We just published a new article (open access🔓): Helmond, Anne, David B. Nieborg, and Fernando N. van der Vlist. “Facebook’s Evolution: Development of a Platform-as-Infrastructure.” Internet Histories 3, no. 2 (April 3, 2019): 123–46. https://doi.org/10.1080/24701475.2019.1593667. In this article we present a methodological approach for tracing a platform’s evolution using archived sources from the Internet Archive… Read more Facebook’s evolution: development of a platform-as-infrastructure
Please to announce that I’ll be speaking at this wonderful workshop on researching apps with Fernando van der Vlist (U of Siegen) and Nathaniel Tkacz (U of Warwick). Read the full call for all information. Workshop organized by Dr Rik Smit (RUG), within the context of the Research School for Media Studies (RMeS) PhD Workshop… Read more RMeS Workshop Appnography: Researching the apps of life and the life of apps
In this chapter I provide a historiography of one of the core elements of the web, the hypertext link. I do so with the specific purpose of tracing the various roles of this central web object as a way to understand social, technical and commercial transformations of the web. That is, the hyperlink is positioned… Read more A Historiography of the Hyperlink: Periodizing the Web Through the Changing Role of the Hyperlink
Abstract Facebook’s usage has reached a point that the platform’s infrastructural ambitions are to be taken very seriously. To understand the company’s evolution in the age of mobile media, we critically engage with the political economy of platformization. This article puts forward a conceptual framework and methodological apparatus to study Facebook’s economic growth and expanding… Read more The political economy of Facebook’s platformization in the mobile ecosystem: Facebook Messenger as a platform instance
An interview with me on ‘Researching the History of the Web‘ (available open access) was published in TMG – Journal for Media History as part of their special issue on Big Data Histories: In recent years, scholarly research in a range of fields, including media studies, has capitalised on the availability of ever-increasing numbers of… Read more Interview: Researching the History of the Web
Ik was te gast bij Onder Mediadoctoren om te praten over de geschiedenis van het web, web archivering en de vraag of we alles op het internet moeten of willen bewaren. De podcast staat nu online!