alexa Social networking sites: definition, history, and scholarship
Social & Political Sciences

Social & Political Sciences

Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

Author(s): danah m boyd, Nicole B Ellison

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Social network sites (SNSs) are increasingly attracting the attention of academic and industry researchers intrigued by their affordances and reach. This special theme section of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication brings together scholarship on these emergent phenomena. In this introductory article, we describe features of SNSs and propose a comprehensive definition. We then present one perspective on the history of such sites, discussing key changes and developments. After briefly summarizing existing scholarship concerning SNSs, we discuss the articles in this special section and conclude with considerations for future research.

This article was published in J ComputMediatCommun and referenced in Journal of Mass Communication & Journalism

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