Reddit has karma. Facebook has “likes” and “shares.” Twitter has “retweets” and “favorites” and “followers.” YouTube has a subscription count.
Those mentioned above are all versions of “social capital,” or, “the expected collective or economic benefits derived from the preferential treatment and cooperation between individuals and groups.” (Source.) On these networks, it doesn’t always amount to much usefulness. Highly trafficked Facebook users and YouTube video bloggers can potentially monetize their efforts, and a viral tweet can be life-changing.
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