Four Ways to Celebrate the Birth of…Flickr?

Ten years old is an excellent age. You’re old enough to enjoy independent thought, but not quite old enough to start taking responsibility for your actions. In the world of social media, where networks fade into obscurity after a few years of robust health, ten years feels like an eternity. (We’re looking at you, Tom.)

In the age of decade-long domination, Facebook is all anyone can talk about these days. We reminisce about our first time entering this strange new world of digital connections, using only our wits and our .edu email addresses. Facebook gave us some fun ways to …read more

Tip of the Hat: LibraryThing Does Data Security

We’re all made up of equal parts creativity and fallibility. In our new series “Tip of the Hat, Wag of the Finger,” All Things E will highlight the best and the worst our technological world has to offer.

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First up: a tip of the literary cap for great customer service by a social media outlet. LibraryThing is a social networking site that allows users to showcase their books, participate in discussion groups, and participate in crowd sourced cataloging sessions for archival collections. In addition to their social network site, they offer catalog enhancements for libraries. The …read more

All Things E Weekly Roundup

Here’s what you may have missed…

TechPresident: World Bank’s New Website Lets Countries Compare Data on Education – The World Bank launched last week an open data portal called the Systems Approach for Better Education Results or SABER, which has so far collected data from 100 countries on education policies and institutions. Officials can use the tool to gather and analyze information on their own education systems and compare them with those of other countries.

Nextgov.com: Have Presidential Speeches Gotten More ‘Tweetable’? – The White House regularly tweets sentences from key speeches on its various feeds. Which made Yahoo’s News …read more

Social Networks Make For Good Neighbors

I’m sure you’ve heard attacks by now that social media is destroying the fabric of our communities, isolating us from our neighbors and friend. However new research telling us something different. A Pew study on neighbors and online useage found people who go online daily are more likely to know their neighbors. A recent New York Times article looked at various studies projects that found that in fact technology was not driving us apart at all. One researcher featured, Keith Hampton, studied a “neighborhood of the future” created with high speed internet, tools for video conferencing between houses, etc. What …read more

Tinkers: How Technology Brings Out the Scientist in Everyone

This summer, I took a friend on a drive through beautiful Cape Elizabeth, Maine. After devouring a lobster roll, we hopped on some large rocks and sat down, staring into the beautiful, crackling waves. I have always harbored a healthy love and fear of the deep ocean. I want to learn its secrets.

I shared this thought with my friend. “I wish I had a science-brain,” I sighed. “But I don’t.”

My friend, who is both a mathematician and science enthusiast, laughed. “I think everyone already has science-brain. We all want to discover things. Scientists are just the people who …read more

It’s A Smart World After All

 

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The “Internet of Things” is exploding. It’s made up of billions of “smart” devices — from minuscule chips to mammoth machines — that use wireless technology to talk to each other. Our IoT world is growing at a breathtaking pace–from 2 billion objects in 2006 to a projected 200 billion by 202. SOURCES: IDC, Intel, United nations:

VIDEO: The Smart Work in 2020

In his post When Things Matter More than People, author and marketer, Geoff Livingston shared that:

The Internet of Things is beginning to drive the tech industry and soon the marketing …read more

Twitter Sloth: 3 Ways Your Laziness Can Get You In Trouble

Editor’s Note: We’re continuing our 7 Deadly Sins of Twitter Admins series helping you avoid cringe worthy Twitter faux pas. Read our first part on lust and the terrible things our desire for more followers drives us to do. This week’s post comes from guest writer, Sean Lunsford.

Twitter can be a daunting endeavor to start, and it’s equally challenging to continue. The constant stream of tweets generated by a world full of Twitter users makes for a frenetic pace, and social media workers may well find it hard to keep up. Thankfully, we’re usually not the …read more

We’re Not Stupid, Just Social: The Comeback of Long-Form Media

Be honest – when was the last time you read a newspaper? I mean, really read a newspaper, perhaps over your morning coffee at the breakfast table or during the train ride to work? Keep in mind that flipping through pages during a ten-minute lunch break does not count, nor does scanning headlines on The New York Times’ website in an effort to use your ten free articles wisely.

More than likely, you logged into Twitter and did a quick scan of your favorite news organizations’ tweets. You may have opened your favorite blog (All Things E, of course!) on …read more

Can You Disconnect?

Our writers at All Things E live, breathe, and if we could we would eat social media (I bet Twitter tastes like chicken). Yet Danielle’s post last week reminded me how hard it can be disconnect. Yet I actually enjoy taking sometime away being plugged into the mainframe of the internet. I reflect on the peace I found during my four months in India where letter writing was my main form of communication and I hand wrote every piece of work. It allowed me to engage with the world in a very different way.

Oh don’t get me wrong I …read more

Can YOU Live Without Your Cell Phone?

Dropping your brand new, highly sought after, three-week old cell phone in a body of water is a horrible, horrible thing. I know firsthand because that is exactly what I did one week ago today. The standard advice from the tech blogs, friends and co-works was to dry it off, cover the phone in rice, and wait patiently for 36 – 48 hours. But does that actually work? After accidentally dropping my iPhone into a fully submerged body of water… OK… a toilet to be exact… I had the unfortunate opportunity to test out the iPhone-in-a-rice-bag hypothesis, and I am …read more