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 shouldContinue reading “Not even Snapchat can save us from ourselves”

A bit of practical advice

Your Networked World: Connections, Self-Presentation and Privacy in the Age of Social Media from Stefanie Duguay I’m giving this presentation at a “Lunch and Learn” event at work tomorrow! It will be my first time translating my research and literature review into practical advice and media literacy tips that everyday social media users can apply.Continue reading “A bit of practical advice”

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 contextContinue reading “Social Media & Society 2013: Five ingredients for an amazing conference”

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 dataContinue reading “Gotta catch them all: Your Facebook Likes”

Unlike us but like me: Facebook as private corporation or public service

(All conference images available here) Here at the Unlike Us #3 conference in Amsterdam the debates run rampant. The conference has a bohemian feel, taking place in a re-purposed printing warehouse with a green wall and organic pear juice on all the tables. The lack of plug-ins, unreliable wifi, and brochure void of QR codesContinue reading “Unlike us but like me: Facebook as private corporation or public service”

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

Resistance is Futile: Facebook Timeline

Picture taken from the Timeline Sucks Facebook group Just in case you didn’t notice all the ruckus in your news feed: all Facebook users have been switched over to the timeline profile display. Laments that I’ve noted have include this heated conversation: And these: The thing is, I’m not sure how Facebook could have updatedContinue reading “Resistance is Futile: Facebook Timeline”

More than a Smile: First Impressions via Facebook

  Photo courtesy of Instagram, all my smiling pictures were much too cheesy. A couple of weeks ago, the reading list for my graduate program was sent out – be still my heart and my 1-click purchasing finger (Amazon, you are a genius) – and to no one’s surprise one of our classmates was inspiredContinue reading “More than a Smile: First Impressions via Facebook”

Research for Breakfast

When I woke up this morning the first thing out of my mouth was, “All I want to do today is watch the Theorizing the Web (TtW) conference and populate my Endnote library.” I’m not sharing this to illustrate my obsession with going back to school (please tell me people still use Endnote – isContinue reading “Research for Breakfast”