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Why Facebook does not Reign Supreme Among Young Adults? Cool Infographics may be Misleading.

Why Facebook does not Reign Supreme Among Young Adults? Cool Infographics may be Misleading.

If you look carefully at the poll, you will notice that this beautiful infographic may be misleading (like every other visualization). Many young adults have accounts on Facebook and Google +. Why? They opened an account because their friends were there, or because it was a great way to communicate with others. But having an account doesn’t mean that they are really active. In other words, we are confusing ‘subscriptions’ with ‘real activity’. This infographic doesn’t show us what are the usage patterns of young adults; It doesn’t show how many inactive accounts Facebook has; it doesn’t shoe how many people use Google+ just because they want to use hangout, which Google+ has combined together.

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Going Viral – A New Book

Going Viral – A New Book

Our first book ‘Going Viral‘ has just been published by Polity. What is the book about? We live in a world where a tweet can be instantly retweeted and read by millions around the world in minutes, where a video forwarded to friends can destroy a political career in hours or a cause for a […]

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Power and Networked Social Movements

Power and Networked Social Movements

I presented a paper with Manuel Castells in the 13th annual meeting of AOIR (Association of Internet Researchers) from a study we are conducting regarding networked social movements. In April we presented some of the findings at the USC Annenberg School for the ANN-SONIC Fourth International Seminar. You can watch the video by clicking here, or you can read below for further explanation about the work and the dynamics of power among stakeholders.

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Network Theory

Network Theory

On February 2010 a bunch of network scholars (including me) convened in a workshop in USC (the Annenberg School) to talk about Network Theory. The strength of the workshop was in its ability to bring interdisciplinary perspectives about network theory to one table. The videos, powerpoints and reports of each one of the talks is available on the ANN (Annenberg Networks Network) website.

As a result, the IJoC (International Journal of Communication) dedicated a volume to network theory.

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The Information Virality Project is presented to Google

By on March 15, 2011 in Announcements, Social networks with 0 Comments
The Information Virality Project is presented to Google

Here are the slides from the talk to Google that our retroV group (Information Virality) gave. This project got the Google researc award and it was great to be able to present some of our findings to Google.

This presentation is based on two academic papers

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Call for Papers – Social Networking and Communities

By on March 6, 2011 in Announcements, Social networks with 0 Comments
Call for Papers – Social Networking and Communities

Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-45) January 4-7, 2012 – Maui Papers due June 15, 2011 Additional information about the minitrack and papers presented in previous years may be found at the website of the  social networking and communities minitrack. General information about the conference may be found at the HICSS primary website.   Mini-Track […]

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Social Networking and Communities

By on March 14, 2010 in Announcements, Social networks with 0 Comments

This page gathers all the papers presented in the Social Networking and Communities minitrack in HICSS. This minitrack focuses primarily on social networks and their interrelations with communities, both online and offline, in the context work, learning, social and/or personal life.

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About the Ephemeral Nature of Twitter

About the Ephemeral Nature of Twitter

This week research conversation featured Kathy Gill who talks about Twitter and its integration in the classroom context, but her talk went into lessons learned from usage of Twitter by people and specifically by politicians. Gill’s motivation to research Twitter is derived from attempt to understand how technology impact society. While  looking at the presentation […]

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Video, Virality and Political Campaigns

By on April 10, 2009 in Announcements, Social networks with 0 Comments
Video, Virality and Political Campaigns

One of the hottest topics currently under investigation is in the area of virality and campaigns, or the role of the Internet in political campaigns. Here are several articles from a conference titled “You Tube and the 2008 Election Cycle in the United States” – Bob Boynton Going Viral Kevin Wallsten “‘Yes We Can’: How […]

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Cultured Technology – About Religion and Technology

By on December 9, 2008 in Culture, Social networks with 0 Comments
Cultured Technology – About Religion and Technology

  Cultured Technology is an article that presents a theoretical framework to understand the relationship between religious fundamentalist communities and the Internet, through addressing four dimensions of tensions and challenges: hierarchy, patriarchy, discipline, and seclusion. Together with Prof. Gad Barzilai, we develop the concept of cultured technology, and analyzed the ways communities reshape technology and […]

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