungsphase beim #Crowdfunding oder mit Spenden unterstützt haben, können daran teilnehmen.
Die öffentliche Beta startet nur einen knappen Monat später am 1. April 2019. Genau dann, wenn #Google+ die Pforten schließt. Das dürfte sich mit an Sicherheit grenzender Wahrscheinlichkeit um keinen Zufall handeln.

#Openbook #socialmedia #socialnetwork
 
Facebook's automated system can be tricked to allow ads to show millions of people fake news, Al Jazeera found. #Facebook #Nigeria #Socialmedia #Elections #Africa #Science&Technology
 

Breaking: The text of #Article13 and the #EU #Copyright Directive has just been finalised


https://juliareda.eu/2019/02/eu-copyright-final-text/

Please reshare widely and take action. This has the potential to endanger the #internet as we know it, making it more and more composed of only large platforms.





This has the possibility of killing #alternative #socialmedia projects and small #startups trying to compete with the big #corporations.

This will put everything I work for as a #hobby and at #work. So if you don't take action because the internet, take action because otherwise I might need to find new hobbies and work!

Ps. And yes, this affects people outside #Europe too. The internet knows no boundaries.
Breaking: The text of Article 13 and the EU Copyright Directive has just been finalised
 
The account depicting gay Muslim characters taken down following a warning letter from Indonesia over its content. #LGBT #Indonesia #AsiaPacific #Socialmedia
 
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says he would give himself a 'C' grade in the fight against online abuse. #Twitter #Facebook #UnitedStates #Socialmedia #Science&Technology
 
An account spreading pro-Saudi messages actually belonged to a deceased Weather Channel meteorologist. #Twitter #SaudiArabia #Science&Technology #Socialmedia
 
BJP members accuse Twitter of '100 percent leftist bias' but others say 'no data' backs claims right wing is targeted. #India #Twitter #Socialmedia #Media #Asia
 

Facebook to integrate Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp - Raising Privacy and Anti-Trust Concerns

Many are concerned that this move may not improve the privacy concerns on Facebook Messenger and Instagram side as much as it may weaken the end-to-end encryption on Whatsapp. Many Whatsapp users do not use Facebook and want nothing to do with it. Will this interoperability not share information back to Facebook?

While E2E is a valuable security measure for users, it has the side effect of preventing Facebook from scanning messages as part of its advertising business. The technology has also come under attack from law enforcement organisations, since it hinders their ability to intercept suspect communications in real time.

On the anti-trust side, there is also a concern that this move may prevent the spin-off of Instagram and Whatsapp.

Matthew Green, a cryptography professor at Johns Hopkins University, said the change “could potentially be good or bad for security/privacy”. He added: “But given recent history and financial motivations of Facebook, I wouldn’t bet my lunch money on ‘good’.

See https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/jan/25/facebook-integrate-instagram-messenger-whatsapp-messaging-platforms

#facebook #privacy #whatsapp #Facebook #WhatsApp #Instagram #Socialmedia #Technology #Encryption #Apps #GDPR #MarkZuckerberg #Socialnetworking
 
Kritik von Wissenschaftlern: Angela Merkels Facebook-Seite soll erhalten bleiben #AngelaMerkel #Facebook #SocialMedia #sozialeMedien
 
Twitter enttäuscht Anleger trotz Rekorderlösen und Gewinnplus #Geschäftszahlen #Gewinn #SocialMedia #SozialeNetzwerke #Twitter #Umsatz
 
EU-Diplomat: Europawahlen können von böswilligen Akteuren missbraucht werden #EU #Europawahlen #Politik #SocialMedia #SozialeNetzwerke
 
British MPs seek social media firms' accountability for published content. #UnitedKingdom #Socialmedia #Europe
 
♲ Alex Schroeder: Diary ():
Using Social Media
Here’s how I use social media in order for it to work out. My premise is that it is impossible to bring your friends and family along to a new platform. You need to find new friends. The only way to do it is to find people you share an interest with, and letting them know that you share their interest. The second step is important!

