- Pew released a new report on social media usage. 53% of U.S. online adults aged 18-29 are now on Instagram, and 56% of adults 65+ are on Facebook. Also interesting: Facebook growth may be flattening, but engagement continues to grow.
- Which factors impact how teens use social media? danah boyd reminds us, “Teens’ use of social media is significantly shaped by race and class, geography and cultural background.” See also: the plural of anecdote is not data.
- It may be true that Facebook data know more about you than your own mother. Given sufficient (~300) Likes, an analysis of preferences can reveal personality traits better than even a spouse. Do the data we collect and algorithms analyzing this data need something akin to a code of conduct? Incidents like this one over the holidays suggest that we are entering an era where “algorithmic accountability” will be a trend to watch.
- Read this thoughtful post on what mobile-first really means. It’s not about cramming content on small screens but a need to design products and services with recognition of “the significance of nearly every person on earth having an Internet communicator with them at every single moment.”
- The Google Translate app, which already delivers more than one billion translations each day, is rolling out a new release. The best new feature? Point your camera at a sign, and the words show up real-time on the screen in your language of choice.
Weekend fun: A serial entrepreneur had a brilliant idea for a business that ships your enemies glitter. And now he wishes it would all just stop. Related: I spent about 50 hours on planes over the past couple of weeks, and would gleefully ship glitter to passengers who acted like this.