publication . Research . 2015

Development Impact of Social Media

Ackland, Robert; Tanaka, Kyosuke;
Open Access English
  • Published: 25 Jul 2015
  • Publisher: World Bank, Washington, DC
  • Country: United States
This paper assesses the role of social media in social and economic development. The web and in particular, social media such as social network sites (e.g. Facebook) and microblogs (e.g. Twitter), allows ordinary citizens to connect with one another and share information via computer-mediated networks. This behavior is often explicitly or implicitly networked (for example, people ‘friend’ one another on Facebook and ‘follow’ one another on Twitter, leading to the formation of social and information-sharing networks). For that reason, the paper uses an analytical framework that draws from the extensive literature on social networks. It summarizes research on soci...
free text keywords: facebook, communications technology, social media, social learning, networks, internet age, censorship
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