Researchers use social networks frequently to maintain and develop professional relationships. Students who would not normally participate in class are more apt to partake through social network services. The use of online social networks by school libraries is also increasingly prevalent and they are being used to communicate with potential library users, as well as extending the services provided by individual school libraries.
Social networks and their educational uses are of interest to many researchers. Business model[ edit ] Few social networks charge money for membership.
Additional features[ edit ] There is a trend towards more interoperability between social networks led by technologies such as OpenID and OpenSocial.
Facebook launched inbecame the largest social networking site in the world  in early Others companies, such as Monster. According to the UK Children Go Online survey of 9- to year-olds, it was found that a third have received bullying comments online.
These sites often contain a great deal of data that is hard to obtain via traditional means.
Much of the early research on online communities assume that individuals using these systems would be connecting with others outside their preexisting social group or location, liberating them to form communities around shared interests, as opposed to shared geography.
It is believed that this outpouring of identifiable information and the easy communication vehicle that social networking services opens the door to sexual predators, cyberbullying, and cyberstalking.
The most basic of these are visible profiles with a list of "friends" who are also users of the site.
Other sites claim one in five relationships begin online. Some companies with mobile workers have encouraged their workers to use social networking to feel connected, educators are using it to keep connected with their students and individuals are benefiting from social networking to keep connect with already close relationships that they've developed under circumstances that would otherwise make it difficult to do so.
However, these alumni directories tend to suffer from an oversupply of advice-seekers and an undersupply of advice providers. Social networking services foster learning through what Jenkins describes as a " participatory culture ".
Clixtr, though in the real-time space, is also a location-based social networking site, since events created by users are automatically geotagged, and users can view events occurring nearby through the Clixtr iPhone app.
In short, social networking services can become research networks as well as learning networks. Gowalla is another such service that functions in much the same way that Foursquare does, leveraging the GPS in phones to create a location-based user experience.
Information is suited to a gift economyas information is a nonrival good and can be gifted at practically no cost.
Many studies have been done on the effectiveness of networking online in a college setting, and one notable one is by Phipps Arabie and Yoram Wind published in Advances in Social Network Analysis. Witte says that relationships which start online are much more likely to succeed.
Revenue is typically gained in the autonomous business model via advertisements, but subscription-based revenue is possible when membership and content levels are sufficiently high. Facebook, however, remains the largest photo sharing site—Facebook application and photo aggregator Pixable estimates that Facebook will have billion photos by Summer A primary motivation to spam arises from the fact that a user advertising a brand would like others to see them and they typically publicize their brand over the social network.
Grassroots organizing[ edit ] Social networks are being used by activists as a means of low-cost grassroots organizing.About six-in-ten U.S. teens have been bullied or harassed online, and a similar share says it’s a major problem for people their age.
Teens mostly think teachers, social media companies and politicians are failing at addressing the issue. A social networking service (also social networking site, or SNS or social media) is an online platform which people use to build social networks or social relations with other people who share similar personal or career interests, activities, backgrounds or real-life connections.
Social networking services vary in format and the number of features. They can incorporate a range of new.Download