Decoding Cryptic Status Updates With Social Steganography

Decoding Cryptic Status Updates With Social Steganography
technology

Living publicly in the social sphere often requires knowing how to say one thing, but mean another.

Paloma M. Vazquez
  • 24 august 2010

Sharing at least a fraction of our personal and professional lives in networked society is something that will likely continue to pervade culture, as indicated most recently by Pew Research Center’s American Life Project. This research broadly concluded that Millennials are likely to continue to develop a lifelong habit of sharing online, and redefining what is ‘public’ or ‘private’. Bearing that in mind, a recent post at DMLcentral by Danah Boyd struck us with some interesting observations on Social Steganography, and how applying this – even if unknowingly – allows many to express what they may be feeling online via certain innocuous cues, while only tipping off those close to them as to what they may be feeling, and why.

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