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Authors, please don't do this on social-media. For your own sakes.

Posted 15-Jan-2015 at 10:28 PM (22:28) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 15-Jan-2015 at 11:13 PM (23:13) by Gurdur

Book authors, I get it's a long, lonely, grueling effort to sell one's books, even using the social-media of today. However, please do not do what is shown below. To explain the two screen-capture images: these are both screen-grabs of tweets immediately following each other on my Twitter timeline (TL) from three different Twitter accounts. In other words, they all posted the same tweet at the same time. It makes all three authors on Twitter look like sock-puppets of each other, and it also can...
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Three short but big reasons you should be on Pinterest

Posted 25-May-2012 at 11:55 AM (11:55) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 25-May-2012 at 11:27 PM (23:27) by Gurdur

Three very short reasons why you should be on Pinterest - and later I'll blog more with tons of details, but it will only reinforce the point.
1) Pinterest works.

In March 2012, this year, Pinterest overtook Google+ to become the third most popular social-media site, behind Facebook and Twitter, but ahead of Tumblr, LinkedIn and Google Plus - and Pinterest has a high rate of referrals, meaning people will often follow links elsewhere from Pinterest posts.

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You, you, all about you; where you all live

Posted 06-Mar-2012 at 09:10 PM (21:10) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 13-Mar-2012 at 12:21 AM (00:21) by Gurdur

This post is part of my ongoing mini-series of looking at the first 1000 of those who follow me on Twitter and whom I follow back. You can see the other posts in this mini-series here.

There are quite a few ways of quickly looking at the localities (if given) for one's tweeps, those who follow you and you follow back. One way is to use schmap.it; on my other accompanying blog post I give the different data-sets first gathered from schmap.it for tweeps per city and nation. But before...
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The data-sets for "You, you, all about you; where you all live"

Posted 06-Mar-2012 at 09:09 PM (21:09) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

The below are the data-sets for my blog post "You, you, all about you; where you all live", part of my ongoing mini-series of looking at the first 1000 of those who follow me on Twitter and whom I follow back. You can see the other posts in this mini-series here. These are different data-sets first gathered from schmap.it.

Since some people list their country but not their city in their Twitter bios, then there is a large difference between total number looked at in the data-set for...
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My tweeps; what you are. A second snapshot of my followers on Twitter

Posted 05-Feb-2012 at 05:41 AM (05:41) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 05-Feb-2012 at 05:56 AM (05:56) by Gurdur

I was asked today why I had not given any information about Christians or atheists following me in my last blog post looking at my Twitter followers (a post in which you will also find why I am doing this), "It's you, YOU, all about you: a first snapshot of the "Likes & Interests" of my followers and those I follow on Twitter". The answer is, because Twitter itself sections up how you want to describe yourself in your public Twitter bio (all this information is public), and schmap.it looks at each...
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It's you, YOU, all about you: a first snapshot of the "Likes & Interests" of my followers and those I follow on Twitter

Posted 03-Feb-2012 at 08:20 PM (20:20) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 04-Feb-2012 at 01:25 AM (01:25) by Gurdur

Dear Tweeps, dear Twitter followers of mine, this blog post is one of a series of posts all about YOU. Yes, you, you, YOU. Very soon (within a few days) I will be at over 1000 followers on Twitter, and at that point I have to make some complex decisions about how to handle it all, since I follow back almost everyone who follows me, and I actually like to read when I can what you all say on Twitter, but tweets from over 1000 people are going to stretch me too much. I'll probably organize it all into...
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Full data-set for tweeps on "Likes & Interests"

Posted 03-Feb-2012 at 08:17 PM (20:17) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 03-Feb-2012 at 10:46 PM (22:46) by Gurdur

The below table is the full data-set for the parts discussed in this other blog post of mine here. The total number of my tweeps - people following me on Twitter - analysed for the category "Likes and Interests" is 790; while I have many more followers than that, only 790 of them have noted their likes and interests in their Twitter bios.


