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Books or websites on how Facebook has changed social research?

For the first time ever, I've opened an account in Facebook and started using it. Wow...it has to be the greatest social research tool ever! Attitudes and opinions can be gauged without the presence of a social / market researcher. Facebook must be changing the landscape of advertising / social research beyond recognition. Moreover, it must be a political electioneers / pollsters dream. No more contrived focus groups.... Can anybody recommend some books or websites the delve into this?
posted by jacobean on Apr 22, 2014 - 2 answers

Help me keep from feeling like I'm on Big Brother.

I value my privacy, and knowing that people I don't really know can easily discover my current physical location makes me feel queasy inside. How can I use the internet/social without basically shouting to the rest of the internet "this is where my body is right NOW!"? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Mar 4, 2014 - 12 answers

Facebook etiquette for what is basically, a year-long vacation?

After years of saving and planning, I've been able to realize my dream of traveling the world for a year. I'm 6 months into my trip and I've been posting photos or updates about where I am in the world on facebook about 2 or 3 times a week. While many people have expressed appreciation for the updates or interest in what I'm doing, I've noticed about 7-10 friends who used to interact with me all the time on FB and real life have totally stopped liking/commenting/sending messages although they're still very active on the site. I kind of suspect some of them have blocked me from their timelines. I know not everyone will have an opportunity like this and I try to be sensitive to that. I'm not preachy about "the importance of travel", or posting pics of 5 star hotel rooms and fancy restaurants (I'm doing this as cheaply as possible, mostly hostels in developing countries and couchsurfing.) At the same time I LOVE seeing others' travel pics and, well, want to share some of the exciting, amazing things I'm experiencing with people in my life. But some people seem put off by this, so I'm wondering - am I being a jerk? What's the etiquette here?
posted by horizons on Dec 20, 2013 - 55 answers

How to figure out which news story is trending the most at a given time?

Twitter and Tumblr feature trending or hot tags/news. But is there a way to find the most read/shared news story associated with a certain tag/news topic? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on Oct 9, 2013 - 3 answers

Do I need a second set of social media accounts?

I am about to launch a project that I think will get a lot of attention. I have personal/business social media accounts already, but do I need a second set of social media accounts just for this project to keep my personal/business ones from getting cluttered?
posted by CollectiveMind on Sep 28, 2013 - 2 answers

How to download text of Facebook posts and comments from a fan page

Mefites, can you help me come up with a quick and dirty way to download the text of all the comments and posts from a given Facebook Fan page? I'm trying to do a word cloud visualization of our Facebook presence. Thanks.
posted by trbrts on May 20, 2013 - 6 answers

How to do Social Media without being a Douchebag?

So, I've recently inherited the community and social media role for the company I work for. I'm hoping to use our social media presence to drive up engagement and get users to use our product (a niche-focused social network in the finance realm), but I want to do it without being a douchebag. [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Apr 9, 2013 - 10 answers

Use TripAdvisor Facebook app or other FB travel app? Why?

Hello. I'm curious about why Facebook members use the TripAdvisor Facebook app and / or other FB travel applications. Can you tell me why you use them? Apparently, the TripAdvisor app has 32 million users inside Facebook every month. But what's so good about it, that it attracts such a large user-base? Thanks for reading.
posted by Speculatist on Jan 14, 2013 - 10 answers

i know you googled me, but i swear that isn't me throwing up gang signs or pitching for AAA baseball in Cincinnati.

i share a somewhat random name with a miscreant from the midwest. when i google my name, i get a mixed return of my stats and his; his being mostly juvenile youtube vids of him skateboarding and flipping off the camera. i KNOW employers in my field google search/research online profiles heavily. what to do? [more inside]
posted by ps_im_awesome on Nov 27, 2012 - 15 answers

Theorizing Facebook

Could you point me in the direction of interesting scholarly work being done on social networking sites, especially Facebook? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Oct 14, 2012 - 11 answers

Give Tweets a Chance

How the heck do I re-enable Twitter on my Facebook friend feed? [more inside]
posted by mynameisluka on Sep 10, 2012 - 1 answer

Does Facebook publish photo upload statistics?

Does Facebook publish statistics? I'm specifically interested in statistics about photo uploads and camera metadata / popularity. [more inside]
posted by ztdavis on Aug 2, 2012 - 1 answer

You "like" this but what do you really think?

Are email lists for group discussion dead? If you were starting a new group -- for networking or to talk about a local issue -- what would you use to bring people together online? [more inside]
posted by amanda on Mar 27, 2012 - 15 answers

What social network lifestream sharing and web marketing philosophy do you recommend for a freelancer?

