Lunchtime Links: Taking a Stand Against Internet Trolls

Why The Huffington Post decided to remove anonymous comments from its site. Also: one legal association's efforts to think waaaaaaay out into the future.

Nothing saps the flow of user-generated conversation on your site more than the appearance of an internet troll.

Arianna Huffington, for one, has taken a stand against the negative power of anonymous comments. That and more in today’s Lunchtime Links:

I feel that freedom of expression is given to people who stand up for what they say and not hiding behind anonymity.

Signed, Anonymous: Huffington has had it with internet trolls. Starting in September, her namesake Huffington Post will no longer allow readers to post anonymous comments on its site. Huffington explained her decision during the INBOUND 2013 marketing conference. “I feel that freedom of expression is given to people who stand up for what they say and not hiding behind anonymity,” she said in a story first reported by Poynter. Has your association struggled with the appearance of internet trolls posting inflammatory comments on its site? What strategies do you use to keep the dialogue constructive?

From here to eternity: Your association can stick to practical ideas most of the time, but sometimes, consider offering your members the stuff of science fiction. Reporting for BizTech Magazine, technology writer Ricky Ribeiro details research funded by the International Legal Technology Association that is exploring, among other advances, the use of avatars and artificial intelligence (AI) to preserve and share legal knowledge and insight into the future. Ribeiro details a speech by noted futurist Rohit Talwar, in which Talwar considers the ways technology could benefit the legal profession “over the next 10 to 15 years.” Though avatars and AI are probably still a ways off, Talwar offered several more “concrete” ideas for future-proofing your organization, including pursuing change and planning for short-, mid-, and long-term scenarios. How might your association present truly out-there ideas to attendees at your next event—and, more important, make them relevant now?

New Twitter triggers: It’s been almost a year since social media management service If This Then That (IFTTT) pulled its suite of Twitter triggers, essentially shutting down a popular form of customization for users. That all changed this week when IFTTT announced plans to resurrect its relationship with the social media giant. Reporting for tech site The Verge, Ellis Hamburger details the revival, which includes a tool for saving and archiving your favorite tweets, controlling lighting on your Twitter account, and linking your account to other popular social media tools.

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Anita Ferrer

By Anita Ferrer

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