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That’s what friends are for

A while back, a friend of mine wondered about LinkedIn's somewhat limited options for indicating how you know someone. ("I vomited on their shoes at the office party" isn't on the list, for example.) We had a back-and-forth on her blog, and I came up with a list of...

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Probably no need to mention that this cartoon was inspired by the Web 2.0 Expo debacle involving danah boyd, a Twitter backchannel projected onto a giant screen behind her, a speech that faced an uphill battle from the get-go, and a few audience members with some...

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We mean you no harm

We mean you no harm(alien to two army generals in Roswell, 1947) Your primitive organizational culture is not ready for our advanced social media technology. Call us in 60 years or so.

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Measure your social media influence with Influ-a-rama-matic Pro 2.0! (beta)

Are you eager to track your social media influence? Desperate to boil down the complex intricacies of human interaction into a single number? Of course you are!

But you’re also probably sick of getting results that suggest you could be doing better if only you had more followers… retweeted more often… wrote more interesting blog posts… or, y’know, really worked at it.

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Everything in moderation

Everything in moderationA range of flag-for-moderation icons, e.g. a finger pulling down a zipper, labelled ‘Overdisclosure’. Caption: ‘Flag-for-moderation icons I might actually use.’

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(person watching another type on a computer) Whoa! That post is going to get you kicked out of social media!

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Noise to Signal: a collaboration with Li’l Sweetie

When I drew tomorrow's Noise to Signal for ReadWriteWeb, I asked my daughter, aka Li'l Sweetie, for her suggestions. She responded by grabbing the Cintiq and adding her own design elements - among them a bubbling mud pond and an extra volcano or two. She also asked me...

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A little history… and some of the cartoon’s greatest hits

If you’re visiting from PC World – or just happened to stumble onto us – we’re glad you could come by. Pull up a chair. Lemonade?

Your timing’s terrific: I was just about to start the slide show. Oh, no, don’t get up – the holiday pictures aren’t until later. No, this is all about Noise to Signal, my cartoon about the intersection of technology, communications and life. Sit back and make yourself comfortable.

Let me just plug the remote… into the projector… dim the lights… and here we go.

Here’s the cartoon that launched Noise to Signal (although I didn’t call it that yet) waaaay back in the spring of 2007. It was a simpler time (at least in the Oval Office, ba-dump-bump!)…

This is a tribute to the famous New Yorker cartoon, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog.” (I’ve come back to this theme once or twice.)

Internet dog cartoon

This one is probably the first one I published under the name “Noise to Signal”.

How young people use social networks

And now, as measured by raw hits, here are the top 10 Noise to Signal cartoons of all time:

Number 10, sadly a little timelier now than when I drew it:

Downsizing cartoon

Number 9, a cartoon the PC World folks (and Amazon customers) will recognize:

Cartoon: sex recommender system

Number 8, for everyone who obsesses about their Twitter follower count:

Cartoon: why did you stop following me?

Number 7 is for my fellow gadget freaks out there whose spirituality glands may be underperforming:

Cartoon: spiritual void

Number 6 goes to a pie chart. Somewhere, my grade 6 math teacher’s ears just pricked up.

Cartoon: chart of how we spend our time online

Coming up to number 5, a reminder that it’s probably a good thing Alex and I didn’t have iPhones yet when we got married:

Cartoon: Twitter wedding

Number 4 promotes both privacy awareness and good dental hygiene. Hard to do in one cartoon, but we’re committed to value here at Noise to Signal industries:

Cartoon: missing keys

Third place – bronze! – is the closest I come to a religion: typography.

Cartoon: Comic Sans?!

Number 2 – ooh, so close – makes that case that, while Flooz may have flopped, alternative currencies for the online world are still alive and well:

Cartoon: panhandling for beta invites

And the number one Noise to Signal cartoon of all time…

Cartoon: bankrupt but beautiful

Thanks for checking us out! You can also find Noise to Signal on Facebook… and if you’re hankering for the RSS feed, it’s right here.

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