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I am following on Twitter thought leaders in the area of social media, its uses, abuses & challenges posed to society from it. I've linked back to books written by these individuals, as well to articles in which they have been referenced by others.
Sherry Turkle, http://www.mit.edu/~sturkle/
Damon Brown, http://damonbrown.net/
Clay Shirky, http://www.shirky.com/
Chris Anderson, http://about.me/andersonchris
David Warlick, http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/
Chris Street, http://www.bristoleditor.co.uk/
Howard Rheingold, http://www.rheingold.com/university/
Susan Cain, https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSusanCain
Raffi Cavoukian, http://www.childhonouring.org/lightwebdarkweb.html
Results from Google Alerts setup for: - Criticisms of Social Media - The Dark Side of the Internet - Personalities Against Social Media
PRISM: The dark side of the US government?, NSA slides explain the PRISM data-collection program
Living with the dark side of the internet age
From digital diapers to public toilets, are we over-connected? The dark side to 'the Internet of things'
Arizona restaurant becomes poster child for dark side of online customer reviews
Rob Ford, Charbonneau and the dark side of social media
Data breaches: It’s more expensive to react than prevent
The ‘Star Wars Kid’ and the Dark Side of the Internet
Google's deadly web of poison and hatred
Excerpt: Light side, dark side: Hiding in the shadows of technology
No hiding place
8 Most Annoying Personalities on Social Media
Critic's Facebook page suspended; cartoonist 'ignores' summonses
Small business advice: Should entrepreneurs respond to harsh criticism via social media?
Ottawa backs using social media to boost Iran's dissidents, The fight for and over social media in Iran
New data powers to access email and social media records would stop terrorists, says Philip Hammond
Rob Ford met with growing criticism and support on social media
Air Canada defends charging staff for Disney training
Turkey’s Erdogan takes on protesters… and Twitter, Turkey: Twitter, Social Media Become Part of Protests Story
Blogs by thought leaders
Big Data & Privacy, What The Hell is... Big Data?, Big Data: What Does It Really Mean?
This article & embedded video is an example of the other end of the 'anti' social media spectrum - here, the social media bashing is not so justified. A clearly 'disillusion' restaurant owner & chef cries wolf about 'unfair' reviews on social media, but as Chef Gordon Ramsay witnesses, the 'monster' unleashed may not be social media here.
Susan Cain offers some interesting perspectives: The 20th century was the advent of culture of personality. The qualities that became important in this era were magnetism & charisma. Self help books written during this time were largely about - How to Win Friends & Influence People She says that the role models of this era are those who are really great sales people The precedent set from the above characteristics of the 20th century is what Cain says is what has become our cultural inheritance today.
Life On the Screen
Here Comes Everybody
Our Virtual Shadow
QUIET: The Power of Introverts, Take a Quiz -- Are you an Introvert or Extrovert?!
Social bookmarking tool Delicious to bookmark articles related to social media (non) usage.
This is a fascinating article on possible ways to permanently or temporarily break away from social media. Main takeaways: Web 2.0 Suicide machine: You can attempt to 'wipe out' much of your virtual footprint using this app. New York Times article illustrates how many young people use the "Deactivate" feature on Facebook as a means of social media hiatus, as they cannot strike a balance between 'real' and 'virtual' life.
Web 2.0 Suicide Machine, Web 2.0 Suicide Machine Cease & Desist letter from Facebook
To Deal With Obsession, Some Defriend Facebook
This article is a merry debate on whether social media is a 'stupid' concept and whether all media is indeed social, as well as whether internet enabled technologies provide something that older forms of media did not. Scott Berkun's position (link his article Calling Bullshit on Social Media on following node) is that all media is social, and has been from the advent of time in the form of families, communities, etc. The author of this article, Joshua-Michele Ross) argues more along the lines of Clay Shirky, in that what's new about social technology is the power it lends to 'groups' in forming, propagating & collaborating. Ross says that "the Internet, and social technologies in particular, do not create much that is new in the way of content (or even human interaction as Berkun notes) but the medium massively accelerates our ability to create, share, connect and collaborate." Ross agrees with the generally accepted evils of social media including the ease of propagation of evil on social media stemming from peoples ill intentions (where the intentions alone have lived in humans for centuries). He does however defend social media by saying "I would also argue that the democratic promise of these tools – the promise that people can connect with each other without an intermediary ... holds the possibility of distributing power more evenly. If there is one root problem in much of this world – it is the concentration of power wielded by a small minority. We should celebrate any technology that lowers barriers to communication."
Calling Bullshit on Social Media
2011 Study by IBM on social media adoption by companies.
Article offers tips on how to get the most out of social media for businesses.
Article covered the now defunct By/Association 'anti-social' social media. The idea was to foster introductions between creative types who are looking to expand their social horizons, and that members would be able to organize and host events through the service, similar to what Meetup.com does.
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Google search results on Social Media Personality Types
This node is dedicated to my fellow MACTers links to their PLNs - the three of us started off with a similar thread of interest for our topics, and then branched out.