What does it mean to be #influential in the age of #socialmedia? New ABS Special Issue on Networked Influence

  #147881015 / gettyimages.com Much of the difficulty in understanding influence in social networks (especially those formed on social media sites) has to do with the inability to define influence, and then distinguish it from a number of other factors. For example, is it the actual content of a message being exchanged … Continue Reading →

The 2014 Social Media & Society Conference starts tomorrow! Join the Conversation via #SMSociety14.

The Social Media & Society 2014 conference starts tomorrow. We are all very excited to meet everyone. Just a quick reminder, registration opens at 8:00 am and the first session starts at 8:45am sharp on Saturday morning. We will have coffee on hand waiting for you! The conference will be in … Continue Reading →

One Week Till #SMSociety14 in #Toronto!

#SMSociety14 Conference Banners are printed – checked! pic.twitter.com/3XcE8DJe7A — SocialMedia&Society (@SocMediaSoc) September 19, 2014 #SMSociety14 Conference Programs are ordered – checked! pic.twitter.com/wtMoBp8x6P — SocialMedia&Society (@SocMediaSoc) September 19, 2014 The 2014 International Social Media & Society Conference is one week away!  We are firing up all of the engines and getting … Continue Reading →

The Promise, Practice, & Pitfalls of Social Media – Keynote by Keith Hampton

Abstract: Social media, we have been promised, supports the well-being of individuals and society. It has been said that it offers new opportunities for democratic participation, that it supports collective action and gives individuals a voice. Social capital, once lost through the dormancy of ties, hidden as a result of … Continue Reading →

Conversations with Yoda – Industry Keynote by John Weigelt

Abstract: While popular media often paints a dystopian picture of how people might interact with technology in the future, the transformation being driven by social networks, big data and location independent computing suggests a more positive view. The combination of these powerful technology mega trends provides the opportunity for each … Continue Reading →