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.Abstract

“Social network sites (SNSs) are increasingly attracting the attention of academic and industry researchers intrigued by their affordances and reach. This special theme section of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication brings together scholarship on these emergent phenomena. In this introductory article, we describe features of SNSs and propose a comprehensive definition. We then present one perspective on the history of such sites, discussing key changes and developments. After briefly summarizing existing scholarship concerning SNSs, we discuss the articles in this special section and conclude with considerations for future research.”

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