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Month: January 2009

links for 2009-01-29

Link roundup for January 27, 2009

Good for those marathon dissertation sessions.

Link roundup for January 15, 2009

Terrific collection of papers, news, data, websites, conferences etc. all about social capital. Edited by Italian economist Fabio Sabatini.

Link roundup for January 8, 2009

"We used to call them know-it-alls, debbie downers, Trekkies, or just plain douchebags."

Link roundup for January 6, 2009

Syllabus about SV history.

Combined archive of images, letters, recordings, etc. from SV's history.

Note on Annalee Saxenian's book/ethnography of SV.

Must-read, lit nerds on Twitter.

Interview at the Free Culture Conference

Jacob Caggiano tracked me down at the Berkeley Free Culture summit and asked me some questions about Free Culture. In reviewing the video, it’s clear that I did not answer the journalism question (how do you make money off citizen journalism?). But that’s probably good, because I don’t know the answer to that — if I did, lots of people would be very very curious, considering the terrible state of journalism, news media, and traditional publishing. Still, if you want to see me chatting away, here’s the vid:

Alice Marwick – NYU Dept. of Culture & Communication – at Free Culture 2008 Conference from Jacob Caggiano on Vimeo.

LiveJournal Users: Passionate, Prolific, and Private

Hi all,

I am very happy to announce the release of a major research report I wrote for LiveJournal based on an analysis of previous academic research, interviews with long-term LJ users and observation of communities and individual journals.

You can download it from the LiveJournal Inc. site at http://livejournalinc.com/LJ_Research_Report.pdf.

I was asked to answer the question “What makes LJ different?” I identified the depth of engagement between users and the substantive nature of entries and comments as the two major differences between LiveJournal and other forms of social media.

From the introduction:

LiveJournal’s present success can be attributed to what sets it apart rather than what it has in common with typical social media sites. Unlike Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter, LiveJournal’s features encourage a long-term, deep engagement between users that is comparable to a real-life (usually abbreviated as “RL” on LiveJournal) conversation.

While a Twitter message (140 characters) or a Facebook status update (160 characters) is designed to be extremely brief, LiveJournal users frequently write lengthy entries that encourage and solicit substantial comments from friends. These comment threads can include dozens of people and multithreaded conversations on both personal journals and community journals. LiveJournal also has full integration with a network of friends that encourages more meaningful relationships.

Note that this was a report that LJ paid for me to do. I’m still figuring out the ethics of paid research. Some of the comments in the LJ_Research blog call me out for not mentioning events that were highly critical of the company, or heavily-populated communities that aren’t as “family friendly” as the ones I included. And I fully admit that I went through several rounds of edits with LJ to get to a point where we were all comfortable with the work. It’s an interesting conundrum. But overall, I stand behind my work and there’s nothing in the report I don’t believe in fully.

You can comment at this LJ_Research thread until I get my comments on this blog working again (re-installing the blog software and generally modernizing this from 2005’s hottest technology is on my 2009 to-do list).

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