Clay Shirky studies the effects of the Internet on Society. He has written two recent books on the subject: Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations(2008) and Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age (2010). He blogs occasionally here.
7 Must-Read Books on the Future of the Internet Mentioned on this page: Ushahidi crisis mapping
Marketing and Advertising on Facebook: Metrics (Join/Leave) for Groups, by day and week
- Facebook's 7 stages of development (by Robert Scoble). From (1) Harvard only; (2) Harvard + Colleges only (3) Harvard, colleges and geeks (4) All people in the social graph; (5) All of the above plus businesses in the social graph; (6) All of the above plus well-known objects in the social graph; (7) All people, businesses, objects in the social graph. Phase 5 is known as when Facebook is really going to find its business model.
- Facebook Changed My Life (BBC interviews with three Brits).
- What are the best and worst Facebook applications? http://tinyurl.com/ahv5fm
- About Face: Parents All Over Facebook, by Bella English, Boston Globe.
- How to Friend Mom, Dad and the Boss Without Losing Your Privacy
- Facebook's Downsides: Friend Envy, Dilemma of Unfriending, Divorce and Social Networking
- Inside Facebook blog for developers and marketers.
- 10 Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know
- Facebook's Blog
- New Interactive Advertising Turns Consumers into Partners
- 700 Facebook Friends, Yet Only One Shows Up
- Facebook for Geezers (Old Folks). And What If Facebook Existed During the Civil War?
- Addicted to Facebook?
- Teens Rarely Use Email (Only With 'Old People'): They IM, Twitter, Text, Use MySpace and Facebook
- Youth Pastor Says He Learns About Kids From Their Facebook Activities
- 'Older Generation' on Facebook
- Facebook: Biggest Tech Phenomenon of 2007 and 2008? (written in 2007)
- Egads, Mom and Dad Are On Facebook! Clicking and Not Clicking With the Facebook Crowd
It's NOT Information Overload; It's Filter Failure
- social network analysis: books and articles to read
- understanding social networks might lead to all sorts of societal benefits
- books on social networks and their hidden power
- Group Action Just Got Easier, says Clay Shirky.
- Shirky, "Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations," (video) speaks of the small number of people who have friends UNLIKE themselves. Most people seek out friends who are like themselves. This raises issues of social inclusion vs. exclusion. Invest in connectors, Shirky says. "Social density, the social clustering that gives you access to social capital - by which you can get loans or help - has much to do with like-with-like clustering.
If you want to increase social capital and tackle exclusion you need to support people who make connections." He also discusses Institutions Vs. Collaborators:
- NC Citizens Flex Political Muscle With Hyper-local Websites
- Thriving Online Community in Chatham County. How About in Your County?
- Cary, Chapel Hill, Greensboro Neighborhood Yahoo Groups
- Raleigh Neighborhood Yahoo Groups
- Durham Neighborhood Yahoo Groups
- Online Neighborhoods Now in the Thousands
- Newspapers Must Embrace Not Just Blogging, But Neighborhood Networking
- Online Neighborhoods Recreate Village Atmosphere
- Wondering About SmallWander.com
ObamaCTO.org is now taking your ideas. Here's the feedback page. Here's what I voted for the Obama movement to do:
Start a membership organization. To combat unemployment, create something like WPA and CCC. Partner with Second Harvest to deliver food items to the needy.
These sites represent an online hub for Colorado activists -- from environmentalists to abortion rights advocates to those concerned about the direction of their school boards. Progressives use the site to find each other, organize and meet people working on other issues. Here's the strategy: " The best news coverage, the most clever ads aren’t enough to change public opinion. Change has to be made one person at a time, community by community, all across the state and the country. ProgressNow Action gives you the tools you need make this change happen:
- Get connected with others in your area by starting a group and organizing locally around the issues important to you.
- Get current by choosing the news you want, delivered the way you want it.
- Get active by reaching out and influencing your local media, your elected officials, and voters near you."
Shirky, Clay. Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. Penguin Press, 2008. See also Shirky.com
How Obama Did It
The Internet As Civic and Political Organizing Tool
Using the Net for Local Community Organizing (Ed Cone)
PDAs in the hands of door-to-door canvassers, connected to online databases that can be updated in real time. The Voter Activation Network is one example.
"The low cost of Internet communications has drastically changed the way large and small organizations reach out to their constituents. Armed with an email database of 250,000 supporters, organizations are able to deliver a highly targeted direct response message to an audience larger than some national news networks get in any 30 minute increment. This is a tremendously powerful tool for organizations to leverage for both activism and fundraising." -- Juan Proano, president of Plus Three, speaking to the Personal Democracy Forum. Podcasts and video from the conference are available from the web site.