Make sure you have a profile that tells people what to expect.- Pick a display name.
- Write a short bio using hashtags.
- Upload a profile picture (”Avatar”).

Hashtags are important so that similar minded people can find each other.

Write an introduction. Write a post and use the hashtag #introduction on Mastodon or #newhere on Diaspora. Say who you are and what you’re interested in, and use more hashtags.

Post this introduction and pin it to your profile, if you can. Your introduction will now be the first thing people see when they visit your profile. After a while you are of course free to pin a different post to your profile. I recommend you start with your introduction, however.

Write another handful of posts. When people visit your profile, they need to see that you are interested in the things they are interested in. Your introduction is a start, but it is not enough.

Don’t just share some stuff other people have written. If the things you shared are interesting, visitors will follow the authors of the posts you shared instead of you. You need to write your own posts!

Start interacting. You can mark something as a favourite (heart, star); you can find posts you like using searches for hashtags, or by looking through timelines, and reply to these posts; and if you really like something, you can share it (reshare, boost).- Marking something as a favourite does not start a conversation. People will smile and nod and read something else.
- A reply is best in life. This is how you get a conversation started.
- A reshare or boost is nice for artists and creators, but know that people will follow you if they can get a sense of the real you, and that requires posting your own toots.
- Follow people.

How do you find more interesting people to follow? Look to see who your favourite folks are following. You can find them via the profiles of the people you are following.

Keep following people: You need to keep finding more people to follow in an interest based network since people will be dropping out all the time. Your relatives and friends from school don’t disappear as quickly on Facebook, nor do journalists and news outlets disappear on Twitter, but in the more interesting and interest-based communities, that’s simply how it is. You need to replenish the pool and keep finding and following more people. They’re everywhere.

For more information, check out How to Mastodon.

Tags: Mastodon Diaspora Social Media- - - - - -

https://alexschroeder.ch/wiki/2019-02-05_Using_Social_Media
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#howto #socialmedia #diaspora #mastodon #Friendica
 
Using Social Media
Here’s how I use social media in order for it to work out. My premise is that it is impossible to bring your friends and family along to a new platform. You need to find new friends. The only way to do it is to find people you share an interest with, and letting them know that you share their interest. The second step is important!

Make sure you have a profile that tells people what to expect.
  • Pick a display name.
  • Write a short bio using hashtags.
  • Upload a profile picture (”Avatar”).
Hashtags are important so that similar minded people can find each other.

Write an introduction. Write a post and use the hashtag #introduction on Mastodon or #newhere on Diaspora. Say who you are and what you’re interested in, and use more hashtags.

Post this introduction and pin it to your profile, if you can. Your introduction will now be the first thing people see when they visit your profile. After a while you are of course free to pin a different post to your profile. I recommend you start with your introduction, however.

Write another handful of posts. When people visit your profile, they need to see that you are interested in the things they are interested in. Your introduction is a start, but it is not enough.

Don’t just share some stuff other people have written. If the things you shared are interesting, visitors will follow the authors of the posts you shared instead of you. You need to write your own posts!

Start interacting. You can mark something as a favourite (heart, star); you can find posts you like using searches for hashtags, or by looking through timelines, and reply to these posts; and if you really like something, you can share it (reshare, boost).
  • Marking something as a favourite does not start a conversation. People will smile and nod and read something else.
  • A reply is best in life. This is how you get a conversation started.
  • A reshare or boost is nice for artists and creators, but know that people will follow you if they can get a sense of the real you, and that requires posting your own toots.
  • Follow people.
How do you find more interesting people to follow? Look to see who your favourite folks are following. You can find them via the profiles of the people you are following.

Keep following people: You need to keep finding more people to follow in an interest based network since people will be dropping out all the time. Your relatives and friends from school don’t disappear as quickly on Facebook, nor do journalists and news outlets disappear on Twitter, but in the more interesting and interest-based communities, that’s simply how it is. You need to replenish the pool and keep finding and following more people. They’re everywhere.

For more information, check out How to Mastodon.

