Entries in "Social Networks" ( for this category only)

Facebook @ the Altar

Here is a couple that updated their Facebook at the altar.

How Facebook Works

Ever wonder what it took to keep a large social network like FaceBook running? Technology Review in their July/August 2008 issue highlighted How Facebook Works.

If Life was Like Facebook

This comedy group shows us what life would be like if we all behaved as we do in Facebook.

Social Networks for Employment Recruiting

On my blog highlighting engineering news and resources, I just highlighted a newspaper article that discusses using social networks to accomplish employment recruiting.

Why mention it here? I have heard comments from those in the library profession say libraries "do not belong in the social networks" and "people do not want us there". Engineering companies and recruiters are highlighting their industry, educating potential future employers, and maintaining communication channels with future employees or customers. Lets learn from others!

The Hollywood Librarian

The trailer is out for the new movie called the Hollywood Librarian. In addition, there is a related Facebook group and a formal website.

Social Computing Specialization - How Much More 2.0 Can Your Degree Be

The University of Michigan School of Information now offers a specialization in Social Computing.

Students pursuing a specialization in Social Computing learn to analyze online social interactions, both in online communities and in more diffuse social networks. They learn about features of social computing technologies so they can recognize opportunities to put them to use in new settings and make good choices about alternative implementations.

Have other schools or degree programs went beyond a single class or workshop? I have not seen any myself.

(As a person living in Ohio, I am only allowed to use the "m" word once a year, so this was it.)

A Portrait of Generation Next

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press published a reported called How Young People View Their Lives, Futures, and Politics - A Portrait of "GENERATION NEXT". For their analysis, they focused on those between 18-25 years of age. This 45-page report was released on January 9, 2007, and was made available by PDF.

Here are some findings relevant to libraries and web 2.0:

  • Importance of email, text messaging, and instant messaging to stay in "constant contact with friends"
  • 1/2 received or sent a phone text message today - double of that of 26-40 year olds
  • Majority use social networking sites with 40% creating personal profiles - report calls this "Look at Me" generation
  • 73% believe their peers post too much personal information
  • 80% acknowledge technology makes people lazier
  • 12% claim to be "not an internet user"
  • 1/3 used instant messaging today
From "About the Center":
The Center is an independent opinion research group that studies attitudes

toward the press, politics and public policy issues. We are best known

for regular national surveys that measure public attentiveness to major news stories, and for our polling that charts trends in values and fundamental political and social attitudes.

[VIA: The Scout Report, January 26, 2007 - Volume 13, Number 3]

Increase in Teens Buying Books

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports teens are buying books at the highest rate in decades. They specifically suggest web 2.0 applications have created a marketing wave among the new generation and libraries have become more accepting to teen input. The article highlights YouTube, MySpace, and teen advisory groups in libraries.

More on New Workshop

As I mentioned before, I am teaching a new workshop for the Kent State University School of Library & Information Science.

I have used a couple of the existing web 2.0 tools to share my workshop content. Check out the Squidoo page to see what readings and tools we used. On SlideShare, I posted the introductory slides I used before we moved on to our hands-on assignments.

New Workshop - Using Web 2.0 Principles to Become Librarian 2.0

I am getting ready to teach a new workshop at Kent State University School of Library & Information Science. The response for the first offering was amazing - 24 at the Main campus and another 9 at Ohio State (distance location of the Kent program). I am really looking for the chance for a large group to "play" with all these tools.

Students will discover how libraries are using Web 2.0 tools, such as blogs, RSS feeds, wikis, social communities, podcasts, and various mash-ups, to give library users increased ownership in their library interactions. Students will investigate the major principles and applications, while developing an understanding of the library-specific issues. Topics of discussion may include privacy, trust or abuse of these technologies, policy considerations, factors to implementation, and optimization in the library environment. In addition, students will look at how users are creating tools to supplement and/or replace their experience with libraries.
Check out the Squidoo page I set up for the workshop. If you have any suggestions or feedback, please share.

The students for their final project will practice by using blogs, wikis, or other tools to create a web 2.0 environment for one of three scenarios - an existing or fictional library, employee training, or a virtual environment for a specific class or employer project. They will have a chance to keep it private on a library school run server or use one of the many free web-based applications. I am giving them the choice. If any of them decide to go public, I will share the results here.

End of Web 2.0 Principles - House to Consider Social Networking Bill

The American Libraries Online reports that the U.S. House is considering a social networking bill again.

The bill (H.R. 1120) withholds federal e-rate funding from libraries and schools that do not restrict the use of social networking websites by minors.
I am a strong believer that Web 2.0, and more specifically Library 2.0, is more about how users interact and contribute to their personal experience with the information than the specific tools. It is no longer about just receiving information, but that a user can pick how they receive their information, pick their interface, add value to the information for the next person with comments or other additions, and promote other forms of real time collaboration.

