Protection of Privacy – Different Views in the US and Germany
I was surprised how different the perception is in Germany and in the US. Sorry, this blog post is in German.
Facebook Announces ‘Story Bumping,’ And Other Small Changes To News Feed Algorithm – AllFacebook
Facebook’s News Feed algorithm is a living, breathing organism. It’s constantly changing, and Facebook noted in a media session Tuesday that the company wants to get better about informing users about changes. Facebook announced a couple small changes to the way that the site decides order in News Feed: Story Bumping, which allows engaging posts you haven’t seen to be bumped up to the top of News Feed later in the day, and Last Actor, which takes into account the last 50 engagements a user has performed, and gives those users a slight bump up in News Feed ranking.
Orwell’s nightmare – Blogpost by Nick Baines
“So, now, without really thinking a great deal about it, we live in a surveillance state, whereby the ‘powers’ can know where I am, what I am buying, who I am texting/phoning, … – the mere fact of this coverage makes any idea of privacy seem a little ironic (in an Orwellian, 1984 sense)”
Greenshot – A Great Screenshot Tool
Now I am all set. Today I installed Gimp. I was looking for an additional screenshot tool and I found Greenshot. It works really great.
Now I can add screenshots to my presentation on Christian online communities in Germany.
Religious spaces in/and transition
How can an examination of the spaces where religious practice takes place inform our understanding of religious communities? I think this is such an interesting way to understand religion today.
How to type German Umlauts on a US keyboard on a Windows PC
See, it really works for the Umlauts: Ä Ö Ü ä ö ü, I still have to figure out how to type the sharp S character, ’s “s ^s ~s won’t do.
Does anybody have an idea how to get the sharp S working?
NB: Thanks for the hint on Facebook: "You need the RAlt key (or Ctrl + Alt) to type ß: RAlt + s = ß” – the ALT only worked after installing the Windows fix and rebooting the computer.
My first full day in the UCC church house today.
The UCC will launch an online congregation: http://www.ucc.org/news/extravagance-ucc-launched-GS2013.html
I am happy to share my experience gained from German online projects. I feel quite familiar with online community projects of churches in other European countries (including Great Britain) through the European Christian Internet Conference network.
Maybe it is culture, maybe it is the time shift between America and Europe, it seems that the Atlantic Ocean is sometimes a border for online projects, too.
So I was happy to be given the links to the following online projects which can serve as a point of reference for the UCC Extravagance Online Congregation.
Quest for Meaning: a Unitarian mail ministry that evolved into an online congregation: http://www.questformeaning.org/page/welcome/our-history
LifeChurch TV, a multi-site Church: “The church isn’t a building–it’s people. And we think you’ll find LifeChurch.tv a pretty friendly bunch! We meet in locations around the United States and globally online.” http://www.lifechurch.tv
Darkwood Brew, an interactive web television program and spiritual gathering : “This is Christian practice for the emerging faith of our world today. From the Darkwood Brew coffee house, the stage is set weekly for a hearty exchange of ideas and the way is made clear for insights and directions for your unique faith journey.” http://darkwoodbrew.org/