Tags: Mastodon Diaspora Social Media
https://alexschroeder.ch/wiki/2019-02-05_Using_Social_Media


#howto #socialmedia #diaspora #mastodon #Friendica
 
Interessant ist, dass ausgerechnet in China, Indien, Indonesien, den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten und in Singapur das Vertrauen der breiten Bevölkerung in NGOs, Medien, Regierungen und Unternehmen am höchsten ist. In den USA soll es nach Kolumbien (52 Prozent) noch bei 49 Prozent liegen. Deutschland liegt mit 44 Prozent sogar hinter der Türkei (45 Prozent). Wenn es aber nach der "informierten Öffentlichkeit" geht, so ist Vertrauen auch in den USA, Großbritannien und Deutschland hoch. In einem weiteren Umfrageteil ist das Ergebnis, dass das Vertrauen der Arbeitnehmer in ihre Arbeitgeber ziemlich hoch ist, vielleicht ist das auch eher Ausdruck der Hoffnung als eine realistische Einschätzung.

Im Bericht heißt es zu dieser Spaltung: "Eine Welt aus dem Gleichgewicht". Die Spaltung herrscht auch zwischen Frauen und Männern, die Frauen sind in einer noch weitgehend männerdominierten Welt wohl einfach skeptischer. Die größten Unterschiede zwischen Frauen und Männer gibt es allgemein in Deutschland, in den USA und den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten. Auch beim Vertrauen in die einzelnen Institutionen ist der Unterschied zwischen Frauen und Männern mit an der Spitze, besonders hoch gegenüber Unternehmern, aber auch gegenüber Medien. Das ist erstaunlich, sollte man doch vermuten, dass die Wutbürger, die gegen die "Lügenpresse" schimpfen, eher Männer sein sollten. Aber allgemein ist einer solchen Umfrage vorzuhalten, dass ein Begriff wie Vertrauen für jemanden in der Unterschicht oder einem Angehörigen einer Minderheit anders aufgeladen ist als für einen Angehörigen der Bevölkerungsmehrheit oder der reichen Oberschicht.

Gefragt wurden die Personen auch, ob die Zukunft in 5 Jahren für ihre Familien besser aussehen wird. Die Menschen in den Ländern, die den Institutionen größeres Vertrauen entgegenbringen, sind auch hier bei den Optimisten zu finden, die an Fortschritt glauben, fast egal unter welcher Regierungsform. Die Pessimisten finden sich in den alten Industriestaaten - und deutlich ausgeprägter bei der breiten Bevölkerung, während die Eliten überall optimistischer sind. Die USA liegen in der Mitte, deutlich negative Stimmung herrscht vor allem in Japan, aber auch in Frankreich, Deutschland, den Niederlanden und Australien.
https://www.heise.de/tp/features/Vertrauen-Welt-aus-dem-Gleichgewicht-4297685.html #Medien #SocialMedia #Vertrauen
 
YouTube, Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook assess 89 percent of flagged content within 24 hours, EU officials say. #Socialmedia #Science&Technology #EuropeanUnion #Facebook #Twitter #Google
 
EU-Justizkommissarin: Online-Müllentsorger sind Helden #EU-Kommission #Facebook #Google #Hasskommentare #HateSpeech #Instagram #SocialMedia #SozialeNetzwerke #YouTube
 
Studie zu Internet-Diskussionen: 98 Prozent der Nutzer lehnen Beleidigungen ab #Beleidigung #Diskussionskultur #Internet #SchwerpunktSicherheitimNetz #SocialMedia #SozialeNetzwerke
 
Macron stellt sich dem nun auf eine neue Weise. Er ist jetzt mittendrin in der großen Debatte. Dabei sagt er Dinge, die stupend sind. Zum Beispiel, dass die Gelbwesten von "40.000 bis 50.000 Ultra-Aktivisten infiltriert sind", die es darauf abgesehen haben, die Institutionen zu zerstören.

