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Ambient awareness is a phenomenon that is deeply rooted in the digital age, closely tied to the evolution and use of social media[1]. It refers to the state of being continuously and passively aware of social dynamics and information through digital technology[2], particularly social media platforms. This awareness is achieved without direct interaction, instead being facilitated by constant, subtle updates and interactions on platforms like Facebook[3], Twitter[5], and Instagram[4]. These platforms, along with mobile devices, have become vital tools for creating and disseminating content that contributes to ambient awareness. This concept has significant implications not only for personal communication, but also for business processes and marketing strategies. In business, it aids in improving collaboration and communication, while in marketing, it can help forge closer bonds with clientele and provide insights into artists’ lifestyles and personalities.

Terms definitions
1. social media. Social media is a broad term encompassing a variety of digital tools and platforms that facilitate the sharing of information and the creation of virtual communities. Emerging from early systems like PLATO and ARPANET, it has evolved into modern platforms like Facebook and Twitter. These platforms offer unique features that differentiate them from traditional media, including the ability for users to generate content and engage in dialogic communication. They cater to over 100 million users globally and offer different forms of services, such as messaging apps and collaborative content creation platforms. The use of social media has far-reaching impacts on individuals, society, and businesses, influencing everything from marketing practices to political processes. However, it's also associated with ethical concerns, such as the spread of misinformation and potential addiction.
2. technology. Technology, derived from the Greek words meaning craft and knowledge, is a broad term that refers to the tools, machines, and systems developed by humans to solve problems or fulfill objectives. Originating with primitive tools like stone axes and the discovery of fire, technology has evolved significantly throughout human history. It has been instrumental in different eras, from the invention of the wheel and advanced irrigation systems in ancient civilizations to the birth of universities and printing press during the medieval and Renaissance periods. The Industrial Revolution in the 18th century marked a significant shift in mass production and innovation, giving rise to modern technologies like electricity, automobiles, and digital communication platforms. Today, technology is integral to various aspects of life and society, driving economic growth and societal change, while also raising concerns about security, privacy, and environmental impacts. The future of technology is expected to bring even more advancements, with the rise of artificial intelligence predicted to have significant implications for the job market.
Ambient awareness (Wikipedia)

Ambient awareness (AmA) is a term used by social scientists to describe a form of peripheral social awareness through social media. This awareness is propagated from relatively constant contact with one's friends and colleagues via social networking platforms on the Internet. The term essentially defines the sort of omnipresent knowledge one experiences by being a regular user of these media outlets that allow a constant connection with one's social circle.

According to Clive Thompson of The New York Times, ambient awareness is "very much like being physically near someone and picking up on mood through the little things; body language, sighs, stray comments". Academic Andreas Kaplan defines ambient awareness as “awareness created through regular and constant reception, and/or exchange of information fragments through social media”. Two friends who regularly follow one another's digital information can already be aware of each other's lives without actually being physically present to have had a conversation.

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