Occupy Wall Street Gets Pointers From Egypt

The Feed is Digiday’s Web-culture corner. Check The Feed everyday for Web-culture news roundups, infographics, essays and more. Follow us on Twitter for updates throughout the day on Twitter @digiday.

From Tahrir Square to Wall Street: Occupy Wall Streeters are getting some help from an experienced revolutionary: Ahmed Maher, one of the co-founders of the online activist group April 6 Youth and a prominent figure in the Egyptian revolution against the Mubarak regime. Maher has been chatting online (mostly via Facebook) with Occupy Wall Street organizers and giving them valuable advice on the logistics of orchestrating non-violent protests and how to deal with police. However, for the first time, this past Tuesday Maher met in person with an Occupy Wall Street offshoot group, Occupy D.C., in D.C.’s McPherson Square. Maher’s main message to Occupy Wall Street protesters is for them to keep their eyes on the big picture, on one main message that they can all get behind. The Occupy Wall Street Movement has been getting a lot of criticism for its lack of a clear mission statement, so maybe it’s about time they take the advice of a seasoned social activist and revolutionary leader and actually buckle down and choose a main message that would unify the movement and give it a clear purpose. Wired

Secure Your Online Legacy: Surely you’ve considered establishing your online legacy through a top level domain name of your own, right? If not, you better get to it, because according to dotFamilyName, a new service that helps you “carry your name forward in the digital era” by purchasing your own top level domain name, there are only 1,000 TLDs available. So if you have the money and technological skills to get through the “expensive and complex acquisition process,” dotFamilyName will ensure that you “secure your place in this inner sanctum” of the elite few people with money to burn and egos to feed. To get a full sense of the exclusivity and elitist card that dotFamilyName’s marketing is banking on, check out its description of the product it is offering:

Discover your newest domain — the most exclusive real estate in the digital world. An address so prestigious and technologically advanced, that it places you and your family at the very apex of the digital landscape. Now, as well as .com and .net, there will also be .coke and .nike, and even .familynames. These new top level domain addresses will enable an elite few to represent themselves and their families at the right side of the dot.

What about just some good old monogrammed shirts or something? dotFamilyName

This is Your Brain on Facebook: We are always talking about the negative side effects of Facebook, whether it’s cyberbullying, oversharing, social media addiction and so on; but for once here is a positive note:  Scientists at University College London found a direct link between the number Facebook friends one has and the size of certain brain regions that play a role in memory, emotional responses and social interactions. While the findings only suggest a correlation, it is still a pretty interesting and important relationship to consider: how much is Facebook really changing our brains and how we interact? Reuters

Viral Trend of the Day: Who knew that the Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles’ heads were modeled after the human nose? BuzzFeed

Video of the Day: The Real Housewives of South Boston. I’d watch that Bravo. The Daily What


More in Media

Illustration of a fire hydrant spraying water with the Facebook logo on the side.

Publishers reckon with declining Facebook referral traffic as the platform pulls away from news

Publishers are still feeling the effects of a change Facebook made in May that caused a steep decline in referral traffic. Nearly four months later, publishers aren’t sure when — or if — that traffic will come back. 

There is a new definition for MFAs, but it’s meant to be open to interpretation

A new definition for MFAs is available but the vague nature of the guidelines is leading to a lack of standards that might prevent adoption.

Publishers weigh generative AI’s pros and cons during the Digiday Publishing Summit

The publishers who attended DPS were focused on the potential upsides of applying the technology to their operations while guarding against the downsides.