Karl E Weick Collegiate Professor of Information and Professor of Information in the School of Information at the University of Michigan
Pro to the question "Are Social Networking Sites Good for Our Society?"
"I believe the benefits provided by social network sites such as Facebook have made us better off as a society and as individuals, and that, as they continue to be adopted by more diverse populations, we will see an increase in their utility. Anecdotal evidence of positive outcomes from these technologies -- such as political activities organized via Facebook or jobs found through LinkedIn -- is well-known, but now a growing corpus of academic research on social networks sites supports this view as well."
"Is MySpace Good for Society? A Freakonomics Quorum," Freakonomics blog, New York Times website, Feb. 15, 2008
Experts Individuals with PhDs, MDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to social media. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to social media.
Involvement and Affiliations:
Karl E Weick Collegiate Professor of Information and Professor of Information, School of Information, University of Michigan
Former Assistant Professor of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media, Michigan State University, Sep. 2004-present
Member, EDUCAUSE [not an acronym]
Assistant Professor, California State University at Stanislaus, Jan. 2002-May 2004
Senior Experience Modeler, Sapient Corporation, June 2000-July 2001
Senior Producer and Editor, Surfmonkey.com, Oct. 1999-June 2000
Graduate student research assistant, University of Southern California, 1995-1999
Software production assistant, Voyager Company, 1993-1994
PhD, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California (USC), 1999
MA, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California, 1998
BA, cum laude, English, Barnard College, Columbia University, 1991
Cowritten with C. Lampe and C. Steinfield, "Social Network Sites and Society: Current Trends and Future Possibilities," Interactions Magazine, Jan.-Feb. 2009
Cowritten with C. Lampe and C. Steinfield, "Social Capital, Self-esteem, and Use of Online Social Network Sites: A Longitudinal Analysis," Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Nov.-Dec. 2008
Cowritten with D. Boyd, "Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship," Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Oct. 2007
Cowritten with Charles Steinfield and Cliff Lampe, "The Benefits of Facebook 'Friends:' Social Capital and College Students' Use of Online Social Network Sites," Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, July 2007
Cowritten with R. D. Heino and J. L. Gibbs, "Self-Presentation Processes in the Online Dating Environment, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Jan. 2006
Telework and Social Change, 2004
"A Communications Perspective on Telework: State of the Art," Social Science Computer Review, May 1999