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10 funny or strange ways to use Periscope

September 14, 2015

Logo PeriscopePeriscope is the social platform recently bought by Twitter that makes it possible for anyone to shoot a video and broadcast it live. Viewers can leave comments, interacting live with the Pericaster.

Here is a list of 10 ways of using Periscope that we have discovered through our wanderings in this realm of live video.

1. Friendly gathering

  • On a Saturday morning, in a cafe in Italy, a group of friends talk and joke loudly, and then start singing a wild song.
  • A group of friends is having dinner and film their meals and their songs.

2. « Walk with me »

  • Just people walking in the street or in a mall and filming what they see. It gave us the opportunity to go for a nice virtual walk in Washington DC, while chatting with the Pericaster. Periscope makes the world even smaller!
Periscope walk

Periscope walk

  • Alternative: “drive with me.”

3. Bored teenagers

One or several teenagers launch a desperate cry: “Come talk with me!”

4. Sightseeing tour

A person virtually guided us through Central Park. She was quite professional. Her documented talk was the quality of a touristic guide.

5. Live broadcast of a public event


So does Linkedin steal e-mail addresses after all?

September 26, 2013

LinkedinLet’s face it: ever since the PRISM scandal came to light, a confuse feeling of distrust has prevailed regarding US-based social networks. This includes Linkedin, even though it was not mentioned in Edward Snowden’s leaks as being part of the PRISM surveillance program.

No wonder then that lawsuits and petitions against those firms are gaining momentum. The latest one specifically regards Linkedin and takes the form of a class action taken by four American users, as Bloomberg revealed last Sunday.  They claim that Linkedin “appropriated their identities for marketing purposes by hacking into their external e-mail accounts and downloading contacts’ addresses.”

This case rang a bell as I experienced myself suspicion regarding Linkedin’s “People you may know” feature… no longer than last Saturday! On September 21, I was indeed puzzled by an e-mail received by Linkedin saying:

“Your contact, X.Y, just joined LinkedIn”

I just couldn’t understand how on earth Linkedin knew X.Y. was an acquaintance of mine. Indeed, Mr Y has 0 connection on Linkedin. His all but complete profile does not show any similarity with mine except that we both work in Paris, France, and are self-employed.

The only reason I could think of why Mr Y might have appeared as a potential connection is that, at a given time, I may have granted access to Linkedin to my Gmail address book. I am not 100% sure of it, but this possibility is all the more likely that in my Linkedin settings, I do have a series of “imported contacts”. For the record, “imported contacts” are contacts a member has imported from an external source (e.g. Gmail address book) and that are not yet Linkedin connections.

So I checked my imported contacts and, to my surprise, I noticed that Mr Y was not one of them.

So the question was remaining: why did Linkedin suggested me Mr Y? Even if I did import my Gmail contacts at a given time, he  was obviously not a contact of mine at that time.

So I wrote to Linkedin support and received their answer the following day:

“Hi Jerome,
Thanks for contacting me.  I apologize for the delayed response.  Jerome, with our ‘People You May Know’ feature the contact does not have to be an imported contact.  If the contact has you in their address book that they imported, you can also receive this message that he/she joined LinkedIn.
I looked into your account and he is not one of your contacts yet.  We are making you aware that he has joined the network and you can request him to join your network.
Thanks for being a LinkedIn member since 2004.
Customer Experience Advocate”
So maybe Linkedin suggested me Mr Y because I was in his address book. To be sure, I called Mr Y. And here is what he told me: “I have joined Linkedin just a few days ago. I remember that I refused to import my Gmail address book when they asked me to.”
So Linkedin support’s answer does not solve the issue. I still don’t know how they could make a link between Mr Y and myself.
As far as I am concerned, I think there is something fishy, here.

