Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn't think much of the impact social media's had on governance, and he said as much today, during a press conference in the offices of BuzzFeed, whose business model is premised on social media-driven virality.
Thanks to social media, said the mayor, "we have an instant poll on whether anything is good before you even get a chance to explain it or answer all the questions in terms of how it's gonna to work. "
Each day, the New York tabloids vie to sell readers at the newsstands on outrageous headlines, dramatic photography, and, occasionally, great reporting. Who is today's winner?(1)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's has made the growth of New York's tech sector, and his desire to see it one day surpass Silicon Valley as the tech capital of the world, a public centerpiece of his third term in office.
Why Al Franken's Senate subcommittee should give Netflix a hard time about 'always-on' Facebook integration
Netflix desires a particular form of social media integration. It wants to be Spotify for movies. When you download the music streaming app Spotify, you must link it to your Facebook account and you must consent to it notifying your Facebook friends of every track you play. (Spotify recently made it easier to initiate a “private session” from a dropdown menu, presumably for the times when you want to blast “California Gurls” on repeat play.)
Keeping Foursquare 'good': In 15 months, the startup’s grown from 250,000 to 8 million members; it's Chrysanthe Tenentes' job to listen to all of them
For the past 15 months, Chrysanthe Tenentes has been part of the team working on one of New York’s most prominent and exciting start-ups: the mobile-social application Foursquare. In January of last year, when she joined, there were about 250,000 Foursquare users. Today, there are more than eight million. It's her job to listen to all of them.
The city has found its chief digital officer. Rachel Sterne, the 27-year-old founder of citizen journalism site GroundReport and an adjunct professor of social media and entrepreneurship at the Columbia Business School, will take on the new role created by the Bloomberg administration to coordinate the city's communication efforts and use social media and the web to gather feedback and information from citizens.(2)
Josh Harris came back to New York in April. He lives in a warehouse a few blocks from the Williamsburg waterfront. Frayed wires curl out from between the bricks of the façade and the front door is speckled with graffiti and stickers. A pair of sneakers tied together by the laces hangs over the entrance like somber mistletoe. His buzzer doesn’t unlock the door, so he has to lumber down several flights of stairs to fetch guests.
At 11:30 p.m. yesterday, Oz Sultan got on the phone, exhausted.
“I’m sorry, I’ve been fasting and it has been a very long day,” Sultan said.
It began when Sultan, the social media consultant hired to help Park 51, the Islamic cultural center planned for lower Manhattan that has ignited intense national controversy over its proximity to the site of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York, sought to dispute a story in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz citing anonymous sources claiming the Park 51 project was planning to abandon the controversial site it had planned to develop.
“On a side note, if Haaretz likes publishing fables, perhaps they could go back to the Yiddish ones with parables #welikethosebetter” was the tweet Park51 blasted out to its legion of brand-new followers, eager for chum from the advancing story of the “Ground Zero Mosque.”(43)