Mike Johansson

89 Flips | 4 Magazines | 3 Likes | 8 Followers | @mikejny | College professor and social media strategist

Spotting sockpuppets with science

If you’ve ever ventured into the comment section of a website or spent any time on forums or social media, you’ve probably encountered sockpuppets, fake accounts controlled by a single person — though it’s possible you didn’t know it at the time. New research may help ID these overeager …

Facebook to Surface More Longer-Form Videos in News Feeds, as It Gears Up to Launch Original Shows

Facebook is tweaking the algorithm for picking what videos it shows users in their News Feed to put more emphasis on longer-form clips — a move that …

Who stalks my Instagram? How to see who views your posts

<b>Most social media accounts do not share information about who views your profile.</b><p>Instagram in particular has always kept shtum about who looks at …

People In China Are Photoshopping And Sharing Fake Trump Tweets And They Are Outrageous

"A Chinese old man once said: Devote your country, no matter what comes next, good or bad. Very true!"

Donald Trump

How to stop arguing and actually change someone's mind on social media

Whenever a major story breaks in the social media age, from the supreme court judgement on article 50 to the news that roast potatoes can apparently cause cancer – it sparks a heated debate. And in this post-truth world of alternative facts even the US president conducts his battles on Twitter. But …

Social Media

SpaceX Hyperloop Competition: Elon Musk Says Tunnel Digging Will Start Tonight

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk gave the world the concept of Hyperloop — a superfast ground-based mass transit system — in 2013, but none of his …

Most students can’t tell fake news from real news, study shows

If you thought you heard the last on fake news, you were sadly mistaken.<p>A Stanford study found that the majority of middle school students can’t tell the difference between real news and fake news. In fact, 82 percent couldn’t distinguish between a real news story on a website and a “sponsored …

Snapchat Takes Down 'Yellowface' Filter After Backlash

Snapchat removed a filter Wednesday after outraged users said online that it was racist.<p>The filter in question, which users said resembled …

U.S. judge dismisses lawsuit against Twitter over Islamic State rhetoric

<i>SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters)</i> – Twitter Inc won a bid to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the widow of an American killed in Jordan which accused the social media company of giving voice to Islamic State, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.<p>U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick in San Francisco ruled that …

Yelp will let you wait in line at restaurants virtually

Don’t you hate it when your favorite restaurant doesn’t take reservations, and you have to wait in line for 30 minutes? With Yelp’s $8 million investment in Nowait, things are about to change.<p>Yelp announced its partnership with Nowait in its second quarter earnings call and will be bringing us an …

Restaurants

Trump and Brexit among the ‘accidents’ as news shifts to social media

Brexit

The Logitech Pop is the smart home button you've always wanted

No more smart home explainers to house guests<p>Smart homes can be very complex — there can be a ton of different toggles and apps and commands you can yell at Alexa to make everything work, which is fine if you live by yourself. But if you have kids or guests or babysitters who need to turn on the …

Snapchat introduces Memories: a searchable, shareable archive of your snaps

Chat history<p>At a time when its social networking rivals are racing to promote more real-time sharing, Snapchat is turning its attention to the past. The company today introduced Memories, a way of saving and sharing old snaps in a private archive inside the main app. It’s a living, social camera …

Country Shuts Down Facebook and Twitter Because Of High School Exams

Algeria has become the latest country to take drastic measures to protect the integrity of its school exams, temporarily blocking access to Facebook …

3D printing produces human-hairlike bristles

Researchers at MIT's Media Lab have created a means of 3D-printing thousands of soft, furlike hairs.<p>Slowly but surely, researchers are stripping away the limitations of 3D printers.<p>Until now, dense and finely featured objects had been considered off-limits, simply because the computer-aided design …

3D Printing

Instagram Business Profiles to feature ‘Contact’ buttons, directions and more

Instagram had confirmed earlier this year that it was developing business profiles – basically, the Instagram equivalent to a Facebook Brand Page. Now, we’re able to see what these profiles look like as they’ve been spotted in the wild. The profiles, which are currently being tested with a small …

Controlling Your Facebook Feed: How to See What You Want to See

If you’ve spent any time lately on Facebook you may have asked yourself this question. “Where is everyone? I feel like I see the same thing over and …

Ten Social Business Lessons from Warren Buffett

The recently completed Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting (#BRK2016) in Omaha offers lessons for integrating social media into business strategy.<p>1. <b>Be patient</b>. Warren Buffett joined Twitter just before the 2013 annual meeting during a live television broadcast. He has tweeted only eight times, but …

Dear Facebook, why are Facebook Comments so unremittingly terrible?

