Social Media Research: When Epistemic Cultures Collide

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On June 17th the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) published a paper, Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks, describing a large-scale experiment on Facebook carried out in 2012. The first…

Richard Ling – The structuring of mobile communication into social interaction

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Below I have embedded the video of a recent talk by Rich Ling of IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Professor Ling examines the development of social cohesion and the structured use of mobile communication in everyday…

E-punditry & Mr Worrier

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Earlier this month I dropped in on a seminar at Edinburgh Napier University’s department of Informatics presented by Lallands Peat Worrier, a leading blogger on Scots law and politics. The seminar was part of Napier’s Informing…

Facebook’s so uncool, but it’s morphing into a different beast

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By Daniel Miller, University College London What does 2014 hold for your online life? If you’re young, it probably won’t involve Facebook that much. This year marked the start of what looks likely to be a…

Facebook “Dead and Buried” For Young?

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According to an article in the Guardian “Facebook is ‘dead and buried’ to older teenagers, an extensive European study has found, as the key age group moves on to Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp and Snapchat”. The article…

Trevor Pinch: Unmasking Amazon.com’s Top Product Reviewers

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When Trevor Pinch, professor of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell, was a guest in Edinburgh he mentioned his survey with Filip Kesler of Amazon reviewers. The study focuses on how the ranking system influences the…

Online Campaigning:  the Public Sphere and Eschatalogical Abuse

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I was asked last Summer to give a short presentation on my research into the use of social media in the Scottish referendum to the University’s Social Informatics group. The presentation last summer was postponed due…

Hotspots of Hokkaido

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It is assumed that the value of crowdsensing rises as the number of data sources rises. However, the value of the aggregated data depends upon the accuracy of the data being aggregated. This is vividly demonstrated…

Theory of Gravidity

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At both the DHL Innovation Day and at the Production and Operations Management conference I have heard speakers use the example of Target, the US retailer, being able to predict whether customers are pregnant as an…

Like I’m in the Twilight Zone

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Both the BBC and Guardian today reported a paper catchily titled “Private traits and attributes are predicatible from digital records of human behavior” by Kosinski, Stillwell and Graepel published in PNAS.  The BBC article summarises the…