Social Networking

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Research Paper on Social Networking: Research Paper on Social Networking by Alessandro Cecconi EDD 8012 CRN 200820 Management and Evaluation of Instructional Technology and Distance Education Programs Nova Southeastern University December 17, 2007 2 Definition The term “social networking” does not exclusively belong to digital technology on the Web. On the contrary, social networks had been studied from the beginning of 20th century with the aim to comprehend how the members of a certain community interact and which mechanism can determine the interaction itself. Today social networking commonly refers to all those activities that are carried out within specific online services that provides free space and software tools which…show more content…
Nielsen Top 10 Social Networking Sites 6 Figure 3. Nielsen/NetRatings Top 10 Social Networking Sites chart From the charts above it is possible to say that social networking is certainly a relevant element in our digital lives, giving to all users the opportunity to keep in contact with a large number of different communities by subscribing to specific services that offers specialized platforms for video, blog, photos, etc. Applications for ITDE Social networking represents a big resource for e-learning, because of its big impact on the World Wide Web. In fact, the social networking online services implemented a new model of knowledge management, totally based upon the worldwide voluntary contribution of users. But to what extent is social networking powerful for distance education? It is very interesting to point out that the average age of social networking users is strongly and quickly decreasing; the new generations seem to be extremely familiar with this kind of approach to the Web. According to a January 2007 survey by the Pew Internet & 7 American Life Project, 55 percent of teens (ages 12 to 17) report having created a personal profile online, and an equal number regularly use social networking sites such as MySpace or Facebook. Of those, 91 percent use the sites to stay in touch with friends they see frequently. With all that screen time, students are acutely attuned to - and sometimes more comfortable

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