Russian Facebook Political Ads & Hurricane Harvey Hoaxes

Beyond Social Media Show, Episode 200

Co-hosts B.L. Ochman and David Erickson discuss Facebook’s admission that it ran 3000+ political ads paid for by Kremlin-linked propagandists, the “Calling Bullshit” college course, Values job search, hilarious Trump parodies,draw your search, Cloudvertising, Verizon’s fake unlimited plans, a cultural fit job site, how to have video calls with your cat, an app that turns your phone into a portable podcast studio, social accountability for brands and much, much more. SUBSCRIBE: iTunes or Google Play or Stitcher or iHeart Radio.

Best Digital Cases

“Calling Bullshit” Is the Online College Course for Our Times

University of Washington’s 10-week seminar, enticingly titled “Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data” begins in March.The synopsis of the course:”Our world is saturated with bullshit. Learn to detect and defuse it.”

Cultural Job Searches

Key Values is a job search site that puts all the emphasis on a cultural fit between prospective employee and employer.

Viral Hoaxes About Hurricane Harvey

The shark is not swimming down the street. It was not swimming down the (same) street during Hurricane Matthew. It wasn’t swimming in the aftermath of Sandy. And most of the other pictures of sharks swimming where people were are fake, too.

Data Visualization Storytelling

How To Fix A Toilet is a superb example of using data visualization in storytelling.

Parody Project takes aim at Trumpy

The Parody Project has posted two hilarious videos making fun of Trump in parodies of “The Boxer” and “The Sounds of Silence.”


Why advertise like everyone else when you can cloudvertise?! It’s a goofy looking website with some fun ideas.

Worst Digital Cases

Facebook Owns Up to Running 3000 Ads Paid by Russians During 2016 Election

Facebook, which tracks your every breath in real time, just owned up to running more than $100K in Russian backed ads during the election. Unfortunately, only those targeted by the advertiser are likely to have seen the ads, making their influence basically untrackable.

North Korea’s Weird Propaganda Dance Video

Given Trump’s obsession with television and video, this ad was probably aimed at him. It shows Korean Troops with impressive dance moves, against a backdrop of tanks, bombs and goose stepping soldiers.

Verizon’s good unlimited data plan is now three bad unlimited plans

Verizon’s three new monthly plans are chock-full of fine print and caveats – ana a threat to net neutrality. All customers are about to face significant new limits and restrictions around video streaming.


Shiny New Stuff


Chat with your pet via this video conferencing app.

500px lets you search for images by drawing them

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Bumpers -portable podcast studio for iPhone

Bumpers turns your phone into a mobile podcasting studio where you can create, record, edit and share your own podcast episodes

Logo Rank

An AI-powered app will rate your logo.

The Daily Numbers


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