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Visual Transactions

Since 2006, when Facebook became available to the general public, the visual practices of its users, especially the youngest ones, have been described as forms of narcissistic behavior. By analyzing the use of images in dating, this essay reconstructs what users actually do online and reveals a very different picture. From searching for profiles to deciphering their content, the practices observed make utilitarian use of the photographs, which are interpreted as indices and drive a highly pragmatic approach. The multitude of personal sources and the diversity of their content impart a great informational importance to the images, which are nonetheless carefully analyzed, with weight also given to other interactions. This exploration of the sharing and reception of images on networks highlights their transactional value, which encourages behaviors distinguished by reciprocity.
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Translated by "Transactions visuelles"

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"No, You're Not Fat -- Facebook Just Makes You Think You Are" | [STUDY]

"No, You're Not Fat -- Facebook Just Makes You Think You Are" | [STUDY] | Looks -Pictures, Images, Visual Languages | Scoop.it

"Struggling with body weight issues ? Facebook may be partially to blame, a new study suggests." | A study on www.mashable.com

To teachers & learners working on 'Supersize me', junk food, or any other eating deregulations issue, this might be relevant. The effect of ICT on people's body image...

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Facebook: mapping how viral photos spread | Stamen Design

Facebook: mapping how viral photos spread | Stamen Design | Looks -Pictures, Images, Visual Languages | Scoop.it

"Ever wondered what the sharing patterns of a viral online image look like? Well, you're about to find out."

"Following up on last month's map of the world's friendships on Facebook, we've released another visualization of relationships across social networks today. Called "Photo-sharing Explosions," these visualizations look at the different ways that photos shared on George Takei's Facebook page go viral once he's posted them."

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Deleting Your Instagram Account ? Here's How to Save Your Pics

Deleting Your Instagram Account ? Here's How to Save Your Pics | Looks -Pictures, Images, Visual Languages | Scoop.it

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"Facebook is buying Instagram — and some Instagram users aren’t happy about it.  [...] The fear is that in addition to the company, Facebook has acquired all of that location-tagged photo data from Instagram’s users and may use it to target ads at them. [...] f you’re in the camp that’s deleting its Instagram accounts regardless [...], you don’t have to give up your photo library in the process. [...]

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