What is Social Networking?
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Definitions of Social Networks
- Topic Guru <www.topicguru.net>
defines it as:
Social networking is a phenomena defined by linking people to each other in some way. Digg <http://digg.com/about> is a popular example of a social network (using social bookmarking). Users work together to rate news and are linked by rating choices or explicit identification of other members. Generally, social networks are used to allow or encourage various types of activity whether commercial, social or some combination of the the two.
- boyd, d. m., & Ellison, N. B. (2007). Social network
sites: Definition, history, and scholarship. Journal of
Computer-Mediated Communication, 13(1), article
define it as:
Web-based services that allow individuals to:
- construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system
- articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection, and
- view and traverse their list of connections and those made by others within the system. The nature and nomenclature of these connections may vary from site to site.
Social networking is the grouping of individuals into special interest groups. Although social networking has been possible in a face to face environment, the online application of social networking has flourished with myriad types of social networks, allowing millions of individuals who are looking to connect other internet users to foster both friendships and professional relationships.
Websites are commonly used to provide a venue for networking. These websites are known as social sites. Social networking websites function like an online community of internet users. Depending on the website in question, many of these online community members share a common interest such as hobbies, religion, or politics. Once you are granted access to a social networking website you can begin to socialize. This socialization may include reading the profile pages of other members and possibly even contacting them.
Some of the benefits of social networking are:
- Diversity -- You can connect with people all over the world, learning about other cultures and languages
- Practicing social skills
- Defined/guided social interaction
Some of the more well known Social Networks are:
- MySpace <www.myspace.com>
which is often in the news for violation of privacy issues,
pornographic postings, spamming but they seem to be making
efforts to control spammy applications:
- Facebook <www.facebook.com>
focuses on specific communities and users must have email
which is associated with a community, ie .edu
- LinkedIn <www.linkedIn.com>
LinkedIn is an
online network of more than 20 million experienced
professionals from around the world, representing 150
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