I’ll start with a short question. Who of you doesn ’t have a facebook, linkedin, twitter, netlog, myspace, ... let’s say a social networking account? Nice, only a few. It is clear. Social networking is a phenomenon of our time. It started somewhere the mid-nineties with Classemates.com. Classmates was built around three themes: professional networking, friendship and love. Since 2003 social networking sites were very succesful. Especially with Myspace that combined blogging, personal profiles, groups, photos, music and videos simultaneously. But… what is a social network exactly?
In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg introduced Facebook as a community for Harverd students. Later that year Facebook was accessible for Yale and Stanford. In 2006 facebookexpandedmembershipeligibility to employees of severalcompanies, including Apple Inc. and Microsoft. The biggest step was on september 26 of 2006 whenFacebookopened to everyone of ages 13 and older with a valid e-mail address.Here we see the development of Facebook since the beginning.
Now I’ll give you a short introduction on Wiki’s. You can see a Wiki like an easier, a more effective or simpler way to communicate instead of the regular E-mail. For example: there are 4 friends: Bob, Nick, Sarah and Lisa. They are going on a camping trip. The group needs to plan and plan well. So coordination is important. They start to E-mail eachother what they already have and don ’t have. You all know the sympton: it starts with one E-mail but it soon becomes chaos
E-mail is not good in coordinating and organising a groups input. This is the old way and I think a lot of students here are still using this ‘bad’ method. This will change your lives dramatically