2015 Tinder Highlights

While popular media outlets are gathering their ‘highlights of 2015’ stories, I thought I’d share some of the most interesting Tinder developments and articles that I came across this year. They are fascinating (or even bizarre) pieces of data that I came across in attempting to understand the evolution of this popular dating app as we see it today. […]

Me, myself, and my selfie: Ways of understanding selfies (SMSociety15 Workshop)

              I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on the selfies workshop that I had the honour to be a part of yesterday at the Social Media & Society 2015 conference. We had a great turn out for a session we called “Selfies: Inter-faces and ‘me’-diated bodies”, […]

Strolling, not scrolling: Instagram Walkthrough

My Instagramming usually happens on public transport, after frantically leaving the house with a coffee in hand and a heavy book bag . This means that I tend to Instagram while holding my phone with one hand, scrolling with a free thumb, and constantly scanning my periphery to make sure I don’t miss my stop. My photo […]

Not even Snapchat can save us from ourselves

(Photo courtesy of Alyssa L. Miller) While preparing for work this morning, the casual banter went as follows: My Partner: “Are you ready to go?” Me: “No, I’m reading some article about Snapchat.” MP: “Is that the one about the security issue where they leaked-” Me: “Names and phone numbers?” MP: “Yeah… But we should […]

Social Media & Society 2013: Five ingredients for an amazing conference

Now that I’ve got your attention, just a quick shameless plug that I’ve updated all the pages under the Research tab with the findings of studies I conducted this past year. Have a read about Facebook’s perilous governance practices, what people think their Likes indicate about them, and how LGBTQ young people deal with context […]

Using digital technologies to research children in time

This is a presentation I gave last week – developed entirely just based on the prescribed title topic. Feel free to skim any of it (with correct attributions) if it applies to your work! Using Digital Technologies to Research Children in Time from Stefanie Duguay   WHY use digital technologies to research children in time?  […]

Gotta catch them all: Your Facebook Likes

(What does my new mug say about me?) Just thought I’d let everyone know what I’ve been up to since I haven’t seen the sun in about a week and it’s not even due to the British weather. I’m designing a Facebook application for a class where we are learning how to gather social data […]

Day-to-Day Logistics of ICTs (Or, How to Stay in Touch with a Loved One)

While perusing ye olde map store (how do these places still turn a profit?) with my long-term partner, we launched into a discussion about communication in long-distance relationships. Since I’ll be studying abroad and there will be a 5 hour time difference between us, it soon became apparent that we would need to use different […]

Thoughts from the Bus: Subpar Internet

(Image source and a fun article about QR Codes courtesy of Mashable.com) Sometimes news is better late than never, that’s why I’d like to share this article about OC Transpo agreeing to release their GPS data by March 22nd. Personally, I’ll only believe it when I see it but whether they find a way to […]