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In terms of media and communication history, we are arguably in the midst of a social media paradigm. Well-known platforms like Twitter and Facebook have gone from being viewed as mere sites of teenage distraction to becoming embedded ICT infrastructure in mainstream organisations across the society, culture, and economy; such platforms, their uses, and their politics are increasingly entangled with everyday life, work, and relationships. For the past decade there has been a burgeoning interest in social media. This highly international Handbook addresses the most significant research themes, methodological approaches and debates in this field via substantial chapters specially commissioned from leading scholars coming from a range of disciplinary perspectives centered on but extending beyond the social sciences and humanities. Part One: Histories and Pre-Histories Part Two: Approaches and Methods Part Three: Technologies & Business Models Part Four: Practices & Problems Part Five: Social, Cultural & Economic Domains

Privacy and Surveillance
Privacy and surveillance
Daniel Trottier

We like to think that we have control over our social media presence. Yet the fact that users are typically always connected to these profiles means that a single oversight can lead to drastic consequences. A college student I interviewed on this topic was shocked to discover that her mother was, as it turned out, her Facebook friend. While acknowledging that she must have consciously ‘friended’ her at some point in time, coming to terms with this connection was a lesson in social media visibility:

I had no idea she had Facebook first of all … And I was like, ‘That is so creepy!’ Like, I had no idea I had my mom as ...

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