“For the second time in this very young year, following the social media-fueled stalling of the Stop Internet Piracy Act legislation last month, Twitter and Facebook are being credited with giving oxygen to a wildfire of protest that delivered profound, immediate political results in a way that would have been impossible just a few short years ago.”—Susan G. Komen flap spurred on by social media - Keach Hagey - POLITICO.com
We’ve got a love/hate relationship with Beijing. We love those days when the excitement of China is infectious but we hate those days when we can’t see our hand in front of our face because of the pollution. No place is perfect!
But surely some cities are better than others? We love this idea and how it combines new world and old world information (not to mention ten thousand big ones). Take the data and crunch it to figure out which city ranks as the world’s best!
If you want to encourage conversation in your blog, you need to get Disqus! It’s a breeze to install, and your readers will appreciate it, since they won’t hit roadblocks when trying to comment. It’s integrated with Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo and OpenID, so people can post via their own accounts. But the most useful aspect of Disqus is the option for readers to use a pseudonym, or to remain anonymous.
Theres always debate as to whether or not this is a good strategy. Some argue it detracts from genuine conversation, others have concerns about negative comments, and then theres always the problem of spam.
But Disqus has you sorted:
- They have their own anti-spam software that will auto-screen comments.
- You can moderate all incoming comments, and blacklist/whitelist users for the future.
- As for detracting from the conversation… just have a look at the infographic below:
Those who used pseudonyms accounted for 61% of all comments!!! A mere 4% used their real identities. It’s also worth noting that only 10% of all comments were negative.
Of course, we have to consider that Disqus based this infographic on their own stats. Having said that, Disqus is one of the most popular commenting systems out there, so the results are noteworthy. This information becomes even more significant when we consider that Google+ recently folded on their real-identity policy.
Click here or on the image to view the infographic in full.
Climate scientists slam the WSJ in this long rebuttal to a trashy editorial on climate denial. The first half of the piece are dozens of signatures, so you’l have to scroll scroll scroll to get to the red meat. But it’s well worth your time. A sampling:
(i) The planet is warming due to increased concentrations of heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere. A snowy winter in Washington does not alter this fact.
(ii) Most of the increase in the concentration of these gases over the last century is due to human activities, especially the burning of fossil fuels and deforestation.
(iii) Natural causes always play a role in changing Earth’s climate, but are now being overwhelmed by human-induced changes.
(iv) Warming the planet will cause many other climatic patterns to change at speeds unprecedented in modern times, including increasing rates of sea-level rise and alterations in the hydrologic cycle. Rising concentrations of carbon dioxide are making the oceans more acidic.
(v) The combination of these complex climate changes threatens coastal communities and cities, our food and water supplies, marine and freshwater ecosystems, forests, high mountain environments, and far more.
In a recent survey, ‘Youth in the day and age of Social Media’, conducted by India Biz News and Research Services, anti-corruption (endorsed by 32% of the respondents) and protection of the girl child and violence against women (by 35%), were major issues. The respondents felt that through the social media, they influence consumer choice (28%), human rights and social change (27%), politics and policy making (24%) and corporate governance (21%).
According to a PRWeek/Barkely PR Cause Survey in 2010, two-thirds of brands now engage in cause marketing, up from 58% in 2009. The same survey found that 97% of marketing executives believe this to be a valid business strategy.