Like or Interest
Number of my tweeps with it
As percentage of my total tweeps looked at for this aspect
The overall Twitter average
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Preliminary issues in the discussion in early days on St. Paul's and #OccupyLSX

Posted 01-Nov-2011 at 04:18 PM (16:18) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 01-Nov-2011 at 04:24 PM (16:24) by Gurdur

As said in my last blog post, I'm blogging in several parts specifically on the discussion of the issue of St. Paul's Cathedral and the Church of England in relation to the #OccupyLSX (#OLSX). This is a very complex area, and requires a lot of coverage all by itself. This particular blog post is to document some of the early discussion of the whole area.

First off, I made a Storify compilation of early news reports and blog posts dealing with St. Paul's / #OLSX. That list is incomplete...
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Anders Behring Breivik identified as suspected rightwing terrorist behind Oslo bombing and Utoya shootings, Norway

Posted 23-Jul-2011 at 02:01 AM (02:01) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 23-Jul-2011 at 07:34 AM (07:34) by Gurdur

Apparently a Norwegian citizen, Anders B. Breivik, aged 32, has been identified as suspected of being an alleged rightwing terrorist behind the Oslo bombing and Utøya shootings of today (Friday 22 July 2011). He has apparently been so named by Norwegian authorities. Seven people have been confirmed as dead as a result of the Oslo bombings, and seven to nine as a result of the linked Utoya shootings, but Norwegian police warn more deaths may be confirmed. Other sources give a total together of 17 dead and 90 hospitalized....
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The next big steps in social media and SEO

Posted 04-Jul-2011 at 06:39 PM (18:39) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 04-Jul-2011 at 06:49 PM (18:49) by Gurdur

Everyone's going on about the new Google+ at the moment, but I think Google+ is not the biggest thing to have been announced by Google over the last few weeks. Bigger than Google+ is the news from Google (with thanks to @NiemanLab for the alert) that they will be implementing in Google search results a new system of cross-referencing piece-authors with the authors, and with that also matching where validated such search results with a icon picture of the author.

Now sit back a moment...
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Well, today is Social Media Day. Happy dayz!

Posted 30-Jun-2011 at 08:24 PM (20:24) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 02-Jul-2011 at 07:44 AM (07:44) by Gurdur

Happy Social Media Day to everyone! With a h/t to @laurenonizzle for the heads-up. I've done my bit for social media in recent blog posts, ranging from why you should have no fear of your Klout score, to reporting on others data-mining Twitter, not to forget that social media really, really matters - and that includes bulletin boards too! - to making great big long lists, and then using those long lists to say Twitter, Klout and PeerIndex are your friends. Well, more or less.

So bugger...
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Klout is about networking to change the world, not just reflecting it: why @BoraZ has more Klout than @NiemanLab, @jeffjarvis or @jayrosen_nyu

Posted 30-Jun-2011 at 06:14 PM (18:14) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 02-Jul-2011 at 09:18 AM (09:18) by Gurdur

I recently blogged about the Klout score and how to use it - in short, use it to build up any parts of social-media use you have been neglecting, don't use it in comparison to others. Yet comparative scores still matter in a way, as when @BoraZ recently tweeted about Klout that: "any algorithm (Klout) that gives me a higher score than @NiemanLab @jeffjarvis and @jayrosen_nyu makes no sense". BoraZ would get even more of a shock if he knew his Klout score is greater than Rachel Maddow's. So let's...
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The data for the Klout and PeerIndex comparison

Posted 30-Jun-2011 at 06:14 PM (18:14) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

Here is much of the data used for my previous blog post, "Klout is about networking to change the world, not just reflecting it: why @BoraZ has more Klout than @NiemanLab, @jeffjarvis or @jayrosen_nyu". I do not have enough time right now to be able to give a short bio for each person here; this includes a mix of people from the fields of journalism, news commentary, politics, and (heavily) history and/or science blogging. With the exceptions of Stephanie Rosenbloom and Alex Braunstein, all of the...
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Data-mining Twitter for science, or is it? Mood-mapping and more

Posted 28-Jun-2011 at 06:00 PM (18:00) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 28-Jun-2011 at 06:46 PM (18:46) by Gurdur

Data-mining activity on the net is nothing new; it's been the Holy Grail of advertisers for the last 12 years or more. Data-mining the net for science is a bit more difficult, but it does get done - for example, Google data-mining Google to show flu infection trends around the world. Or the example of using Google Maps to plot swine-flu cases, then comparing that with air-travel traffic numbers between the USA and Mexico, and with tweets about swine-flu and other factors, which when all done as done here...
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A short remark on using Klout in combination with Twitter for activism using social media