Eine wichtige Rolle bei der Destruktionsarbeit spielen nach Auffassung Macrons die sozialen Medien, namentlich die fachospère "Faschosphäre", die gauchosphère, wörtlich übersetzt "Linkssphäre" - und die Russen, la russosphère. Alle die an der Zerstörung bestehender Institutionen interessierten Extremisten oder ausländischen Kräfte würden enorm in die sozialen Medien investieren.

Wie, der Präsident der französischen Republik, der exemplarischen Demokratie in Europa, spricht wie ein autoritärer Herrscher im Nahen Osten zur Zeit der Aufstände von 2011 von Extremisten, Infiltration und dem Einfluss äußerer Mächte?

In Kommentaren auf Twitter und wahrscheinlich auch bald in anderen Publikationsformen wird Macron als "Komplottist", also als Anhänger von Verschwörungstheorien auf die Schippe genommen. Auch das ist ein Spiegelkabinett. Den Gilets jaunes wurden in vielen Medienberichten vorgeworfen, dass sie "Komplottisten" sind. Macron hat sie ganz bestimmt nicht ungern zur Kenntnis genommen.

Für ihn ist überdeutlich, dass wichtige Öffentlichkeitsfiguren, wie auch der Boxer, den er eigens erwähnt, künstliche, nicht authentische Figuren sind und dass bei der Gestaltung - "seine Aussagen wurden von einem Anwalt der extremen Linken gebrieft" - Vertreter von autoritären Strukturen beteiligt sind, die ihre "Freude an dem Schauspiel" haben. Man habe hierzu, anders als in autoritär geführten Nationen, noch keine Abwehrkörper ausgebildet.

"Also sind wir die Hanswursten." Emmanuel Macron

Es waren fünf Journalisten am 31. Januar bei Macron. Er unterhielt sich eine Stunde und 40 Minuten mit ihnen. Wer sich den Bericht von Le Point anschaut, der bekommt lange wörtliche Zitate zu lesen, aus denen unmittelbar hervorgeht, wie sehr Macron die Kommunikation der politischen Gegenseite auf die Nerven geht oder zusetzt.

Dass er sich nun mit Journalisten trifft - zuvor hatte er das, einmal im Amt, entschieden abgelehnt - ist die jüngste Reaktion auf die von ihm offensichtlich stark empfundene Schwäche. Die staatliche Stellen hält er für viel zu langsam, um auf die schnellen gegenwärtigen Entwicklungen zu reagieren. Den etablierten Medien hält er vor, dass sie viel zu naiv auf vorgesetzte Bilder oder Images von Personen reagieren, wie am Beispiel des Boxers oder Eric Droutes ersichtlich.

https://www.heise.de/tp/features/Macron-Gelbwesten-von-40-000-bis-50-000-Ultra-Aktivisten-infiltriert-4296592.html #Gelbwesten-Proteste #Macron #Medienkritik #SocialMedia
 
Facebook löscht Hunderte gefälschte Accounts aus dem Iran und Indonesien #Facebook #Fake-Profile #Iran #SocialMedia #SozialeNetzwerke
 

So much for G+ being a ghost town... I've gained another 30,000 followers in about 2 months and they're not bots as I block spammers and bots immediately

Google+ is showing no signs whatsoever of slowing down as growth numbers are still rising and I'm seeing new people commenting. Looks like we'll be hitting that wall at full speed in April 2019.

I'm hoping Google will leave all posts in read-only mode for a few months so people can see where to find each other.

On the alternatives, I've been trying out the last three months or I've seen by far the biggest growth at MeWe with over 2,000 followers of my Tech Group. The biggest negative for me is that the posts are not public like Twitter. They've said they will still go public, but Groups are really nice to manage and I like the G+ Collections concept. MeWe is already very busy and even some spam bots have appeared (means they're hitting the big time!). However despite their feedback forms, there is little (any?) direct interaction with moderators and owners - support groups seem to run by users self-help, and the replies I've had have twice not even answered my query. Their mobile app is good and their Groups have powerful settings options.

I've seen steady growth on Diaspora/Pluspora and a bit quieter on Mastodon, Hibzilla and Friendica.

