Social Media for Good

By Timo Luege | Useful things related to digital communications for NGOs, International Organizations, non-profits, UN agencies and the Red Cross.

How You Can Turn Facebook’s Latest Changes into an Opportunity for Your Organization – Social Media for Good

Photo: aleemzahidkhan.yahoo.com / Depositphotos<p>It‘s that time of the year again: Facebook has announced changes to the newsfeed algorithm and the sky …

Social Media Marketing

Facebook's Adam Mosseri on Why You'll See Less Video, More From Friends

Facebook on Thursday announced sweeping changes to the way it plans to manage the newsfeed, the front door to the service for its 2 billion monthly …

Facebook

The Difficulties With Facebook’s News Feed Overhaul

Imagine you’re a cookie mogul. You figured out a way to make lots of money by giving away delicious cookies for free, and in less than a decade, you created a global cookie behemoth.<p>But recently your cookie kingdom has begun to crumble. Scientists are worried that people are eating so many of your …

Facebook

Facebook Is Deprioritizing Our Stories. Good.

A society that relies on a centralized portal to get its news may very well be doomed.<p>Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told the <i>New York Times</i> that the social network will revamp its news feed to emphasize “meaningful interaction” between friends and family. As a result, the news feed will …

Facebook

Facebook will now show you more posts from friends and family than news

Facebook said it plans to alter its algorithm to favor content from friends and families over publishers and brands. In a post published yesterday (Jan. 11), CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote the company’s objective was no longer primarily to surface “relevant content” for Facebook’s 2 billion users, but …

Facebook

Why I’m leaving Snapchat and so are all your friends

Snapchat is the darling of technology: for years, we’ve fawned over the company for being innovative, using daring interfaces and out of the ordinary …

Snapchat

I’ve been sharing my photography for free on Unsplash for the past 4 years, here’s what I found.

What is Unsplash?<p>It’s a website where photographers can share high resolution images, make them publicly available for everyone for free even for …

Social Media

Fake news is a threat to humanity, but scientists may have a solution

“Technocognition” proposes that we use technology and psychology to break through the mental barriers that make people deny threats like climate change<p>People are very good at finding ways to believe what we want to believe. Climate change is the perfect example – acceptance of climate science among …

Democracy

Engaging Audiences through Visual Storytelling

<i>Amy Rhoades and Dan Stein</i> Why are Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood so successful? Because they’ve mastered the art of capturing audiences’ hearts …

Storytelling

Revoice.me offers a simple way to let your blog and newsletter readers subscribe via Facebook Messenger

If you publish a newsletter or blog, you’ll know that it’s a continuous battle to vie for readers’ attention. Even for subscribers, open rates for email are shockingly low, and RSS never did quite go mainstream. Meanwhile, delivering content via Facebook Pages has become more of a crapshoot than …

Facebook limits "engagement bait" to clean up the News Feed

Beginning this week, Facebook will begin demoting individual posts from people and Pages (profiles of prominent people of businesses) that use slimy …

Facebook

Fleeing Rohingya carry one priceless asset: Solar panels

UKHIYA, Bangladesh (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Rohingya refugees began arriving in Bangladesh, after violence erupted in Myanmar's northern …

Solar Panels

Apple has finally turned on its podcast analytics feature

Podcast creators — and advertisers — know very little about podcast consumption. That’s going to change.<p>The people who make podcasts — and the people who advertise on podcasts — are about to learn a lot more about the way people consume podcasts.<p>Apple has turned on a long-promised analytics feature …

Tools that can be used to create network graphs of Twitter data

This is by no means a comprehensive list and the tools are presented in no particular order. I normally use one of each when visualizing Twitter …

Facebook will now share Community Help data with rescue and relief organizations

Facebook is making it easier for relief organizations to pinpoint exactly where people are in crisis — and discover exactly what they need.<p>The …

Stories are coming to YouTube next

But they’ll be a bit different than what you see on Snapchat and Instagram<p>YouTube is testing a new feature called “Reels” that, at least in concept, will be similar to the Stories you see every day on Snapchat and Instagram. According to <i>TechCrunch</i>, Reels will be given their own tab — separate from …

Snapchat

How to Increase Your Authority with Evergreen Content

A great majority of the blog content you read, you never read again.<p>When was the last time you went back and soaked in the glory of this article …

Can “Laptop Humanitarians” Solve History’s Largest Refugee Crisis?

W<b>hen the Taliban moved</b> on Kunduz, Afghanistan in September 2015, 21-year-old Sayed HaMed Mosawi and his family fled to a public park in a neighboring …

The Top 10 ICT4D Project Failures Will Surprise You

What day-to-day failures do you expect to happen most in your ICT4D projects? Laptop theft? Viruses? Outright malfeasance? I worry every day about …

Storytelling and Evidence-Based Policy: Lessons from the Grey Literature

Author: Brett DavidsonPublication Date Tuesday, September 12, 2017Affiliation: Open Society Foundations Public Health Program<i>"Storytelling remains a</i> …

Storytelling

Twitter says it will remove verification badges from accounts that violate its rules

A risky new step in the fight to reduce harassment<p>Twitter will begin removing verification badges from users who violate its rules, the company said today. The announcement, which was made on the official @TwitterSupport account, appears to make concrete a policy that began in January when the …

Milo Yiannopoulos

Hey, Mark Zuckerberg: My Democracy Isn’t Your Laboratory

BELGRADE, Serbia — My country, Serbia, has become an unwilling laboratory for Facebook’s experiments on user behavior — and the independent, nonprofit investigative journalism organization where I am the editor in chief is one of the unfortunate lab rats.<p>Last month, I noticed that our stories had …

Russia used hundreds of fake accounts to tweet about Brexit, data shows

Researchers find that accounts run from a St Petersburg troll farm tried to sow discord between Britons over the referendum<p>Concern about Russian influence in British politics has intensified as it emerged that more than 400 fake Twitter accounts believed to be run from St Petersburg published posts …

Russia

How one of America’s most powerful policemen learned to love social media after Hurricane Harvey

It hasn’t been a great few weeks for social media companies like Facebook and Twitter.<p>But in spite of all the undeniable problems associated with fake news, it’s worth reminding ourselves of the equally undeniable civic value of social media.<p>Take, for example, the role of social media in the …

Facebook makes it easier to donate in times of crisis

Facebook’s social good team has launched a donate button specific to crises. The goal is that people will be able to more easily and securely help communities affected by natural disasters.<p>Facebook already has a Crisis Response hub with crisis pages. Now, when you click on the crisis page, you’ll …

Instagram experiments with letting you follow hashtags

Sometimes, you don't want to keep up with individual people on Instagram as you do a trending topic -- say, the latest in tech (we're slightly biased here) or a big protest. That currently involves laborious searches for hashtags, but it might become relatively trivial soon. Users have discovered …

Twitter suspends blue check mark verifications

Twitter says its system for verifying accounts is broken. Now the company is reconsidering how it hands out its little blue and white check mark icons.<p>The company announced Thursday that it is pausing all "general verifications" because of "confusion" over the policy.<p>The decision comes days after …

Jason Kessler

How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You've Ever Met

In real life, in the natural course of conversation, it is not uncommon to talk about a person you may know. You meet someone and say, “I’m from …

Call for Papers is now open!

<b>International Review of the Red Cross: Call for papers on digital technology and war</b><p>In emergency situations, new technology now allows for real time …