Australian social media trends

Harrison, John, Rintel, Sean and Mitchell, Elizabeth (2014). Australian social media trends. In Cui Litang and Michael H. Prosser (Ed.), Social media in Asia (pp. 589-627) Doerzbach, Germany: Dignity Press.

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Author Harrison, John
Rintel, Sean
Mitchell, Elizabeth
Title of chapter Australian social media trends
Title of book Social media in Asia
Place of Publication Doerzbach, Germany
Publisher Dignity Press
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
Open Access Status
ISBN 9781937570361
Editor Cui Litang
Michael H. Prosser
Chapter number 18
Start page 589
End page 627
Total pages 39
Total chapters 19
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
The vast distances Australians must negotiate to connect their small, highly urbanized population both nationally and internationally have long created the incentive for invention, innovation and the early adoption of communication technologies. Important also in any reflection in relation to Australia's socio-technological evolution is this country's location as a modern, developed, predominately western nation perched in the south-east of the Asian landmass. The Australian continent's seven million square kilometers are geographically, and increasingly economically, politically and culturally, part of Asia. Forty percent of Australians were born overseas and almost one third of overseas-born Australians were born in Asia (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2013). At the end of 2012, Australia's population was approaching 23 million with about half that number-12.2 million-Internet subscribers. Broadband subscribers accounted for 98% of subscriptions; the split between private and public (business or government) use was 76% and 24% respectively. After exploring some of the central characteristics and tensions of the social media landscape in Australia, the authors illustrate issues and trends in social media usage in Australia and conclude with a discussion of salient policy issues, including challenges around the evolution of digital infrastructure, media law and copyright.
Keyword Social media
Social networks
Social business
Online communication
National broadband network
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Authors prepub title: "Social Media in Australia".

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