social

Today's Obsession: Popularity

“Numbers make intangibles tangible,” said Jonah Lehrer, a journalist and author of How We Decide, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009). “They give the illusion of control.” This is so true. The New York Times ran an article a few days ago discussing the meanings of numbers, especially as it pertains to our motions online and...

Today's Obsession: Synthesizing Social

Here’s a lovely video I happened across at Vimeo by Belgian artist Gwen Vanhee, looking at flocking behaviors—that is, socially aware behaviors—in digital objects. It’s based on initial formulae by Craig Reynolds, whose site offers some intriguing ideas to the basic motion types associated with socially-organized digital objects, which he calls boids. He defines...

Today's Obsession: Your Value on Facebook

At the Daily Beast, technology editor Thomas Weber and a handful of friends have performed a semi-scientific experiment to see what gets you into your friends’ news feeds. An interesting question, to be sure, since Facebook isn’t telling. I’ve assumed for a long time that Facebook’s qualifications of material matches what they want people...