This week’s goals were to define and classify terms related to social media.

We first became familiar with the “classic” pieces people cite when defining Web 2.0, SNS, and Enterprise 2.0.

We discussed definitions of the following:

  • memex
  • hypertext
  • Internet
  • World Wide Web
  • Web 2.0
  • social media
  • SNS
  • Enterprise 2.0

The classification resulted in 3 concentric circles as shown in the graphic created by one of your colleagues:

For follow-up, I would ask: Where do you place Enterprise 2.0? How about blogs?

Do remember to let me know that you read this post by interacting with it somehow.

The main concepts I want to make sure you got are:

1. Goffman’s dramaturgical approach vs. (plus) Hogan’s exhibitional approach.

2. Identity as performance – or more, performativity. See Judith Butler explain the idea (3 min. video) that self & identity are not performed, but are created and re-created and constantly renegotiated. This is consistent with lines of thinking from symbolic interactionism and social psychology – see Gergen & Gergen, Narratives of the Self (pdf.) and also Andersen, S. M., & Chen, S. (2002). The relational self: An interpersonal social-cognitive theory. Psychological Review, 109(4), 619–645. doi:10.1037//0033-295X.109.4.619.

3. Context collapse. - this is related to how we manage multiple groups online. See also:

Lampinen, A., Tamminen, S., & Oulasvirta, A. (2009). “All My People Right Here, Right Now”: Management of group co-presence on a social networking site. Proc. GROUP ’09, 281. doi:10.1145/1531674.1531717

Stutzman, F., & Hartzog, W. (2012). Boundary regulation in social media. Proc. CHI ’12, 769–778. doi:10.1145/2145204.2145320

4. Lowest common denominator – aka the mother in law check.

A few selections from the many more interesting citations on this topic:

DiMicco, J. M., & Millen, D. R. (2007). Identity management: Multiple presentations of self in facebook. 2007 International ACM Conference on Supporting Group Work GROUP ’07, 383–386.

Mischaud, E. (2007). Twitter: Expressions of the whole self. An investigation into user appropriation of a web-based communications platform. London: Media@ lse. Retrieved May 20, 2008 From Http://Www. Lse. Ac. Uk/Collections/Media@ Lse/mediaWorkingPapers/MScDissertationSeries/Mi Sch Aud_Final. Pdf, 1–53.

Pike, J. V., Bateman, P. J., & Butler, B. S. (2009). I Didn’t Know You Could See That: The Effect of Social Networking Environment Characteristics on Publicness and Self-Disclosure, 1–9. Retrieved from

Mehdizadeh, S. (2010). Self-Presentation 2.0: Narcissism and Self-Esteem on Facebook. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 13(4), 357–364.

Marwick, A. E., & boyd, D. (2011). I tweet honestly, I tweet passionately: Twitter users, context collapse, and the imagined audience. New Media & Society, 13(1), 114–133. doi:10.1177/1461444810365313

My questions for you:

Did I miss anything? Do you have questions about any of this? Please comment. Also, what research questions emerge for you from these issues? For me, the focus is on context collapse. I try to figure out how to help students deal with this. And I inquire how various groups of people deal with context collapse and how they manage their various social groups across different social media.

To do:

Remember to tweet and blog and comment heavily this coming week so we can all get used to communicating with each other using these media. 


Welcome, Fall 2014 students!

Please find here some notes about the first day of class and reminders for things to do by next class, Sept. 8.

We talked about the course and the course topics and showed our interest for each topic by “voting” for our own top 3 on the white board. I’m saving the image here so we can go back to it if needed later in the semester.


We introduced ourselves and found that we have a very diverse group of students from all around campus. Neat!

Finally, we talked about the initial motivation for the course – that of understanding the aspects of society that have been deeply changed by social media. The course topics are selected to illustrate this theme.

