Social Media: You Already Do It.

  • badtouch

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    Jun 09, 2009 6:48 PM GMT
    Social media: (n) a platform (in context: a digital platform) to engage socially with others.

    Example: RealJock!

    Other examples: MySpace, Facebook, Twitter...

    I've mostly migrated to Twitter and just started Facebook (mostly because I could no longer avoid it), and Loopt (due to Facebook). This is primarily because I can access these networks on the go, via my phone; I don't have to sit at a desktop to play, I can do it anywhere.

    I've initiated conversation before, but let's discuss not only where we are, but why.

    Twitter is a platform for idea trafficking and mental catharsis. This is why I find it attractive. You can accidentally provoke cloud conversations and evolution of a tiny musing you've had, respond to others and evolve their ideas.

    Facebook, on the other hand, seems to be more about what others are doing, literally, what they're DOING, not what they're THINKING.

    I deploy Twitter to make friends, I utilize Facebook, figuratively (again, just started), to keep them.

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    Jun 09, 2009 7:50 PM GMT
    I use Facebook to stay relevant. Like you, badtouch, I couldn't avoid it.

    I tried to maintain the human element of it all by calling people, meeting people in person to catch up, etc. That effort to keep in touch doesn't compete with a simple Facebook update that tells people you eloped and now you're back, or your car broke down and you want to know if friends can lend you a car for a while, or you have an extra ticket to a taping of Ellen DeGeneres that starts in three hours and the first person who writes back...

    I continue to find Twitter to be narcissistic. I prefer brevity, but when I want to share my thoughts in the manner you describe, I require much more than 140 characters.
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    Jun 09, 2009 8:08 PM GMT
    badtouch said
    Twitter is a platform for idea trafficking and mental catharsis. defines 'mental catharsis' as: mental diarrhea.

    Ok, ok, it doesn't but in the case of Twitter and Facebook, it should!
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    Jun 09, 2009 10:17 PM GMT
    sfv_gym_buddy saidI continue to find Twitter to be narcissistic. I prefer brevity, but when I want to share my thoughts in the manner you describe, I require much more than 140 characters.

    Used correctly, Twitter is an asset. You can learn and teach, share content, figure out what you're thinking. In the '08 elections, I connected with a Republican who gave me perspective on convervative ideals. I live in LA, so my exposure to conservatives is limitted. It was truly enlightening.

    As for StudlyScrewRite, check your latin, not your internets.
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    Jun 09, 2009 10:35 PM GMT
    I only just recently stopped fighting Facebook, and only because everyone I know had abandoned myspace. I don't think Twitter is going to win me over anytime soon though. I do not feel the need to post something every 20 minutes of my life. And when I do post something, it normally takes more than 140 characters to appropriately convey the level of sarcasm I'm aiming for.
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    Jun 09, 2009 11:19 PM GMT
    I had Facebook, kept it for about 6 months and then deleted it. My only reason for it was being asked to get it to keep up with other friends. Alot of the applications did not work for me and Facebooks answer whenever I asked for assistance was get a new virus protector or pop up blocker. So Facebook is dead to me. I had myspace first and still have it, primarily for blogging and reaching out to others. As for Twitter, YAWN!. Texting will be,if not already on its way, the death of socialization and the spoken word. And really, do we really need to know what is going on with each other every 10 to 20 minutes? Kind of stalkerish to me.
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    Jun 10, 2009 12:40 AM GMT
    ErikTaurean saidAnd really, do we really need to know what is going on with each other every 10 to 20 minutes? Kind of stalkerish to me.

    Exactly! It's wierd enough that my professors are seeing drunken pictures of me on facebook, its even wierder when they comment on them asking if thats what I was doing to end up writing a crappy paper. Wait, why do I have my professors as friends on facebook?! icon_neutral.gificon_question.gif
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    Jun 10, 2009 1:49 AM GMT
    badtouch said
    As for StudlyScrewRite, check your latin, not your internets.

    Apparently, --latin aside--.I'm not alone in my disdain for Twits.icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 10, 2009 2:06 AM GMT
    Other than the few message boards I read (RJ, punk forums, local music forums, and record trading forums) I tend to stick to Facebook for personal stuff and Myspace for band stuff.

    I know it can seem strange to stick with myspace now but it's been a great resource for bands in the past. Many of the bands I know have booked entire tours by networking with other bands and asking "Hey, do you know any promoters in your city who will let us play?" or posting a bulletin, my own band included.

    Recently when our van broke down with the repairs costing more than we can afford, a simple myspace bulletin reading "our van broke down. If you can donate anything please do. If you can spare some money and buy a T Shirt, 7", or CD then please do. We will love you forever!" caused donations from fans across Canada and the US to try and get us back on the road.

