Content Roundup for June 2012: TAM is Almost Here!

In June I got very busy with preparation for TAM, so I wasn’t able to maintain the blog post pace I set in May.

But I did post some things over at JREF, and there was some good action on other blogs and so on that you may have missed. Here’s a way to catch up. Below are links to the content I’ve been involved with in the last month. It includes this blog as well as the material I post on other blogs, my podcasting activities, my best posts on Twitter as well as key shout-outs or mentions elsewhere.

I’m also trying to document on a monthly basis what my contributions are to several skeptic-relevant crowdsourcing projects. This is in part because of the workshop I’m presenting at TAM 2012 in July, titled “The Future of Skepticism Online: Crowd-sourced Activism”. I hope many of you will join me for that.

Read on to see what you might have missed…


Here were my blog posts this month.

Mentions and links on other blogs:

Podcasting & Video

I contributed segments to these episodes of Skepticality:

  • June 5: #184: Learn Like a Sponge Connections in past; Google Knowledge Graph in the future.
  • June 19: #185: Go Tribal 25th/65th/75th anniversaries in past; Slacktivism & clicktivism in the future.
On other podcasts:

Social Media

I posted on Twitter:

  • 208 regular tweets, including:
    • 26 “What’s the harm in…?” stories
    • 30 daily skeptic history facts
    • 23 #TAM2012 tips
    • 40 retweets of other people
  • Plus 189 replies to other Twitter posts for a total of 397 tweets

Here are highlights, the tweets that were retweeted the most.

(11 retweets, 1 favorite)

(12 retweets, 3 favorites)

(13 retweets, 2 favorite)

(9 retweets, 2 favorite) Yes, I’m aware this is a deliberate viral video made by a marketing firm and Uri was probably in on it. It’s still fun.

(2 retweets, 8 favorites)

(17 retweets, 1 favorite)


(7 retweets, 2 favorite)

I have a separate Twitter account called @WhatsTheHarm that just posts those stories, for folks who would rather get them alone and in a different part of the day. Sometimes that version of one of my tweets does particularly well:

(25 retweets, 6 favorites)


(5 retweets, 5 favorites)

(26 retweets, 4 favorites)

To get these as I post them, you should follow me on Twitter here.

Crowdsourcing Contributions

Here were my contributions to various projects this month:

I contributed 3 edits to Wikipedia.

I rated 14 sites on Web of Trust and left 1 new site scorecard comment.

I made 5 edits to the Skeptic History database. It still has 1423 items, same as last month.

I continued to update my Skepticism event guide on Lanyrd with the full TAM schedule including unofficial meetups. Be sure to check it out before you head to Vegas.

And now, let’s all go to The Amazing Meeting! See you there…