boyd & Ellison (2007): Social Networking Sites: Definitions, History, and Scholarship


This seminal piece in computer-mediated communication was published the same year Facebook went public. It seeks to define social network sites, chronicle the history of SNSs, and catalogue research trends on the topic. The piece is one of the most oft-cited pieces on the subject. The definition is a good start, but it could stand to be expanded to reflect authorship and interactivity between users. The history of SNS between 1996 and 2007 is helpful, but much has changed since then … especially the multimodality of social media use with smart phones. Finally, the research section also outlines several important key trends, but many other trends have come along or expanded since then … included furtherance of Social Information Processing-related thoughts. On a related note, you should check out stuff written by Stephanie Tong if you ever get the chance. Just saying… =)

Boyd & Ellison 2007 Soc Net def hist schol

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3 responses to “boyd & Ellison (2007): Social Networking Sites: Definitions, History, and Scholarship

  1. Where exactly is the reflection part? Am I missing something, or is this supposed to be a draft?

  2. There was no reflection directly associated with this post. I posted it because the permalink on the syllabus was broken/misdirected, so I put this link here as an alternative. I thought I had explained that somewhere when I was posting it, but it must have gotten lost…

    • OK, I see – thank you. I’m pretty sure I checked the link before posting it to Bb, but they must have changed things. Please make sure your post is not categorized as a ‘reflection’ if it isn’t one.

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