My name is danah boyd and I'm a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and the founder/president of Data & Society. Buzzwords in my world include: privacy, context, youth culture, social media, big data. I use this blog to express random thoughts about whatever I'm thinking.

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Best Of Apophenia

Over the years, i have written numerous posts about social media, social software, social networks and other industry-relevant topics. Colleagues often remark that it is difficult to sift through my personal blog to find relevant material. For that reason, i decided to put together a “best of” to highlight the essays that are most interesting to newcomers interested in social media. Right now, these are just recent essays and blog posts that deal with particular issues in depth. If you think that a particular entry should be listed here, please let me know! Better yet, add it to or to digg – i’m watching these sites to see what entries are particularly popular or useful.

Youth Culture and Mediated Practices

Social Network Sites – from Friendster to Twitter

(Note: full list of others’ research on SNSs here)


Mobile and Communication Technologies

Design, Web2.0 and Social Software

Information Organization, Access and Wikipedia

Privacy, Copyright and Structures

Academia and Industry

Culture, Society, and Politics



Relevant Academic Papers (full list)

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