Keith Hampton

Has the Web Turned Into a Popularity Contest?

by JenniferCobb on 02/13/2012

The Internet and the WWW are in their relative infancy.  20 years is just not a lot of time for anything to reach maturity.   I think it is safe to say that the web has grown from a wild, unfettered space full of creative and yet fairly unkempt growth to a place dominated by apps […]

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The new Pew study out this week, Social networking sites and our lives, paints a very rosy picture of social networking (SNS).  SNS is associated with more trust, larger networks, more political engagement and greater social support.  Key findings from the study include: ♦  Facebook is the clear winner in the world of SNS.  59% […]

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Diversity and Social Media: Helping or Hurting?

by JenniferCobb on 02/13/2011

There is a small controversy raging about whether social media use is creating more diverse networks or exacerbating an existing trend toward smaller, more homogenous social groups.  This question matters.  A lot.   Robert Putnam (of Bowling Alone fame), following a lineage that dates back to de Tocqueville, argues that engagement with diverse social networks fosters […]

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Last month, McKinsey came out with a research report by Jacques Bughin and Michael Chui that shows that companies with the most pervasive use of Web 2.0 technologies are winning market share and gaining higher margins.  (The rise of the networked enterprise:  Web 2.0 finds its payday)  Also recently released is new research by Keith […]

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