Category: Social Media

Where is Midtown Ala Moana? [Updated]

UPDATE [April 24, 2019]: Historically this area was known as Kalia. Sounds like a perfectly good name to me. See the end of this post for details. Midtown Ala Moana is “considered a haven for foodies,” a draw for “fashionistas,” and home to The Republik nightclub, Like Like Drive Inn,...

Facebook, Instagram Go Down

Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp Go Down

Facebook was down for 22 hours yesterday, and its sister apps Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger also saw extensive outages. It was unusual in the sense that the four applications are each distinct codebases, but perhaps not suprising as all four share the same massive infrastructure. The joke is that global...

Geek Beat: Fake News and Filter Bubbles

With many still reeling from the results of the U.S. presidential election, our friends at Hawaii News Now called an audible, setting aside the gadgets to tackle the intersection of tech and politics. After a quick mannequin challenge. There’s “fake news” on Facebook, real harassment on Twitter, and big question marks under a Trump administration.

HPU Taps Social Media Savvy Students for Scholarship

Hawaii Pacific University, the state’s largest private university, has launched a scholarship program aimed at local high school students. Interested seniors need only share and later pitch an idea to improve life in Hawaii to be eligible for up to ten full, four-year scholarships. The #HPUBiz4Good scholarship challenge is now underway,...

Social Startup Savant to Share Insights

Social Startup Savant to Share Insights

If you’re serious about social media, whether for your business or “personal brand,” you know about Buffer, and you very likely use it. More than 1.2 million people and companies use Buffer to manage over 2 million social media posts each week. (I’ve been using it since early 2011, mostly when I...

Meerkat Makes Livestreaming Ludicrously Easy

Yesterday, I streamed live video of my drive home from work while a dozen or so people watched. It was pretty mundane, while at the same time, pretty remarkable. I was checking out a new app for iOS called Meerkat, which marries the wide potential of livestreaming with the instant and social strengths...

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Online Strides by Hawaii Government Lauded

Two government websites in Hawaii received national recognition this week, and one of them is in the running for even more acclaim. Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government recognized the City & County of Honolulu for its all-online neighborhood board elections. It was one of the 2015 Bright...

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Bill Would Ban Bosses from Snooping on Social Media

Common sense says that you shouldn’t post anything to Facebook that you wouldn’t want your boss to see. But because common sense isn’t especially common, a bill before the Hawaii state legislature this session hopes to set some boundaries. The House committee on labor and public employment yesterday considered a bill...

Social Media Meets Politics at Wetware Wednesday

One of the more interesting research centers at the University of Hawaii, to me, is the Hawaii Computer-Human Interaction Lab. “We are an interdisciplinary team of researchers interested in understanding how people use information systems and dedicated to informing design based on human performance data,” reads the HICHI (pronounced like “mai tai”)...

Fiddling with Newsfeeds

Fiddling with Newsfeeds

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...

Whither Social Media: 2014 Update

Whither Social Media: 2014 Update

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...

Facebook Research Dances Around Informed Consent

Facebook Research Dances Around Informed Consent

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...

Hawaii Geek Beat: Facebook Paper, Flappy Bird

Hawaii Geek Beat: Facebook Paper, Flappy Bird

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...

Going Back In Time on Twitter

Going Back In Time on Twitter

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...

Class on Social Media in Disaster Response Previewed

Class on Social Media in Disaster Response Previewed

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...

Namesake a Noteworthy New Network [Invites]

Namesake a Noteworthy New Network [Invites]

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...