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Peeping the Brand: Hanging Out in Vancouver (A Photo Essay)

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Last week in Vancouver I hung out with a very fun, very interesting group of friends who are all heavy online social media users. Below are some pictures I took of our two days of filming with them, interspersed with some commentary and links to their various sites. Overall my impression of them is that they are smart and funny, though self absorbed (but perhaps no more self absorbed than I was at that age…or I still am…) What I noticed most of all was their mixture of savvy image building and utter disregard for how what they share online might alter their future. On the one hand, total sharing without filter, on the other hand, very keen awareness of…
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What the Hell Am I Doing? Hal Breaks Out Into a Panicked Sweat

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Friday’s shoot started at around 10 am. We were utilizing the new space age basement office for the first time. It’s dark and gloomy, with strings of lights behind the book shelves offering what I think is supposed to be a kind of futuristic glow. I haven’t seen it on camera, so I don’t really have a sense of how it turned out, but the crew seems happy with the vibe.

So first off, Sally (director) and Jeanette (producer), sat me down at my desk and produced a 15 page contract. With the cameras rolling, they took me rapidly through all kinds of legal language which basically amounted to the following: You agree to reveal yourself, to subject yourself…
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Studies on Twitter and Facebook Usage Support Peep

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Okay, so first off a Neilsen study has concluded that total minutes spent on social networking sites has increased 83% from 2008 to 2009. Facebook and Twitter are, not surprisingly, the big time-suckers in all this. Facebook time increased 700% percent, from 1.7 billion minutes to 13.9 billion minutes. (This is in the US only.) Meanwhile, Twitter experienced growth of, get this, 3712%. See the chart below for the whole breakdown.

In the Peep Diaries I argue that we’re replacing other entertainment options with peep entertainment options like social networks. These numbers certainly support that contention.

There’s also a new study that just came out of Harvard. This study looked at 30,000 Twitter users in May…
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Notes from Last Night’s Reading

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Among those in attendance at my presentation last night on the third floor of the sprawling Harvard Coop bookstore:

*Three black men of retiree age who spoke with African accents. One of them asked me if any of this stuff was going on in the Muslim countries. Another of them asked if he could watch the presentation again, so I started it again and the three of them sat down in front of my netbook and watched the whole thing again while snacking from stuff they brought with them in plastic containers.

*One fiery youngish academic who noted that while my presentation was very interesting and provocative I was mostly wrong about everything.

*An undergraduate activist girl who was of the opinion that activists…
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Idiotic Double Peep News of the Day: Mindless Puffery About Bristol Palin’s Ex Boyfriend

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I was going to do a high minded post today and claim that all week I’d be looking at different incarnations of Peep Art. But, well, how about we do that next week? In the meantime, how about some idiotic double Peep action? Remember we defined the double Peep here as the phenomenon by which the original Peep gets peeped by the media.

Good example on the Huffington Post today. And it comes with a poll! So here’s the title: “Levi Johnston’s Sister Mercede Tattoos His Name On Her Wrist…What Would You Do? (POLL, VIDEO)” The “piece” basically says that Levi Johnston (who you might remember as the dude who knocked up Sarah Palin’s daughter and…
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Hey, I’m Hal Niedzviecki. I’m a writer/thinker who lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada with my wife and daughter. Up till now I’ve always considered myself a private person. But at the same time I’m fascinated by people who effortlessly open themselves up to the whole world. So I’ve… more...

 

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