Innovation Hub

How Social Media Is Shaping Us

By Kara Miller

A piece of art in the Twitter offices in San Francisco may evoke, for some, our social-media drenched world. (Scott Beale via Flickr)

Social media is altering the way we communicate, purchase products — even how we define ourselves.

This week, we look at how social media is changing us — and the world we live in.

How are people choosing to define themselves online? What do they want others to know about them? And what do they want to keep secret?

Then, we look at how Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, and a host of new platforms are forcing companies to change how they view customers. Gone are the days when TV advertisements ran the show. Now restaurants want you to recommend them to your friends. Pop icons like Madonna want to be liked on Facebook more than they want to be on talk shows.

Social media is changing the landscape and putting YOU at the center.


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About Innovation Hub

Each week, Kara Miller talks to Boston's most innovative thinkers, examining new ideas and potential solutions to today’s many challenges. Topics range from education to health care to green energy. Join us on Saturdays at 7 a.m. and Sundays at 10 p.m.

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As a radio host, Kara Miller has interviewed thinkers from E.J. Dionne to Howard Gardner, Deepak Chopra to Lani Guinier. She is a panelist on WGBH-TV's "Beat the Press," as well as an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, The National Journal, The Boston Herald, Boston Magazine, and The International Herald Tribune.

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