Tag Archives: Social Media

They are exploiting us! Why we all work for Facebook for free | via P2P Foundation

Very plausible argument why FaceBook is in fact, not free. FB very seductively encourages you to work for them for nothing, while they get paid by advertisers for their product – you. Food for thought!

Social Network Unionism

The stockmarket floatation of Facebook brings together a range of issues in how we understand work and the creation of economic value but we should be careful not to overstate the novelty and conflate the newness of the media with the basic economic logic at work here. As Chris Prener suggests in his post, ‘Facebook may represent a new frontier for work and labor where even leisure activity can be exploited for the generation of profit’, but is this really so new?

In their now classic study of traditional media, Manufacturing Consent, Herman and Chomsky explain the basic business model of newspapers as being the production of an audience for advertising. Their analysis suggests the counter-intuitive notion that publishers’ main product is not the newspaper, which they sell to their readers, but the production of an audience of readers, which they sell to advertisers. In short, the readership is…

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CPD23 Thing 12 – Putting the social into social media

Australia is in a pretty good position economically and the library sector isn’t too badly off as far as I know. However, social media has been adopted with gusto for another reason – geographic distance. Many professionals in Australia can’t afford to go to international conferences and now that many conference organisers are using social media to record and share, it has enabled greater participation. The recent Libraries 2.0  conference, which was totally free and conducted online, enabled live discussions via their online forums, blogs of attendees and Twitter #LIB2011. Earlier this year, I was sitting behind a Twitter conference commentator at one of the Information Online 2011 sessions. It was a little distracting … but no doubt it was great for those who couldn’t go. However, I did see many of the audience checking their smart phones and other devices for Facebook updates etc. … were they fully concentrating on the sessions? Social media can be fun but very distracting. Anyway, I have a question for CPD23 blog readers. Are live Twitter updates from conferences worthwhile? From my browsing of various conference Twitter feeds, there isn’t enough room to give much of an impression about sessions, speakers etc.  I haven’t used social media for professional development really, and I haven’t contacted anyone that I would have not been in contact with normally. The people who I am in contact with using these tools are those that I have some sort of prior connection with. Social media has enhanced these connections for me.

Update: Have just completed a survey about KM and Social Media and there are some new issues that I haven’t thought of. Productivity I have (I’ve mentioned that it can be a distraction) but the possibilities of vandalism, identity theft, confidential/propriatory information leakage and KM problems such as archiving the evolution of a project via these tools are new ones to me in relation to social media and networking/collaboration. I guess the lesson here is – be careful how you use these tools.