More people are using social networks, but different ones at different ages, but mostly by choice. Will professional usage of social networks ever be worthwhile enough to drive adoption?
Though social networking websites continue to proliferate, turning them into sustainable, revenue-generating businesses is still a difficult prospect. For sites based on the illegal distribution of copyrighted material, the process is even more difficult. Is it possible for a pirate to become a respected member of the business community?
Predating journals, a social network of scholars known as the Republic of Letters generated many breakthroughs. Now, their social networks, as represented by their letters, are being mapped.
Publishers and librarians are creatures of the Information Age. How can they cope with the coming Systems Age?
The companies behind social networks and media are running into conflicts with their users as they try to generate revenue from their services. Recent moves by Google, Facebook and AT&T are all sparking controversy as each encounters opposition to their business models from their customers.
Social media is becoming the norm. Will laggards be viewed as anti-social in 2010?
Are user rating systems a good way of measuring the quality of an author’s research? More and more websites are abandoning 5-star rating systems as the results they give are deeply flawed. PLoS’ approach will probably suffer the same problems.
Two new analyses — one in Cell, and one of a bit of source material from another post — suggest scientists are pretty likely to use social networks and social media.
Scientists are proving uninterested in the many new social networks aimed at their communities. Are we still in the early days of building momentum, or are these networks fatally flawed?
A video sums up the strange new world of The Social Media Guru. Also, a follow-up on Chris Anderson’s “Free”.
Disintermediation portends doom, but “diffintermediation” suggests manageable change.
While a study of college students finds that social media is viewed as narcissistic, it’s also viewed as practical. Do these “social media natives” have it right?
The special nature of Twitter makes it ideal for information sharing, and allows it to exploit the links that matter most for information dissemination — the weaker links in the social space.
The social media world was thrown for a loop when Facebook announced its acquisition of FriendFeed. Even historical villains were upset, as captured in a smart parody video.
A study of social citation reveals diversion, invention, and distortion, and provides a cautionary tale about how socialization of knowledge in medicine can have downsides.