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

Drakopoulou, Sophia ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5733-4381 (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 [Article] (doi:10.1177/2158244017712026)

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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
Additional Information: Special Issue - Locative Media
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media
Item ID: 23296
Notes on copyright: © The Author(s) 2017
This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access page (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
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Depositing User: Sophia Drakopoulou
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2018 15:38
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2021 19:06
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/23296

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