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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

Lively Data, Social Fitness and Biovalue: The Intersections of Health and Fitness Self-tracking and Social Media
Lively data, social fitness and biovalue: The intersections of health and fitness self-tracking and social media
Deborah Lupton

The fitness-tracking platform Strava calls itself ‘The social network for athletes’ on its Twitter account. Its Twitter feed is filled with screenshots of the routes that members of the platform have taken on their bicycle rides, swims or runs, and accounts of how many kilometres they have travelled and how fast they have done so. These images and comments contribute to the social media functions of the site. The Strava website lists the opportunity for members to ‘socialize’ by following friends and their activities, joining or creating ...

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