July 20th, 2017


Do people reach me more via Facebook or Twitter?

I posted yesterday about the media using "X defends against accusations" as a way of making you think that there are widespread attacks on them.

47 people clicked through to that post from Facebook. 5 from Twitter.

The 5 from Twitter all did so within an hour of the post going up.

The 47 from Facebook did so over the course of the following 12 hours (19 of them within an hour, but then an ongoing curve downwards).

Which indicates to me that Facebook does a pretty good job of knowing when something is interesting to my friends, and keeping it "active" for a while, whereas Twitter sweeps it away near-instantly, and unless it really grabs people it's gone.

And looking at my overall referrer stats, Facebook gets between three and six times the number of clicks that Twitter does.

(Just had a look at my actual LJ statistics too - yesterday I had 145 readers, of which 100-ish were reading via their friends-page and 45 were going direct to my posts/journal. Sadly I don't get the same info from DW, but Google Analytics tells me that 78 people visited that post on DW.)

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Interesting Links for 20-07-2017

Which Anonymous Sources Are Worth Paying Attention To?
(tags: politics reporting media advice )
A neat video showing how Google Glass helps people with manual/technical work
(tags: work glass google Technology )
Another cool video, talking to people who use Google Glass for their jobs (wire assemblies for planes)
(tags: google glass Technology work airplanes )
Producing animated "art" faces based on real video and example art
(tags: art video faces )
Arguing against xkcd on free speech
(tags: freespeech xkcd comics )
Reducing lead levels in children reduces violent crime by a staggering amount
(tags: lead crime behaviour )
Analyzing the Gender Representation of 34,476 Comic Book Characters
(tags: gender comics analysis visualisation )
What Happens To Pornhub During Game Of Thrones
(tags: gameofthrones porn statistics visualisation )
State pension age increase brought forward (I'll be working an extra year)
(tags: pensions uk viaSwampers )
Lost Time - on Proust and Science Fiction
(tags: time scifi writing )
A common underlying genetic basis for social behavior in dogs and humans
(tags: dogs humans genetics socialisation personality )
Cop’s body cam films him planting drugs—he obviously didn’t know it was recording
(tags: transparentsociety police cameras )
Sea cave preserves 5,000-year snapshot of tsunamis
(tags: sea cave tsunami earthquake history )
How Devastating was the Black Death?
(tags: history death disease )
Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water" looks beautiful
(tags: movies GuillermoDelToro trailer video )
"Gef! The Strange Tale of an Extra Special Talking Mongoose"
I can only conclude that many people are _so_ desperate to believe things that they will do so no matter what. This is not, of course, a new observation.
(tags: magic belief history weird )

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Review: Kingdomino

When I saw that it had won the 2017 Spiel des Jahres I took a look at Kingdomino. On discovering that it was only £15, and that games could be played in about 15 minutes I decided to pick up a copy.

So far I've played games with both [personal profile] swampers and [personal profile] danieldwilliam and both of them picked it up quickly and enjoyed playing it.

It's based (surprisingly enough) on the idea behind dominoes - or, at least, the part of dominoes where you have tiles with two ends and need to match them against each other. In this case the different ends are different terrains (grass, mountain, etc), and you score by forming areas of the same terrain*. Each turn you have to make a judgement between going for the tiles that score the highest, versus going for lower-scoring tiles which allow you make the first move the next turn.

I enjoyed it, and I'm definitely taking it on holiday. If you're looking for a filler game then it'll do a great job of that.

*It's a bit more complex than that, but not a lot.

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