What social network lifestream sharing and web marketing philosophy do you recommend for a freelancer? [more inside]
posted by jeffreyclong on Feb 13, 2012 - 4 answers

Unpin me from Pinterest!

Knew it, shouldn't have indulged in the whim of this "pinterest" nonsense. I click "unlink" for Facebook, save, nothing happens. I get redirected to the main page, facebook photo and friendlinks intact. I get so frustrated I choose "delete account"....again, nothing happens. Redirected back to my main page, self's facebook photo serenely mocking me. [more inside]
posted by keasby on Feb 11, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me confidently add social media-er director-thing to my resume!

My boss has given me a weekly budget to run "social media" bonuses for our employees (finicky teenagers). Social media experts, any tips on how to make this project effective? Also ideas for bonuses/challenges very welcome and appreciated. [more inside]
posted by ad4pt on Oct 31, 2011 - 11 answers

How can I revolutionize the way I think about and organize my Facebook friends?

How can I revolutionize the way I think about and organize my Facebook friends? [more inside]
posted by mrdexterous on Sep 17, 2011 - 14 answers

Help me become my organization's social media guru!

Help me become my organization's social media guru! [more inside]
posted by binocularfight on Jul 20, 2011 - 7 answers

Have I pruned my facebook friend list too much?

I've pruned my facebook friends list quite a bit. Am I going overboard or should I "refriend" some back? [more inside]
posted by lankford on Jul 10, 2011 - 21 answers

FaceFilter

How can I overcome my anxiety over Facebook and other highly interactive social media? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Jan 15, 2011 - 13 answers

Who dumped me?

Is there any way to have Facebook tell me who dropped off my friends list?
posted by Yakuman on Aug 28, 2010 - 8 answers

Please help me tidy up my internet

What's the best way to manage multiple social media streams? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Jul 21, 2010 - 5 answers

Facebook and twitter a one way street

Why can't I tweet from my facebook statuses? Is there a way to do that? [more inside]
posted by Michael Pemulis on Jul 16, 2010 - 19 answers

What to do with all these web apps?

What should I do with Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, Livejournal, Flickr, Tumblr and my own website? [more inside]
posted by Saturn XXIII on Jul 14, 2010 - 12 answers

I want you for social media

Social media? Great! But what do you charge and deliver? [more inside]
posted by fijiwriter on Jun 7, 2010 - 3 answers

How do I schedule a Facebook link post?

How do I schedule a Facebook link post? [more inside]
posted by DumbPoet on Jan 25, 2010 - 5 answers

Name my business!

Name my business / consulting service: I've been helping friends and some small businesses get into the social media space - set up blogs, facebook pages, twitter accounts, simple flip video youtube videos, etc. [more inside]
posted by bonsai forest on Dec 31, 2009 - 6 answers

Why Should You Use Social Networking at Work?

Many workplaces ban social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and so on. What are some of the reasons workplaces should allow (and even encourage) staff to use social networking sites? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Oct 14, 2009 - 20 answers

Studying the rise of social websites?

I am keenly interested in the social aspects and pervasive expansion of sites like Facebook. [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Sep 16, 2009 - 5 answers

No! Not my Gmail and Facebook! How to convince work not to block?

Work is thinking about banning access to Gmail, Facebook, Hotmail and other third-party email and social networking sites. Help me convince them not to? [more inside]
posted by raf on Aug 14, 2009 - 37 answers

Is Facebook being shady, or is it just me?

Facebook gives you the option of looking through your private email contacts (Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) to see if you're not connected to them through the social networking site yet. Why are they keeping my login information on hand? [more inside]
posted by scarykarrey on Jun 1, 2009 - 14 answers

Social Media Retail filter: Amazon Twitter Facebook mashup... does such a thing exist?

Social Media Retail filter: I'm trying to find examples of "best in show" social retail sites. Think "Facebook" meets "hot or not" but for rating apparel and house/home goods (for example). Bonus points if they offer the ability to follow particular users that have a good eye for style/trends that you find appealing, similar functionality to how you follow a user's feed on Twitter. [more inside]
posted by xotis on Feb 9, 2009 - 4 answers

New to Facebook

Am I too old (shy, paranoid, etc.) for Facebook? [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Nov 22, 2008 - 38 answers

Open Source Social Networking, blah, blah, blah.

Yet Another Social Networking Question: I'm looking for something that does well with different user groups. [more inside]
posted by chrisfromthelc on Jun 3, 2008 - 6 answers

Banned from Facebook for violating messaging limits. What now?

I accidentally violated the Facebook Terms of Service by sending too much mail. Am I now stuffed in regards to getting my account back? [more inside]
posted by rc55 on Feb 2, 2007 - 7 answers

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