What is it?
The popular social media website Facebook debuted in 2004. Since then, it has been, in its words, "giving people the power to share and make the world more open and connected."
How to use it
The social networking site lets people communicate and interact with friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, associates, colleagues, customers, teachers, students and other acquaintances. The company Facebook develops Internet technologies that make it easier to share information via a massive digital map of people's real-world social connections.
Today, Facebook is the one of the top three busiest hypertext sites in the world, and one of the largest online database installations, running untold large numbers of collections of data. Facebook is built around a framework that allows the company to tie together subsystems written in any language, running on any platform. It has a custom search engine serving millions of queries a day, completely distributed and entirely in-memory, with real-time updates.
The site is said to have a billion registered users amidst a global population of about 6.7 billion people. In other words, Facebook users total about 15 percent of the world population.
The system gives each Facebook user her or his own web page. Page navigation gives them access to functions and applications. Links to pages most important to a member's experience – profile, friends, networks, inbox – are placed prominently on the member's profile page. Links to Facebook applications, third-party applications and advertisements – photos, notes, groups, events, other posted items – also are displayed.
- Go to Facebook.com and set up an account.
- Click the large button that says Sign Up.
- Your public Facebook address will be http://www.facebook.com/username.
- Be sure to review the ways you can set your own privacy in Facebook: Facebook Privacy
- Use the search box at the top of any Facebook page to look for friends, groups and other interesting discoveries among the Facebook databases.
- You can try it out by going to The Pine Needle newspaper's Facebook page: PineNeedle Uncp
Hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles and numerous books have been written since 2004 about the Facebook phenomenon. Their themes range from the usefulness of social networking to the scams arising from lost privacy. Opinions are across the spectrum from it's going to cause the apocalypse to it will be the liberator of us all.
The articles linked below reveal how Facebook has come from nowhere to a form of computer-mediated communication that is extraordinarily important in journalism. This is not a list of all those articles. Rather, this annotated bibliography is a reverse-chronological list of some articles pertinent to journalism, public relations and mass media. Each item in this bibliography has an annotation – a very brief description of what each article is about – intended to help you decide whether to read the article.
- What Facebook and Twitter mean for news
Perhaps no topic in technology has attracted more attention than the rise of social media and its potential impact on news.
Amy Mitchell, Tom Rosenstiel, and Leah Christian, Pew Research Center, 2012
- We're trapped in the Facebook journalism bubble
It was as if the press had decided that a million words about Facebook weren'tsufficient, but a billion words would be really cool.
Steven Levy, Wired, 30 May 2012
- Facebook and Twitter 'help to politicize' today's youth
Social networking is helping to politicize younger people, according to the University of California's Humanities Research Institute.
Zack Whittaker, ZDNet, 1 March 2011
- Double-Edged Sword: Social Media's Subversive Potential
Twitter and Facebook spread information. In authoritarian regimes the spread of information is a subversive act. The information revolution has helped bring about political revolutions in a region of the world considered 'exceptional' by so many as being inherently incompatible with democracy. Citizen journalism and digital activism are politically charged manifestations of power in societies where citizens lack access to the political field and the media sphere is dominated by state interests.
Courtney C. Radsch, Freedom of Expression Campaign, The Huffington Post, 28 February 2011
- Social media, cellphone video fuel Arab protests
Social media, cellphone cameras, satellite television, restive youth and years of pent-up anger are proving to be a toxic mix for authoritarian regimes in the Middle East.
Agence France-Presse (AFP), The Independent, UK, 27 February 2011
- Facebook Adds Reporting Tools, Seeks Journalist Program Manager
The Journalist Program Manager uses partnership and program management skills to help journalists understand the value of Facebook, get started, and use it effectively over time.
Jared Keller, The Atlantic, 24 February 2011
- General election 2010: Facebook and Twitter to have unprecedented impact
Newspapers, television and radio continue to set the election agenda and remain crucial for leaders delivering a message to the electorate, but political parties know today more and more voters consume media exclusively online. Much of this media is filtered through websites like Twitter, the micro-blogging platform, Facebook, the social network, or YouTube, the video site.
Jon Swaine, The Telegraph U.K., 6 April 2010
- Iran, Facebook, and the Limits of Online Activism
Iranian activists have long reaped the benefits of Internet communication, but especially in the months since the June 12 election, they have also fallen prey to its pitfalls.
