The future of Facebook: Building global community

The inherent paradox in social media platforms such as Facebook is that they open up instantaneous communication on a global scale whilst insulating users ever more prohibitively within a social echochamber. Revolutions have been livestreamed across the world, transcending borders with a click, and yet during the last US election cycle fake news from hoax […]

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Oxford marginalia makes national news

A Facebook group allowing Oxford students to share photos of outrageous, fascinating and witty margin notes in library books was picked up by national newspapers this week. ‘Oxford University Marginalia’ currently has 5,556 members who post photographs of interesting margin notes. The group was noticed by The Telegraph last Thursday. The paper wrote: “Completing a […]

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Facebook friends of no use

An Oxford academic has discovered that your Facebook friends are unlikely to be very much use in an emergency. Professor Richard Dunbar’s research included two surveys covering more than 3300 people in total; the results found that fewer than 3% of your friends would actually help you. When asked how many of their Facebook friends […]

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Growing success for Humans of Oxford

The Humans of Oxford Facebook page, launched in March, has seen great success in the first four weeks of term.  The ‘Humans of’ movement was inspired by the now iconic Humans of New York blog, started by Brandon Stanton.   The original page now has over five million followers on Facebook. Stanton published the Humans […]

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No more friends, say dons

Teenagers still only communicate with a small number of people despite having hundreds of “friends” on Facebook, according to a recent Oxford study. Young people were found to operate an unconscious system of ‘one in, one out’ policies such that their communications patterns and number of close friends remain the same even who they socialise […]

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