If (like me) you haven’t had time to read danah boyd‘s thesis on social media, check out a talk she gave to Microsoft employees. [Full disclosure: I went to college with danah, though I don't know her well.] I highly recommend her work for anyone who cares enough about online communication to be reading this blog. I find it really useful in thinking about how to harness online tools for science education and marine conservation.
From danah’s talk:
I’m going to share my research in three acts:
1) How did social media – and social network sites in particular – gain traction in the US? And how should we think about network effects?
2) What are some core differences between how teens leverage social media and how adults engage with these same tools?
3) How is social media reconfiguring social infrastructure and where is all of this going?