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Fiddling with Newsfeeds

August 28th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Media, Social Media, Technology

A little over a week ago, I complained about Twitter on Twitter, annoyed that the company was starting to insert stuff into users’ newsfeeds that users didn’t ask for. While the appearance of ads and other content designed to “increase engagement” was inevitable, it was still disappointing to see on what remains my favorite social […]

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Whither Social Media: 2014 Update

July 10th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Social Media, Technology, The Web

It’s been a long, long time since social media was the “next big thing.” Facebook celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and it was hardly the first social platform. Diane Seo of Frolic Hawaii (formerly Nonstop Honolulu) wanted to know whether people who embraced these tools early on were still fans… notably after Gene Park, the […]

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Facebook Research Dances Around Informed Consent

June 27th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · 13 Comments · Science, Social Media, The Web

The title of the research paper is certainly scholarly. In “Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks,” the results of a “massive experiment on Facebook” were published in The Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences. They showed that moods can spread on the network like a disease by exposing some users to more […]

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Hawaii Geek Beat: Facebook Paper, Flappy Bird

February 11th, 2014 by Ryan Ozawa · No Comments · Social Media, Technology, Video

This morning’s “Hawaii Geek Beat” segment on Hawaii News Now focused on a couple of new offerings from Facebook as the massive social networking site celebrated its tenth birthday. First, there were the “Look Back” videos that compiled a photographic retrospective of users’ history on Facebook (here’s mine, fittingly starring my wife Jen).  If you […]

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Going Back In Time on Twitter

July 9th, 2012 by Ryan Ozawa · 1 Comment · Social Media, Technology, The Web

When I first signed up for Twitter in November 2006, it was even harder to explain than it is today. Twitter was born as a group SMS messaging service (a side project of a now defunct podcasting company), evolved into a “microblogging” platform, and eventually grew into a social network and a major player in […]

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Class on Social Media in Disaster Response Previewed

August 17th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 5 Comments · Education, Government, Social Media, Technology

A federal program to train government employees, first responders, and other disaster response personnel in the use of services like Twitter and Facebook got its first trial run yesterday. The Hawaii-based National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) held a pilot demonstration of its course titled “Social Media for Natural Disaster Response & Recovery” at the […]

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Namesake a Noteworthy New Network [Invites]

May 18th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 10 Comments · Social Media, The Web

Update: Namesake is again limiting signups, but you can use this invite link to jump the queue. I obsessively sign up for every site or service that I find. But if I measure my level of enthusiasm for a site based on how much time it takes away from the other sites I love, then Namesake is […]

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Aloha, Ryan [Updated]

April 24th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 49 Comments · People, Social Media, Technology, The Web

Last updated 12:32 p.m. HST on May 2, 2011. See end of post. Ryan Suenaga, “Hawai’i’s best known Apple II Geek and social worker.” A Blogger. A Twitter user and Facebook friend to many. He’s shared hundreds of personal stories, from his job as a social worker to his love for hacking and gadgets, from […]

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Social Media Tsunami Coverage

March 14th, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 2 Comments · Media, Social Media, The Web

Once again, social media played a key role in reporting and distributing information during a crisis. In the wake of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake off Japan, communities around the Pacific Rim braced themselves for the inevitable tsunami waves. In Hawaii, the “#hitsunami” hashtag aggregated thousands of posts from news media, government officials, and everyday citizens. […]

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Audi’s Social Media Fail

March 3rd, 2011 by Ryan Ozawa · 21 Comments · Blogs, Social Media, The Web

By most accounts, global carmaker Audi’s high-profile Twitter campaign was a success. Great press, thousands of Twitter mentions, $25,000 going to charity, and glowing quotes to put in a press release. But for some of us, it was a failure. Which is a pity, because it could’ve been something truly innovative and meaningful. Hopefully, it […]

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