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Gutenberg – The New WordPress Editor | CUNY Academic Commons News

While you think Facebook and Twitter when you think social media, much of our work is with more traditional “social networks” like the Commons. WordPress, which is the “guts” of the Commons has had the same basic post/page editor for over ten years. It’s lurching towards a significant change with a slow roll out of the Gutenberg editor interface. It’s been available as a plug in for some time, but has just become part of the most recent WordPress versions. In the future, it will likely replace the classic editor. In this tutorial from the Commons, the team outlines how the Commons is working to make this transition smooth and some basic instruction on how to use the editor. — Paul
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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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Introducing the New Yorker Poetry Bot – From The New Yorker

Following up on our recent post from The New York Times about apps that infiltrate your social media feeds to get your out of your “bubble,” this new app from the New Yorker steps into your social feed to insert poetry. 

It seems interesting that while the name for these technologies, Social Media, implies social interaction, increasingly tools such as the apps we’re discussing this week and last are decidedly antisocial. They’re lines of code that have little to do with our friends or our social sphere. These algorithmic incursions, like Netflix’s suggestions which embody their own biases, are thought to be neutral (although to be fair, this poetry bot uses poetry collected by The New Yorker‘s Poetry Editor, so it’s not an algorithm in the same way as Amazon’s suggestions are). 

It is interesting to think about how we cultivate our social media “feeds” and what each of them represent as we engage, sometimes socially, with these lines of communication, often on our own, alone. — Social Mediums

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How to Escape Your Political Bubble for a Clearer View – from The New York Times

While we often think of social media as a tool to reach out to others and build communities, there has been increasing discussion in the U.S. about how our digital communities also isolate us.

In this piece from The New York Times, the author describes a number of apps and tools that transform your usual social media tools so that you can view the world from inside the bubble inhabited by a person with a vastly different political view point than you. –Social Mediums

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