Thursday, October 16, 2008

Online Social Networks, Again

Imagine are a creative marketing agency based in the centre of Dublin. In the current edition of the Imagine newsletter, there's a useful reference to a New York Times article about Facebook and it's impact on social interaction. Apparently social scientists have a name for incessant online contact; "they call it “ambient awareness.” It is, they say, very much like being physically near someone and picking up on his mood through the little things he does — body language, sighs, stray comments — out of the corner of your eye." An extract from the article (below) mentions some data-collection tools that people might find interesting.

One of the most popular new tools is Twitter, a ... messaging service that allows its ... users to broadcast to their friends haiku-length updates — limited to 140 characters... — on what they’re doing. There are other services for reporting where you’re traveling (Dopplr)... And there are even tools that give your location. When the new iPhone, with built-in tracking, was introduced in July, one million people began using Loopt, a piece of software that automatically tells all your friends exactly where you are.

3 comments:

Kevin Denny said...

haiku length updates?

"ah jaysus martin,im bleedin locked"

Martin Ryan said...

Even worse:

"Did you see Friends? I'm watching Big Brother"

There's an interesting paper from Columbia Stats here about estimating the size of social networks:

"How many people do you know?:
Efficiently estimating personal network size"

by

Tyler H. McCormick, Matthew J. Salganik and Tian Zheng

http://www.stat.columbia.edu/~gelman/stuff_for_blog/estimatingdegree24_unblinded-1.pdf

Martin Ryan said...

/stuff_for_blog/estimatingdegree24_unblinded-1.pdf