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

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Drakopoulou, S. 2017. "We can remember it for you": location, memory, and commodification in social networking sites. SAGE Open. 7 (3), pp. 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244017712026
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Title"We can remember it for you": location, memory, and commodification in social networking sites
AuthorsDrakopoulou, S.
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.

Keywordslocative media; temporality; memory; spatial self; geotagging; location sharing; social networking sites; commodification
LanguageEnglish
PublisherSAGE Publications
JournalSAGE Open
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Electronic2158-2440
Publication dates
Online06 Jul 2017
Print01 Jul 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited11 Jan 2018
Accepted18 Apr 2017
Output statusPublished
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Special Issue - Locative Media

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244017712026
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