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Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship

Danah M. Boyd of University of California-Berkeley and Nicole B. Ellison of Michigan State University have published a paper in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication summing up the scholarly research thus far on the online social networking phenomenon, and suggesting further lines of study. Continue reading

Facebook’s Beacon tracks all users

An article in Computerworld explains that Facebook’s Beacon javascript, once incorporated in a partner site, collects information on activities of all users with a Facebook cookie, not just logged in Facebook members. A Facebook spokesman stated that data from opt-ed out Facebook members and others is automatically discarded. Continue reading

How Your Creepy Ex-Co-Workers Will Kill Facebook

In an Internet Week article columnist Cory Doctorow describes how Facebook and other social networks have built-in self-destructs: They make it easy for you to be found by the people you’re looking to avoid. Continue reading