The social media revolution (in 15 minutes)

Danah Boyd – social media is here to stay
March 11, 2009, 10:20 am
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This will take up your alloted weekly 15 minutes – but it is worth it.  It is a presentation by Danah Boyd – one of the best thinkers on social media.  I particularly like her concluding thought:

Specific genres of social media may come and go, but these underlying properties are here to stay. We won’t turn the clock back on these. Social network sites may end up being a fad from the first decade of the 21st century, but new forms of technology will continue to leverage social network as we go forward. If we get away from thinking about the specific technologies and focus on the properties and dynamics, we can see how change is unfolding before our eyes.

This is the thinking behind what I call the Gutenberg principle.  Her insight on Twitter use and the young is also er… insightful (i.e. kids don’t want adults to be able to see everything they are doing).


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