We are increasingly surrounded by, immersed in, and captivated by social media. This is hardly surprising, given that we are social creatures who naturally gravitate toward channels that enable us to connect with others. But what does the explosive growth of social media mean to those who study and practice the principles of human-computer interaction, and what does HCI have to contribute to this rapidly burgeoning collection of human activity streams? Social media, in the context of this forum, consists of any website or service that enables users to create, modify, view, rate, or share digital objects of interest.…
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