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, […]

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 […]