Underheard in New York: Listening to the Homeless Tweet

There are thousands of homeless people around the world, with no one to listen to their voices, share with them their dreams or sooth their fears…. This is why the “Underheard in New York” initiative began.

Idea & Objectives:

Underheard in New York is an initiative to help homeless New Yorkers speak for themselves through Twitter. “In a time when communication is all around us, we felt it was necessary to give a voice to the people who needed it most. Between Jan. 2009 and Jan. 2010 the total number of unsheltered individuals within New York City rose an estimated 34%.

Four homeless people — Danny (@putodanny), Derrick (@awitness2011), Albert (@albert814) and Carlos (@jessie550) — were given their own prepaid cell phone, a month of unlimited text messaging and a Twitter account.

The 4 Tweeting Homeless Men

The 4 Tweeting Homeless Men

: 2/5
: 2/5
: 4/5
: No
: 4/5

The Weirdest Social Networks #implants #psychics #zombies

It’s one thing to be familiar with the big players of social media, namely Twitter and Facebook, but scratching the surface reveals a variety of niche, obscure, bizarre and interesting social media networks that cater to people’s every need and fantasy. To help paint a better picture of what kind of social media networks are out there, we at the Thoughtpick blog thought to go out and pick out the weirdest social media networks that are out there.

The Latest in GDT (Gold Digging Technology)

A site to let the gold digger inside you bloom. The site aims at connecting women who are interested in getting some plastic surgery done with men who are willing to finance those procedures for them. The way the website works is by making male users spend credits to be able to talk and send messages to female users, with each message or interaction the profile of that girl is funded accordingly.

The Hierarchy of Internet Needs [Infograph]

A while back my colleague Beirut talked about Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and how it fits in with why do people tweet. The discussion that this article sparked was both interesting and polarized. So when I saw that the people at Flowtown have created “The Hierarchy of Internet Needs” I knew that I had to share with our readers.

The Hidden Influence of Social Networks [TED Talk]

There seems to be word about a hidden influence of social networks which many of us are unaware of. Personally, I haven’t figured it out yet, however, Nicholas Christakis did! Christakis is an American physician and sociologist, known for his work on social networks and other factors that affect health, health care, and longevity. I […]

Top 10 Traits & Habits of Mixx Users!

Top 10 Traits & Habits of Mixx Users!

Mixxers HATE Digg!

Since I began using Mixx, the behavior of Mixx users has always been very intriguing to me and their use of Mixx has been a topic that I wanted to analyze and write about. However, I decided to wait till I knew more and thus understood more. I guess the time is now!

Read entire post »
Add your comment

The Addictive Psychology Behind Facebook’s Use & Popularity!

The Addictive Psychology Behind Facebook’s Use & Popularity!

Facebook Addiction by The Oatmeal

"Just as alcohol, drugs and cigarettes tend to have an addictive quality in their nature, Facebook too can be extremely addictive!"

Read entire post »
Add your comment

Why Do People REALLY Tweet? The Psychology Behind Tweeting!

Why Do People REALLY Tweet? The Psychology Behind Tweeting!

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

What are the real, closeted reasons behind the action of "tweeting"? Why would someone spend hours tweeting to complete strangers he/she has never met before? What needs does tweeting fulfill? Do we really think of the psychology behind our tweeting habits?

Read entire post »
Add your comment

Social Networking: A Cheap Cure from the Chronic “L” Disease!

Have social networking sites become the new form of progressive psychology? Are they rapidly reaching a stage where they can provide valuable prescriptions to those suffering from the Chronic “Loneliness” Disease? Allow me to share with you my personal and humble view on this subject. No matter how independent we are,...

Read entire post »
Add your comment
©2010 thoughtpick, copyrights reserved.