Monthly Archives: September 2018


Facebook Will Now Allow Pages to Join Facebook Groups – From Social Media Today

One of the issues we discussed at length when the Social Mediums first started working at the GC was how to embody our programs on Facebook. At the time, Facebook was working to suspend “fake” people. Some of us wanted the social interaction that was only available to a person–there is something meaningful in, say, the GC Music Program “liking” the photo of a music student’s most recent recital. Then, there was some consternation deciding to have a “group” vs. a “page.” This change looks like it opens up some of the possibilities we’d missed out on originally. I’m interested in how this changes the way our programs can engage with current and prospective students, as well as faculty and visiting scholars. — Paul, English Social Media Fellow. 

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Twitter will make it easy to switch back to a chronological timeline – From Mashable

Managing Twitter feeds is a daily chore for us. The infamous “algorithm”, introduced in 2016 substantially changed the Twitter experience–according to most people for the worst. This article from Mashable explains how Twitter has restored some of the original, chronological functions. — Paul, English Social Media Fellow


Twitter will make it super easy to switch back to a chronological timeline

Twitter will soon give you the option of viewing its classic reverse chronological timeline.
Twitter will soon give you the option of viewing its classic reverse chronological timeline.
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Since 2016, Twitter decided it was better to show you the best tweets first, based on an algorithm.Not everyone was a fan of the algorithmic timeline, though, and in a surprise decision, Twitter announced that it will allow users to easily switch to a view that shows the classic chronological timeline.Twitter has updated its app so you have this capability now, but it’s a bit of a chore. If you go into Settings and switch off “show the best tweets first,” tweets will show up in reverse chronological order. Previously when unticked this option, your timeline would show tweets that you’d miss, and also recommended tweets from accounts that you don’t follow.In coming weeks, Twitter will introduce “an easily accessible way” to allow users to switch between algorithmic and chronological timelines.Go

The announcement comes after Twitter users have come up with ways to try and circumvent the algorithmic timeline.

Read more of this article on Mashable.

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Facebook Workplace, Slack, or Yammer: What Is The Best Office Collaboration Tool

Recently, we’ve been working to collaborate more closely with the GCDI Fellows. As part of that process, we’ve been looking at what sort of collaborative tools we can use. We’ve experimented a bit with Basecamp and are thinking about trying out Slack (I’ve used it a bit). The Social Mediums spend most of our week working closely with our own programs, but our strength is in our shared knowledge bases and these kinds of tools help us keep in touch and share solutions that is much more dynamic and useful than a Google doc sitting in a folder in the ether.

This post from Professor Hacker runs down some of the most popular collaborative tools.– Paul, English Social Media Fellow

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How to Value Labor in Digital Projects – New Guide w/Research Questions & Bib.

This is a quick write-up from The Chronicle of Higher Education about a new guide which identifies critical questions about how to think about labor and digital projects–most importantly, too, which offers a comprehensive bibliography on the topic. This issue is important for us Social Mediums (we’re all university Fellows), but it is also a critical issue for the many people working on the Commons. How does their work cultivating, innovating, and maintaining get seen and evaluated? — Social Mediums

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