Multi-Situated App Studies

Multi-Situated App Studies: Methods and Propositions by Michael Dieter, Carolin Gerlitz, Anne Helmond, Nathaniel Tkacz, Fernando N. van der Vlist, and Esther Weltevrede, (alphabetical) In: Social Media + Society. doi: 10.1177/2056305119846486. Abstract This article discusses methodological approaches to app studies, focusing on their embeddedness and situatedness within multiple infrastructural settings. Our approach involves close attention to the multivalent affordances of apps as software packages, particularly their capacity to enter into diverse groupings and relations depending on different infrastructural situations. The […]

Facebook’s evolution

Facebook’s evolution Development of a platform-as-infrastructure by Anne Helmond, David B. Nieborg, and Fernando N. van der Vlist In: Internet Histories: Digital Technology, Culture and Society, 3(2), 123–146. doi: 10.1080/24701475.2019.1593667. Abstract The purpose of this article is to operationalise an evolutionary perspective on the history of social media and to trace Facebook’s evolution from a social networking site to a “platform-as-infrastructure”. Social media platforms such as Facebook change constantly on the level of their platform architectures, interfaces, governance frameworks, and control mechanisms, […]

Store, interface, package, connection

Store, interface, package, connection: Methods and propositions for multi-situated app studies by Michael Dieter, Carolin Gerlitz, Anne Helmond, Nate Tkacz, Fernando van der Vlist, Esther Weltevrede In: CRC Media of Cooperation Working Paper Series No. 4, Working Paper, 30 August. Collaborative Research Center 1187 Media of Cooperation: University of Siegen. Available at: https://bit.ly/wps1187-4. Abstract This paper discusses methodological approaches to app studies, focussing on their embeddedness and situatedness within multiple infrastructural settings. Our approach arises by paying close attention to the […]

The Political Economy of Social Data

The Political Economy of Social Data A Historical Analysis of Platform–Industry Partnerships by Anne Helmond, David B. Nieborg, and Fernando N. van der Vlist In: SMSociety ’17, Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Social Media & Society, Toronto, ON, Canada, July 28–30. New York, NY: ACM Press. doi:10.1145/3097286.3097324. Abstract Social media platform–industry partnerships are essential to understanding the politics and economics of social data circulating among platforms and third parties. Using Facebook as a case study, this paper develops […]

Speculative data selfies

Speculative data selfies by Fernando N. van der Vlist and Anne Helmond In: Internet Policy Review. Available from: https://policyreview.info/articles/news/speculative-data-selfies/449. Excerpt This short piece examines Data Selfie, an open-source Chrome browser extension that collects and analyses data about your behaviour on facebook.com. The extension has been developed by DATA X (Hang Do Thi Duc and Regina Flores Mir) and was originally announced in April 2016 as an iPhone app and a Chrome browser extension. The latter was released in January 2017 and […]