Social Networking

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The social networking session from the Digital researcher event by Tristram Hooley

(15 March 2010)

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Social Networking

  1. 1. Social networking
  2. 2. What is the point? <ul><li>Resource discovery </li></ul><ul><li>Personal reflection </li></ul><ul><li>Crowd sourcing </li></ul><ul><li>Social/professional connection </li></ul>
  3. 3. Dunbar number
  4. 4. What is a friend? <ul><li>Dunbar says someone you mutually groom. </li></ul><ul><li>You can’t mutually groom 1000s of people. </li></ul><ul><li>But you can have other types of connections with them. </li></ul><ul><li>I’m defining social and professional networks as people who you mutually groom with. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Pollards seven principles <ul><li>Social Relationships Must Meet Four Preconditions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mutual Trust </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Respect </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Context </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Self-disclosure </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Pollard… <ul><li>Relationships Require a Conversational Ice-Breaking </li></ul><ul><li>First impressions matter </li></ul><ul><li>Information conveyed by observation counts more than that conveyed by language </li></ul>
  7. 7. Pollard… <ul><li>Collaboration is the miracle glue of relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Every interaction carries the burden of our entire networks </li></ul><ul><li>Social networks are complex systems </li></ul>
  8. 8. Social networks <ul><li>Not software based </li></ul><ul><li>But may be software enabled or enhanced </li></ul><ul><li>Computers don’t make networks, but they might enable them to flourish and develop </li></ul>
  9. 9. Lots of different SNS <ul><li>Who are they for? </li></ul><ul><li>What are they for? </li></ul><ul><li>How many members do they have? </li></ul><ul><li>How active are they? </li></ul><ul><li>What do they let you do? </li></ul>
  10. 10. A brief guide <ul><li>Here are a range of SNS </li></ul><ul><li>I’ve added some issues – very much from my point of view. </li></ul><ul><li>Academia is full of small worlds so what is useful to me may not be useful to others. </li></ul><ul><li>You may find pockets of activity around particular disciplines </li></ul>
  11. 11. www.facebook.com
  12. 12. Issues <ul><li>Mainly for social life not professional </li></ul><ul><li>Some people might be uncomfortable combining the two </li></ul><ul><li>Very well used </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible and easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to give levels of permission to people – if you see anything you can see everything. </li></ul>
  13. 13. www.ning.com
  14. 14. Issues <ul><li>You can create your own network </li></ul><ul><li>Within the network you have all/most of the features of something like Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Not that well used </li></ul><ul><li>But some communities are very activie </li></ul>
  15. 15. www.methodspace.com
  16. 16. Issues <ul><li>Designed for social scientists </li></ul><ul><li>Built using Ning </li></ul><ul><li>Supported by Sage who push content and resource into it </li></ul><ul><li>I haven’t found it that active – but lots of members </li></ul>
  17. 17. www.linkedin.com
  18. 18. Graduate Junction
  19. 19. www.researchgate.net
  20. 20. http://friendfeed.com/

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