A) DEFINE WHAT SOCIAL NETWORKING IS (IN YOUR OWN WORDS)
Social networking is using the Internet -specifically WEB2.0- and all its myriad of apps, sites and programs to interact. The interaction can be between individual users, between businesses, between users and businesses. It is about building networks. The networks come together either due to similar interests and or needs.
A misconception of social networking is that it only serves a purpose for social reasons. Despite its name, this is not the case. Whilst it does also do this, social networking encompasses many needs beyond that. Businesses and governments using social networking sites can inform and even influence many people quickly and easily. Conversely individuals can effectively place pressure on businesses and governments to change policy and procedures through social networking sites (e.g. the recent Alan Jones online petition).
Social networking is the voluntary interaction of people, groups of people, businesses and governments due to similar interests and /or needs. Social networking achieves this by using the Internet and WEB2.0 tools.
B) WHAT SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES DO YOU USE?
Prior to beginning my Masters earlier in the year, I was pretty much avoiding the use of social networking sites. I occasionally ventured onto Flickr if a friend posted me the link to their photos and allowed me access; this is the same with Facebook. I relied primarily upon texting and emailing as my form of social interaction which did not happen face to face. Online voucher sites (Scoopon, Cudo) were also subscribed to.
ETL401 got me using Delicious, RSS feeds and a blog. Somewhere along the way I became aware of Google Docs.
Now, INF506 has got me having twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Flickr accounts in addition to my blog and Delicious accounts.
C) DESCRIBE WHAT YOU EXPECT TO LEARN AFTER COMPLETING INF506.
I hope to learn how to use the social networking sites I’ve now subscribed to in an effective and useful way. I hope to learn how to use the sites within the school, library and educational contexts.