Online Social Networks and Media

  in Journal   Posted on September 23, 2020

Online Social Networks and Media (OSNEM) are one of the most disruptive communication platforms of the last 15 years with high socio-economic value. Nowadays, OSNEM are regularly used by billions of users to interact, and they are key platforms for (among others) content and opinion dissemination, social and professional networking, recommendations, scouting, alerting, and political campaigns. The use of social technologies has become a sweeping cultural, social and economic phenomenon. Social platforms can exploit the “cognitive surplus” of our society for creating content and support collaboration. Moreover, the widespread diffusion of mobile personal devices (smartphones and tablets) is boosting the pervasive use of OSNEM services, as well as fostering the design of novel social networking services where users’ mobility is one of the key features. OSNEM, thus, represent a challenging environment for computer scientists working in academia and industry, to develop innovative ideas, fostering the design of the new generation of communication platforms and their services. The pervasive penetration of OSNEM in our lives is having very significant impacts also on the type of OSNEM services and, more in general, on societal services. The digital footprints that people leaves in OSNEM provide a unique source to investigate and understand (by…

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