What’s in a name

Posted by Joshua I. Altman on August 9, 2011 at 1:58 am

A now famous cartoon from July 5, 1993 proclaimed “On the Internet, nobody knows your a dog.”  Eighteen years later that mentality of anonymity is being challenged as social media platforms adopt and enforce real name policies, often to the dismay of users.

The white picket fence

Posted by Joshua I. Altman on August 9, 2011 at 12:35 am

The world wide web is an open platform where anybody can create a page using the standard hypertext markup language and users are free to move across locations on the web and visit any other site without restrictions. Openness and equality, which guided the early web, was lost in its later years to walled gardens [...]


Posted by Joshua I. Altman on August 2, 2011 at 3:32 am

I wrote before about the benefits of the low tech solution, how sometimes repeatedly clicking until the right result appears on screen is not the best approach. At times technology does create more complications than it solves, webmail blurs the line between home and work and people outsource our connections with other humans to Facebook, [...]

Associations created

Posted by Joshua I. Altman on August 2, 2011 at 2:51 am

Nearly a year ago Facebook launched a new group feature, no longer were groups created by an individual and then controlled by him/her and whomever he or she designated an administrator, now groups would be the collective effort of its members. Joining groups changed as well, with the launch of “new groups” a user need [...]

An expectation of privacy

Posted by Joshua I. Altman on July 26, 2011 at 4:09 am

When embracing a new technology reporters have a responsibility not to do so in a way that would infringe on the privacy of the public at large. Each new tool presents opportunities to expand coverage, but it also creates a situation where the public can unknowingly be on the front page of the newspaper and [...]

One place you should not visit

Posted by Joshua I. Altman on July 24, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Approximately one year ago Facebook launched Places, a location based service allowing users to alert Facebook connections of their location, the service has 750 million potential users, more than any other geolocation network, but the nature of Facebook’s network, and the way users share on the platform make it unpalatable for individuals and unethical for [...]

Breaking News

Posted by Joshua I. Altman on July 19, 2011 at 3:50 am

Technology changes how news breaks, in the era of two-a-day papers important news from the day would appear first a late edition of a major newspaper. Radio and TV brought images of breaking news events into living rooms where people could watch Neil Armstrong walk on the moon. In the internet age late edition newspapers [...]

I am what I social network

Posted by Joshua I. Altman on July 19, 2011 at 2:59 am

Matching the social network to the content is an ongoing discussion which changes with each change in social media, but less frequent is matching the person to the social network. On her blog, Alexandra Petri tackled the question of “Which social network are you?”

Live-tweeting Facebook’s ‘awesome’ event

Posted by Joshua I. Altman on July 15, 2011 at 3:34 am

It happened almost accidentally, I was waiting to watch Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook announcement on July 6, 2011 which he pitched as “awesome” and I had my Tweetdeck open. As a tech person, who often tweets about technology I decided to announce that 1) I was watching the event and 2) that he had begun.[blackbirdpie url="!/JoshuaIAltman/status/88657182425485313"]

Archiving social media

Posted by Joshua I. Altman on July 12, 2011 at 3:26 am

Social media is instant and ever changing, users post, others comment and content gets pushed further and further down the feed, a challenge that must be overcome for users to fully exploit the potential of any medium.