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Crowdsourced Smearbusting

BY Fred Stutzman | Wednesday, October 15 2008

A group of Obama supporters has crowdsourced the Fight the Smears campaign with a new website, Using search engine results, the site compiles a list of smears ("Guilt-by-association with Ayers" is one, ... Read More

The Curious Case of Palin's Inbox

BY Fred Stutzman | Wednesday, October 8 2008

David Kendall, the University of Tennessee student accused of hacking Gov. Sarah Palin's email account, was indicted today by a federal grand jury. According to the indictment, Kendall is charged with unlawful access to ... Read More

4,548 people listening, but no one talking

BY Fred Stutzman | Tuesday, April 22 2008

In his most recent post, social media expert Stowe Boyd has called out John Edwards' now-defunct new media operation. The problem? When Edwards left the presidential race, he also vacated most of his impressive social ... Read More

The Social Filter

BY Fred Stutzman | Friday, March 28 2008

Yesterday's NYT turned its gaze to the patterns of political connection young people are establishing in social media. In an article entitled Finding Political News Online, the Young Pass It On, Brian Stelter describes a ... Read More

The Social Media Voter

BY Fred Stutzman | Thursday, March 6 2008

When it comes to social media, I'm a digital native. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter - these services are deeply integrated into my daily life and, to a certain extent, the lives of my friends and family. The fact that I am a ... Read More

Social networks and youth voter activation

BY Fred Stutzman | Monday, January 7 2008

After watching the Iowa returns and reading blog and press accounts, I'm starting to see a potential third way for social network technology. Caveat, I don't have ethnography to back this up, this is just my opinion, but ... Read More

Facebook rethinks Beacon

BY Fred Stutzman | Friday, November 30 2007

As reported in various blog and print sources, Facebook has announced changes to Beacon, the controversial ad program. According to the reports, there will be a change to the story posting flow, requiring users to ... Read More

ABC News Friends Facebook

BY Fred Stutzman | Monday, November 26 2007

The New York Times reports that ABC News and Facebook have partnered in the creation of a new US Politics application. The application, originally designed by Facebook as a simple way to find and support politicians who ... Read More

MoveOn Targets Facebook's Controversial Ad Programs

BY Fred Stutzman | Wednesday, November 21 2007

MoveOn, the online advocacy group, has turned its sights on Facebook's new advertising program, Beacon. The group is asking Facebook users to sign the following: "Facebook must respect my privacy. They should not tell my ... Read More

One Million Strong For Your Name Here

BY Fred Stutzman | Monday, October 29 2007

The New York Times reports on Stephen Colbert's Facebook Group "1,000,000 Strong For Stephen T Colbert." Like anything Colbert, one should be cautious when drawing serious inferences, but the report begs a few questions. ... Read More