The Joys and Pitfalls of Social Networking

"Social software enables people to rendezvous, connect or collaborate through computer-mediated communication,
and to form online communities."


**Entirely different from online dating websites**

Since most social networking websites started small, they were designed for a specific niche functionality. Below are different types of popular social networking websites, grouped by function, and examples of each:

Blogs Chelmsford Library's blog Google's official blog "The most popular blog in the world," talk about cultural curiosities and interesting technologies

Media Sharing (ie: 1 | 2) Sharing movie files (ie: 1 | 2) Photo sharing, most popular overall, especially with adults and organizations Photo sharing, more popular with younger people (ie: 1 | 2) Music interests & what you're listening to (ie: 1 | 2) Display your personal book library (ie: 1 | 2) Started as a book suggestion website, but has since moved on to "all" things - movies, music, foods, etc.

Personal Information (ie: 1 | 2 | 3) "Secrets" are mailed to website maintainer, and then posted for everyone to read (ie: 1 | 2) Sharing what you'd like to do in your life

Instant Messaging (IM) AOL's IM service Yahoo's IM service Microsoft's IM service Online IM tool - log into other services

All-In-One Websites (ie: 1 | 2 | 3) Open to everyone Targets colleges (students, professors, organizations, classes, etc) Targets teens