Kicking apart the illusion that social media is a friend to radical voices
This post is to highlight and make visible that using social media to promote radical voices is marginally affective at best and simplay dose not work at worst. This good quality and fun lively video http://youtu.be/yr7RoAmtQP0 has been pushed hard by 3 people for a day mainly on facebook
* Promoted on visionontv youtube account (2,571 subscribers)
* More than 50 shares on Facebook (small selection of shares here)
* 23 hours online (137 views)
* 2 days (178 views)
* 5 days (230 views)
* 1 week (271 views)
As this should make clear, social media has relevance algorithms based on advertising revenue of the hosting company and secondly user interest. What we post on facebook is LARGLY not see by other people. And the harder you push content the smaller your reach due to SPAM algorithms, so your content is lost if you don’t push it and in the end if you do push it. Social media is increasingly a lose/lose game for radical voices.
We need our own media http://visionon.tv/mission
Activist (media) strategy is broken
This is the state of the #stopG8 twitter account as the main convergence center is raided by hundreds of police:
Using individual Facebook accounts - who sees the content they post is decided by the advertising driven algorithms of Facebook and everything they post is sent strait to the corporate and governmental agency’s they are fighting against.
The website they have built is not only dysfunctional (it only allows corporate embeds of video all opensource or activists embeds are blocked - only google owned youtube works) it's a control freaks love affair and a re-creation of the Soviet Union.
UPDATE: the video embed whent up in the end https://network23.org/stopg8/media/video
Facebook as news?
A post on Facebook:
the entirety of my news input comes from facebook these days. i prefer it this way. you lot got a delightful wonk on.
This is a (invisible) problem as Facebook has algorithms that choice what you see as news based on maximum ad revenue not news values...
I like tag clouds
This is a view of my twitter world, the algorithms know who i am - take note they know who you are too... do you and your frends know who you are?
UPDATE: this image is hot linked from the original site and it is updating so the algorithm is now following me... be scared be very scared!?
UPDATE2: try not to shoot the messenger any government or private corporate can find this information, and they do find all this about you too - i am just making mine visible so you can see it.