Library Expo08 Social Networks 4 15 08

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Library Expo08 Social Networks 4 15 08

  1. 1. social networks affordances & practice UF Libraries Expo April 15, 2008 2:00-2:30 PM EST
  2. 2. who am I? • Christopher D. Sessums • Director, Distance Education, College of Education • Instructor, Educational Technology, College of Education • Ph.D. candidate -- educational technology • http://eduspaces.net/csessums/weblog
  3. 3. What is an online social network? Complex, adaptive systems Norms Loose and adaptive Rigid/prescribed Relational Spontaneous Purposeful <ul><li>allow individuals to </li></ul><ul><li>construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system, </li></ul><ul><li>articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection, and </li></ul><ul><li>view and traverse their list of connections and those made by others within the system. (boyd & ellison, 2007) </li></ul>
  4. 4. What are basic characteristics of a social network? Shared/public profile Friends Messaging Media sharing options Widely accessible Support group forming Supports pre-exisiting social relations
  5. 5. How have social networks impacted society? Sharing Organizing Finding content Finding people
  6. 6. How do I use a social network? Formal/Informal Purpose - personal/professional Commitment Participation Share Connect Knowledge Base - Filter/Hub Feedback Fun
  7. 7. Why do people use a social networks? Keep up friendships -- facebook Making new friends -- match.com Bowing to the social pressure of friends or colleagues -- facebook An altruistic impulse -- wikipedia A carnal impulse -- &quot;other,&quot; erotica, exhibitionism A creative impulse -- photography, videography, screenwriter Affinity grouping -- ball team, knitting circle, fandom Validation -- contributing something meaningful
  8. 8. What does participation cost? Money Time Effort Attention
  9. 9. What would you like to see in an online social networking application? Do you have a favorite? Describe why you like it. What would you change about it?
  10. 10. Questions? [email_address] http://eduspaces.net/csessums/weblog

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