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I am joining Facebook Research!

Starting October 2014 I will be joining the research team at Facebook.

The Spatial Self: New Article on New Media and Society

A new article by the awesome Germaine Halegoua and me was just published on New Media & Society. Here is the abstract:

As a growing number of social media platforms now include location information from their users, researchers are confronted with new online representations of individuals, social networks, and the places they inhabit. To better understand these representations and their implications, we introduce the concept of the “spatial self”: a theoretical framework encapsulating the process of online self-presentation based on the display of offline physical activities. Building on previous studies in social science, humanities, and computer and information science, we analyze the ways offline experiences are harnessed and performed online. We first provide an encompassing interdisciplinary survey of research that investigates the relationships between location, information technology, and identity performance. Then, we identify and characterize the spatial self as well as examine its occurrences through three case studies of popular social media sites: Instagram, Facebook, and Foursquare. Finally, we offer possible research directions and methodological considerations for the analysis of geocoded social media data.


Big News! The Magic grant from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation!

My team was awarded the Magic grant from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation! Looking forward to an exciting year with my awesome group of people from Rutgers and The Columbia Journalism school. More here:

Our Livehoods Research Project is now online!

Check it out at

Visualizing Instagram at the ICWSM Social Media Visualization Workshop

I’m super excited about presenting our Instagram visualization paper at the upcoming ICWSM conference in Dublin.  The program is already online and it looks great: