Social sharing services such as Summify allow users to subscribe to a daily digest of stories that have been shared by their Twitter and/or Facebook users in what they call a “summary of your social news feeds.” In the process of tracking shared links on social media platforms, these sharing services are renaming and transforming… Read more Are social sharing services breaking the web with data-rich hyperlinks?
Last week the Netherlands-German border was struck by a 4.2 earthquake which went unnoticed by many but not on Twitter. It was joked that the quake had a bigger impact on Twitter than anywhere else. I was interviewed by Radio 1 about this phenomenon and I briefly talked about the resemblance between the recent East Coast… Read more Interview on Radio 1 about Twitter and the Dutch earthquake
Invitation to join the network (a series of events, reader, workshops, online debates, campaigns etc.) Concept: Geert Lovink (Institute of Network Cultures/HvA, Amsterdam) and Korinna Patelis (Cyprus University of Technology, Lemasol) Thanks to Marc Stumpel, Sabine Niederer, Vito Campanelli, Ned Rossiter, Michael Dieter, Oliver Leistert, Taina Bucher, Gabriella Coleman, Ulises Mejias, Anne Helmond, Lonneke van… Read more Unlike Us: Understanding Social Media Monopolies and their Alternatives
Update: A rewritten version of this paper has been published in New Media & Society. Please use the following citation: Gerlitz, Carolin, and Anne Helmond. 2013. “The Like Economy: Social Buttons and the Data-Intensive Web.” New Media & Society 15 (8): 1348–65. doi:10.1177/1461444812472322. [link] Co-authored paper by: Carolin Gerlitz (Goldsmiths, University of London) and Anne Helmond (University… Read more Hit, Link, Like and Share. Organizing the social and the fabric of the web in a Like economy.
I went to the gym and I could hardly park my bike which made me wonder if there was a special event going on. As I entered the gym it was incredibly busy and the first thing that came to mind was “Oh no, not Groupon” which was immediately confirmed with a sign at the… Read more How Groupon hurts loyal customers
On November 9, 2010 Olia Lialina presented her new book on Digital Folklore. The book describes the aesthetics of the amateur web which has been Lialina’s object of study for the past ten years. The book reflects on amateur culture as the basis of the Web; the web that has been built by us, the amateurs.… Read more Digital Folklore and the return of praise for the User in Web 2.0