Here is the to do list for next class:

  1. Read the articles posted on Blackboard and fill out the reading notes.
  2. Fill out the worksheet with your own personal online identity management plan.
  3. Set up your blog on Learn how the blog works, learn the difference between post, page, tag and category. Create the categories mentioned in the syllabus so you can easily categorize your posts later on.
  4. Set up your twitter account. Remember what we discussed about (a)nonymity. Make an informed choice.
  5. Go to the wiki page on Blackboard and paste the links to your blog and twitter account.
  6. Set up your RSS feed reader (e.g. Feedly) and subscribe to this blog and to all class members’ blogs.
  7. Follow me (@mihaela_v) and all class members on Twitter.

Optional, but highly recommended:

See older blog posts I wrote that can be useful to you in this class:

(Note how my links are done: They are from text so you don’t have to see the URL, and they work. Please follow this example when linking from your blog posts. Readers should not have to see the URLs. Also bad practice: “click here.” Provide enough meaningful information so the reader knows what is on the other side of the link. This is called information scent.)

Questions about any of this? Please ask in the comments below.


I am going through your drafts and doing my best to provide helpful feedback. I was unable to clear my days on Tuesday and Wed., so I wasn’t able to get to them until last night. At about 30-60 minutes per draft (and other meetings and things), I was hoping to be done by Sat morning, but realistically, that will probably be Sunday morning.

I believe I already moved the deadline to Wednesday of exam week, but if you need another day to write the PERFECT paper, just let me know and we can work something out.

Now, a couple of reminders and tips:

  1. Follow the outline in the slides I presented in class.
  2. Remember the Appendices – any research instruments (surveys, interview questions, observation sheets) as well as a Reflection. In the Reflection, please think a bit about your experience working on this paper. What was easy, what was difficult, but most importantly, what you learned from this experience: What skills do you feel confident you have learned/improved? Writing introductions? Organizing literature reviews? Making arguments for the need for your study? Finding references? If you were to do this again, knowing what you know now, what would you do? Do you usually write outlines and drafts? This time you did. Was that helpful? How?
  3. Writing – do remember to use your literature review to make an argument for the need for your research. At the end of each literature section, write a couple of sentences that APPLY that information to your study. Use it. Is it a stepping stone? A gap in the literature? What does it mean for your study? Then, add a TRANSITION to the next section. You will see notes about A+T in the comments on your draft, this is what it means.
  4. Discussion – from what I’ve seen so far, the Discussion sections could be stronger. There is more to Discussion than listing implications of the research. You also need to interpret and explain the results, and relate them to the literature you reviewed. Also, remember to discuss limitations.
  5. Directions for Future Research  – This is another section that is often weak. Most suggestions for future research involve more of the same: Do the same study, but make it bigger, or with different populations. That’s OK, but not as interesting as it could get. Think about it this way: Knowing what we know now from your research contribution, what would be some other, further questions to ask that would take the field deeper, farther, or to more interesting places? Think beyond “more of the same.”

Please keep an eye on the blog for further notes and updates.

Final project presentation

Posted: November 25, 2013 in Assignments

Please follow this structure for your presentation:

1.     Briefly explain the topic and its relevance
2.     State the purpose of your research and your research question
3.     Present your most important results
4.     Discuss the importance and relevance of your results – what contribution to they make to what field? Who should care about them and why?

To receive all the points for one section, make sure the content is communicated clearly and effectively.

Please make sure that:

  • The content on your slides is LARGE and visible
  • You do not cram too much text on one slide

Each student has  8 minutes for the presentation. Please be very mindful of this time limit.

The presentation is not graded. You will receive meaningful feedback instead. Please do it out of pride for your work – and also because you will lose 3 APP points if you do not. Let this be a celebration of your work rather than an evaluation.

The 20 points for the final project are broken up as follows:

Research plan: 5 points

Organized list of references for literature review: 3 points

Draft of final paper: 2 points

Final paper: 10 points



Please check out this post  and my comment on it - a fellow student’s experience with delicious. Have you tried and social bookmarking sites (Pinterest included)? How about academic social bookmarking sites? Look into them! Let the others know what you think!

missed-deadline-278x300So, you know that the final paper draft is due December 2. It would help you (and me) stay on track if you wrote a blog post with some key dates by when you want to have parts of the paper finished. Please plan your milestones and publish them on your blog!