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Development impact of social media (Inglés)

The structure of the paper is as follows. Section two provides a definition of social media and a summary of research findings on international patterns of social media use. Section three looks at how social networks impact on technology adoption and aspirational change (via social learning). The section summarizes economic perspectives on social learning but also covers social networks concepts from other disciplines (primarily sociology) such as weak/strong ties, structural holes and social capital, which are relevant for evaluating the impact of social media on social and economic development. The next three sections summarize social media research relating to particular topics: economic activity (section four), emergencies (section five) and community voice (section six). Section seven provides conclusions.

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