Liz Gannes

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NetworkEffect on "Science Friday": Social Networking Identities

On Friday I had the pleasure of being a guest on “Science Friday,” the weekly “Talk of the Nation” segment on National Public Radio. While the show’s normal guests are often actual scientists–unlike me!–I was asked to discuss my direct experience with and observations about online social networking options, and the various identities people create to participate in them.

Among the topics we discussed were the rise and fall of social networking sites and whether that makes them fads, the implications of oversharing from a young age and the potential for social networks to become more productive and engaging.

It was a fun chat, and you can now listen to it and read the transcript online.

You can also read my recent trend story about multiple online identities that helped spark the conversation.


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