Social Media Archive

  • Earlier this year I read It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by danah boyd. boyd (she uses lower case) is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft.  Her research examines the intersection between technology and society.  Over the course of 10 years she interviewed over 100 teens, gathering data to better understand teenage behavior in our social media landscape.  Some of her findings surprised me.

    Recommended Reading: It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

    Earlier this year I read It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens by danah boyd. boyd (she uses lower case) is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft. Her research examines the intersection between technology and society. Over the course of 10 years she interviewed over 100 teens, gathering data to better understand teenage behavior in our social media landscape. Some of her findings surprised me.

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  • A few days ago I shared how your iPhone keeps tabs on where you are.  Well, Facebook does too.  "Nearby Friends" on Facebook mobile lets friends know that you're nearby. If you have the Facebook app on your phone (iPhone or Android) you have this feature available.  Nearby Friends is an opt-in feature; meaning, it is OFF unless you turn the feature ON. Let’s take a closer look at Nearby Friends, including what it might mean for teens.

    What is Nearby Friends on Facebook?

    A few days ago I shared how your iPhone keeps tabs on where you are. Well, Facebook does too. "Nearby Friends" on Facebook mobile lets friends know that you're nearby. If you have the Facebook app on your phone (iPhone or Android) you have this feature available. Nearby Friends is an opt-in feature; meaning, it is OFF unless you turn the feature ON. Let’s take a closer look at Nearby Friends, including what it might mean for teens.

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  • If you’re new to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you may have heard of "tagging" but are not really sure what it means.  Simply put, tagging identifies someone else in a post, photo or status update that you share.  A tag may also notify that person that you have mentioned them or referred to them in a post or a photo, and provide a link back to their profile.

    Tag, You’re it – what does it mean to be “Tagged” on Facebook and other sites?

    If you’re new to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you may have heard of "tagging" but are not really sure what it means. Simply put, tagging identifies someone else in a post, photo or status update that you share. A tag may also notify that person that you have mentioned them or referred to them in a post or a photo, and provide a link back to their profile.

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  • Facebook privacy settings can be so confusing.  Facebook seems to change their settings frequently and the myriad of options can be overwhelming.  Recently a friend realized that he had been sharing his Facebook posts not just with his friends, but with everyone on Facebook.  When your posts are public, there is an increased chance that you will show up in Facebook search, and that your information is exposed to people you don’t know.  So here is a suggested 5-minute Facebook review to make sure that you are only sharing with your friends.

    5 Minute Facebook Privacy Checkup

    Facebook privacy settings can be so confusing. Facebook seems to change their settings frequently and the myriad of options can be overwhelming. Recently a friend realized that he had been sharing his Facebook posts not just with his friends, but with everyone on Facebook. When your posts are public, there is an increased chance that you will show up in Facebook search, and that your information is exposed to people you don’t know. So here is a suggested 5-minute Facebook review to make sure that you are only sharing with your friends.

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