Public Displays of Connection

A still-growing body of academic research supports the notion that online networks (such as Facebook or Slashdot, to name just two) actually make finding and sharing credible news and information more possible than it was in the previous era of legacy media. Full Story »

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Fabrice Florin
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by Fabrice Florin - Mar. 4, 2009

Interesting article about social media’s filtering capabilities, with a focus on how they might help journalism over time. This is part of larger investigation by the author, a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School, and his full report, Word of Mouse, is very worthwhile reading (see link).

Disclosure: Rory O'Connor is a personal friend and was NewsTrust's first Editorial Director from 2006 to 2008.

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Kaizar Campwala
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by Kaizar Campwala - Mar. 4, 2009

Great piece that puts online social networks into a social capital framework. Excellent sourcing on an important area to be explored.

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Mike LaBonte
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by Mike LaBonte - Mar. 5, 2009

The 4 sources quoted do not offer many examples to support their claims (the email example is a good one though). Well linked.

I would like to see more on the challenges of trust in social media. For example, people building up apparently solid, extensive social networks, when in fact few of the connections are significant.

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Patricia L'Herrou
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by Patricia L'Herrou - Mar. 4, 2009

what seems implied here is that at some point 'social capital relationships' , formed by facebook, et al, will be used to directly influence perceptions on what is valid in news/information,thus aiding journalism. it is an interesting hypothesis, taking off perhaps from social psychology research of the 90's, not mentioned here, which showed how group relationships influence individuals within them. not discussed but vital, is how to get from possible to likely.

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