Title: Using Online Social Networks to Look at the Future
Publisher: Nova Science Publishers, Inc
Publication Year: 2008
JRC N°: JRC43965
ISBN: 978-1-60456-800-4
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC43965
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Online Social Networks (SNs) have gained unprecedented popularity in recent years. Some of these networks comprise millions of members while others, smaller and more focus, aim at linking professional communities. In this paper, we propose that SNs could be used as complementary methods in the study of possible futures or foresight. We believe that their dynamics, the broad and versatile thematic topics and the fact that most users are youngsters made these new modalities of large-scale interaction full of potential in regard to foresight. We discuss the relevance of SNs for three dimensions of foresight, namely creativity, expertise and collective intelligence. Given the novelty of the SN phenomenon and its unexplored potential in many fields, the authors aim to trigger thinking and discussion on the potential application of this emerging phenomenon within foresight, rather than to offer a modus operandi on the use of SNs for foresight activities.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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