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#YesAllWomen Tweet Resources

#YesAllWomen Tweet Resources

I am sorry this took so long.  I ended up busy with my day job and only got a chance to get back to assembling this stuff this morning.

The tweets for the peak time for #YesAllWomen tweets was May 25-28, 2014.   During that time I captured 564,153 tweets in total.  Of those, 129,580 were unique tweets and the remaining 434,573 were retweets of items included in the 129.580 set of unique items.  When looking at the links and downloads here, the dataset will include the full archive until “No Retweets” is specified.

If you would like to play with the data yourself, you can download these spreadsheets or reports:

Note:  The Full PDF Timeline Report of  #YesAllWomen Tweets with No Retweets is an 11,780 page document.  Some computers cannot open a file of that size, so I made the Sectioned version available.  It is the exact same information but broken down into 24 PDFs of 500 pages each.

I have also placed all the data online as a Google Fusion Table.  It is set for public viewing and anyone who wants to can clone it and do with it as they wish.

Fusion Table Facets

  • Full Fusion Table
  • Tweeted Images – This includes “broken images” that are a result of people deleting their tweet or changing privacy levels on their accounts.
  • Tweets with Images – Same thing applies here for broken images.
  • Tweet Map – This map is centered on the USA but can pan and zoom anywhere.  Due to the sheer volume of tweets, the map can be sluggish so be patient when moving around.


RIP Maya Angelou – Now Go Read a Book!

RIP Maya Angelou – Now Go Read a Book!

Maya Angelou was found dead by her caretaker this morning (May 28, 2014) She been in somewhat poor health and had canceled recent scheduled appearances.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Statement from Dr. Maya Angelou’s Family:

Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8:00 a.m. EST. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.

–Guy B. Johnson

I first encountered Maya Angelou’s writing with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the 1969 autobiography about the early years of this prolific and outspoken African-American writer and poet.  While I am not a big fan of poetry in general, I have almost always enjoyed Angelou’s poems when I have encountered them.  Her command of the English language and her ability to convey ideas with power and clarity has always entranced me.

In much of Dr. Angelou’s later work, especially when speaking to large crowds, she stressed the importance of reading – ‘voraciously and constantly’ – and to never stop learning. To me, the most appropriate way to reflect on her life and work is to read a book.

If you have never had the opportunity to read or listen to her work it may be time for a trip to the library.  Here in Philadelphia, the Free Library has a lot of her writing available in ebook or audiobook format that can downloaded and enjoyed at home.  This is just a small portion:

Maya Angelou's Diigital Materials

To access these materials, you just need your library card number and pin handy when you visit the Library’s ematerial portal. You can use the site to check out audio books or ebooks that are currently available to place a hold on materials that are already checked out.

In her own words…

Trying to select a favorite quote of Dr. Angelou’s is very difficult. Her skill as a poet and writer has resulted in a phenomenal number of touching and engaging quotes.  On Goodreads, there are 13 pages of her quotes.  Rather than try to select my favorites, here are  a few that I like that have been shared on Twitter.

11 Memorial Day Fails

11 Memorial Day Fails

As I mentioned a few days ago,  many Americans have lost sight of what Memorial Day is all about.  During this time we’ve set aside to remember the final sacrifice made by men and women in service to the nation, the last thing a company should be doing is trying to exploit the holiday in their marketing.

Don’t get me wrong; I am not suggesting companies shut down or turn away business on this holiday weekend, but please stop using the actual holiday in your marketing materials, especially if what you are selling has nothing to do with remembering the fallen.

It is now early Sunday morning, and this kind of stuff is already all over Twitter and Facebook, but mostly on Twitter. But before the tackiness, I am glad to see I am not alone in my feelings.

Memorial Day Tackiness

These have shown up since I posted this:

Cyclone Cups

Whole Foods


Please Stop Wishing People a Happy Memorial Day

Please Stop Wishing People a Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day has its roots in Decoration Day in the latter part of the US Civil War.  The first widely publicized observance of Decoration Day was in Charleston, South Carolina in 1865 when newly free black folk came together to  memorialize the graveyard of 257 Union soldiers and labeled the soldiers buried there the “Martyrs of the Race Course” on May 1, 1865.

