WhatsApp, the only social network that matters…

Digitally savvy millennials in India post Stories on Instagram, share memes on Facebook, watch videos on YouTube, keep up on Twitter, and chat with each other on Facebook Messenger. 

But older Indians have incorporated the most compelling features of these platforms right into WhatsApp. 

Vacation pictures don’t go on Facebook or Instagram, videos don’t go on YouTube, and jokes and wisecracks don’t go on Twitter. For older Indians, WhatsApp is the ultimate social network.

Older Indians Drive Millennials Crazy On WhatsApp. This Is Why They’re Obsessed.

Answer to: Why my mom says, “Why do you post your photos on Instagram? Share them on Facebook or WhatsApp.”

Easy triumphs, specially when it’s probably not good for us

It is easy to find a like-minded tribe. It is easy to share, retweet or “like” something we have not even read. It is easy to repeat false claims. It is easy to get angry or personal.

It’s less easy to distinguish truth from lies, to clear time and attention to read something deep, and to reward an important article with something more than a digital thumbs up.

The dangers of dark nudging, December 10, 2017 at 11:43AM

Inevitability of the trolls

Mat Honan wrote on Tuesday about Facebook, Inc.’s new augmented reality tools:

“Yes, someone can create a virtual painting, meant to beautify the city, or leave a virtual note to a loved one that reaches them at just the right moment, in just the right place. But someone else will probably leave a swastika. Because if there is anything to be learned about the modern internet, it is that if you build it, the Nazis will come.”

Juice Machines and Red Flags, April 22, 2017, at 08:23 AM

Contracts & social media

Tyler Cowen thinks notes that “due to social media it will be increasingly difficult to write and enforce retail contracts with legal meanings very different from their ‘common sense’ meanings.”

Airline Shares and Whistleblowers, April 13, 2017 at 11:24AM