What is a Social Networking Site?

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Published on December 3, 2008

Author: amcneill

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Social networking sites Tony McNeill Academic Development Centre a.mcneill@kingston.ac.uk

A quick definition: It’s a digital environment enabling users to: • hang out online • share stuff (e.g. photos, videos) • “affinity space” (Gee 2004) • thicken existing offline social ties “offline to online trend” (Ellison et al. 2007)

Key features: • profile pages listing interests and activities • opportunities for group creation • communications tools (e.g. email, IM, a “wall”) • document upload facilities (e.g. videos, pictures) • third-party applications (e.g. wikis, games)

What does it mean for us?

further reading Further reading boyd, d. & Ellison, N.B. (2008). Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13 pp.210-230 Capriccioso, R. (2004 February 14). Facebook Face Off. Inside Higher Ed. http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/02/14/facebook Ellison, N. B., Steinfield, C., & Lampe, C. (2007). The benefits of Facebook quot;friends:quot; Social capital and college students' use of online social network sites. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 12(4). http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol12/issue4/ellison.html Gee, J.P. (2004) Situated Language and Learning: a critique of traditional schooling. London: Routledge Mazer, J. P., Murphy, R. E., & Simonds, C. J. (2007). I'll see you on quot;Facebook:quot; The effects of computer-mediated teacher self-disclosure on student motivation, affective learning, and classroom climate. Communication Education, 56 (1) pp.1-17. Merchant, G. (2006). Identity, Social Networks and Online Communication. E-Learning, 3(2) pp.235-244 Selwyn, N. (2007). Screw Blackboard... do it on Facebook! an investigation of students' educational use of Facebook. Paper presented to Poke 1.0 – Facebook social research symposium, November. http://www.scribd.com/doc/513958/Facebook-seminar-paper-Selwyn Stutzman, F. (2005). Our Lives, our Facebooks. www.ibiblio.org/fred/pubs/stutzman_pub6.pdf

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