  • jrs1

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    Mar 09, 2010 8:46 PM GMT
    funny ... I came across some sources that concern the importance of social networking:

    The “New” Science of Networks

    Duncan J. Watts
    Department of Sociology, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027; Santa Fe Institute, Santa Fe, New Mexico 97501; email:

    In recent years, the analysis and modeling of networks, and also networked dynamical systems, have been the subject of considerable interdisciplinary interest, yielding several hundred papers in physics, mathematics, computer science, biology, economics, and sociology journals (Newman 2003c), as well as a number of books (Barabasi 2002, Buchanan 2002, Watts 2003). Here I review the major findings of this emerging field and discuss briefly their relationship with previous work in the social and mathematical sciences.

    Social Implications of the Internet

    Paul DiMaggio1, Eszter Hargittai1, W. Russell Neuman2, and John P. Robinson3
    1Department of Sociology, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08540; e-mail:
    2Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104; e-mail:
    3Department of Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland; e-mail:

    The Internet is a critically important research site for sociologists testing theories of technology diffusion and media effects, particularly because it is a medium uniquely capable of integrating modes of communication and forms of content. Current research tends to focus on the Internet's implications in five domains: 1) inequality (the “digital divide”); 2) community and social capital; 3) political participation; 4) organizations and other economic institutions; and 5) cultural participation and cultural diversity. A recurrent theme across domains is that the Internet tends to complement rather than displace existing media and patterns of behavior. Thus in each domain, utopian claims and dystopic warnings based on extrapolations from technical possibilities have given way to more nuanced and circumscribed understandings of how Internet use adapts to existing patterns, permits certain innovations, and reinforces particular kinds of change. Moreover, in each domain the ultimate social implications of this new technology depend on economic, legal, and policy decisions that are shaping the Internet as it becomes institutionalized. Sociologists need to study the Internet more actively and, particularly, to synthesize research findings on individual user behavior with macroscopic analyses of institutional and political-economic factors that constrain that behavior.

    Birds of a Feather: Homophily in Social Networks

    Miller McPherson1, Lynn Smith-Lovin1, and James M Cook2
    1Department of Sociology, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721; e-mail: ;
    2Department of Sociology, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina 27708; e-mail:

    Similarity breeds connection. This principle—the homophily principle—structures network ties of every type, including marriage, friendship, work, advice, support, information transfer, exchange, comembership, and other types of relationship. The result is that people's personal networks are homogeneous with regard to many sociodemographic, behavioral, and intrapersonal characteristics. Homophily limits people's social worlds in a way that has powerful implications for the information they receive, the attitudes they form, and the interactions they experience. Homophily in race and ethnicity creates the strongest divides in our personal environments, with age, religion, education, occupation, and gender following in roughly that order. Geographic propinquity, families, organizations, and isomorphic positions in social systems all create contexts in which homophilous relations form. Ties between nonsimilar individuals also dissolve at a higher rate, which sets the stage for the formation of niches (localized positions) within social space. We argue for more research on: (a) the basic ecological processes that link organizations, associations, cultural communities, social movements, and many other social forms; (b) the impact of multiplex ties on the patterns of homophily; and (c) the dynamics of network change over time through which networks and other social entities co-evolve.
  • jrs1

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    Mar 09, 2010 8:47 PM GMT
    Computer Networks as Social Networks: Collaborative Work, Telework, and Virtual Community

    Barry Wellman, Janet Salaff, Dimitrina Dimitrova, Laura Garton, Milena Gulia, and Caroline Haythornthwaite
    Centre for Urban and Community Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada M5S 2G8

    When computer networks link people as well as machines, they become social networks. Such computer-supported social networks (CSSNs) are becoming important bases of virtual communities, computer-supported cooperative work, and telework. Computer-mediated communication such as electronic mail and computerized conferencing is usually text-based and asynchronous. It has limited social presence, and on-line communications are often more uninhibited, creative, and blunt than in-person communication. Nevertheless, CSSNs sustain strong, intermediate, and weak ties that provide information and social support in both specialized and broadly based relationships. CSSNs foster virtual communities that are usually partial and narrowly focused, although some do become encompassing and broadly based. CSSNs accomplish a wide variety of cooperative work, connecting workers within and between organizations who are often physically dispersed. CSSNs also link teleworkers from their homes or remote work centers to main organizational offices. Although many relationships function off-line as well as on-line, CSSNs have developed their own norms and structures. The nature of the medium both constrains and facilitates social control. CSSNs have strong societal implications, fostering situations that combine global connectivity, the fragmentation of solidarities, the de-emphasis of local organizations (in the neighborhood and workplace), and the increased importance of home bases.
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    Mar 09, 2010 8:56 PM GMT
    I'm a total Facebook whore.
    I've tried using twitter but the interface just isn't that user friendly for using it on the go.
    My Blackberry FB app is super easy and fast to use.

    I use FB to keep in touch with the people I really care about or who I don't mind sharing things with. I'm not a friend collector and unfriend people monthly, sometimes its people from high school who I still have nothing in common with. Other times its people I meet when I'm out who seemed really cool but ended up being a freak show.

    With the exception of two guys, RJ is my pseudo-anonymous social network. But that doesn't diminish the affection and adoration I have for the stellar men on my buddy list.