Social Media: Networks and Bookmarks
Social software enables people to rendezvous, connect or collaborate. Many advocates have adopted the term "online communities" to describe the social structures that result.
Non-profit social networks are gaining ground. Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes new site, Jumo, will put potential volunteers together with the organizations that need help.
LBCC Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Long-Beach-CA/Long-Beach-City-College/35857111417?ref=ts
Facebook has developed a new "Groups" feature which includes more privacy settings, in contrast to exclusively "public" Groups that previously existed.(MPB)
Twitter is a microblogging tool. Users send messages in 140 characters or less. Users "follow" people they are interested in, or create networks. Voted #1 tool for learning by educators in 2010.
"Everyday, educators from around the world are on Twitter sharing online resources, links to articles, ask each other questions, and post brief statements or reflections about current events. Sometimes Twitter posts (called tweets) share links to blog posts, enabling even more connectivity to the blogosphere." (MPB)
LBCC Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/LBCityCollege/
Accessibility for students with disabilities is an important issue in education. There are efforts to improve the accessibility of social networks, including the Accessible Twitter page http://www.accessibletwitter.com/
Article about using Twitter as an instructional tool (Nov 09)
LinkedIn: LinkedIn is devoted to professional social networking only, and is a great way to network and keep up professional contacts.
Ning: Ning is a social networking site dedicated to "interests and passions." Ning sites are called "Networks."
This Ning site: Classroom 2.0 is dedicated to Web 2.0 in the classroom (mostly K-12)
Instructors like to use Ning for the classroom so that students do not feel the intrusion of classwork on their personal social networking sites.
Article about using Ning to promote the "Write to Learn" approach at the University of Conn.
Ning can be open or closed. Ning is no longer free to the general publick, but educators can get a free sponsorship through Pearson.
Create your Ning site using the 30-day trial optio:, https://www.ning.com/payment/signup
Then fill out the sponsorship form: http://about.ning.com/pearsonsponsorship/
Social Bookmarking is a Web-based service to share Internet page bookmarks (URLs); Web addresses are saved, tagged, and shared in a Web-based list format. More information is available here.
Revised March, 2011
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