I've also joined the brand new (1-month-old) YouMe Social which is interesting... a highly involved owner (ex-G+ user) who has been interacting and already rolled out some new updates and the Android and iOS mobile apps have been sent to their stores for release today. Their posts are already fully public and they're planning RSS feeds too. Groups are there and I'm just waiting for some planned controls to better moderate the groups. But so far so good and I see the concept of being more open here than MeWe so far. MeWe may have an earlier start but YouMe Social is shining quite brightly right now.

Some distinctions between the platforms:
1. Some are centralised like YouMe Social and MeWe - if that site is down or censored then it is offline. Some sites are decentralised and federated like Mastodon, Hubzilla, Diaspora and Friendica - block one and the others still work, post to one and it can be followed everywhere. Nothing stops MeWe and YouMe Social from federating as a single instance of course.
2. Advertising - none of these have ads but some may in future like Youme Social. But they are all committed to privacy though. It is just about being sustainable as there are hosting, development, etc costs and this income does not fall from the sky - Diaspora, for example, asks (and gets) donations. You want newer features quicker, that costs someone's time and money.
3. Groups vs one stream - so MeWe and YouMe Social have well-established groups with central directories so you can find and refine what you see. Versus Mastodon, Diaspora, etc that have one long stream of posts in chronological order. But none of them injects junk, adverts, offers to boost posts, etc. Just nice clean posts to follow.

Out of the above we can expect to see the most changes probably coming from YouMe Social in the coming two months or so.

#G+ #socialmedia #socialnetworksSo much for G+ being a ghost town... I've gained another 30,000 followers in about 2 months and they're not bots as I block spammers and bots immediatelyGoogle+ is showing no signs whatsoever of slowing down as growth numbers are still rising and I'm seeing new people commenting. Looks like we'll be hitting that wall at full speed in April 2019.I'm hoping Google will leave all posts in read-only mode for a few months so people can see where
 
I joined LJ back in 2004, and still have my account there. I also moved on to Dreamwidth and have my account there. I'd still be active on each if the people I had as contacts were still there. A few are, but there's a limit to how much SocialMedia stuff I do.
#InternetStuff #SocialMedia #LiveJournal
 
Aufruf bei Instagram: Polizeilich gesucht: junge, schöne Frau #BerlinerPolizei #Flirten #Sexismus #SocialMedia #Alltag #Gesellschaft
 

Staying off social media doesn’t protect your privacy, study claims - It's about what your friends share about you too

A new study into social media claims that privacy on such platforms is like “second-hand smoke” and is controlled by other people as much as the user. Researchers from the University of Vermont and the University of Adelaide have said it is possible to build a profile of a person from data gathered from the posts of eight or nine of their contacts.

The study also claims that even if a person leaves a social media platform such as Facebook or Twitter — or never even joined — the online posts of their friends can provide up to 95% of the “potential predictive accuracy” of a person’s future activities.

“You alone don’t control your privacy on social media platforms,” he said. “Your friends have a say, too.”

Which was why when your friends on Facebook got exploited by that rogue service, they ended up exposing a lot of your data that they had access to, or where they posted about you.

See https://techcentral.co.za/staying-off-social-media-doesnt-protect-your-privacy-study-claims/86783/

#privacy #socialmedia
Staying off social media doesn’t protect your privacy, study claims
 
Es liegt auf der Hand, dass sich Rückschlüsse auf die Persönlichkeit eines Menschen machen lassen, wenn man dessen Freundinnen und Freunde kennt. Wer sich auf den Sozialen Netzwerken herumtreibt, vernetzt sich in der Regel mit seinen Freunden. Australische und amerikanische Wissenschaftler haben versucht, aus dem persönlichen Netzwerk von Twitter-Usern deren Aktivitäten und Interessen vorherzusagen. Angeblich reichen 8-9 Kontakte eines Menschen, um das mit einer Wahrscheinlichkeit von 95 Prozent machen zu können, ohne zuvor etwas von diesem selbst zu wissen.

