Category Archives: Social Networking

The Sniffer, Oct 23rd, 2012: Social Media Blues and Human Intelligence Online

The Sniffer takes a serious turn this time around. Cathi Bond, like so many of us, has been thinking about the nature of behaviour on social media, in the wake of Amanda Todd’s suicide. She was bullied online and in person, but we wanted to know: Do people behave differently online, or is bullying simply bullying regardless of where it occurs?

Nora Young’s been noticing some new examples in the ongoing push to capture something like “human expertise” online. She talks about a number of services, including Quora, Sulia, Branch, and Swift River. Where do you go to get expert advice?

The Sniffer, Sept 23, 2011: Trends in Cool Displays and Social Networking

In today’s trendwatching podcast, we talk about the future of multiple displays and seamless screens. Cathi Bond looks at nsquared’s application for Windows phones and the surface (via PSFK). It lets designers and clients move seamlessly from screen to screen. Watch the video for a better idea. Can you imagine practical applications for this?

Meanwhile, Nora Young recently joined the alpha version of Diaspora, the open source social network that works on a model of dispersed ‘seeds’ as opposed to a central hub that holds all users’ data. A lively yip-yap about social media ensues!