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What is Social Networking? Social networking refers to websites that allow people to participate in an online community, based on interests or activities. A way to connect with friends and family electronically.
A Brief History of Social Networking
Social networking sites have existed for more than 10 years!
Started with CompuServe.
Other early sites:
http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol13/issue1/boyd.ellison.html A Timeline
Key Features of a Social Networking Site
Why Use Social Networking Sites?
What Are My Options?
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One of the most popular social networking options.
Open to people of all ages, although it was first only available to college students.
Used primarily for connecting with friends, family, classmates, coworkers, and acquaintances.
Post pictures, movies, status updates, and more.
Set up an account. Create a profile. Find friends. Keep up on news from your friends. Optional Join a network and connect with people with similar interests. Post pictures. What’s your status? Have fun!
HOME NEWS FEED: What are my friends doing?
YOUR PROFILE PAGE STATUS THE WALL: a virtual message board PROFILE PICTURE FRIENDS LIST
YOUR INFO: as much or as little as you want
PHOTOS OF YOU: posted by you & others PHOTOS ALBUMS: your photos
Friend Finder http://www.facebook.com/help/new_user_guide.php
What exactly is Twitter Anyway? A free social messaging utility or social networking tool. Asks users to answer the question “What are you doing?” in a max. of 140 characters (letters, spaces, numbers, etc.) Your message (tweet) is shared with user’s “followers” (those who receive updates). You can also choose to follow others who are using Twitter. So much more…and we’ll get to that.
But Why Would I Want To Use Twitter or Who Cares What I Had For Dinner? Launched 3 Years ago (2006) and has seen huge growth since then Send and receive messages via a variety of devices (Almost 1 million users posting Tweets via mobile devices in Feb. of this year alone) Ambient intimacy
But Why Use Twitter Continued
But Why Use Twitter Continued Shared News and Commentary
But Why Use Twitter Continued Breaking News and Shared Experiences
But Why Use Twitter Continued Business Conversations
WHO USES TWITTER? Median age is 31 Source: http://www.quantcast.com/twitter.com#demographics
Who Uses Twitter? Representatives: Source: http://tweetcongress.org
Who Uses Twitter? 9.3 million U.S. visits to Twitter in March of 09 and 19.1 million international visits In fact, growth has been huge—unique visitors between Feb. of 2008 and Feb of 2009 grew 1382 percent!
WHAT CAN YOU FIND? Just about anything: Twitter makes searching for information easy Source: http://twitter.com
What Can You Find? Source: http://search.twitter.com
What Can You Find?
Searching With Twitter
PRIVACY You usually have some control over how much info is visible to the public Digital footprint Use common sense - it’s out there for the world to see Online privacy issues are always changing – a lot of gray…
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO GET STARTED? Basic Internet searching skills Email account