social networks

Would the Real Social Network Please Stand up?

This ideas in this post are based on conversations with Bernie Hogan and should be interpreted as the production of our co-thinking.

All too frequently, someone makes a comment about how a large number of Facebook Friends must mean a high degree of social capital. Or how we can determine who is closest to who by measuring their email messages. Or that the Dunbar number can explain the average number of Facebook friends.

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Older Users Becoming Dominant on Facebook

 The biggest group on Facebook are not university or college students, or even people in their 20s in their first job. According to analysis by iStrategyLabs, the biggest group of users on Facebook are 35-54 year olds.

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Word of Mouth (Offline) Works Better than Online Social Media

The argument is more complex than my title suggests but that is the gist of the conclusions from a recent Harris research.

The thing that fascinated me was the results to the question: “"Thinking of that most recent product or service purchase, which of the following methods of gathering information, if any, did you use to identify the choices of product or service you considered for purchase? Please select all that apply."

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Twitter Is for Friends; Facebook Is Everybody

by: danah boyd

I was talking with a friend of mine today who is a senior at a technology-centered high school in California. Dylan Field and his friends are by no means representative of US teens but I always love his perspective on tech practices (in part cuz Dylan works for O'Reilly and really thinks deeply about these things). Noodling around, I asked him if many of his friends from his school used Twitter and his response is priceless:

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Where Could Facebook's Value Come from?

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Is Facebook for Old People?

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7 Reasons Why the Business World Hates Social Media

by: Yann Gourvennec

note: this is an unabridged version of my article published on Bnet.co.uk

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'Facebook and Academic Performance: Reconciling a Media Sensation with Data'

by: danah boyd

In mid-April, journalists heard about a student poster at the American Educational Research Association's annual meeting called "A Description of Facebook Use and Academic Performance Among Undergraduate and Graduate Students." The poster suggested that Facebook use might be related to lower academic achievement in college and graduate school.

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Britain Lags behind Europe in Enterprise 2.0

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Social Networks: Acquisition or Retention Tools for Marketers?

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