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Title: Okay, Facebook me: Exploring behavior, motivations and uses in Social Network Sites
Author(s): Stutzman, Frederic D.; Boyd, Danah; Marwick, Alice E.; Lampe, Cliff; Ellison, Nicole
Subject(s): social networks facebook myspace social computing identity
Abstract: In the information sciences, there is significant interest in the study of social network websites. Sites such as Myspace and Facebook have drawn hundreds of millions of users, shaping and contextualizing new forms of social information transfer. Furthermore, the impact of social networking sites on the college campuses we inhabit is substantial; students use social network sites to connect, engage with fellow students, and to form new learning opportunities. In this wildcard session, four (with a potential fifth) researchers exploring social network sites will come together to debate and examine the future of social network scholarship. The panelists bring a significant breadth of experience, varying research questions, and a broad scope of methodological approaches. Rather than simply presenting research and fielding questions, the panelists will engage in a debate exploring some critical and exploratory aspects of social network sites. What do social network site behaviors represent? How are we constructing new publics in social network sites? What is the future of social networking? With this high interactivity format, this session will provide significant insight into social network sites. Scheduled to participate in the session are danah boyd, Ph.D. student at UC-Berkeley’s Chool of Information, Cliff Lampe, Assistant Professor in the department of Telecommunications, Information Studies and Media at Michigan State University, Alice Marwick, PhD student at New York University in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, and Fred Stutzman, Ph.D. student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science.
Issue Date: 2008-02-28
Genre: Conference Paper / Presentation
Type: Text
Date Available in IDEALS: 2010-03-12

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