Posted 27-Jun-2011 at 04:27 AM (04:27) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 27-Jun-2011 at 04:54 AM (04:54) by Gurdur

This is just in short, about how to use Klout best in combination with Twitter, in overall usage of social media in activism and similar. It's prompted by the fact that yesterday (Saturday 26 June), the number of those following my personal Twitter account (@Gurdur) was for the very first time more than the number of those I follow (451 relative to 450), and my Klout score has greatly improved after diving right down into near-zeroness in the period where I wasn't saying much at all owing to still...
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Lies, bad excuses and astroturfed protest: the facts and even more on the hoax Amina, Britta Froelicher and Tom MacMaster

Posted 13-Jun-2011 at 07:45 AM (07:45) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 13-Jun-2011 at 09:39 AM (09:39) by Gurdur

So now the Amina hoax has exploded over the net, and all is revealed. Or is it? Seriously. Spin is still going down like crazy about this all. Let's review the facts:

There's a blog called "A Gay Girl In Damascus", content as alleged in its title. You can read it in the original still as of now (though a great many comments under blog posts there have been deleted by that blog's owner), or you can read a selection of quotes from it here.

Then various people started...
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Whoa, the New Humanist, me, and the possible Syrian Amina Abdallah Araf al Omari "Gay Girl In Damascus" hoax

Posted 09-Jun-2011 at 03:14 PM (15:14) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 13-Jun-2011 at 08:30 AM (08:30) by Gurdur

Bloggers from the world's nastier and more troubled corners are vital. It was through blogs, Twitter and Facebook a lot of the news first broke and breaks about events in the recent Tunisian and ongoing Egyptian revolutions; it's through Pakistani blogs and Twitter we sometimes get first-hand accounts of what's really going on or what people really think, free of the filters of political parties, campaigns and givernments. Bloggers are vital for first-hand, on-the-street accounts, and for more informed...
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The death of Osama Bin Laden, and the awesome power of Twitter and social media

Posted 02-May-2011 at 05:54 PM (17:54) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 10-May-2011 at 03:42 PM (15:42) by Gurdur

So in an operation very near to Islamabad, Pakistan, Osama Bin Laden has been killed by USA forces. There is a Guardian report on it all here. The first reaction from official Pakistani sources close to the Pakistani military and ISI seems to have been almost panic, a denial that they knew of the operation at all; possibly this was a calculated denial, an attempt to deflect any anger inside Pakistan and Afghanistan. Certainly most in Pakistan were caught by surprise.

Twitter once...
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Society, Ethics And Science Weekly blogs round-up - 10/11 April 2011

Posted 12-Apr-2011 at 04:15 PM (16:15) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 13-Apr-2011 at 09:12 AM (09:12) by Gurdur

As ever, the best around the web that I find. Late (this should have appeared last night), but hey, by now I guess you expect me to be a trifle late. Better than being premature. You can see my other weekly blogs round-ups here.

Science: I don't know if you remember my blog post a while back about rats in pants, but now they have portable, minaturized PET scanners for pets, whoops, mistake, sorry, I mean PET scanners for lab rats. It's science, Jim.

Science, science...
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Die Zukunft ist vernetzt. Umarme sie! : Ein Aufruf an die deutschen Bürger und Medien

Posted 05-Apr-2011 at 05:22 PM (17:22) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 06-Apr-2011 at 03:03 PM (15:03) by Gurdur

Man kann vor der Tatsache nicht die Augen verschließen, dass die Zukunft in all ihren Formen maßgeblich vom Internet geprägt wird. Herstellung, Verkauf und Dienstleistung werden das Internet immer mehr für ihre unterschiedlichen Zwecke nutzen. Und mehr als das: das Internet wird jeden Lebensbereich eines jeden Bürgers in Deutschland intensiv beeinflussen.

Kürzlich gab es eine aufgeregte Debatte unter deutschen Journalisten (Link 1 Video, und Link 2, und Link 3, und Link 4). Anlaß...
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