Social Software

Huffington Post Introduces Badges and Social Rewards

How do you make news fun? Or, how do you make moderating often fractious comments on news stories fun? You follow FourSquare’s example and introduce badges: The Moderator badge allows you to more actively participate in this process. If you are a Level 1 Moderator (earned by flagging at least 20 comments that we deleted, […] » about 200 words

Social Media Usage Stats

Retrevo claims to help electronics shoppers decide what to buy, when to buy, and where to buy it,” so their recent survey on social media addition is probably more significant as link bait than as serious research. Despite my concerns about confirmation bias, I’m as amused as anybody by the numbers. 8% of adult respondents say […] » about 200 words

Andy Peatling on BuddyPress

Why BuddyPress? “Build passionate users around a specific niche.”

Do you have to become a social network? “No, look at GigaOM Pro,” a recently launched subscription research site based on BuddyPress.

But, yo do get “BYOTOS: bring your own terms of service.” That is, you get to control content and interactions. And your service won’t be subject to the whims of a larger network like FaceBook (or vagaries of their service — think Ma.gnolia)

It’s pretty easy, Andy says, to create a custom BuddyPress component, and there are already a number at the BuddyPressDEV Community.

Facebook’s Favorite Metadata

Facebook’s guide to sharing details some meta tags to make that sharing work better:

In order to make sure that the preview is always correctly populated, you should add the tags shown below to your html. An example news story could have the following:

<meta name="title" content="Smith hails 'unique' Wable legacy" />

<meta name="description" content="John Smith claims beautiful football is the main legacy of Akhil Wable's decade at the club. " />

<link rel="image_src" href="http://www.onjd.com/design05/images/PH2/WableAFC205.jpg" />

As shown, title contains the preview title, description contains the preview summary and image_src contains the preview image. Please make sure that none of the content fields contain any html markup because it will be stripped out. For consistency’s sake, please use the

tag to provide text data for the preview, and the

tag for any source urls.

The title and summary tags are the minimum requirements for any preview, so make sure to include these two.

Jeeves Is Back! Does Your Organization Need Its Own Avatar/Personality?

If you remember Ask.com, you probably remember Jeeves. Now he’s back on the UK site. It turns out that people liked the old chap, and in this age of social media, it’s probably prudent to have a corporate avatar (it looks a lot better on Facebook, anyway). There’s more about the resurrection at Search Engine […] » about 100 words

WiFi Is Critical To Academia, The WiFi Alliance Says

study sponsored by the WiFi alliance reveals the following:

WiFi and college choice

  • 90% of college students say Wi-Fi access is as essential to education as classrooms and computers
  • 57% say they wouldn’t go to a college that doesn’t have free Wi-Fi
  • 79% say that without Wi-Fi access, college would be a lot harder
  • 60% agree that widely available Wi-Fi on campus is an indication that a school cares about its students

WiFi and where they use it

  • 55% have connected from coffee shops and restaurants
  • 47% from parks
  • 24% from in their cars

WiFi in the classroom

  • 55% have checked Facebook™ or MySpace™ and sent or received e-mail while using their laptop in class
  • 47% have sent instant messages to a friend during class
  • 44% used Wi-Fi to get a head start on an assignment before a class was finished

WiFi and linkbaiting statistics

  • If forced to choose, 48% would give up beer before giving up Wi-Fi

Survey methodology: “In conjunction with the Wi-Fi Alliance, Wakefield Research surveyed 501 U.S. college students in September 2008. The sampling variation in this survey is plus or minus 4.3 percentage points.”

Beginner’s Guide to DataPortability, The Video

DataPortability – Connect, Control, Share, Remix from Smashcut on Vimeo.

From DataPortability.org:

The DataPortability Project is a group created to promote the idea that individuals have control over their data by determing how they can use it and who can use it. This includes access to data that is under the control of another entity.

  • You should be able to decide what you do with that data and how it gets used by others
  • Open Source solutions are preferred to closed source proprietary solutions
  • Bottom-up distributed solutions are preferred to top down centralized solutions

DataPortability – Join The Conversation from Smashcut on Vimeo.