For long months now, Facebook Comments have been riddled by some of the most transparent, eye-roll-inducing “I make a good salary working from home” spam you’ve ever seen. Every mail service can filter it out; but Facebook? Home to cutting-edge AI research, massively scalable services, some of the …

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Hands on with Reddit’s new smartphone app

“Finally” is one of those words that gets overused in tech news stories, but I think it’s fair to say that it’s taken a pretty long time for Reddit to release its first official, native apps for iOS and Android.<p>Until now, the company has made do with Alien Blue, which started out as a third-party …

A rant about why Snapchat 2.0 is no disappearing teen fad

Ignore Snapchat at your own peril. It’s a lot more than sexts and ephemeral photos. Today’s Chat 2.0 update makes Snapchat a competitor to your phone itself. What started as an app for horny high school kids has blossomed into the most vibrant communication platform on the market.<p>Watch my video …

Social Media

Snapchat Challenges Twitter And Facebook For Sports Talk

Possession wins trophies or, in this case, ad dollars. That’s why Snapchat stepped up its game late last year by quietly partnering with Stats.com. Now TechCrunch has learned that Snapchat has rolled new Live Score geofilters at every NBA arena and some other matches. They let anyone attending …

Social Media

Apple Is Reportedly Developing Long Distance Wireless Charging For iPads And iPhones

Apple is reportedly developing technology that would allow iPhone and iPad owners to charge their device without needing to plug it into the wall or place it on a charging mat. That’s according to a report from Bloomberg which claims the wireless charging tech could work over unspecified long …

Wireless Charging

10 easy ways journalists can better verify, monitor and manage social media

<i>My speaker notes from: Build a Better Journalist Conference, January 23, 2016</i><p>Traditional two sources. Is this relevant in this day and age? What …

Hard and hurting: what now for Twitter?

The return to the fold of its co-founder has failed to revive the networking giant's fortunes<p>He has got a wedding to plan, but Rupert Murdoch remains a committed tweeter. So far in 2016, the media mogul has issued 140-character opinions on space flight, Iran and the US presidential campaign.<p>But …

Everyone has the same personality online

Ever notice how the same jokes, phrases and hashtags keep cropping up again and again on social media? All those “I can’t even…” comments on Facebook, the emojis on Slack or Gchat, that endlessly snarky tone on Twitter. We all sound exactly the damn same.<p>Even larger-than-life personalities, such as …

Social Media

Facebook Messenger Hits 800M Users: 2016 Strategy And Predictions

Kill SMS, spawn a chat bot platform, bring friends together offline, improve artificial intelligence, and delight people. That’s Facebook Messenger’s roadmap for 2016 now that it has 800 million monthly active users, up from 700 million in June, 600 Million in March, and 500 million last …

Samsung's fridge of the future will let you check spoilage from your phone

Yesterday, the first photos of Samsung's new smart refrigerator appeared on the company's official Flickr page. Now, a Korean version of the product announcement has appeared on Samsung Korea's official site. The translation is a little unclear, but the text hints at a number of powerful new …

The First International Beauty Contest Judged By Robots

Zoltan Istvan Contributor<p>Zoltan Istvan is a futurist and 2018 California gubernatorial candidate of the Libertarian Party.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Is monetizing federal land the way to pay for basic income?<br>• Will the coming robot nanny era turn us into technophiles?<p>Robots are starting to appear …

Microsoft will warn users targeted by government hackers (update)

Microsoft promises to notify its users if it believes that the government's targeting their account. In its announcement post, the company says it already notifies subscribers if an unauthorized person's trying to access their Outlook email and OneDrive. But from now on, it will also specify if it …