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> Does anyone know whether there is some kind of formal (academic)
definition of the term
> "social media" and probably even a classification approach in order to
structure this vast area?
As a matter of fact, I follow this pretty closely. The best work I've seen
on this (technically not "academic", but from one of the most highly
respected practicing social media thought leaders) is Brian Solis'
You should also check out:
For another approach, my coauthor and I created a classification system for
"The Virtual Handshake", which you can find on p. 41 (free download at
I'll be happy to discuss it or provide additional resources if you need.
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