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There’s a fine, fine line between personal and professional

facebook and workBy Chei Billedo

With the risk of revealing too much private information that might have negative professional implications, many people are wary about adding colleagues on Facebook. However, the increasing ubiquity of Facebook makes it almost inevitable not to mix personal and professional aspects of our lives. How do you respond to a Facebook friend request from a colleague? Do you accept, reject or ignore? If you accept a colleague’s Facebook friend request, how do you manage your posts?

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Online-Protest: Pluralization and Polarization of Voices in Social Media

monsanto picBy Friederike Schultz

With the rise of social media and the transformation of societies towards globally networked societies, protest actors gain new ways for affecting corporations’ reputation and legitimacy. Through blogs, Facebook, and Twitter, communication can potentially speed up, become more interactive and produce participation across organizations and various audiences (Castello, Morsing & Schultz, forthcoming). Two examples spread the social media sphere very recently: In the beginning of November 2013, the global company Google has connected the commentary system on the video plattform Youtube, which is owned by Google, with its social network google+. Users responded critical via social media and started to post videos on youtube to criticize Google for this decision (e.g., http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFOjzBEHxd0).

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This week’s harvest of social media research: Social Media Literacy #important #health #coping strategies

images (4)By Nicoleta Bălău

There are 156 million blogs. Google+ has 343 million users. Apple boasts over 50 billion app downloads. YouTube tops one billion monthly users with 4 billion views per day.
These are some impressive but nevertheless not surprising stats for this year, compiled by dr. Anthony Curtis from the University of North Carolina, in an interesting blog entitled Brief History of Social Media. Social media are without doubt continuously transforming the ways we save, retrieve, process and share information nowadays. Millions of people use social media. Despite the positive impact it may have (e.g., connects, informs etc.), these transformations may also trigger negative aspects such as stress, anxiety and tension, work pressure, ambiguity about job demands etc. There is definitely much more to know about social media use and recent research even speaks about social media literacy.

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