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From social networking sites to social experiences

From social networking sites to social experiences

While thinking about what the future of social networking sites might be, I became curious about what Wired or Forrester think on the topic, what’s the trend? In this article, Wired acknowledges what has become common sense: people are...

Social Networking Sites (SNS); are we helping in the shrinking of our own privacy?

Social Networking Sites (SNS) are commonly known to just about everyone nowadays or so it seems, who doesn’t at least own a FaceBook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Hyves, Ning account or combinations of these and many, many others! But do you...
Fakebook on Facebook

Fakebook on Facebook

Fake is not necessarily referring to anything bad here. Basically they are real people with a fake or virtual identity. They are like actors on the Internet instead of movies or TV episodes. They have certain characters with their...

Are you a nerd, a geek, a dork or a dweeb?

In a new media class at the university everyone always has some kind of addiction. There are students who are addicted to games, some who are addicted to blogs, others to dating sites or stream-videos and chats. Eventually, they...
A review of: Blogging

A review of: Blogging

Blogging is written by Jill Walker Rettberg. She is a blogger her self. On her blog she presents her self as “an associate professor at the University of Bergen, and I do research on how people tell stories online.”...
Review of The Digital Campfire – An Ethnography of Online Social Networking

Review of The Digital Campfire – An Ethnography of Online Social Networking

Ever felt guilty about spending so much time online, browsing through your friends Facebook pages and leaving them massages on their walls? No need for that anymore, this is what we’ve been doing for centuries and it can actually...

A Review of: Mapping E-Culture, Navigating E-Culture, Walled Garden

Mapping E-Culture, Navigating E-Culture, and Walled Garden, the three books coming along in a box, picture the general look of the electronic scenery we are in through the decade. Besides interviews to several key influencers, research essays and some...
A Review of: Taken Out of Context

A Review of: Taken Out of Context

She’s being called the rockstar of social network sites and has done some extensive research on the subject. The American academic Danah Boyd has now completed her PhD dissertation, “Taken Out of Context: American Teen Sociality in Networked Publics”,...
Social Networking Sites and the Surveillance Society. (Study Review)

Social Networking Sites and the Surveillance Society. (Study Review)

Christian Fuchs was born in Austria in 1976 and is currently an associate professor at the University of Salzburg. He is mainly interested in Media and in Information society research and he's the author of many scholar papers and of...

American Podcasting at New Vision

  Rebecca Jane Harshbarger is an American journalist freelancing at the New Vision newspaper. The New Vision Group is the biggest multimedia house in Uganda. It publishes 8 newspapers and 5 magazines. It owns 3 FM radio stations and...
Convergence of Social Networks and Games

Convergence of Social Networks and Games

A PICNIC Special this year was called ‘Games go Social’ which was about the future of gaming and social networks. An upcoming trend as both industries are evolving is that both can learn a lot from each other and...
Facebook Connect Vs. OpenID: <br />The Format War for Your Identity

Facebook Connect Vs. OpenID:
The Format War for Your Identity

Facebook Connect vs. OpenID" src="http://mastersofmedia.hum.uva.nl/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/facebookconnect_openid_small.jpg" alt="Facebook Connect vs. OpenID" width="151" height="104" />It seems now that it may be Facebook Connect, and not OpenID, that will lead the data portability movement. Do we trust our online...

Fakebooks

Every social network service has its own parodies, the more successful it is, the more it has. I will take facebook as an example for applications and actions that play around with SNS. Facebook is surrounded by at least...
Facebook in a Socio-Cultural Aspect

Facebook in a Socio-Cultural Aspect

According to the statistics the age majority of Facebook users is 19 albeit there are thousands of users aged more than 60.

Facebook for Fun

Facebook is the second largest social network after Myspace.com in U.S. with around 60 million members. But it is the fastest-growing and best-known sites on the Internet today and taking into account its great expansion overseas it...
Stalking Myself (and How to Opt-out of the Facebook News Feed)

Stalking Myself (and How to Opt-out of the Facebook News Feed)

A few weeks ago I created a Facebook pseudonym in order to follow the News Feed of the real “Chris Castiglione”. Too often I hear stories from friends who hadn’t realized that by default Facebook broadcasts almost every update...

‘Hi5’: Among Social Network Sites

Every person on this planet needs a friend. But it seems that some people are more interested in social network sites than others. In South Korea for example the percent of adults that visit these ‘friend sites’ is overwhelming....

Social Networking Sites and the Missing Half

Dana Boyd describes “social networking sites” as “web-based services that allow individuals to (1) construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system, (2) articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection, and (3)...
Watching You Watch Me!! (…on Facebook)

Watching You Watch Me!! (…on Facebook)

The Web 2.0 application FACEBOOK analysed through FOUCAULTS PHILOSOPHIES ON SOCIETY. WARNING|DANGER: With this knowledge a consciousness is created with which people become aware about the possibilities of people watching/observing/monitoring people, both virtually as in the real world.
Entering a virtual world inside Facebook

Entering a virtual world inside Facebook

A couple of weeks ago I bumped into an interesting short post on the Seeriously blog. It was a post about a new Facebook application by Activeworlds (AW) and yesterday I decided to give it a closer look by...

New Network Theory – Review

For three executive sunny days last week, the humanity studies faculty of the University of Amsterdam hosted the New Network Theory conference. This four party collaborative initiative – consisting of Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, Institute of Network cultures,...

Facebook and MySpace class distinctions

danah boyd recently wrote an interesting article on “viewing American class divisions through Facebook and MySpace.” She points out that class divisions have emerged and are being played out through aesthetics in Facebook and MySpace. I think this is...