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Status (update) anxiety: social networking, Facebook and community

Amanda Evans

Abstract:

Facebook remains at the top of social networking sites, continually being challenged by other options such as Google +. Yet when social networking spills into oversharing, the simple act of constructing a status update can have an impact on family, friends, reputations and employment. This chapter probes the anxiety that can – and often should – emerge through the act of updating Facebook status.

Key words

Facebook

social networking

belonging

identity

community

anonymity

As of this morning, 500 million people all around the world are actively using Facebook to stay connected with their friends and the people around them. This is an important milestone ...

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