|Social Networking Resource Center|
Welcome to the Social Networking Resource Center. The social networking site, MySpace, is now the busiest site on the Internet! Just two years after going into business, MySpace was sold to Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp for $580 million, and is believed to be worth significantly more now. Pretty convincing evidence of the power of social networking! This resource center examines some of the popular social networking sites where you can build communities with people who share similar interests, network for business, motivate a group for a political campaign and more. In the Social Networking Resource Center you'll find links to:
- A list of social networking sites that includes company names, a description of each company, the estimated number of users and the type of registration (open, invite-only, etc.).
- The article, "Motivations for Contributing to Online Communities."
- Social networks including MySpace, Classmates.com, Facebook, MyYearbook, Hi5, Bebo, Friendster, TagWorld, 43 Things, Sconex, Orkut and IMBEE.
- Business networking sites including LinkedIn, Xing, Ryze, Ecademy and Yorz.
- Social content sites including YouTube (video sharing), Xanga (sharing diaries and journals), Flickr (photo sharing), Yahoo! 360° (share photos, blogs, and other interests), del.icio.us (social bookmarking) and more.
- Social lending sites specializing in microfinance, where borrowers can connect with lenders for small loans.
- Political sites such as MorePerfect.org where people can express their views and share interests about political issues, laws, education, healthcare, civil liberties, government reform or any topic of public interest.
- MoSoSo (mobile social software) such as Dodgeball that help you to meet people in your area based on your location, interests, friends lists and more.
- The blog entry, "MoSoSo + Wi-Fi," by Rudy De Waele that provides a brief walkthrough of popular MoSoSo applications including TXTMob, PlaceSite, Cellphedia, Wavemarket, Dodgeball, Jambo, Meetro and others.
- A research paper that investigates the meaning of friendship on social networking sites and how friendship affects the culture on those sites.
- The Download Squad blog and RSS feed that discuss social software applications, developments with the major players in the social software space, Web 2.0 and more.
- The Complexity and Social Networks Blog from the Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the program on Networked Governance at Harvard University. Discusses social networking in the news, simulations, social computing, social software, societal networks and more.
- Mashable—a social networking blog that discusses social networks including MySpace, Facebook, YouTube, Babo, Xanga, Friendster, hi5, Windows Live Spaces and more.
- Conferences including the International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, O'Reilly ETech 2007, the Social Networking Conference and the International Sunbelt Social Network Conference.
- Google Groups and Yahoo! Groups where you can create, search for, and join discussion and mailing groups based on your interests.
- The research paper, "Imagined Communities: Awareness, Information Sharing, and Privacy on the Facebook," by Alessandro Acquisti and Ralph Gross of Carnegie Mellon University.
- The eBook, Introduction to Social Network Methods, by Robert A. Hanneman and Mark Riddle.
- The eBook, MySpace Unraveled, by Larry Magid and Anne Collier.
and much more.