Social Media and Platform Historiography: Challenges and Opportunities

We just published a new article (open access🔓) on doing historical platform studies: Anne Helmond and Fernando van der Vlist (2019) “Social Media and Platform Historiography: Challenges and Opportunities.” TMG – Journal for Media History 22(1): 6–34. http://www.tmgonline.nl/articles/434/ Abstract In this article, we propose a methodological outlook for historical platform studies to increase the prominence… Read more Social Media and Platform Historiography: Challenges and Opportunities

Regramming the Platform: Infrastructural Relations between Apps and Social Media

We just published a new article (open access🔓): Carolin Gerlitz, Anne Helmond, Fernando van der Vlist, and Esther Weltevrede (alphabetical). “Regramming the Platform: Infrastructural Relations between Apps and Social Media.” Computational Culture 7 (2019). http://computationalculture.net/regramming-the-platform Abstract In this article, we empirically analyse the infrastructural relations between mobile apps and social media platforms and present a… Read more Regramming the Platform: Infrastructural Relations between Apps and Social Media

Apps and Infrastructures – a Research Agenda

We just published a new article (open access🔓): Carolin Gerlitz, Anne Helmond, David Nieborg, and Fernando van der Vlist (alphabetical). “Apps and Infrastructures – a Research Agenda.” Computational Culture 7 (2019). http://computationalculture.net/apps-and-infrastructures-a-research-agenda Abstract In this special issue editorial, we introduce a research agenda for empirical app studies. First, we introduce the three main strands of… Read more Apps and Infrastructures – a Research Agenda

Special Issue of Computational Culture on “Apps and Infrastructures”

We are very excited to announce the launch of the special issue of Computational Culture on “Apps and Infrastructures” (open access🔓), edited by Carolin Gerlitz, Anne Helmond, David Nieborg, and Fernando van der Vlist (alphabetical). We also revamped the journal’s website!✨ http://computationalculture.net/issue-seven/ The special issue includes nine articles that challenge how we conceive and study… Read more Special Issue of Computational Culture on “Apps and Infrastructures”

Facebook’s evolution: development of a platform-as-infrastructure

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

A Historiography of the Hyperlink: Periodizing the Web Through the Changing Role of the Hyperlink

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

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