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The Rise of Micro Influencers

By Hana Campbell The term ‘influencer’ is one we have seen have increasing popularity since the rise of YouTube and Instagram, but it’s an idea that really isn’t all that new. An influencer is defined as “is an individual who has the power to affect purchase decisions of others because of his/her authority, knowledge, position or relationship with his/her audience.”…read more
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Taking lessons from a Mormon social media fast: A perpetual motion of digital dependency

Hayley Shauklas Last October, eight million Mormon women were invited to put down the phone and take a 10-day social media fast. Of the few thousand women surveyed post-fast by Goodthink co-founder and TEDx speaker, Amy Blankson, 60% reported feeling more productive. Forty percent reported more sleep, and 55% said they were more present with friends and family. Credit: Alexander…read more
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Call-out Culture: a powerful tool, bullying, or both?

By Alisha Stilwell Spin class and political activism don’t typically go hand-in-hand, but today’s “call-out” or “cancel” culture changed that.  SoulCycle touts itself as more than just a workout; “it’s an experience” that helps cyclists find their soul. That’s a bold promise, but it resonated with the masses as SoulCycle grew from being less of a gym into a profitable…read more
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Social Gaming for Introverts

by Gabby Sullivan Despite the stereotypical images of disheveled men and socially awkward teens gaming from their moms’ basements, video games have always had a social element to them, from old school LAN parties to extensive MMO guilds to “social network games” like Farmville. While the inherent social nature of video games may have gone unacknowledged in the past, that…read more
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Memes: Evolutionary Genetics and Centuries of Culture

by Drew Hanson All pervasive and ever-present, memes are a cornerstone of current popular culture. But how do these ideas take root and spread? Beginning with understanding the similarity between evolutionary genetics and memetic spread and the significance memes have played throughout history can help us appreciate the potential for meme virality.   @memecrashes Although most familiar in its graphic with…read more
Instagram stories for good?
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Instagram stories. Changing social media for good?

by Anna Campbell After taking the social media world by storm in 2018, Instagram stories have remained hot. More and more users are using Instagram stories, attracted by the story telling tool and its inclusion of tech previously banned by the app, including links, polling and cross-platform tools. There are now 500 million daily users of IG stories every day.…read more
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On Instagram Straight Flexing?

Symone Sparrow: In the US, Facebook is still king in terms of social media platforms, but coming in at a close second is Instagram. Although owned by Facebook, Instagram functions very differently. Options to engage with content are limited to a couple of internal app functions (without assistance from other apps), likes and comments. It was announced last week that one…read more
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Is Social Media Dying?

Tess Jennings: Recently, I read a fascinating article from Metro UK that looked at whether social media sites were slowly dying. Initially, I found this a rather absurd thought. Social media has revolutionized the way we communicate--how could these channels be dying? However, the more I read, the more I wondered if this claim actually had merit. For instance, the…read more
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Clients needed to work with smarty pants student teams

You: A company or organization with and active social media presence -- two or more active social media accounts with a total number of fans, friends or followers over 5,000. (Yes, the number is somewhat arbitrary - the key is that the accounts are active and the students can collect data.)  Me: A senior instructor in the School of Journalism…read more
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B2B Influencer Marketing: Is it worth it?

By Ariana Donaville Over the past few years, business-to-consumer (B2C) companies have relied on influencers to market their products to their targeted publics. While many B2C companies have seen great success from influencer marketing campaigns, business-to-business (B2B) companies have struggled to see the value in implementing influencer marketing strategies. They find themselves asking, “how useful is an influencer to a…read more
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Have You Analyzed Your Social Networks, Lately?

By Shelley Smith Network Literacy is becoming an increasingly needed skill in our highly connected age. NetSciEd released an infographic-type brochure that “provides and initial step toward facilitating the development of network literacy.”  This got me thinking about my own social network use, information silos and critical thinking. As a self-proclaimed “Social Justice Warrior” I have curated my social media…read more
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Anatomy of a Movement: the power behind the #MeToo collective experience

By Kristin Schlotterbeck After reading through the Pew Research Center’s mapping of Twitter topic networks, I was curious to compare a few other network maps and was shocked at what I found.  NodeXL, the same mapping application used by the Pew Research Center, maintains an ongoing open-source graph gallery, filled with maps of all sorts of data sets users have…read more