Wissenschaftler und Behörden haben schon längst den Datenschatz erkannt, den die Sozialen Netzwerke auch ihnen übergeben. Da lässt sich dann die Ausbreitung von Epidemien ebenso wie von Memen oder Fake News nachvollziehen, Gerüchte oder Protestwellen lassen sich nachvollziehen, aber auch Netzwerke und eben Verhaltens- und Persönlichkeitsmerkmale des Einzelnen. Allerdings, so schreiben die Wissenschaftler in ihrer Studie, die in Nature Human Behaviour erschienen ist, sei die Quantifizierung des Informationsflusses schwierig. Die Komplexität der natürlichen Sprache sei ein Hindernis, aber auch die Quantifizierung und Objektivierung von Information.


Die Verbindung des Inhalts von Kommunikation mit der genauen zeitlichen Aktivität, könne aber soziale Verbindungen besser erkennen lassen. Normalerweise würden die Menschen auch denken, dass sie auf Sozialen Netzwerken nur Informationen über sich preisgeben. Das sei aber falsch, sagt James Bagrow, einer der Autoren: "Das liegt nicht in der Hand einer Person: Sie geben auch Informationen über ihre Freunde preis." In den Kontakten spiegeln sich die Kommunikationspartner. Man könnte auch wie der Poet maudit, Rimbaud, sagen: "Das Ich ist ein Anderer."

Die Wissenschaftler von der University of Adelaide und der University of Vermont untersuchten über 30 Millionen Twitter-Postings von mehr als 13000 Personen aus 927 "egozentrischen" Netzwerken mit den 15 am meisten genannten Kontakten. Daraus wurden Ego-Alter-Paare entwickelt, um den jeweiligen Informationsfluss auf der Grundlage der Informationstheorie zu messen und herauszufinden, wie viel Information über eine Person aus den Interaktionen mit engen Kontakten oder Freunden herauszufinden ist, oder eben, was sich aus den persönlichen Netzwerken über die Person mit maschinellem Lernen vorhersagen lässt.


Als Kontrolle dienten zufällig zusammengestellte Paare, für die zeitliche Dimension wurde jedem echten Kontakt zufällig Postings zugeordnet, die zur selben Zeit dessen Postings entstanden sind. Die Genauigkeit des Programms könne man ähnlich prüfen wie bei der Auswertung von Texten, um vorherzusagen welche Worte eine Person auf der Grundlage von bereits geschriebenen Texten wahrscheinlich schreiben wird.

https://www.heise.de/tp/features/Verraeterische-Freunde-4285110.html #Profiling #SocialMedia #Twitter
 

Yonatan Zunger on Free Speech and other online forum policy issues

...I have had to sit and make these tradeoffs, so please don't try to bullshit me by explaining how it's more complicated than we think. It is insanely complicated, one of the hardest things I've ever worked on, and I still know when I'm being bullshitted. Twitter chose to optimize for traffic at the expense of user experience. That's why GamerGate, that's why Trump, that's why Nazis....
-- Yonatan Zunger on Twitter (Unrolled thread)

As I'm going through my #GooglePlus contacts, updating notable names lists, and generally reviewing old posts and such -- that's the hazard of packing up and moving, it's not the putting of things in and out of boxes, but processing what they are that takes so damned long, and that's why hired professionals are so much faster, they don't know and don't care -- and am thinking about what makes Good and Bad platforms, and how to specifically articulate what is wrong with some that have turned up, well, there's this.

The accompanying Google+ thread was excellent as well, catch it whilst you can. Yes, it's [url=https://web.archive.org/web/20190119050757/https://plus.google.com/+YonatanZunger/posts/LEj68e4zFwB]been archived[/url], but the Way Back Machine only captures a few comments from G+ posts, a long-standing issue. So most of those comments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain.

For those not aware: Zunger was the original chief architect of Google+, and oversaw many of both its design and policy decisions. This was a massive social network -- at least by registered profiles -- of over 3.3 billion accounts. And though its activity never quite met expectations or operator's claims, it was impressive. Yonatan knows whereof he speaks. He's seen these problems. At scale. He's moved on to other things, and from Google. He's quite busy. But damned if I wouldn't love to tap into his brain and unspool some of those lessons.

