My co-authored article, with colleague Carolin Gerlitz, has been published in New Media & Society in Online First on February 4, 2013. Abstract The paper examines Facebookâ€™s ambition to extend into the entire web by focusing on social buttons and developing a medium-specific platform critique. It contextualises the rise of buttons and counters as metrics… Read more The Like economy: Social buttons and the data-intensive web
This short paper was written for the BOBCATSSS 2012 conference proceedings. Republished here with permission. Download as PDF:Â The Like Economy: The Politics of Data and Dataflows in the Social Web. Helmond, Anne. 2012. â€œThe Like Economy: The Politics of Data and Dataflows in the Social Web.â€ In Proceedings BOBCATSSS 2012 â€“ 20th International Conference on… Read more Paper: The Like Economy. The Politics of Data and Dataflows in the Social Web
The Institute of Network Cultures, Eva van den Eijnde and myself would like to welcome you to the official book launch of Geert Lovinkâ€™s new book Networks Without a Cause. A Critique of Social Media. Thank you very much for being here. Today I would like to start with a brief introduction to Geertâ€™s new… Read more My Notes for Geert Lovink’s book launch of Networks Without a Cause: A critique of Social Media
Update: A rewritten version of thisÂ paper has been published in New Media & Society. Please use the following citation:Â Gerlitz, Carolin, and Anne Helmond. 2013. â€œThe Like Economy: Social Buttons and the Data-Intensive Web.â€ New Media & Society 15 (8): 1348â€“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.
Facebook seems to have overtaken Google as the number one entry point to the web according to the new Hitwise data.Â Even though they serve two different purposes (searching versus social networking in its broadest sense) it marks an important turning point for the increasingly central role of the social web: Starting with the web means… Read more Google no longer the entry point to the web?