I was chatting with a friend about the challenges of keeping the destination of her holidays secret from a certain acquaintance, because of a comment somebody else had written on her Facebook page. This exchange reminded me of an experiment of sorts, from a few years ago. Professor Vertesi, who was pregnant at the time, … Continue reading Hide and seek in the age of social media
What? A video reminding us to look up from our screens, and connect with those around us (as well as ourselves). Where? Shared on Facebook by Jen Johnson Kampanaos, a lovely lady that I had the pleasure of meeting in business school and with whom, ironically, I keep in touch via Facebook. So what? I … Continue reading Spotted elsewhere: Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?
Still thinking about contagion. I was talking with a friend recently about online influence. In particular, whether - or to what extent - social media influence translates into real world behaviour. You know, things like raising funds through your online social network and blog readers. That conversation reminded me of a study by … Continue reading Social influence: the question of quantity vs quality
On 25 March 2010, a 15-year-old schoolboy was murdered in a busy London railway station. It was a brutal attack, played out in public, in broad daylight. Now that the trials have taken place, leading on twenty teenagers being charged with murder, details are starting to emerge about the days and hours leading up to … Continue reading A sad story of social networking