founded in February 2004
originally needed a college email address to
majority of users are 18-24
35-54 age bracket grew 172.9% in 10
more than 150 million users
more demographics: http://www.istrategylabs.com/facebook-
more statistics: http://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?statistics
is used for event management with friends
friends can respond with yes, no, or maybe.
is used to keep in touch with past
is used to stay in touch with family.
currently consists of a bunch of people who
are really my friends, some family, and a
whole lot of people who are just facebook
is used as a messaging system.
allows users to create content.
requires users to manage content.
requires users to manage information
encourages an understanding of internet
allows for lack of authenticity.
doesn’t promote critical or creative
doesn’t always promote the creation of
content that is meaningful.
promotes lurking behavior.
profile becomes part of a user’s digital
in some cases – may be the only
contributing factor to someone’s digital
creation of and membership to groups,
networks, and causes helps shape users’
must be aware of the privacy settings in
Keene State staff and alum
Berlin High School alum
I like winter, puppies, and ice cream.
I only like three TV shows, one book, and
I am a member of three groups – america’s
test kitchen, a theater collective in NYC,
and the arts center at KSC.
According to my birth date, I’m 28.
by default, “stories” are published
whenever any part of your profile is
example: i accepted an event and it was posted
to all of my friends’ news feeds
to change this, you have to change the privacy
settings for your profile, as well as each and
every application you add in the future.
by default, profile is searchable via web
searches – meaning non-facebook
members can find your profile.
can post to a discussion board
can invite other users to join
created based on location, workplace, or
can lurk in both
the more groups you have, the more
they continue to contribute to digital
list of groups shows up under profile
groups are clickable, so you can find other
members of the group
groups can also be private (by invite only)
networks are searchable
students are already using facebook, so why not
bring the information to them?
use of facebook can bridge gap between students
departmental use to manage announcements and
admissions - http://tinyurl.com/7cz7nl
arts center - http://tinyurl.com/7n3pka
Stanford’s app creation class on facebook -
more about facebook in higher ed: http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7017.pdf and
more on the stanford facebook class: http://credibilityserver.stanford.edu/captology/facebook/
more on facebook for teaching and learning: http://foruminnova.blogs.uoc.edu/2008/10/30/facebook-for-teaching-and-learning/
can bring users together
example: courses 2.0 – create class schedule, find
classmates, form study groups
must filter and choose what works best for you
users of applications can rate, review,
comment, and influence applications
users can create own application
may be tough to find one that is worth using
aggregation of content – many web tools have
best apps for education: http://www.collegedegree.com/library/college-life/15-facebook-apps-perfect-for-online-education
top applications do not promote learning
Funwall, TopFriends, SuperWall, BumperSticker,
average user has more than 100 friends
13 million users update their status at least
once a day
More than 20 million active user groups
exist on the site
more facebook application statistics: http://tinyurl.com/6q5sg9
and more facebook usage statistics: http://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?statistics
More than 20 million pieces of content
(web links, news stories, blog posts,
notes, photos, etc.) shared each month
More than 3 billion minutes are spent on
Facebook each day (worldwide)
More than 52,000 applications currently
available on Facebook Platform
More than 35 translations available on
the site, with more than 60 in
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