And I've got all kinds of ideas on how to specifically address the questions of free speech and free-speech maximalism, which does not in fact maximise access to free speech, online or otherwise.

The #DarcyProject should take heed. @Christian Buggedei ping

#Google #GooglePlus #GplusRefugees #Plexodus #socialMedia #freeSpeech #GamerGate #Twitter #
 

What if we started over from Email / Usenet?


I've been thinking for the past few days of what might happen if we were to go back to the rudiments of, say, email or Usenet, and start building up message formats and transport protocols from there, adding and removing as necessary. What you'd need to add or take away. What new capabilities we have now.

An obvious win would be the integrated metadata -- sender, recipients (defined ... somehow), dates, and potentially useful subject lines, though even in email that's hit-or-miss now.

I'm actually considering creating an mbox or maildir archive as one format for my G+ data takeout. Payloads in bodies, first sentence or so as a subject line, and then other bits. Run "notmuch" over that and have a highly-indexed, searchable trove. For my own use, not externally accessible. Text-only. But interesting.

And mutt (a console-mode email program) would be the client interface. Or any other email client. I'd have pretty much instant search by any of of mutt's standard fields: from, to, subject, date, full text. Could add a few additional custom fields -- attached URL(s), whether or not there's an image. Maybe even thread the discussion underneath using "In-reply-to" and "References" headers.

With a few tweaks, that could be a local Usenet spool, with similar access.

It's the sort of thing I'd long wanted out of G+.

And you're right, that's not the sort of capability we're getting from the present generation of distributed Web clients. For various reasons. Though I'm increasingly asking myself "why the goddamned hell not"?
Over the past few days, for various reasons, I've been speccing out just what the entire size of the Google+ text corpus would be. Stripped of its HTML, CSS, and JS packaging, and excluding images. RFC 822 is at the very least, a reasonable foundation for a message-based format.

For Communities, it appears that there are on the order of 300 million messages, most quite short (20-40 words), call it 250 bytes of content per message, on average. The posting rate for the nearly 1 million active communities appears to be 1/wk, and over six years and some change, we get about 320 million posts. That is about 80 GB of text. Larger than my typical mail spool (slightly), but not actually a horrendous amount of data. Particularly if you think of "Google Scale" as being, well, Google Scale.

Estimating the total G+ size is a bit sketchier, but it seems that non-Community posts may be 2.5x or so larger, which nets us about 1 TB total. Mind delivered over HTML this bloats tremendously, well into the petabyte range. There are 800 kB of HTML/JS/CSS packaging in a basic G+ page to start, and then you start adding images (30% of all posts), at 4-24 MB each. That's ... considerable. A more efficient transport would reduce that tremendously.

But if the platform had been designed with the thought of distributing content permanently to end users for their access, it ... would have been pretty doable. Subscribing to a stream, via Collections, Communities, Circles, or way back in the beginning of time, Sparks, could have happened.

There's a bit of a create, modify, update, destroy cycle to deal with: some posts are edited over time (most are not). And there's the question of keeping content nobody ever reads. But really, distributing content on a wide, if not global scale, is within the realm of reason.

And yet that's not what we have.

Why not?

#socialMedia #email #usnet #rfc822 #rfc850 #doItOver #plexodus #darcyProject
 

So, how big is all of Google+ Communities anyway?


Not how many communities (8 million and a skosh). Not how many actual users (a few tens of millions). But posts and text.

(I'm skipping the boring stuff like images, which blow things up a lot, but we can get to that later if you'd like.)

Suppose someone walked up to you and asked if you'd like a full copy of the Google+ Communities post archive. A few thoughts might occur to you, one being "where would I put that?"

I mean, Google, GOOGLE SCALE. Hyuuge!! Right?

Maybe ... not. At least by modern hardware standards

So, back in mid-December I sampled 36,000 randomly-selected G+ communities and got some information on them -- name, description, member count. And the ten most recent posts, along with the elapsed date range between the newest and oldest posts. So what does that give us?

