“ An association of people drawn together by family, work or hobby. The term was first coined by professor J. A. Barnes in the 1950s, who defined the size of a social network as a group of about 100 to 150 people. On the Web, social networking sites have millions of members”.
social networking site
“ A Web site that provides a virtual community for people interested in a particular subject or just to "hang out" together. Members create their own online "profile" with biographical data, pictures, likes, dislikes and any other information they choose to post. They communicate with each other by voice, chat, instant message, videoconference and blogs, and the service typically provides a way for members to contact friends of other members. Sites may also serve as a vehicle for meeting in person. The "social networking site" is the 21st century "virtual community," a group of people who use the Internet to communicate with each other about anything and everything. One can find dating sites, friendship sites, sites with a business purpose and hybrids that offer a combination of these. Globally, hundreds of millions of people have joined one or more social networking sites”. www.Techweb.com- 6/2/09
http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol13/issue1/boyd.ellison.html History Of Social Networks
www.facebook.com -Originally students, then everyone
www.tagworld.com- Tools to personalize/transfer content
www.twitter.com- real time messaging for groups and friends
www.ning.com- Create own social network
www.Doostang.com- invite-only community that
connects young professionals to career
www.85 Broads.com- invite only social network
For professional women.
Jobirn.com-provides applicants with real time
chat with employers and more.
www.Jobster.com-create a profile that helps you
create a digital profile
www.Koda.com- social recruiting site
www.MyWorkster.com-Professional networking site
www.classmates.com Students, military
www.reunion.com Locate former friends/classmates
www.linkedin.com People networking
www.ryze.com People networking www.spoke.com Discover/contact people
www.xing.com People networking
Bright Circles lets current and former employees from leading companies and organizations stay in touch
MeetingWave- face-to-face meetings with new people
Meet-Up Work- find local groups of people with
interests that match theirs
Vault Message Boards
Mobile/Cellphones www.loopt.com Maps show where friends are www.mocospace.com Meet people via cellphone www.twango.com Media sharing www.utterz.com Post to social site
www.joot.com transcribes messages to twitter
Twitter Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing? Profile set up is the quickest of the three, requires the least amount of personal information- only applications are mobile or for embedded twitter Email address and a picture or avatar, smart phone Free What you will need
Profile set up is simple but requires care, takes a long time to establish connections Email address, contacts, a picture and résum é Free for basic 24.95-499.95 for expanded accounts What you will need
Home- the main page which shows status updates of your status and the status of your connections, groups. You can also display your applications here
Groups- groups you belong to or may wish to join
Profile- your resume and bio
Contacts- connections, contacts and statistics which show the degrees of separation from other professionals
Applications- add on modules that you can place on your home page, i.e. Slide share, polls, and reading lists.
Top of page
People- how you search for connections
Jobs- how to search for a job or post a job
Answers- place to ask questions of groups or connections *****
Company-profiles of staff that work at a company if they are on linked in and if the company has a profile page
Ning Ning is a website that helps the user find online social networks. Once you join Ning you can sign up for individual networks. You will get a page and a password for each network you join. Profile set up is quick and easy. You can customize network page to which you belong Email address and a picture or avatar Free What you will need
Choose a profile picture carefully that presents them in a positive, professional way
Moderate comments and pictures posted by friends
Avoid any inflammatory remarks on blogs, social networking sites, and even emails (particularly about a current or previous employer)
Remember that networks stretch far and wide. Users may not be aware of who knows who in their network and negative comments could easily get back to that person and end up ruining the user’s reputation instead!
When setting up a profile or blog, users should think about what uses the profile/blog will have – is it for job hunting? Connecting with old friends? Professional networking?
Users must structure each profile carefully and provide useful information that reflects their abilities and interests in a positive light.
Users should begin by Googling themselves. It is often surprising what information shows up. If anything negative appears that shouldn’t be online, a clean up of what is already there must be done. Zero online presence is better than a negative one, but that means the rewards of a positive online presence are still there to be reaped.
Once old profiles have been cleaned up and new ones carefully created, users should Google themselves again and see the difference
How to Grow Your Network 4. Make connections 5. Find connections through common interests an approach directly 6. Nurture connections by keeping information updated, providing advice, asking questions, and continue to build your online presence. 3. Make a list of possible connections 2. Find the social network(s) that fits you best 1. Make sure you have your marketing material in order
Social networking tools are useful only as long as you can manage the noise and keep these services from intruding on your work and privacy. Follow these guidelines to make sure the networking remains productive:
--Set your profile to "private."
---Put an end to friends who post embarrassing pictures and blog about weekend activities.
--Tell your friends not to put "tags" on their photos or blogs.
--Monitor openly accessible social networks you're involved in.
--Contact the Web site itself if something is beyond your control.
--Consider an avatar instead of a photo.
--Use pseudonym's for family and especially children.
--Don’t post pictures of other people with out permission, ask the same from them.
--Don’t post pictures of your children.
--Think about the information you post does it give away your location, identity, workplace, history or other personal information?
--Is the information you are posting something you would be ok with your mother or grandmother viewing? What if it were on the front page?
Checklist: Ways to Keep Social Networks Safe and Productive