Perpetuating False Crimes with Social Media

English: YOKOSUKA, Japan (Nov. 24, 2009) Chief...
What if a ‘false crime’ personally scandalize you?
‘A hodgepodge of content from friends and brands alike, on social media it’s easy to confuse trustworthy information with gossip. As users turn more to their Facebook or Twitter feeds for news and information, especially in times of crisis, conflicting stories create concerning safety issues, whether it’s interfering with police investigations or spreading false information.

‘Just like you did in college (we hope), check your sources before you retweet that warning about axe murders lurking in parking garages.

‘Look at the ways social media has negatively affected criminal investigations in the recent past…’

Incredible 2013 Social Media Statistics [INFOGRAPHIC]
‘…Remarkably, it’s Pinterest—not Facebook—that owned the greatest share of total traffic referred to e-commerce sites in 2013. Also, the average Pinterest shopper spends $140-$180, while the average Facebook shopper spends $60-$80. It’s hard to believe then that only 10 percent of brands have a major marketing focus on Pinterest. This should change moving forward into 2014. According to SlideShare, infographics were liked four times more than presentations in 2013.

‘Speaking of “likes,” 95 percent of Facebook users log into their accounts daily. Of all the minutes spent on the Internet, a full 15.8 percent are spent just on Facebook…’

IBM Employees Caught Editing Wikipedia
‘…Better known as longtime Wikipedia noticeboard troll “Lulu of the Lotus-Eaters”, David Mertz is a barely-notable software developer with IBM. He created his own Wikipedia biography, which was AFDed three times, and is currently deleted. [Editor’s note: “AFD” stands for “articles for deletion,” a Wikipedia bureaucratic function whose initials have progressed from acronym to jargon to verb.]  Mertz has also spammed his own writings on software development into a number of Wikipedia articles.

‘And so the battle ended up on Wikipedia. An article about the book was started in May 2007, and soon attracted a whole lot of editing. An odd and seemingly-random series of editors, some identified by their IP addresses and some with Wikipedia accounts, all with no obvious connection to IBM, squabbled over it in slow motion…’

People-Powered Publishing
‘Although out of fashion for many years, the rise of the mobile and social web has brought serialization back in vogue. Using the strategy, authors can keep readers excited about a story, gather feedback in real time and generate buzz. The piecemeal approach also suits modern reading patterns, as people increasingly consume shorter content on mobile devices, often on the go.

‘And self-published authors have the most freedom to experiment with such a convention.

‘Many self-published authors drop the price of their e-books in order to inflate sales figures, or offer them free to get exposure. This can be a savvy business plan if you have a series of books to promote, as India Drummond, author of the bestselling Caledonia Fae fantasy series, has discovered…’

About DigitalPlato

Poch is a Bookrix author and a freelance writer. He is a frequent contributor to TED Conversations.
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