David W. Blight described the day:

This was the first Memorial Day. African Americans invented Memorial Day in Charleston, South Carolina. What you have there is black Americans recently freed from slavery announcing to the world with their flowers, their feet, and their songs what the war had been about. What they basically were creating was the Independence Day of a Second American Revolution.

Based on my own personal and very unscientific observations, I have come to the conclusion that many, if not most, Americans under the age of fifty do know really know exactly what Memorial Day is all about anymore.

A quick look at an Google Image Search for Memorial Day shows how muddled the message has become:

Memorial Day Image Search

One of them was even an animated gif… with sparkly glitter:

Memorial Day Sparkles

Lets Get it Right

The root of this problem is that we have two major US holidays that focus on the military: Memorial Day in May and Veterans Day in November.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is quite clear on the meaning and purpose of Memorial Day:

Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May, commemorates the men and women who died while in the military service. (my emphasis)  In observance of the holiday, many people visit cemeteries and memorials, and volunteers often place American flags on each grave site at national cemeteries. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time.


People Watching on Facebook is Fun

People Watching on Facebook is Fun

Last Friday I posted instructions on how to declutter your main Facebook’s News Feed by exiling posts by pages to Interest lists and ending the constant tug-of-war for Facebook user’s attention.  The same day I posted that set of instructions I went to work on my own account.  I spent over an hour sorting every page I had liked since joining Facebook about seven years ago into a dozen or so Interest Groups.

I ended up Unliking a lot of pages that are no longer relevant or active, and I moved the rest into Interest Groups and turned off “Following” for them.

When you follow a person or Page you see their posts in your News Feed. You automatically follow people you’re friends with. You can also follow the posts of people you’re interested in. You can also choose to allow people who aren’t your friends to follow your Public posts on their News Feed.

DancePartyI also unfollowed a few Facebook friends who post do not actually interact with people on Facebook and only share game activity or super popular memes.  By unfollowing, but not unfriending, we can still use Facebook messaging and see each other’s Friends Only posts without cluttering up our News Feeds with stuff that does not interest us.

That left me with people!  People I have met in person, family members, friends from school, former coworkers, etc…  were all right there on my News Feed.  They were just there.  One after another their status updates and shared photos and links marched down the feed.  They were not interspersed with news and marketing messages from companies I like or news outlets I follow.  It has been so refreshing.  This is what social media should be about.

Now days, after catching up on my friends I pop into my interest groups to see content of whatever variety I am in the mood for, whether that is news, or humor, or history/genealogy information.  And despite being a real news junkie, I did not feel deprived not seeing the latest Ars Technica or Raw Story posts because I did see the posts shared by people I trust or share an interest and interest with so the ones I do see are usually the best of the best.  These changes have fine tuned the curation power of my social network and the results have been great.

If you want to make Facebook feels less like a lecture hall or reading a newspaper and more like attending a dinner party, I recommend you try kicking Pages out of your News Feed.
Top image by Stenfire (Stefano Marasso) on deviantART (Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License).

Some #ThankATeacher Shout Outs

Some #ThankATeacher Shout Outs

In many countries, Teachers’ Days are intended to let people show their appreciation of teachers and all they do for students and their communities.

Teachers’ day is celebrated on different dates from country to country.  National Teachers’ days are distinct from World Teachers’ Day which is officially celebrated across the world on October 5.

World Teachers’ Day, held annually on October 5th since 1994, commemorates teachers’ organizations worldwide. Its aim is to mobilize support for teachers and to ensure that the needs of future generations will continue to be met by teachers.

In the United States, National Teacher Day is on the Tuesday of Teacher Appreciation Week, which takes place in the first full week of May.

Google posted a video this week chock full of product placements (if you notice things like that) – but it still tells a good story and ends with a thank you to teachers everywhere.

These are some of my favorite tweets that went out with #ThankATeacher today.