This is the Brck. A new device to help people get Internet in tough to reach and under-infrastructured places. Developed out of @ushahidi in Nairobi. @brcknet #brck #goodspotting #goodgoestosouthby #sxsw
Drones from Facebook, balloons from Google and now bricks from Ushahidi. Hope they all work!
About getting people right - thoughts from Christian Madsbjerg, one of the co-founders of Red Associates, at a recent TedX in NYC.
The number of Americans who do not identify with any religion continues to grow at a rapid pace. One-fifth of the U.S. public – and a third of adults under 30 – are religiously unaffiliated today, the highest percentages ever in Pew Research Center polling.
Times are a changin…
Photo and video sharing are on the rise.
54% of adult internet users post original photos or videos online that they themselves have created (46% last year). We call them creators.
47% of adult internet users take photos or videos that they have found online and repost them on sites designed for sharing images with many people (41% last year). We call them curators.
9% of cell phone owners use Snapchat.
18% of cell owners use Instagram.
More data: http://pewrsr.ch/1924Emg
More creators, more curators. What about readers?
…would it matter to them that they are synonyms for the same…thing?
A man stares at a crab vending machine in Nanjing. (AP)
The role of location in digital life is changing.
- 74% of smartphone owners now use their phone to get directions or other info based on their current location.
- 30% of social media users have an account set up to include their location in posts.
- At the same time, there is a drop in the number of smartphone owners who use “check in” location services. 12% of adult smartphone owners say they use a geosocial service to “check in” to certain locations or share their location with friends, down from 18% in early 2012.
Yet even as most smartphone owners use their phones abilities to get location-specific information, data from earlier surveys also shows that mobile users of all ages say they have turned off location-tracking features at some point due to privacy concerns:
- As of September 2012, almost half (46%) of teen app users say they have turned off the location tracking feature on their cell phone or in an app on a phone or tablet because they were worried about other people or companies being able to access that information.
- As of April 2012, in response to a different question, over a third (35%) of adult cell app users said they have turned off the location-tracking feature on their cell phone because they were concerned that other individuals or companies could access that information.
Read more in our new report out today: http://pewrsr.ch/185iqQ9
Interesting new data from PEW
Two weeks ago, Israel expanded its robust “public diplomacy” efforts, which include an active Twitter presence and a popular military Instagram, with a post written by its American embassy (@IsraelinUSA) on the redoubtable viral news and entertainment juggernaut BuzzFeed.
Instead of something in line with the light fare normally found on the community section of the website, which is home to such items as “15 Ways That Cats Are Trying To Take Over Our Lives,” ”18 Inappropriate Places to Twerk,” and other ephemera created by readers, the Israeli embassy’s debut tackled a more solemn subject. Headlined, “Threats Facing Israel, Explained In One (Sort of Terrifying) Map,” the post outlined and detailed the menacing perils on the country’s borders.
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“The government-issued, and BuzzFeed hosted, propaganda has received more than 3,000 likes on Facebook, more than 400 shares on Twitter, and has been viewed more than 23,000 times. If the content had just been posted to the embassy’s own website instead, the results would have been nowhere near as dramatic.”