"We can remember it for you": location, memory, and commodification in social networking sites

Drakopoulou, Sophia (2017) "We can remember it for you": location, memory, and commodification in social networking sites. SAGE Open, 7 (3). pp. 1-13. ISSN 2158-2440

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Abstract

This article explores the spatial self through the performative aspects of location sharing and geotagging in the process of self-representation on social networking sites (SNSs). Based on the legacy of early experimentations with location-based technologies for social interaction, the article asserts that the representation of location in SNSs has more temporal than spatial attributes. The article explores the immediacy of networks and the different kinds of temporality encountered in SNSs to address the commodification of geotagged content uploaded on SNSs. Location-based data are valuable commodities bought and sold in the market. Therefore, the act of archiving memories on SNSs is commodified and performed within the predetermined functions and actions set within the SNSs’ interfaces. SNSs devise ways to keep users constantly interacting with the present moment in time and simultaneously create memories of the recent past while disclosing personal data that companies use for profit.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media
Item ID: 23296
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Depositing User: Sophia Kostoglou-Drakopoulou
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2018 15:38
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2018 10:31
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/23296

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