From Bloomberg: If you pull out your phone to check Twitter while waiting for the light to change, or read e-mails while brushing your teeth, you might be what the American Psychological Association calls a “constant checker.” And chances are, it’s hurting your mental health.
From Monica Lewinsky in Vanity Fair: If Time Magazine had asked my opinion about their Person of the Year (and they didn’t), I would have told them: The Trolls. If you’ve been on the Internet at all this year, you probably know that an Internet troll is a person who promotes discord by purposefully posting inflammatory comments or content. Veracity is of no import to the troll.
From NY Times: Fake stories and memes that crop up during live news events have been a problem on social media for years, but a wild election season has highlighted the news media’s slow response in stemming the flow of nonsense.
From strategy+business: A new study concludes that companies rolling out social media marketing campaigns should keep their messages casual and general.
Chris Brogan sees a lot of shifts in the whole online/social networks landscape. Some of it kind of saddens him. The rest of it points to the weakening state of effectiveness of various platforms as business tools. You can disagree. That’s fine.
From The Content Strategist: Sometimes it feels like the entire marketing world is tweeting simultaneously. You can almost feel the wave of social media managers strolling into the office with their coffee, sitting down at 9 a.m., and scheduling a flood of tweets to go out every 30 minutes for the next eight hours. It’s beautiful, really, but only if your definition of beauty is synchronized corporate communication.
But those in the know have some tricks. They know which time gets the most Facebook shares (1 p.m.), and which time gets the most clicks (3 p.m.). They know when B2B brands rock Twitter (weekdays), and when people actually pay attention to B2C brands (weekends, and Wednesday for some reason). And they know this because they probably have Neil Patel’s infographic stapled to their desk.
From socialable: It’s been six years now since Twitter user Chris Messina used the first ever hashtag and started a worldwide trend that has been steadily evolving over the years. Now, more and more social networks are adapting hashtags to make it easier for their users to discover posts – at this point, almost all major social networks have a hashtag feature. But how do they differ from one another? Each social network has a slightly different approach to hashtags, so let’s take a look at how best to use them on each social network.
From FastCompany: I have left the Internet. I’m on vacation. That means no social media updates, responses, check-ins, likes, taps, pokes, noogies, tickles, or head locks. I’m going to practice looking people in the eye and not checking my email or…
#Unplug: The complete, printable guide — Step-by-step instructions for ditching your devices and navigating the world without an Internet connection.
When is the best time to #Unplug? — Taking time away from the digital world is essential, but finding that time can be difficult.
How to completely #Unplug your morning routine — Most days are abuzz with activity. Which is why you need to begin them with calm.
How to broadcast your plan to #Unplug — When you’re ready for your digital detox, here’s how to send friends and colleagues “smoke signals” letting them know that you’re taking a break from connected life. And that you haven’t died.
#Unplug: The 4 biggest temptations to replug during your digital detox — Unplugging from the online world can be incredibly rewarding. It can also be incredibly challenging. Here’s how to quiet the urge to browse and quiet the siren song of social media.