How to stream the Democratic and Republican National Conventions

2012 Democratic National Convention with First Lady Michelle Obama

Cord-cutters who also happen to be into politics (or just following whatever Donald Trump will say or do next) will be happy to know that a cable subscription won’t be necessary to follow the Democrats’ and Republicans’ national conventions next week. Below, I’ve listed a few ways to view streaming coverage of the conventions online. For my … Read more

The world’s most popular apps I actually use

Social media apps

A study by research firm SensorTower reports that the world’s most popular apps (based on number of downloads) are largely dominated by Facebook. WhatsApp, a messaging app bought a few years ago by Facebook, is the most popular app by far, with 41.2 million global downloads as of May 2016. WhatsApp is followed by Facebook Messenger … Read more

Twitter turned on curated algorithm quietly; how to turn it off

Twitter

A few weeks ago, Twitter decided to quietly turn on their long-discussed-and-tested sorting algorithm. Similar to Facebook (or Twitter’s “While You Were Gone” feature), by default Twitter timelines will display tweets using an algorithm based on who one interacts with, as well as other interests. The idea is making new readers more comfortable using Twitter. However, a … Read more

My social network usage (Spring 2016)

Social media apps

Here’s a look at, and my thoughts on, my current social media usage. Facebook Some months ago, I shut down the Facebook page I made for this blog. Facebook’s limited the “organic” (normal, non-curated) reach of pages to nearly zero, even for those that liked the page. The idea is to get users to pay for “boosting” a post’s visibility … Read more

Twitter to offer an algorithm-based timeline?

Twitter

News came late Friday that Twitter plans its latest alteration to its service. The service plans to offer an “algorithm”-based timeline. Instead of the current real-time timeline offered, tweets will now be displayed based on “relevancy” and “timeliness.” The decision is the latest in Twitter’s attempts to both boost its popularity and appease Wall Street … Read more

Favorite articles roundup for week ending December 12, 2015

The White House

Here’s a roundup of interesting articles from the past week. Comics/animation This week’s Golden Globe Award nominees have been announced, including the nominees for animated feature films. Technology Despite only several weeks left in the year, everyone’s already starting their 2015 “year in review” posts. Some tech companies who’ve already done theirs: Spotify Facebook Twitter … Read more

Twitter’s 2015 year in review

Twitter

Although it’s not even mid-December, Twitter’s decided it’s already time for a year in review of the events of 2015. As such, they’ve released a special wrap-up page, showing the various topics and hashtags that’ve been trending. Twitter’s also listed the top memorable topics of the year as discussed on Twitter. Most of the topics are related to politics, … Read more