This is the lead in story that tells how they are trying to solve the mystery of the silk tower. I love how they did this -- read this with your students first and then the next article for the answer. Very good writing and kudos to wired. Neat.
Science teachers will love this - a mystery of silk towers in the Amazon is finally solved. These structures went viral after someone posted and asked what they were on the Internet and now it has been discovered: a spider - although no one is really sure how.
It baffled entemologists. This whole topic is very cool because it is science but it is also social media and how the two have become inextricably intertwined. This is a great one to talk about in your science classes because there are so many ways you can go with it. So cool.
"OF THE 264 Twitter accounts belonging to governments and world leaders, and the 350,289 tweets that have been sent from those accounts to their 51,990,656 followers, not a single one was sent by a Chinese leader." says the Economist in their blog about China.
In a fascinating article that accuses Chinese leaders of a sort of "state led autism" it talks about how one major social media outlet (Twitter) is ignored and blocked by the Great Firewall of China but how their news service is now not only tweeting but linking to YouTube videos (which is also blocked.) The Economist uses this as a fascinating example of how being so insular is going to harm and ultimately limit the rise of China. If you follow China and current events, whether you like Twitter or not, this is a fascinating read and one you may want to bring to your students as well.
The issue of fake friends and sham accounts is becoming a problem on FAcebook. This is an extensive article about the topic that can be referenced in our project.
"Though the access varies depending on each individual's privacy settings, once a spammer has become "friends" with other users, he can then tag them in photos, post messages to their walls, chat with them, send status updates to their news feeds and connect with their friends. In this fashion, the fake friends insinuate themselves into the social networks of all of the people they reach, with each new friend reinforcing the appearance that the relationships are real and making it easier to add even more friends."
Excellent article about Mark Zuckerberg's growing up as a CEO.
Here is a storify by Steven Anderson (@web20classroom) who had asked the difference between Macbook Pro vs. Mac Air. Storify lets you easily link together information from Twitter, Facebook, and other social media in an easy-to-read story. Just remember to do it pretty soon after tweeting as it can be hard to get back to old Tweets. Twitter doesn't let you go back indefinitely. Great comparison and view of how social media mavens like Steven can share information from their networks.
This article points out that up to 30 months after photos are deleted from Facebook that they are still there. If someone has the direct URL to a photo, it is still accessible. Students should be taught about this and we should educate ourselves as well. Once something is uploaded it is out there. Period. You cannot take it back.
Even if you delete incriminating photos on your Facebook profile, the company is keeping them accessible to anyone online for up to 30 months.
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