Wikiloan, social network for peer-to-peer lending

March 6, 2010

Will the world of finance be shaken by new business models induced by the cooperative phenomenon, as it happened for music, movies and the press? At least, P2P banking and lending are unquestionably on the rise. The latest news in this market comes from WikiLoan, a P2P lending platform that plays the social network card. Just like on Twitter, you can post there short messages, follow contacts and be followed. But the main goal of the site is to allow members to lend to and borrow from each other. You can apply for a loan or conversely lend money in various categories: debt consolidation, education, home improvement, organizing events, etc.. The borrower and the lender can agree on the rate and repayment terms. The site makes its revenues from different types of commissions such as flat fees or percentages on lent amounts.

In April, WikiLoan will launch a new offer: the distribution of prepaid phone cards and other cards to pay for small purchases. This offer mainly targets people excluded from the traditional banking system, that is to say an average 28 million people in the United States. They will be able to buy cards in up to 20,000 small local shops around the US. In other words, WikiLoan is progressively building a click-and-mortar social network for P2P lending , relying on virality to extend its share of market.

5 reasons why you should be present on several professional social networks

June 20, 2009

In recent years, professional social networks have become mainstream: Linkedin, Viadeo, Xing, to name only the most famous ones. Having an account in several of them seems to be synonymous with a lot of work. You need to update your profile on each and everyone of them and manage various networks of contacts. Is it worth it ?

I think it is a great opportunity for your career and you should seize it for 5 main reasons.

1. Each network has a special focus
2. Creativity pays in the use of online social networks
3. Online networking should be a task with a time allowed to it
4. Online networking is a mid-term investment
5. Social networks are mostly free

A definition of community

June 13, 2008

Martin Roulleaux Dugage provides a very interesting definition of a community versus a network or a group. A community is a network that has decided to auto-organize by adopting 6 attributes:

  • a frontier
  • You are whether in or out the community

  • a reason of being
  • Why do we decide to stick together in the first place ? What meaning does it have ?

  • a commitment
  • Community members are committed to achieve something. In that respect, for instance, active Wikipedians form a community, since they edit articles and create new ones on a regular basis.

  • rules
  • Community is no jungle. Social interactions are governed by a set of rules, or an etiquette.

  • a language
  • Community members share words. It can be a jargon. At any rate, it helps them communicate and create a feeling of belonging.

    Social networks made real. Internet of objects or people as objects ?

    February 17, 2008
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    If you need information, the Internet offers a wealth of resources. But if you’re hunting down a person or a thing, a computer’s not much help. That may soon change. Electronic tags promise to create what some call the “Internet of things,” in which objects and people are connected through a virtual network.

    To see what this future world would be like, a pilot project involving dozens of volunteers in the University of Washington’s computer science building provides the next step in social networking, wirelessly monitoring people and things in a closed environment. Beginning in March, volunteer students, engineers and staff will wear electronic tags on their clothing and belongings to sense their location every five seconds throughout much of the six-story building. The information will be saved to a database, published to Web pages and used in various custom tools. The project is one of the largest experiments looking at wireless tags in a social setting.

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    Multiple profiles or multiple personnalities online ?

    February 17, 2008
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    Maintaining Multiple Personas Online

    A new site lets users create profiles for the different sides of their personality.

    Facing the online world: Moli, a recently launched social-networking site, allows users to make profiles to represent different aspects of their personality. In the image above, a Roman coin depicts Janus, the Roman god of gates and doors, whose two faces, pointed in opposite directions, represent the transition between two times or places.
    Credit: Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien
    Now Moli, a recently launched social-networking site, aims to win over concerned users. President and COO Judy Balint says that the site is intended for a more mature audience than the teenagers targeted by many social-networking websites. Directed at users who are trying to balance personal and professional networks, Moli offers multiple profiles–with different privacy settings–within one account.
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    Lingup, the social network for languages junkies

    February 27, 2006
    Lingup, the social network for language lovers

    Lingup is a social network aiming at improving your skills in foreign languages ! At registration, you are asked for your mother tongue and the languages you are eager to learn. Then, a matching system relying on the Friend Of A Friend principle (similar to Friendster and the like) helps you build a network of people with whom you can practice your languages. You can also search for people using a dedicated search engine.

    Features include penpals, chat and voice chat. Real life meetings (Lingup cafés) are also organized by members.

    More information can be found on :