social networks

on being virtual

by: danah boyd

Lately, i've become very irritated by the immersive virtual questions i've been getting. In particular, "will Web3.0 be all about immersive virtual worlds?"

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Friends, Friendsters, and Top 8: Writing community into being on social network sites

by: danah boyd

My new paper on friending practices in social network sites is officially live at First Monday. Friends, Friendsters, and Top 8: Writing community into being on social network sites

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social network sites: my definition

By: danah boyd

I would like to offer my working definition of "social network sites" per confusion over my request for a timeline.

A "social network site" is a category of websites with profiles, semi-persistent public commentary on the profile, and a traversable publicly articulated social network displayed in relation to the profile.

To clarify:

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Second Life Shorts

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Why Blogging Matters: 6 Degrees of Perspective

by: David Armano

The following "group post" is the Brainchild of Eric Kintz from HP.  Eric recently coordinated this effort between myself and some very respectable names representing distinctly different areas related to marketing. 

We're not theoretically debating the merits or de-merits of blogging and social networks.  We're participating.  Here's what we have to say:

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comScore Misinterprets Data: MySpace is *NOT* Gray

by: danah boyd

Read the comScore press release. Completely. Read the details. They have found that the unique VISITORS have gotten older. This is _not_ the same thing as USERS.

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MTV's Virtual Laguna Beach: First Impressions

by: Ilya Vedrashko

So, MTV's Virtual Laguna Beach is finally official although still in beta. See a press release from There and a news report from here (couldn't resist).

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The Term 'Social Network(ing) Sites'

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Trying to Market Music? Don't Try to Predict Hits

by: John Caddell

This month's Harvard Business Review discusses a study by three Columbia academics on the effect of social influence on selecting music ("Marketing in an Unpredictable World" - $$).

Continue Reading - Budweiser To Launch Social Video Entertainment Network (bud tube)

by: Karl Long

In another nail in the coffin of network television Anheuser-Busch has just announced it will be launching in February ‘07. will be an online entertainment channel that will blend professionally produced content, news, sports and consumer generated content.

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