What is a social network?
“Information exchanges, whether face-to-face or computer-mediated, are more than individual human–computer interactions. They are social interactions. The nature of information exchanges is constrained by the types of relationships people have as well as the types of media available, the kinds of information to be exchanged, and the norms that are in operation. When a computer network connects people (or organizations), it is also a social network. The social nature of information exchange suggests that it is an issue of “media use” rather than an issue of individually-chosen “media choice.”"[Work, Friendship, and Media Use for Information Exchange in a Networked Organization. Caroline Haythornthwaite, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, and Barry Wellman, Centre for Urban and Community Studies, University of Toronto]
EDUCAUSE has several examples of social networking services and how they might fit your pedagogy.
Examples of ITS Social Networking Projects
Facebook @ ITS
“Facebook gives people the power to share and makes the world more open and connected. Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.” Learn more about Facebook
Flickr @ ITS
“Flickr is a way to get your photos and videos to the people who matter to you. And since basic accounts are free, there’s no reason not to explore further…” Learn more about Flickr
- Digital Storytelling in Five Frames
The ISAT team undertook a project wherein each member had to tell a story about their work in five frames [a frame is a photograph]. Each member took a different approach to the project and the resulting frames are digital stories in themselves.
Google Maps @ ITS
“Google Maps is a Google service offering powerful, user-friendly mapping technology and local business information — including business locations, contact information, and driving directions.” Learn more about Google Maps
Ning @ ITS
“Ning is a platform for creating your own social network. Our passion is putting new social networks in the hands of anyone with a good idea.” Learn more about Ning
Twitter @ ITS
“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?” Learn more about Twitter