Tag Archives: Facebook


A Good Time to Check Your Social Media Privacy Settings

Over at the New York Times “Bits” blog, Nick Bilton reminds us that we should review “who has access to [our] social accounts” from time to time. Services like Twitter, Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn often invite us to link certain services to our accounts, for reasons that vary from making it easier to update multiple accounts at once to being able to authenticate our identity for a third-party service. It’s all too easy to forget just how many of those third-party services have been granted a…


Weekend Reading: The Rise of the Machines Edition

We at ProfHacker like books. Apparently so do many of you. The New York Times ran an article earlier this week about the “Allure of the print book.”  Esquire followed with “The Revenge of the Printed Book.” Newsweek, which ended print circulation last year in favor of pure digital circulation, has announced that it will resume hard copy in February 2014.  

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced Amazon Prime Air this week that consumers may begin to receive their purchases via drone as early and June 2…


Weekend Reading: The DH Summer Edition

Big_Summer_SkyThe semester is over! Grades have been turned in, the weather is beautiful, possibilities are endless. It’s the perfect time to think about beginning summer projects, and to read up on the digital humanities, one of our favorite fields at ProfHacker. My links in this week’s Weekend Reading focus on some interesting developments in race, ethnicity and literary studies within the digital humanities, social media, and some literary inspiration for beginning your new summer project.


Using Facebook and Tumblr to Engage Students

social[This is a guest post by Carol Holstead and Doug Ward. Carol Holstead is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Kansas. She currently teaches visual storytelling, magazine writing and multimedia reporting; she was the 2010 Budig Professor of Writing. If you’re on Facebook, feel free to ask to join the group Visual Storytelling Spring 2013 if you want to see the page in action.

Doug Ward is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Kansas, where he is teaching …


Facebooking the Past

The Seventh Commandment[Lucinda Matthews-Jones is a lecturer in history at Liverpool John Moore (UK), where she teaches nineteenth-century British History. Details of her research can be found on her academia.edu profile. She also blogs and co-edits the Journal of Victorian Culture: www.victorianculture.com. She tweets from @luciejones83.--@JBJ]

Digital databases have provided scholars with new ways to access source material. Have we been quick enough to extend these benefi…


Data Mining and Facebook Graph Search

Random Number Multiples - RGBIf you haven’t fled Facebook for Google+ or abandoned social networks entirely, you probably–like me–have a lot invested in the platform. A new feature is in beta on Facebook: Graph Search. If you get through the waiting list to try it out, you’ll find lots of options for targeted searches centered on your social network. Graph search works by linking together terms and restrictions to allow for very specific searches within the network: you can look for images from friends based on a common loc…


Checking Your Facebook Privacy (Again)

The text "Facebook Privacy Policy Explained" followed by a drawing of a hand sticking up a middle finger

Last spring, I wrote a post outlining six steps for checking your Facebook privacy. These steps were developed during workshops that I had been teaching faculty and students at Emory on creating an academic web presence. While I (and most everyone here at ProfHacker) would suggest that sharing your work and being find-able on the web can have a salutory effect on your career (especially when you’re on the job market), not everyone feels that way–and especially about Facebook, where you likely…


From the Archives: Being Social

The start of the fall academic term often means meeting new people and refreshing your connection with colleagues, friends, and acquaintances. Although many of those meetings and conversations might take place in the hallways and coffeeshops of your campus, others might be entirely digital in nature. The timing, methods, and significance of interpersonal interaction continually change along with our uses of technology.

Define Your Boundaries

How you choose to set boundaries on the kinds of com…


New Facebook Privacy Controls

Here at ProfHacker, we’ve done our best to keep up with the various Facebook privacy changes as they have taken place on our watch. Julie wrote two posts in 2009: “Managing Facebook Privacy Settings” and “Managing Facebook Privacy Settings (round 2).” Earlier this year, Brian provided us with “Six Steps for Checking Your Facebook Privacy.”

Facebook reports that it has over 750 million users, and–to put it mildly–that represents an enormous amount of information being shared online. Are you sure …


Kindle.Amazon.Com: Social Kindling

A little over a week ago, I received a curious message from Amazon.com.  I was confused at first because I had not placed an order, and unlike many other retailers, Amazon doesn’t send me random “sale-mail.”  My uncertainty grew when I opened the message to learn that one of my Twitter followers was now following me on Kindle.  Following me on Kindle? Huh?

Many of us at ProfHacker are fans of the e-reader. Kindles and Nooks have made appearances on both of our Holiday Gift Guides (2009 and 2010)…