Author: David Coad

David T. Coad is a PhD Candidate at the University of California, Davis. His research interests include social media, digital literacies, and qualitative methods.

My history with social media is complex. Although I used AOL Instant Messenger in middle school, I didn’t use the ever-booming MySpace during high school, and I was late to the Facebook game, joining in my sophomore year of college. I was so late that one of the first posts that appeared on my wall came from a high school friend and said something like “David, you’re alive!! I mean—you finally joined Facebook!” However, after a few weeks, I deactivated my account. I was very skeptical on a personal level of this new technology and all its power to reconnect…

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