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Links 1 through 10 of 20 by Dina Mehta tagged facebook

QUOTE: "Something similar has happened to the Internet. Transcending its original playful identity, it’s no longer a place for strolling — it’s a place for getting things done. Hardly anyone “surfs” the Web anymore. The popularity of the “app paradigm,” whereby dedicated mobile and tablet applications help us accomplish what we want without ever opening the browser or visiting the rest of the Internet, has made cyberflânerie less likely...." UNQUOTE

QUOTE: "According to Benjamin, the sad figure of the sandwich board man was the last incarnation of the flâneur. In a way, we have all become such sandwich board men, walking the cyber-streets of Facebook with invisible advertisements hanging off our online selves. The only difference is that the digital nature of information has allowed us to merrily consume songs, films and books even as we advertise them, obliviously." UNQUOTE

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It reminds me of the old days when I travelled overseas and had no data connection but could still chat with friends on Yahoo Messenger via an SMS number.

QUOTE "Do you have an old mobile phone, like the Nokia 1100, that has no browser and can do little more than make phone calls? Or are you stuck in some remote place where there’s no Internet or no other form of data (EGDE/GPRS/3G) connectivity is available? Not a problem. You can still use your Facebook account in India by dialing *325# (or *fbk#) from your mobile phone – this service requires no data plan or Internet and it will even work on phones of the Stone Age. Here’s a quick tour:      
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The concept of a tightly knit, interconnected world — one where an individual’s connection with another is within six degrees of separation — has been around for nearly half a century. Social psychologist Stanley Milgram published his findings in 1967, and has been a standby of sociology and pop culture alike ever since.

It comes as little surprise, then, that the rise of social networks over the past decade has brought us even closer together. Facebook released two studies of its social graph on Tuesday, which conclude that we Facebookers are closer to one another than we thought.

In collaboration with academic researchers at the Università degli Studi di Milano, Facebook’s study found that instead of the average of six degrees of separation between each of us, Facebook users are separated by an average of four degrees.

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Stuart Henshall had asked Is Your Mobile Changing Your Bedtime a short while ago too - http://www.henshall.com/stuart/2009/12/06/is-your-mobile-changing-your-bedtime/ - CLIP: "What is it about social media that causes people to spend so much of their precious time trading information with friends, family and even giant corporations? Of course, we already know the answer; it’s fun and can be rewarding both socially and financially. The latest Retrevo Gadgetology study asked social media users questions such as when, where, and how much time they spend on sites and services like FaceBook and Twitter. We were not surprised to learn how many people appear to be, shall we say, obsessed with checking in with their social media circles throughout the day and even the night."

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Great talk by Carnegie Mellon University Professor, Jesse Schell at DICE2010. Particularly like his take on the psychology behind reality vs fantasy - and how reality is sneaking up on us!

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Here's the Abstract. CLIP: Abstract
This paper explores how 20–something Facebook users understand and navigate privacy concerns. Based on a year–long ethnographic study in Toronto, Canada, this paper looks at how — contrary to many mainstream accounts — younger users do indeed care about protecting and controlling their personal information. However, their concerns revolve around what I call social privacy, rather than the more conventional institutional privacy. This paper also examines the somewhat subversive practices which users engaged in to enhance their own social privacy, and in some cases, violate that of others. Finally, this paper examines some of the reasons that users may continue using the site, despite privacy concerns.

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JP is on fire! Stuart and I were just yesterday discussing how organizations that block social networks are really silly, given that employees now access social networks on their mobiles!! CLIP: "Imagine an “enterprise” world where:

* You chose your own phone
* You chose your own portable computing device (which may be your phone)
* You chose your own desktop computing device (which may be your television)
* You chose the operating systems you put on these devices

In other words, the IT department had “lost control of the device”.

Imagine an “enterprise” world where:

* Your identity was actually yours and independent of the company you worked for
* Your network of relationships actually described the people you spoke to, spent time with, worked with
* Your “company” profile looked the same as your web “profile”

In other words, the HR department had “lost control of the profile”.

Imagine an “enterprise” world where:

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Some interesting observations around open systems - not so sure about the Prediction at the end!!! CLIP: "But I'm betting that things are going to get ugly. We're heading into a war for control of the web. And in the end, it's more than that, it's a war against the web as an interoperable platform. Instead, we're facing the prospect of Facebook as the platform, Apple as the platform, Google as the platform, Amazon as the platform, where big companies slug it out until one is king of the hill.

And it's time for developers to take a stand. If you don't want a repeat of the PC era, place your bets now on open systems. Don't wait till it's too late.

P.S. One prediction: Microsoft will emerge as a champion of the open web platform, supporting interoperable web services from many independent players, much as IBM emerged as the leading enterprise backer of Linux. "

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Facebook said more than 65 million people are actively using the social network on their mobile devices.

The social network said it had just 20 million active mobile users at the beginning of the year. The site has seen explosive growth in the mobile department thanks to Facebook placing a stronger emphasis on applications, and expanding its Facebook Connect feature to the mobile Web.

The Facebook app is routinely among the most-downloaded programs from over-the-air content stores like Apple's App Store for the iPhone, and Research In Motion's App World for its BlackBerry smartphones. The social network also updates these programs often to ensure it is optimized for each individual mobile platform.

The social network has also struck deals to get its app preloaded on multiple handsets such as INQ Mobile's phones. It recently collaborated with Nokia to provide a "lifecasting" app for the N97 mini. This program enables users to include their location with their status updates.

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danah boyd: "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?"

......... danah goes on to talk of 3 different dynamics that have been reconfigured as a result of social media - invisible audiences, collapsed contexts, blurring of public & private. Concludes:
"All of this means that we're forced to contend with a society in which things are being truly reconfigured. So what does this mean? As we are already starting to see, this creates all new questions about context and privacy, about our relationship to space and to the people around us. Specific genres of social media may come and go, but these underlying properties are here to stay."

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