Classification of Social Media.

 

During my research on the very basics of Social Media I have encountered various approaches, solutions, and problems.

Certainly most of the information found on this topic online is very unprofessional, but still there are some researchers who have succeeded in providing academic frameworks to identify what SM is. One of these works come from Kaplan and Haenlein (2010) who have provided not only a good definition of SM, but have also also successfully classified different SM types. Continue reading

Introduction to social bots.

Bots, also known as Web Robots or Internet Bots, are software that is used to do simple and repetetive tasks to substitute human labor. The most widespread use of bots is in web site spidering or web site crawling where these programs crawl and index web sites to create a map of the internet.

Bots are part of the internet since the very beginning. There is a growing number of bot types that can be encounter nowadays. Apart from web crawlers, bots have been widely used as spambots to distribute spam emails or as chatterbots (also called talk bots, chatterboxes or artificial conversational entitities), bots that simulate human conversation, mainly in a chat room or instant messaging environment, and intent to fool human users into thinking that the program is a human being. Continue reading

Thoughts on the Future.

Yesterday I listened to a great podcast about software development. After an interesting hour of talk radio the host of the podcast Elementarfragen (in German only), asked his two guests about the future of computers and the Internet. This question made me think what I would answer to such a difficult question.

The two guests of the show were wise enough to give a wide answer, focusing on the human to computer interface and the developments we are about to encounter in the field of speech recognition. They also said that many of the most important inventions have already happened and that the next generation of advanced software will not be HAL (from 2001 Space Odysee), but only iOS6. Continue reading

Analog and Digital Identity.

‘Identity’ as we know it derives mainly from the work of the psychologist Erik Erikson1 in the 1950s. Identity is part of human beings for millions of years due to the characteristic of the human being to recognize herself as an individual. The term ‘identity’ is used as an umbrella term throughout science. In psychology it usually defines the process of empathizing with another human being and, in doing so, defining an individuality and/or group affiliations. Social psychology tries to investigate the issues of how an individual reacts to the social environment.

Identity is shown through markers, such as fashion, behavior, or language. Markers create certain boundaries, that define the extent of the identification of an individual. These markers are not always universally understood and can be confusing to outsiders. The boundaries established by an individual serve as being either inclusive or exclusive. Continue reading