mw. dr. A. (Anne) Helmond

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
    Capaciteitsgroep Media & Cultuur
  • Bezoekadres
    BG 1
    Turfdraagsterpad 9  Kamernummer: 2.16
  • Postadres:
    Turfdraagsterpad  9
    1012 XT  Amsterdam


Anne Helmond is assistant professor of New Media and Digital Culture . Since 2007, Anne has been a member of the Digital Methods Initiative research collective where she focuses her research on the infrastructure of social media platforms and apps. Her research interests include digital methods, software studies, platform studies, app studies, infrastructure studies and web history.

In her dissertation on ' The web as platform: Data flows in social media' she has developed the notion of "platformization" to understand the dual logic of social media platforms’ extension into the rest of the web and, simultaneously, their drive to make external web data “platform ready”. Her dissertation received an honorable mention in the AoIR 2016 Best Dissertation Award for standing “to make a significant long-term impact in the field”.

Anne’s work has been published in highly-ranked peer-reviewed journals such as New Media & SocietyTheory, Culture and SocietySocial Media + SocietyFirst Monday, and Computational Culture.


Anne Helmond currently holds a Veni grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for the project ‘App ecosystems: A critical history of apps’ (2017–2020).


  • Bucher, T., & Helmond, A. (2018). The Affordances of Social Media Platforms. In J. Burgess, A. Marwick, & T. Poell (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Social Media (pp. 233–253). Sage Publications. [details] 


  • Helmond, A. (2017). Historical Website Ecology: Analyzing Past States of the Web Using Archived Source Code. In N. Brügger (Ed.), Web 25: Histories from the First 25 Years of the World Wide Web (pp. 139-155). (Digital Formations; No. 112). New York: Peter Lang Publishing. [details] 
  • Helmond, A., Nieborg, D. B., & van der Vlist, F. N. (2017). The Political Economy of Social Data: A Historical Analysis of Platform–Industry Partnerships. In 8th International Conference on Social Media & Society: Social Media for Good or Evil : Toronto, Canada, July 28-30, 2017 [38] New York, NY: The Association for Computing Machinery. DOI: 10.1145/3097286.3097324  [details] 


  • Gerlitz, C., Helmond, A., van der Vlist, F., & Weltevrede, E. (2016). App Studies: Platform Rules and Methodological Challenges. In S. De Groote, & P. Majmundar (Eds.), Selected papers of AoIR 2016: The 17th Annual Conference of the Association of Internet Reseachers: Berlin, Germany, 5-8 October 2016 [1251] (AoIR Selected Papers of Internet Research; Vol. 6). Chicago, IL: Association of Internet Researchers. [details] 


  • Helmond, A. (2015). The Platformization of the Web: Making Web Data Platform Ready. Social Media + Society, 1(2). DOI: 10.1177/2056305115603080  [details] 
  • Berry, D. M., Borra, E., Helmond, A., Plantin, J-C., & Rettberg, J. W. (2015). The Data Sprint Approach: Exploring the field of Digital Humanities through Amazon’s Application Programming Interface. Digital Humanities Quarterly, 9(3), [222]. [details] 


  • Weltevrede, E., Helmond, A., & Gerlitz, C. (2014). The Politics of Real-time: A Device Perspective on Social Media Platforms and Search Engines. Theory, Culture and Society, 31(6), 125-150. DOI: 10.1177/0263276414537318  [details] 


  • Gerlitz, C., & Helmond, A. (2013). The like economy: social buttons and the data-intensive web. New Media & Society, 15(8), 1348-1365. DOI: 10.1177/1461444812472322  [details] 
  • Helmond, A. (2013). The Algorithmization of the Hyperlink. Computational Culture, 3. [details] 





  • Helmond, A. (2012). The Like economy: the politics of data and dataflows in the social web. Beiträge zur Bibliotheks- und Informationswissenschaft, 10-13. [details] 


  • Gerlitz, C., & Helmond, A. (2011). The Like economy: the social web in transition. In MIT7: Unstable Platforms, the Promise and Peril of Transition: abstracts and papers Cambridge, MA: MIT. [details] 



  • Helmond, A. (2009). Lifetracing. In S. Dietz, M. C. C. Gabriel, G. Lovink, N. Montfort, A. Bray, S. Dockray, J-A. Green, E. Navas, ... H. Thorington (Eds.), Networked: a (networked_book) about (networked_art) Roslindale, MA: Turbulence. [details] 


  • Helmond, A. (2017). NWO Innovational Research Incentives Scheme Veni.
  • Helmond, A. (2017). Cutting Edge Research Fund: Network Grant - Initiate.
  • Helmond, A. (2016). 2016 Best Dissertation Award (honorable mention).


  • Helmond, A. (19-08-2017). Zo kijken ze met u mee [Print] Elsevier. Zo kijken ze met u mee.



  • Dieter, M., Gerlitz, C., Helmond, A., Tkacz, N., van der Vlist, F., & Weltevrede, E. J. T. (2018). Store, interface, package, connection: Methods and propositions for multi-situated app studies. (pp. 1-16). (CRC Media of Cooperation Working Paper Series; Vol. 4). Siegen, Germany: Collaborative Research Center 1187 Media of Cooperation.
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