Your Facebook BFFs and Likes are Bad for You


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Social networks may inflate self-esteem, reduce self-control

Users of Facebook and other social networks should beware of allowing their self-esteem — boosted by “likes” or positive comments from close friends — to influence their behavior:  It  could reduce their self-control both on and offline,

“The results suggest that greater social network use is associated with:

for individuals with strong ties to their social network.” Continue reading

The Wasting Economics of the Web – It Takes and Gives Nothing Useful Back


From the research we’ve seen for many years, the economic, social, personal and information value of the Web appears to be zero.   It captures time and visual searching and clicks but nothing more substantial or useful.

It does so by, apparently,although  it has not been studied, triggering pretty automatic and reflexive parts of our brains — thus, it doesn’t need to deliver real information or value.  It is a classic Ponzie scheme.

We can see indicators of this alongside the silly hype it continually throws up.  For example, the rent-seeking of Huffington Post and most blogs.  Fact:  The market value of each article on HufPo or PuffHo, is exactly zero.  The writers get paid nothing.

Thus, the information value of each article and each writer’s work is worth – nothing.  It couldn’t be more clear.

The unproven implicit claim of the web and social media and all e-media and gadgets is: visual searching behavior > clicks > buying behavior.   But this is unproven.

Now, the “good” news is that most of what we do, which includes what we say, has no information value or meaning as well.  What is the value of your last conversation or business meeting or conference presentation, article you read, TV show you watched?

That is not to say doing those things wasn’t a natural and even pleasant part of your behavioral routine.  But we are learning that good feelings and even doing something doesn’t mean it brings any information, value or meaning.

So the Web and online, mobile, gadget behavior is like everything else in life — just routine.  What’s silly is to pretend otherwise and pay for the time it takes up.

“Identifying Influential and Susceptible Members of Social Networks” – Science Mag


Identifying Influential and Susceptible Members of Social Networks June 21, 2012

A representative sample of 1.3 million Facebook users showed that:

  • younger users are more susceptible than older users,
  • men are more influential than women,
  • women influence men more than they influence other women, and
  • married individuals are the least susceptible to influence in the decision to adopt the product we studied.
  • influential individuals are less susceptible to influence than non-influential individuals and that they cluster in the network, which suggests that influential people with influential friends help spread this product.
  • homophily (the tendency for individuals to choose friends with similar tastes and preferences and thus for preferences to be correlated amongst friends),
  • confounding effects (the tendency for connected individuals to be exposed to the same external stimuli)
  • simultaneity (the tendency for connected individuals to co-influence each other and to behave similarly at approximately the same time)

Influencers – Not Really So
One particularly controversial argument in the peer effects literature is the “influentials” hypothesis—the idea that influential individuals catalyze the diffusion of opinions, behaviors, innovations and products in society.  Continue reading

Creativity = Oddball Friends < 50


Genius networks: Link to a more creative social circle
by Zella King  May 29, 2012

The greatest artists and scientists have been inspired by brilliant peers. Now technology can help you maximise creativity by fine-tuning your social circles…The social circles in which these artists and scientists moved seemed to foster the free-flowing ideas from which great movements and discoveries sprang.

[Creativity] — The constant tension between alien perspectives and familiar faces seems to be key. Take Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press. He was a goldsmith, but his connections to wine-makers enabled him to see the potential of the screw press for printing. Continue reading

Tom Anderson (NYC) Managing Partner Anderson Analytics (OdinText) – Another Linked In Group Bully (Moderator)


Yes, there are social media Nazis.   Linked In really needs to watch groups being started and taken over by sales people and online bullies like Tom Anderson, Managing Partner Anderson Analytics (OdinText).  He cleverly calls himself “Text Analytics and New Media Research Champion”  Yea, right!! Continue reading

Email ‘vacations’ decrease stress, increase concentration


Email ‘vacations’ decrease stress, increase concentration, researchers say

Being cut off from work email significantly reduces stress and allows employees to focus far better, according to a new study. Continue reading

Social Media Facts:Not Quite a Biz Revolution: Mainly H.S Friend Focused.


Here is a lengthy set of stats from the recent Pew study.

“Social Networkers Under A Microscope”

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