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12 OCTOBER 2015

Social media platform affordances promote phatic communication

"Facebook, for example, encourages phatic communication through sociable add-ons like 'vampire bites', 'zombies', 'hot potatoes' and automating messages encouraging participation between friends in quizzes, film taste reviews and the like.[6] Furthermore, Facebook's new 'beacon' technology creates an environment where one's online purchases and interests get relayed to one's network of friends through automated communication. Twitter encourages phatic communication through the imposed limits of the medium itself. The 160 character limit for messages creates brevity in communication. The lack of a private messaging facility, promotes generic 'announcements' over dialogue or targeted conversation. "

(Vincent Miller, 2008, p.398)

[6] For example, a typical automated message such as ''Mr X' has challenged you to a movie quiz' suggests a personal invitation to compete. However, it is usually the case that if 'Mr X' has participated in a movie quiz, you will, by default, be automatically 'challenged' to the quiz, by virtue of being friends with 'Mr X'.

Miller, V. (2008). "New Media, Networking and Phatic Culture." Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies 14(4): 387–400.

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2008 • activity patterns • announcements • automated communication • automated messagesbrevitycharacter limitconstant connection • conversation for its own sake • Facebookfriendship networks • generic announcements • grooming talking • hot potatoe • I share therefore I am • imposed limits • linguisticsmedium limitationonline activitiesonline followersperformativitypersonal interests • phatic communication • phatic communion • phatic expression • phatic speech • relationship communication • self-disclosureshare your interestssharing personal informationsharing platformshow and tellsmall talk • sociable add-on • social groomingsocial practices • social task • spectacular society • speech act • status updatethe mediumTwitterutterances • vampire bite • Vincent Miller • zombie

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Simon Perkins
19 JUNE 2015

The benefits of Facebook 'Friends': the social capital implications of Facebook-enabled communication practices

Tuesday, 7 June 2011, 12:30 pm, Berkman Center, 23 Everett Street, second floor.

"This talk will provide an overview of research exploring the social capital implications of social network site use. Specifically, I will report on new research that attempts to identify specific Facebook-enabled behaviors that contribute to users' ability to access diverse perspective, novel information, and social support. This research explores the link between bridging social capital levels and Facebook-related factors such as time on site, the number of Facebook Friends, and a set of behaviors we call 'Cultivation of Social Resources.'"

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2011 • absent ties • Berkman Center • Bernie Hogan • cultivation of social resources • Danah Boyd • diverse perspectives • Dmitri Williams • Erving GoffmanFacebook • Facebook friends • friendship networksinformation transmissioninformation-seeking behaviour • Internet effects • interpersonal ties • Michigan State University • multi-method investigation • multiple methods • NameGenWeb • Nicole Ellison • novel information • pseudo experimental techniques • quasi-experimental research • reciprocity • sample group • sample size • social affordances • social behavioursocial capital • social embeddedness • social media researchsocial networks • social support • social ties • status update • student sample • survey instrument • survey measures • technology affordancesUniversity of Michiganvideo lecture • weak ties

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Simon Perkins
01 FEBRUARY 2015

Facebook's Like and Share buttons: designing for functional purpose

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2014 • change aversion • communicating change • community standards • designing for functional purpose • designing for legacy devices • designing for usabilitydesigning with datadiversity of experiencesengineering designFacebook • Facebook like • functional purposeHCIinstructions for useinterface designer • legacy devices • like button • Margaret Gould Stewart • measurementproduct designproduct usability • share button • TED Talksusabilityusability engineeringuser experienceuser experience designUser-Centred Design (UCD)women designers

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Simon Perkins
26 MAY 2014

Hootsuite: Social Media Management Dashboard

"Manage social networks, schedule messages, engage your audiences, and measure ROI right from the dashboard."

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2008 • analytic reporting • analyticsbrand management • business strategy • campaign momentum • content management dashboard • dashboarddata gathering instrumentsFacebookFoursquareGoogle Plus • Hootsuite Media Inc • Instagram • integration platform • integration softwareLinkedIn • MailChimp • managing brands • marketing processes • measure performancemeasurement of impactmetrics tools • Mixi • MySpaceonline marketingpromotion and disseminationReddit • regulatory compliance • return on investment (ROI) • ROI • Ryan Holmes • social implementation • social media • social media activity • social media analytics • social media analytics reports • social media channels • social media dashboard • social media efforts • social media management • social media management system • social media marketing • social media monitoring tool • social media platform • social media presence • social network integrations • social networks • social reach • software integration • software utility • Storify • TrendSpottr • TumblrTwitter • utility software • VimeoWordPressYouTube

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Simon Perkins
11 MARCH 2014

7th grade student: Welcome to My PLE!

"Seventh grade life science student gives a tour of her personal learning environment. Design based research project was conducted for Networked Student dissertation."

(Wendy Drexler, 2009)

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2009 • 7th grade • autonomy • box jellyfish • connectivism • design based research project • e-learning 2.0e-pedagogyeducational technologyelearning • Evernote • FacebookGlogster EDUGoogle Docs • iGoogle • learner responsibility • learning teachnology • leopard gecko • life science • Netvibes • networked student • PageFlakes • paperless • peer-reviewed • personal learning centres • Personal Learning EnvironmentPLE • Pocket Tanks • reflective bloggingscience education • seventh grade • Skype • structured enquiry • studentSymbalooEDUteaching science • Wendy Drexler

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Simon Perkins
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