See our recent publication discussing this:
Google+ Communities as Plazas and Topic Boards
Michael J. Brzozowski, Phil Adams, Ed H. Chi
Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '15), ACM, New York, NY (2015), pp. 3779-3788
Over the course of the week that followed, I decided to try something a bit crazy and not really "traditional Google:" I spent lots of time running around the service, talking to everyone I encountered, and welcoming them aboard. What I found was that there were tremendous numbers of people out there who wanted to talk: not just about the service, but about all the things they cared about in their lives, from their pets to geopolitics. And the results changed my life.
It's been an amazing four years here: I've seen the project grow from a crazy idea to a giant, thriving community, spread around the world. I've had so many conversations on so many subjects, and learned so much in the process, that I can't even count. I've learned to write much more effectively, and what it is to have a real conversation about incredibly sensitive subjects where people nonetheless treat each other with respect and seriousness. I've made an amazing group of friends here, people I love and trust and talk to every day. And I even met the love of my life, my brilliant and beloved wife, through the service.
So looking back on four years of what we've built here, I can say: this is going really well. I'm exceptionally glad to have met all of you, and to have had some part in building this community we share, and I'm looking forward to seeing where the next four years take us!
If you're in the US, the two biggest stories were the Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, and the President's powerful eulogy for Clementa Pickney.
The other story likely to be very important was a sharp drop in the Chinese stock markets: 7.4% for the Shanghai Composite, 7.9% for the Shenzhen Composite. We've known for a while that these markets are likely to be in a bubble, but a one-day drop like this could well mean that the bubbles have popped. The consequences of this are likely to be very significant, as this could easily plunge China into a recession just as it's trying to figure out how to balance between an increasing urban/rural economic divide. (For comparison, the 1987 "Black Monday" crash which precipitated a serious economic crisis in the US was a one-day, 22% drop)
Beyond this, ISIS' call for terror strikes during the month of Ramadan appears to be being heeded: an attack on a mosque in Kuwait killed 27, an attack at a seaside resort in Tunisia killed 39, and in France, a man decapitated his employer and then set off a bomb.
Rather depressingly, today's death toll of 67 dead only makes this the bloodiest day of terror attacks since January of 2014, when Boko Haram massacred 85 people in Kawuri. (There have been higher-death-toll attacks since, but they were spread out over several days; you can thank Boko Haram for those, as well)
So it's been quite a significant day around the world.
Things really can't get any sadder in Greece: trust in the economy and the gov't is hard to build, and easy to tear down. European politicians should remember that they had a hand in creating this disaster; ordinary Greek citizens are suffering and weren't part of the corrupt policies of the past Greek gov't.
Interesting development. Music business online is very competitive.
"EU institutions fixed the balance sheets of German, Dutch, and French banks by converting their junk loans into public debt of the target countries. Talk about the moral hazard of alleviating Greece's predicament is hypocritical when these forced transactions were designed to bail out German, Dutch, French, and other lenders who should have known better."
I would agree. The Greeks joined the grand Euro experiment, and got access to great borrowing rates (read: free lunch), but when the asset bubble burst due to exuberance in 2008 (read: again, caused by the free lunch in joining the Euro experiment), they were forced to take on the junk loans as public debt, and down the spiral they went. Ouch!
- University of MinnesotaB.S., minor in Math, 1992 - 1994
- University of MinnesotaM.S., minor in Scientific Computation, 1994 - 1996
- University of MinnesotaPh.D., 1996 - 1999
With 20 patents and over 80 research articles, his most well-known past project is the study of Information Scent --- understanding how users navigate and understand the Web and information environments. Most recently, he leads a group of researchers at PARC to understand the underlying mechanisms in online social systems such as Wikipedia and social tagging sites. He has also worked on information visualization, computational molecular biology, ubicomp, and recommendation/search engines. He has won awards for both teaching and research. In his spare time, Ed is an avid Taekwondo martial artist, photographer, and snowboarder.
In 2012, Ed was the Technical Program Chair for ACM CHI2012 conference, the premier conference on Human-Computer Interaction research.
- Staff Research Scientist, 2011 - present
- PARCArea Manager and Principal Scientist, 2007 - 2011
- Xerox PARCSr. Research Scientist, 1999 - 2006
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