Are we looking at the death of social media?

Social media and the technologies that today enable virtually anyone who can use a computer to become a publisher have exponentially increased the volume of information in the world-wide web. I read an estimate somewhere that in terms of volume, humankind produced more information in the year 2009 alone than in all its previous history.

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On metrics, optimization and quantification

Reading the New York Times article Are Metrics Blinding Our Perception started me thinking about the enthusiastic attempts to measure everything that permeates the social media world in particular. From there, it was only a short jump to wondering whether and to what extent is it necessary to optimize everything, from website content to how much and what you eat. Read the NYT article for more shining examples.

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