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The Week in Social: FOMO, get out of Purgatory early, a very sticky MIT tool for Gmail and lots of actual good news

The Week In Social: Pet Shop Boys Electric, NOMO FOMO, Pontifex of TwitterAre you suffering from FOMO? Want to cut down your time in Purgatory? And a Gmail tool that will suck you in for hours. And lots of good news.

MIT’s fascinating Gmail visualization tool will delight/scare you. Have a Gmail account? Have several hours to kill? MIT’s Media Lab have developed a tool called Immersion that will allow you to view the history of your digital life. Enter your details and after some minutes, a delightful interactive graphic will appear showing you who you communicate most often with, who introduced you to who and how your email habits changed as people come and go in your life.

They say Immersion is “not about one thing. It’s about four. It’s about self-reflection, art, privacy and strategy. It’s about providing users with a number of different perspectives by leveraging on the fact that the web, and emails, are now an important part of our past”. I say, there goes the afternoon.

Do you suffer from FOMO? Are you one of the 27% of people who check their social media accounts first thing in the morning? Would you, like 26% of people, be prepared to give up cigarettes or TV rather than lose access to social networks? If so, you could be one of the 56% of people who suffer from Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO).

MyLife.com’s recent survey [infographic] suggests that social media addiction is creeping steadily upwards with over half of respondents expressing a desire to take a break from their online activities, but only 24% of those reporting that would be able to follow though.

Are you similarly overwhelmed? Funny or Die have a solution (click on the image).

Funny or Die NOMO FOMO

Follow Pope Francis @pontifex on Twitter and get time off in Purgatory. From the UK Independent: ‘Salvation – or at least a shorter stay in Purgatory – might now be only a tweet away with news that Pope Francis is to offer “indulgences” – remissions for temporary punishment – to the faithful who follow him on the social media site.’

No word on what an RT is worth. Perhaps it’s like a third class relic or something.

And in other happy news: The UK heatwave scorches onwards (but we will find things to grumble about anyway); Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing is to be pardoned; Equal Marriage finally arrived in England and Wales; and Pet Shop Boys have a glorious new album out (85% on Metacritic!).

Enjoy the sun!


Enda Guinan is a consultant and trainer offering advice on social media and product delivery for individuals and small businesses. Get in touch to see how you can make the best use of your time and energy as you put together your social media plans.

The Week in Social: Movember, Teen Prodigies and #susanalbumparty

The Week in Social 23 Nov 2012

Movember is nearly done

Enda's Mo on Instagram

Enda’s Mo on Instagram

A textbook perfect example of how to use social effectively, Movember is almost over.

My mo (above) may not be the lustrous face foliage I had aspired to, but no matter, I’ll be taking part again in the 10K Mo Run this Sunday in Greenwich. As with Keith, who has been blogging and tweeting his little legs off as he charted his progress. He’s almost at £1,500 for charity – care to tip him over the target?

Susan Boyle is having a party

SuBo’s Twitter people reckoned we would be interested in joining her for #susanalbumparty and boy, were they right. They hastily changed the hashtag to the far less exciting #SusanAlbumParty within minutes, but delightfully saw the funny side.

Standing Ovation (stop giggling you at the back) is out now.

Gina Bianchin’s Top 5 TED Talks

Gina Bianchini

Via Mashable

Co-founder of Ning, Gina Bianchin chooses five of her favourite Ted Talks. I wonder what her favourite Onion Talks are?

via Mashable

Self-Taught Teen Prodigy From Sierra Leone Wows MIT Engineers

“The 15-year-old is a self-taught engineer, who has never taken an engineering or electronics class. Combining scrap metal, baking soda and acid, he created a battery to power his family’s home. He also broadcasts news and music as DJ Focus on the radio, using an RF transmitter he created.”

via Mashable (HT to Llanor)

“I’m glad I’m not dead”

“What is the opposite of a perfect storm? That is what this was, one of those rare moments when the world seems to shed all shyness and display every possible permutation of beauty.”

Touching piece on appreciating just being alive.

(via New York Times)


Enda Guinan is a consultant and trainer offering advice on social media strategy for individuals and small businesses. Get in touch to see how you can make the best use of your time and energy as you put together your social media plans.

The Infinite JukeBox Presents Your Favourite Song: Forever

Saint Etienne's I've Got Your Music given the Infinite Jukebox treatmentHave you ever loved a song so much that you just wanted it to play forever?

The clever types that took part in Music Hack Day last weekend have cracked it.

With The Infinite Jukebox, you can create a never-ending and ever changing version of any song.  The app works by sending your uploaded track over to The Echo Nest, where it is decomposed into individual beats. Each beat is then analyzed and matched to other similar sounding beats in the song. This information is used to create a detailed song graph of paths though similar sounding beats. As the song is played,  when the next beat  has similar sounding beats there’s a chance that we will branch to a completely different part of the song. Since the branching is to a very similar sounding beat in the song, you (in theory) won’t notice the jump. This process of branching to similar sounding beats can continue forever, giving you an infinitely long version of the song. (via Music Machinery)

Have a go. Upload any mp3 and (be patient) listen to it forever and ever.

Here’s one of my contenders for track of the year, Saint Etienne’s ‘I’ve Got Your Music’.

Saint Etienne; I’ve Got Your Music: Forever

Journey: Don’t Stop Believin’ (Forever)

Donna Summer: I Feel Love (Forever)


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The Week in Social: Facebook being cheeky, disrupting education and your dog’s Twitter account

Facebook extracting the urine for businesses? Facebook Thumbs Down

If you have noticed a drop off in engagement on your Facebook business page, you’re not imagining it. Facebook offer you the chance to pay for your updates to reach your audience, but is it worth it? Simply Zesty ran an experiment and conclude that ‘Facebook is completely and utterly taking the piss’.

Something Is Really Rotten With Facebook’s News Feed For Brands [Simply Zesty]

The most popular Tweet of all time

Over 800,00 retweets and 270,000 favourites at the time of writing.

Education next to be ‘disrupted’

Online education is nothing new, but EdX, a MIT-Harvard initiative, reckon it’s ‘the next industry ripe for a major “disruption”.

The two US education powerhouses are investing $60 million in their MOOC (‘massive online open course’) and hope to reach a billion students online.

The Most Important Education Technology in 200 Years [MIT Technology Review]

Nate Silver and the Big Data #win Image of Nate Silver

Florida hasn’t been called yet, but it’s going to go to Obama. We’ve learned this week to trust the number crunching skills of Nate Silver, ‘America’s new nerd boyfriend’, who correctly predicted the outcome from every other state despite his methods being dismissed by pundits as ‘voodoo statistics’.

Nate Silver: America’s new nerd boyfriend [wired.co.uk]

Does your dog need a Twitter account?


The best social media advice you never hear [Lifehack]