Cameron Abadi, Foreign Policy, 12 February 2010
- How Should Journalists Use Facebook?
Networking sites and social media like Facebook have blurred the lines of reporting ethics to many journalists.
Maya Srikrishnan, Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, University of texas at Austin, 25 May 2009
- MediaWeb Minute: Facebook Transforming Journalism (a video)
For journalists, Facebook and Twitter are not just about social networking, says MarketWatch's Jon Friedman. They're a source base, too.
Jonh Friedman, Wall Street Journal, 19 March 2009
- Journalism's Old Guard vs. Generation Facebook
News organizations need to engage Generation Facebook for advice and ideas, and not resent them for doing it differently, for never having "earning their stripes" as minions at typewriters.
Pablo Manriquez, Online Journalism Review, The Knight Digital Media Center, 29 January 2009
- Facebook is Ruining Journalism
Questions are being raised about whether the increasingly standard practice of Facebook journalism is an ethical one.
Josh, Newsphobia, 20 January 2009
- Facebook Journalism
We've found that it is tremendously more powerful to get a piece of content – an article, a news clip, a video, etc – from a friend, and it makes you much more likely to watch, read, and engage with the content.
Rory O'Connor, Huffington Post, 14 January 2009
- Journalists Use Facebook to Find Sources and Promote Stories
An Easy Way to Spread the Word About Stories Published Online
Tony Rogers, About.com, 2009
- NYT sees success in Facebook push
The goals of the campaign were to increase our number of Facebook fans; raise awareness of NYTimes.com as an interactive news center; and engage the Facebook community in a conversation about the election outcome.
Zachary M. Seward, Nieman Journalism Lab, Harvard University, 25 November 2008
- Who Invented Facebook?
The driving question: Whose idea was it anyway? We donÕt quite get an answer, but we do get a good story.
Elinore Longobardi, Columbia Journalism Review, 26 June 2008
- In Your Facebook
Why more and more journalists are signing up for the popular social networking site.
Kelly Wilson, American Journalism Review, February/March 2008
- How to Use Facebook
Ways in which journalists can use Facebook effectively, being aware of the pitfalls of misinformation.
The Journalism School, Columbia University, 7 January 2008
- Citizen Journalism: Facebook and the Journalist
Social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook are a phenomenon unto themselves, but share many of the attributes of citizen journalism.
Knight Citizen News Network, American University School of Communication, 2008
- Citizen Journalism: Index
A mix of web reports on citizen journalism, also known as public journalism, participatory journalism, democratic journalism and grassroots journalism. It is the collecting and publication of timely, unique, nonfiction information by individuals without formal journalism training or professional affiliation – embers of the public engaging in journalism by providing news stories, news photos or video of events to news organizations.
Knight Citizen News Network, American University School of Communication, 2008
Resources for Courses index »
- Facebook Journalism
Facebook Journalism and MySpace Journalism in which newspapers cobble together accounts, particularly involving crime stories, from data contained in a person's profiles on social networking sites.
Liz Losh, Virtualpolitik, 18 August 2007
- Facebook and journalism
Focusing on the possibilities for Facebook in terms of the news business.
Josh Wolf, Media Sphere, CNET, 1 August 2007
- Journalism and FaceBook Linking People, Ideas
Facebook: WhatÕs In It For Journalists?
Leonard Witt, Public Journalism Network, 30 July 2007
- Facebook: What's In It For Journalists?
What's in Facebook for journalists, for journalism, and for news organizations, at large?
Pat Walters, PoynterOnline at The Poynter Institute, 26 July 2007
- Why are news providers on Facebook?
Why the Washington Post is developing Facebook apps.
Oliver Luft, Journalism.co.uk, 25 July 2007
- More answers about our Facebook app and some thoughts on the techie stuff behind it
The special-projects team at Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive built washingtonpost.comÕs Facebook app, The Compass.
Rob Curley, robcurley.com/Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, 21 July 2007
- News apps on Facebook
News groups looking to get onto the pages of Facebook users have busied themselves developing their own applications (apps) to feed news directly onto profiles.
Oliver Luft, Journalism.co.uk, 20 July 2007
Twitter in Journalism
New Media News
New Media Buzzwords
UNCP in Second Life
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