Tag Archives: Facebook


Stop The Spread of Fake News

Mark Zuckerburg might think that fake news on Facebook didn’t sway the election, but Associate Professor Zeynep Tufekci (and many others) aren’t buying it. In a piece for the New York Times (where she is a regular contributor and a must-read), Tufekci writes:

He is also contradicting Facebook’s own research.

In 2010, researchers working with Facebook conducted an experiment on 61 million users in the United States right before the midterm elections. One group was shown a “go vote” message…


What Does Facebook Think It Knows About You?


Audrey Watters shared this link to a ProPublica Series, Machine Bias, with a post on understanding Facebook and all that they know about us. I was particularly interested in the Chrome plugin that lets you know what Facebook thinks you like. They are inviting people to share their experiences, as well, to try and better understand what Facebook thinks it knows about us, its (proverbial) users.

I was particularly interested in how I could integrate this reading and exercise into my Introduction …


Ello and Academic Social Networks

If you’ve been on Twitter or Facebook lately, you might have seen the first apparent signs of a migration, with users announcing their new account names on the currently invitation-only social network Ello. This isn’t the first time there’s been a new network apparently on the horizon (remember the short-lived exodus to App.net, the still-on-life-support Google Plus, and the decentralized concept of Diaspora pods? Konrad, at least, certainly appreciated Diaspora.), but it’s caught the attention…


Weekend Reading: August & Everything After Edition

7976509870_fd12524842_z As summer, for many of us, speeds towards its inevitable end, I am reminded of the ebb and flow that marks this time of year: the daylight has begun waning sooner, and our daily habits and patterns will shift (or may have already shifted) to accommodate the demands of a new term, a different course, the same course but on a different day, new or returning service work, and the everyday responsibilities of family, friends, and our own selves.

Like many of you, over the last two weeks, I’ve becom…


A Good Time to Check Your Social Media Privacy Settings

Over at the New York Times “Bits” blog, Nick Bilton reminds us that we should review “who has access to [our] social accounts” from time to time. Services like Twitter, Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn often invite us to link certain services to our accounts, for reasons that vary from making it easier to update multiple accounts at once to being able to authenticate our identity for a third-party service. It’s all too easy to forget just how many of those third-party services have been granted a…


Weekend Reading: The Rise of the Machines Edition

We at ProfHacker like books. Apparently so do many of you. The New York Times ran an article earlier this week about the “Allure of the print book.”  Esquire followed with “The Revenge of the Printed Book.” Newsweek, which ended print circulation last year in favor of pure digital circulation, has announced that it will resume hard copy in February 2014.  

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced Amazon Prime Air this week that consumers may begin to receive their purchases via drone as early and June 2…


Weekend Reading: The DH Summer Edition

Big_Summer_SkyThe semester is over! Grades have been turned in, the weather is beautiful, possibilities are endless. It’s the perfect time to think about beginning summer projects, and to read up on the digital humanities, one of our favorite fields at ProfHacker. My links in this week’s Weekend Reading focus on some interesting developments in race, ethnicity and literary studies within the digital humanities, social media, and some literary inspiration for beginning your new summer project.


Using Facebook and Tumblr to Engage Students

social[This is a guest post by Carol Holstead and Doug Ward. Carol Holstead is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Kansas. She currently teaches visual storytelling, magazine writing and multimedia reporting; she was the 2010 Budig Professor of Writing. If you’re on Facebook, feel free to ask to join the group Visual Storytelling Spring 2013 if you want to see the page in action.

Doug Ward is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Kansas, where he is teaching …


Facebooking the Past

The Seventh Commandment[Lucinda Matthews-Jones is a lecturer in history at Liverpool John Moore (UK), where she teaches nineteenth-century British History. Details of her research can be found on her academia.edu profile. She also blogs and co-edits the Journal of Victorian Culture: www.victorianculture.com. She tweets from @luciejones83.--@JBJ]

Digital databases have provided scholars with new ways to access source material. Have we been quick enough to extend these benefi…


Data Mining and Facebook Graph Search

Random Number Multiples - RGBIf you haven’t fled Facebook for Google+ or abandoned social networks entirely, you probably–like me–have a lot invested in the platform. A new feature is in beta on Facebook: Graph Search. If you get through the waiting list to try it out, you’ll find lots of options for targeted searches centered on your social network. Graph search works by linking together terms and restrictions to allow for very specific searches within the network: you can look for images from friends based on a common loc…