Posts tagged Social media

Now come socialbots. These automated charlatans are programmed to tweet and retweet. They have quirks, life histories and the gift of gab. Many of them have built-in databases of current events, so they can piece together phrases that seem relevant to their target audience.

They have sleep-wake cycles so their fakery is more convincing, making them less prone to repetitive patterns that flag them as mere programs. Some have even been souped up by so-called persona management software, which makes them seem more real by adding matching Facebook, Reddit or Foursquare accounts, giving them an online footprint over time as they amass friends and like-minded followers.

Researchers say this new breed of bots is being designed not just with greater sophistication but also with grander goals: to sway elections, to influence the stock market, to attack governments, even to flirt with people and one another.

That’s because Instagram isn’t about reality – it’s about a well-crafted fantasy, a highlights reel of your life that shows off versions of yourself that you want to remember and put on display in a glass case for other people to admire and browse through.

It’s why most of the photographs uploaded to Instagram are beautiful and entertaining slices of life and not the tedious time in-between of those moments, when bills get paid, cranky children are put to bed, little spats with friends.

Video, at least the amateurish footage I shot, is the antithesis of that fantasy.

And as much as I think we’re getting more comfortable being ourselves online, there’s still a difference between the self you’re willing to share publicly and the self you’re willing to share when only a handful of people are watching.

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PepsiCo’s Social Media Visualization Installation Piece - watch this NOW! [Video]


Here’s a demo of an installation of a piece used for social media monitoring. It was built for an internal PepsiCo conference by StruckAxiom

PepsiCo’s Social Media Visualization Installation Piece - watch this NOW! [Video]


Here’s a demo of an installation of a piece used for social media monitoring. It was built for an internal PepsiCo conference by StruckAxiom

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