Why we need to live in social quilts, not echo chambers in times of COVID-19
Fake news is a growing phenomenon, and its impact on people, politics and public health, seems greater than ever before. With the advent of social media, misinformation about COVID-19, can reach huge audiences and circulate very quickly.
Mar 19, 2020
Big data project to investigate online abuse of candidates during federal election
With a federal election approaching, Canadians are bracing for an uptick in political chatter on social media. So are university researchers from around the world.
Sep 18, 2019
What your tweets say about your commute
Urban planners need mobility data on how people move around the city, in order to improve transit service.
Nov 22, 2017
One in five adults secretly access their friends’ Facebook accounts
Most people are concerned about the prospect of their social media accounts being hacked, but a new study finds that it’s actually people we know who frequently access our accounts without our permission.
Jan 19, 2017
Envy key motivator behind many Facebook posts, but site hurts mental well-being
A new study by Sauder School of Business Professor Izak Benbasat and his collaborators shows that envy is a key motivator behind Facebook posts and that contributes to a decrease in mental well-being among users.
Nov 26, 2015
In a world dominated by social media, is there any role left for broadcast news?
UBC’s Alfred Hermida says journalists need an entirely new approach to delivering the news if their role is to continue.
Jun 10, 2015
Branding the Oscars: how marketers leverage the social media buzz
A UBC marketing and behavioural science professor discusses how businesses will be utilizing social media during the Oscars to reach consumers.
Feb 19, 2015
Crowdsourcing and chaos: how social media can save the day
When a powerful earthquake devastated China’s Sichuan province in 2008, the disaster was too catastrophic for authorities to stay on top of events as they unfolded.
Jan 21, 2015
#AskArvind Twitter town hall
On Thursday, January 29 at 3 p.m., join UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Arvind Gupta in his first ever Twitter Town Hall.
Jan 19, 2015
Fighting crime one tweet at a time
Researcher studies how police use Twitter to protect and serve.
Jun 18, 2014
Slacktivism: ‘Liking’ on Facebook may mean less giving
Would-be donors skip giving when offered the chance to show public support for charities in social media, a new study from UBC’s Sauder School of Business finds.
Nov 8, 2013
Growing up out loud — the class of 2017
For the class of 2017–a generation raised on social media–words like “privacy” and “friends” take on new meanings.
Aug 28, 2013 - by Christopher Schneider
Playing the numbers
Business grad and tech startup CEO Dustin Sproat scores NHL interest with hockey app
May 1, 2013 - by Basil Waugh
Social media: Where business and journalism intersect
A new UBC course connects two schools to prepare students for the real world
Feb 6, 2013 - by Bethan Williams
Inviting customer complaints can kill business: UBC research
Giving customers a chance to complain can be a bad idea if customers believe they’re to blame for a product’s failure, a new study from the Sauder School of Business at UBC shows.
Nov 29, 2012
TIP SHEET: Post-riot insights and reflections
The University of British Columbia has experts who are available to comment on the post-game riots in downtown Vancouver.
Jun 16, 2011
Canadians find mainstream news media more trustworthy than social networks: study
The increased competition for attention in the digital era has not eroded public confidence in the mainstream news media, according to a study by researchers from UBC’s Graduate School of Journalism.
May 11, 2011
Social media transforming how Canadians get the news, study finds
A new study finds nearly 60 per cent of Canadians – the equivalent of more than 15 million people – regularly visit social networking websites, with the majority of users saying social media exposes them to a broader range of news and information than traditional media.
Apr 27, 2011
Nationalism – are the Games giving us permission to be loud, proud and Canadian?
UBC has a number of experts ready to comment on the phenomena of “strategic nationalism” – where hockey fever can induce patriotism – the lightning quick mood changes within social media and the different faces of pride, from authentic to hubristic.
Feb 18, 2010