Category Archives: Social Networks

Social Media Decoder


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The Rise and Fall of Social Networks brings us a 1982 assessment of the “golden age” and subsequent decline of Bulletin Board Systems: What ever happened to real bulletin-board systems? 

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Genealogists Drown the 1940 Census

I blogged before (see A Calculating People, February 23, 2012) about the release yesterday of the 1940 census records. Today, the Web site of the National Archives and Records Administration displays an apology for the difficulties people had in accessing the web site, … Continue reading

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Only Connect: One in Five People Worldwide on Social Networks

According to eMarketer, there will be 1.43 billion social network users in 2012, a 19.2% increase over 2011.

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Highlights of ComScore’s Summary of 2011 in Information

From comScore’s just-released  2012 U.S. Digital Future in Focus Social: Social Networking accounted for 16.6 percent of all online minutes at the end of 2011 and is on track to surpass Portals as the most engaging online activity in 2012. … Continue reading

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MIT Study Proves the World is Not Flat

Researchers at MIT and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, modeling the diffusion of social contagion by studying the spread of Twitter from 2006 to 2009, have found that “the site’s growth in the United States relied primarily … Continue reading

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Blogging in the 17th Century

“…modern journalism was born via a precursor of the blog. Nobles, such as Cardinal Mazarin, hired their own “journalists” to report on scandal and sex in the city. 

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