First off, only 4,465 of the 36,000 communities had a full ten posts in their history. The others either never had more than 9 posts submitted, or had them purged (user deletion, spam, other actions, stuff). I'll treat any community with fewer than 10 posts as effectively zero, to simplify things.

The elapsed time gives me a post rate, which is how many posts are submitted over any given time interval. Weeks become handy, and the rate is about 1 post/wk, on average (1.0046/wk, if you want to be precise).

My 36k sample represents about 1 of every 223 actual communities, so we can multiply 4,465 by 223 and get ... about a million (996,000).

Gee, about a million, and about a post a week, so a million posts a week? Yeah, but let's be precise:
You have: 996000 \* 1.0046 
You want: 
        Definition: 1000581.6

Yeah, that's pretty much a million posts/wk.

G+ Communities launched in December, 2012, and will be shut down in April, 2019. I'll simplify again and take Jan 1 2013 - December 31 2018, or six years of 52 weeks: 312 million posts.

But how long is a post?

I'm punting here (though ... actually I do have some data, come to think), and took a quick look at #Discovfefe, I mean, Google+ Discover. Grabbing a random few posts, they tend to run about 20-40 words typically, with some of the longer ones weighing in at 100 - 450 words. Mostly, though, about Tweet sized, which probably reflects a number of factors. Call it 250 bytes.

312 million posts * 250 bytes: 78 GB.

Yes: "Google-scale" source text for Google+ Communities is probably under 100 GB total storage.

Caveats, civet cats, and all that jazz


The short-cuts I took above probably overstate the storage estimate -- Communities are created over time, they did not all exist for the entire life of G+ communities, and posting rates may have changed. The "elapsed" interval also doesn't count communities which have stopped generating new posts.

The page weight is considerably higher. After you add in all the HTML, CSS, and Javascript, a G+ article is about 800 kB of data, and additional image assets are more. That balloons the archive size out to about 250 TB or so.

And it's likely that a fair amount of data was submitted but has been removed -- spam, deleted accounts, and the like.

And even if you're only counting text, there's some post-level metadata: the author, date, communityID, and related bits, which pad out the data requirements slightly. These numbers are rough. But the purpose is to give an approximate sense of the scale.

And photos. About 30% of posts seem to have an image attached. G+ has a max size I'd need to look up -- 2120 x 1192, apparent. But you're looking at about 93 million images or so, roughly. Some can be quite large. This beauty (and it is pretty) is 7.4 MB, at about 4k x 6k pixels, 24 MP raw. And this shot of Tulsi Gabbard as a link hero is about 1060x600 pixels.

SanDisk have one of the better image size / storage capacity references I've seen. In 12MP format (3k x 4k pixels), 1 GB can hold about 238 images, 128 GB, over 30,000.

Put it on my bill, said the duck


How much did Google pay for all of this?

No, really: How much did Google pay for all of this?

Because one aspect of this whole fiasco I kind of don't begrudge is that a handful of us got a fairly nice playground for a while. That it's getting shuttered wasn't a huge surprise. How it's being shuttered .... Well, I've written about that elsewhere.

Now, if only I knew someone who might be able to tell me the answer....

#google #socialMedia #capacityPlanning #gPlusRefugees
 

WTF is Social Media?


Attempting to come up with a uniform, or at least sensible, way to describe and classify online, user-generated, and/or social media content has been an embarrassingly frustrating task.

A stab by me at G+, "Defining Platform Capabilities". Thinking of this in terms of protocols, or rules for interoperating among elements.

Julian Bond, also at G+, "Some thoughts on ways of categorising Social Networks along different dimensions". Surprisingly similar to my views.

@Christian Buggedei took a stab at Platform Types.

This mess ("suggested fields") at #PlexodusWiki.

I can't even. "User generated and social media types and characteristics".

Warning: Here be dragons: "Signal Theory".

#wtf #socialMedia #ontologies #taxonomies #ontonomies #taxologies #taxonts #ontaxes #helpImTrappedInAHashtag #plexodus
 
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