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Sunday Social Roundup

  1. Chris Anderson’s “Long-Tail” theory argued that the mass of niches would collectively surpass the hits and the superstars. In other words, the world of Beyonces and Katy Perry’s would be over. That never came fully true. But it has meant that previously underground music genres like electronic dance music could emerge to become mainstream, if not the most popular.

    I never saw this coming but I think it says more about the culture the sound. Most of the popular electronic music is absolutely garbage. The best stuff is in here.

  2. Snapchat is the third most popular social network amongst Millennials. It’s private, it’s social, and it’s fun, unlike your typical messaging apps.

  3. The events in Ferguson demonstrate once again that Twitter is the default social networking for breaking and following live news.. Kudos to Twitter founder Jack Dorsey for broadcasting his own Ferguson experience in a thread of Tweeted Vines.

  4. There are officially more Internet subscribers than cable subscribers. Of course, this still leaves people in the hands of cable companies providing the Internet service. Technology changes but monopolies stay the same.

  5. Social networking is more popular than games, reading, and all other forms of distractible media. But you can’t possibly be checking it all the time; instead, designate time and use it in batches. I’m trying to get better at this as well.

Bonus: Vote for Marsel van Oosten’s picture ‘Facebook Update‘ as the image of the year in the Wildlife Photographer competition.

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Twitter On Tap

TV is too slow. Facebook’s algorithm takes at least a dozen hours to build up steam. It’s too hard to tell what’s live, archival, owned, and merely sourced on Instagram. Instagram also restricts rebloggability so the best-real time content never goes viral. It’s quite clear that the default tool for breaking and keeping up with news as evidenced Ferguson is Twitter.

Twitter thrives off breaking news. It’s the quickest microphone for people to spread awareness. Protestors in Turkey and Egypt turned to Twitter first to get the word about government corruption. So did the people in Ferguson in complaining about the local police, which appeared to represent the American military more than everyday police officers.

So as much as tech pundits slam Twitter for it’s torpid user growth, it’s still the best way to peek inside the lives of those on the ground. Sometimes the best social media is local.