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The Best Articles in Social Media

The most useful articles in Social Media from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.

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Top 5 Social Media Articles

At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved in Social Media by Refind users.

  1. Your attention didn’t collapse. It was stolen
  2. Why the Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid
  3. Digital detoxes don’t actually work
  4. TikTok influencers are leading Gen Z off a debt cliff
  5. What is External Validation And When It Becomes Unhealthy

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Short Articles

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Long Articles

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Thought Leaders

We monitor hundreds of thought leaders, influencers, and newsletters in Social Media, including:

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Benedict Evans

Trying to work out what's going on, and what happens next. Mostly tech.

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zeynep tufekci

Complex systems, wicked problems. Society, technology, science and more. @Columbia professor. @NYTimes columnist. My newsletter @insight http://theinsight.org

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danah boyd

sociotechnical researcher | Microsoft Research, Georgetown, Data & Society | zephoria@zephoria.org | (@zephoria@mastodon.social) | https://zephoria.substack.com

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Neil Patel

Co-founder of Neil Patel Digital. New York Times bestselling author, top 100 entrepreneur under 30 by Obama, and top 10 marketer by Forbes.

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Adrienne Fichter

Feminist Digital Killjoy. Investigative Tech Reporter @Republikmagazin und http://DNIP.ch. With 🇷🇺🇺🇦 roots.

Publications

We monitor hundreds of publications, blogs, newsletters, and news sources in Social Media, including:

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MIT Technology Review

Our in-depth reporting on innovation reveals and explains what’s really happening now to help you know what’s coming next. http://technologyreview.com/newsletters

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Scott Galloway

Product of big government @ucla @ucberkeley | Prof Marketing @NYUStern | Right of Center-Left | #ProfGPod @PivotPod | Strategy Sprint http://section4.com

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a16z

we invest in software eating the world http://a16z.com/portfolio/ http://a16z.com/podcasts/

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Nieman Lab

We are the Nieman Journalism Lab, part of @niemanfdn at Harvard. We're trying to figure out the future of news.

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Visual Capitalist

Data-driven visual content focused on global trends, investing, technology, and the economy.

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