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Ulster Connections - Social Networking Sites/Facebook and Bebo


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An overview of social networking for those who are unfamiliar with it, then an introduction to two of the most popular social networking sites in the UK, Bebo and Facebook. (Focus is on similarities and differences, privacy and intellectual property issues.) Finally, there is a tour of Ulster Connections, the University's own social network, and some suggestions on how you might use it in an educational context.

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Ulster Connections - Social Networking Sites/Facebook and Bebo

  1. 2. Ulster Connections Social Networking Sites/Facebook
  2. 3. Topics covered today <ul><li>Overview of social networking </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook/Bebo – what your students are using </li></ul><ul><li>Introducing Ulster Connections (UU’s own social network) </li></ul>
  3. 4. What is social networking? (1) <ul><li>Commoncraft video </li></ul><ul><li>Simple explanation in visual format </li></ul>
  4. 5. What is social networking? (2)
  5. 6. What is social networking? (3) <ul><li>A conversation, powered by social software </li></ul><ul><li>People-centred technology </li></ul>
  6. 7. Popular social networking services
  7. 8. What your students are using
  8. 9. Facebook – Your profile <ul><li>All about you </li></ul><ul><li>Photo of yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Your interests </li></ul><ul><li>Work/education history </li></ul><ul><li>Your likes and dislikes </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Mini-feed’ of recent activity on your page </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware of identity fraud </li></ul>
  9. 10. Sharing information with your network
  10. 11. Sending messages in Facebook <ul><li>Via public ‘Wall’ on your page (see example, left) </li></ul><ul><li>Through private messages </li></ul><ul><li>Comment on other people’s photos or videos </li></ul>
  11. 12. Sharing multimedia on Facebook <ul><li>Upload and share your photo albums </li></ul><ul><li>Share your music tastes </li></ul><ul><li>Watch YouTube videos </li></ul>
  12. 13. Facebook Applications <ul><li>Option to add ‘Facebook Applications’ </li></ul><ul><li>Free for users </li></ul><ul><li>Designed for amusement or educational purposes </li></ul><ul><li>Quizzes, games, news feeds and more </li></ul>
  13. 14. Bebo homepage
  14. 15. Bebo – your profile
  15. 16. Customising Bebo with ‘skins’
  16. 17. Bebo and video/music content <ul><li>Video partners – CBS, MTV and more </li></ul><ul><li>Band pages – bands promote their music </li></ul><ul><li>Competing with sites like MySpace - showcases new artists before they become mainstream </li></ul><ul><li>Aiming for youth entertainment market </li></ul>
  17. 18. Privacy issues (1) – Public access
  18. 19. Privacy issues (2) – Make it private <ul><li>Bebo - Make your profile public or private (one click) </li></ul><ul><li>Public – anyone can view/search for you </li></ul><ul><li>Private – only authorised friends see your page </li></ul><ul><li>Comments on public pages still searchable </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook’s privacy settings – more complex – edit separate sliders to define privacy </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook ALWAYS keep a copy of your details </li></ul>
  19. 20. Privacy issues (3) - Visibility <ul><li>‘ Poke’ – electronic nudge </li></ul><ul><li>Recipient gets told you have contacted them </li></ul><ul><li>Your profile is public to recipient for one week (even if it’s usually private) </li></ul>
  20. 21. Intellectual property rights - Facebook
  21. 22. Intellectual property rights - Bebo <ul><li>Bebo can reproduce your content through site </li></ul><ul><li>Your profile could be featured on homepage (see left) </li></ul><ul><li>Your video/music/content might be featured on Bebo </li></ul><ul><li>Make your profile private (if you don’t want others to see your content) </li></ul>
  22. 23. Introducing Ulster Connections
  23. 24. What is Ulster Connections? <ul><li>Social network </li></ul><ul><li>Exclusive to the University </li></ul><ul><li>Add friends </li></ul><ul><li>Be part of a community </li></ul><ul><li>Upload files/photos/resources </li></ul><ul><li>Keep a blog </li></ul><ul><li>View aggregated media </li></ul>
  24. 25. Ulster Connections and privacy
  25. 26. Ulster Connections and community
  26. 27. Suggestions for using Connections
  27. 28. How will social networking influence education? <ul><li>Already influencing politics, traditional media and advertising </li></ul><ul><li>Sheer ubiquity will compel educators to get up to speed </li></ul><ul><li>Educators still trying to figure out how to best use the technology </li></ul>
  28. 29. Some current educational uses <ul><li>Language learning social networks ( Palabea , Lingro , Livemocha </li></ul><ul><li>Subject-specific networks – Nature Network </li></ul><ul><li>Social network groups to support learning – Stanford, Teaching & Learning with Facebook (need account with Facebook to view) </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-application information – University of Oxford </li></ul><ul><li>Forums for groupwork/collaboration </li></ul>
  29. 30. How to use Ulster Connections See Ulster Connections> Karen Virapen> Files (in right hand menu)
  30. 31. Help files