Techerous

My name is Bill, I am a recent graduate in Information Sciences and Technology from Penn State University and this is a place for me to post or give my 2 cents on the fascinating world of technology. I am now working for a pretty big technology related company whose name I will leave out just to avoid any possible complications, however far-fetched them happening may be. Music gets included from time to time as well.

April 22, 2014 10:24 pm
Facebook's friend problem

I entered college at the same time as the author and have seen myself and friends experience the same struggles as are described here.  Such a large portion of our lives became dedicated to this platform that almost perfectly replicated the structure we lived in online and are now finding ourselves in an environment that skews differently.  We now feel the need to adjust our online presence to our new environment and in order to remain relevant Facebook must give us the tools to do so.  

April 7, 2014 12:15 am November 12, 2013 11:51 pm May 19, 2013 3:18 pm
marksbirch:

So, a new era begins for Tumblr…

Still don’t think Yahoo! is going to overhaul as much as people are worried. The integration with their services might cause some problems but they’ll let tumblr keep doing what it does for it’s “cool” factor. If anything I think Yahoo’s engineers will actually add some cool stuff, maybe a better reply format.

marksbirch:

So, a new era begins for Tumblr…

Still don’t think Yahoo! is going to overhaul as much as people are worried. The integration with their services might cause some problems but they’ll let tumblr keep doing what it does for it’s “cool” factor. If anything I think Yahoo’s engineers will actually add some cool stuff, maybe a better reply format.

February 2, 2013 2:06 pm
thedailywhat:

App of the Day: Bang With Friends

Bang With Friends is an iPhone app that will anonymously match up people who are already Facebook friends for casual sexual encounters. Created by three anonymous Californian college students, the app only notifies both people when there is a match in the system. Within a week, the app’s user base has exceeded 30,000 with its creators claiming that five people are signing up per minute. But don’t delete your Grindr account! There’s no option for same-sex hookups at the moment, but it is apparently in the works. Hat tip toMashable.


Sure it’s a topic that always catches our interest, but what is up with all of these dating/sex applications lately? Is it a sign of growing acceptance that we are now specifically differentiating between the 2 for each application?

thedailywhat:

App of the Day: Bang With Friends

Bang With Friends is an iPhone app that will anonymously match up people who are already Facebook friends for casual sexual encounters. Created by three anonymous Californian college students, the app only notifies both people when there is a match in the system. Within a week, the app’s user base has exceeded 30,000 with its creators claiming that five people are signing up per minute. But don’t delete your Grindr account! There’s no option for same-sex hookups at the moment, but it is apparently in the works. Hat tip toMashable.

Sure it’s a topic that always catches our interest, but what is up with all of these dating/sex applications lately? Is it a sign of growing acceptance that we are now specifically differentiating between the 2 for each application?

1:53 pm
fastcompany:

Crowd Sourced Dating?
Have you ever desperately texted your friends for advice during a date? “He just complimented me on my embarrassing beauty mark, what do I say now?” 
Artist and programmer Lauren McCarthy is working on a solution for us less confident daters with an app called Social Turkers.
McCarthy used her phone to broadcast her dates live.

The video stream is viewed by the task-rabbits who take part in Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, the crowdsourcing service where you can post small tasks requiring human intelligence that people around the world complete for just a few cents.
Turkers have been asked to transcribe podcasts, search satellite maps to find missing persons, or to rate the emotions expressed in Tweets—but probably never before to help someone’s date go better. For each of McCarthy’s dates, over the course of January, Turkers could earn up to $0.25 for tuning into the live video and audio stream. Throughout the date, the “social Turkers” answered polls, wrote reviews of what they are seeing, and sent text messages to her iPhone suggesting what to say or do next—advice came quick enough for McCarthy to actually put it into action.

So someday you may not have to go on that awkward date alone. And maybe, with the help of your global network of ‘Turkers,’ it won’t even be awkward.

I feel like they’re not differentiating social media from crowd-sourcing enough.

fastcompany:

Crowd Sourced Dating?

Have you ever desperately texted your friends for advice during a date? “He just complimented me on my embarrassing beauty mark, what do I say now?” 

Artist and programmer Lauren McCarthy is working on a solution for us less confident daters with an app called Social Turkers.

McCarthy used her phone to broadcast her dates live.

The video stream is viewed by the task-rabbits who take part in Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, the crowdsourcing service where you can post small tasks requiring human intelligence that people around the world complete for just a few cents.

Turkers have been asked to transcribe podcasts, search satellite maps to find missing persons, or to rate the emotions expressed in Tweets—but probably never before to help someone’s date go better. For each of McCarthy’s dates, over the course of January, Turkers could earn up to $0.25 for tuning into the live video and audio stream. Throughout the date, the “social Turkers” answered polls, wrote reviews of what they are seeing, and sent text messages to her iPhone suggesting what to say or do next—advice came quick enough for McCarthy to actually put it into action.

So someday you may not have to go on that awkward date alone. And maybe, with the help of your global network of ‘Turkers,’ it won’t even be awkward.

I feel like they’re not differentiating social media from crowd-sourcing enough.

January 23, 2013 12:07 am January 19, 2013 7:51 pm January 12, 2013 10:56 am
Stowe Boyd: Is Self-Disclosure In Social Networks Like Masturbation?

stoweboyd:

Alina Turgend writes about bragging and the way it stimulates the part of our brains linked to stimulation from sex.

Alina Turgend, The Etiquette of Celebrating or Bragging About Achievements

Last year, two Harvard neuroscientists published a paper, “Disclosing Information About the…

I find the psychological implications of this astounding.

December 30, 2012 3:23 pm