If this is bill is as vague as people are suggesting, we will be taking several steps backwards from the way people have evolved in the utilization of information. Our economy is knowledge based and international in scope, but politicians continue to try to decrease collaboration and reduce U.S. competitiveness. Why are we not improving our education methods first, before restriction? Our children are leaving school at a disadvantage because we keep roadbocking their information/collaboration/communication development.

ALA's Collection of Web 2.0 Resources

ALA has created a wiki that highlights all the online tools that have been created by ALA and its members. The Read Write Connect wiki allows a user quick access to a variety of web 2.0 tools, such as wikis, blogs, podcasts, videos, RSS feeds, social network, and virtual worlds.

Web 2.0 Participation

David Lee King has started an interesting series of blog entries about participation in a Web 2.0 environment. After introducing his thoughts about the types of participation, he invites participation to propose additional types of passive invitations. I "actively" invite you to join in.

Continue reading "Web 2.0 Participation"

DOPA Dies - This Time

Have you been following the discussions about the DOPA legislation (Deleting Online Predators Act)?

It easily passed the U.S. this summer, but its time has now passed. Many educators criticized the bill for being way to broad as it would have blocked many online resources and tools. This bill was very anti-Web 2.0 as it was originally designed. TeacherSource gives a great summary.

Book on MySpace for Parents

MySpace Unraveled: A Parent's Guide to Teen Social Networking from the Directors of BlogSafety.com
by Larry Magid, AnneCollier
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Pub Date: August 02, 2006
Print ISBN-10: 0-321-48018-X
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-321-48018-7
Pages: 192

I found this book from my library's Safari e-Books subscription. It looks like a great source for parents, or others with regular contact with children such as teachers or librarians.

Topics include:

  • Basics of online social networking.
  • How children are using MySpace.
  • Positive and negative aspects of social networking sites.
  • Internet safety for kids.
  • How to communicate with children about what they are doing online.
  • What parental controls are available and how to use them.
It does provide other information about MySpace as well, such as manipulating the html for various improvements and customizations.

You may want to check out the chapter called "Where do we go from here?" that addresses the changing nature of the web with respect to the newest generation. It ends with a fictional story about a girl called Susan. I love the point this section of the books is making.

By far her most effective safeguard, though, is Susan's growing proficiency in fine-tuning a filter that works infinitely better than anything we or her parents could possibly install on her PC. This filter is the software running on the computer between her ears—her own developing critical thinking skills and her ability to make appropriate decisions.
Right on!

Warning - MySpace Phishing

MySpace has become the newest target of phishing attacks. Phishing is the sending out of an email that appears to be legitimate in order to steal personal or credit card information from a recipient.

Congress Targets Social Network Sites

CNET News.com on May 10 reported that Congress is targeting social networks with legislation.

MySpace and other social-networking sites like LiveJournal.com and Facebook are the potential targets for a proposed federal law that
would effectively require most schools and libraries to render those
Web sites inaccessible to minors, an age group that includes some of
the category's most ardent users.

It appears the legislation does give parents the right to offer permission for their child to have access. But even that doorway in the law, has great consequences. If the law is interpreted as broadly as CNET suggests, many websites could be off limits. What about libraries that are using these various services to reach their users? Are libraries going to have to get permission for every single website, rather than larger domains? For example, parents says "NO" to Blogger, but what if the library has a website on Blogger?

I wish politicians would do more to promote education and the role of parents than restricting rights.

Another ALAL2 participant's post on this proposed social networking legislation.

Have you read the MySpace Terms & Conditions?

Someone just pointed out to me some of the terms and conditions that users of MySpace agree to.

6. Proprietary Rights in Content on MySpace.com.
1. By displaying or publishing ("posting") any Content, messages, text, files, images, photos, video, sounds, profiles, works of authorship, or any other materials (collectively, "Content") on or through the Services, you hereby grant to MySpace.com, a non-exclusive, fully-paid and royalty-free, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense through unlimited levels of sublicensees) to use, copy, modify, adapt, translate, publicly perform, publicly display, store, reproduce, transmit, and distribute such Content on and through the Services. This license will terminate at the time you remove such Content from the Services. You represent and warrant that: (i) you own the Content posted by you on or through the Services or otherwise have the right to grant the license set forth in this section, and (ii) the posting of your Content on or through the Services does not violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, contract rights or any other rights of any person. You agree to pay for all royalties, fees, and any other monies owing any person by reason of any Content posted by you to or through the Services.

As a librarian that has spent time in a corporate library so I was previously immersed constantly in patent and copyright law, and someone that strongly believes in negotiating your rights to your intellectual property before publishing or selling, I was shocked by these terms. First, it does protect users from others users copying, selling, or otherwise distributing their artwork, writing, pictures, music, etc. BUT, MySpace can profit from your creations in any way it see fit.

Ask yourself - how comfortable are you with MySpace having the ability to use an entry from your blog, taking one of your pictures, or sharing your music in an advertisement on its front page or in other marketing methods?

Would an artist or writer have less power to negotiate with a publisher or producer if their materials were already up on MySpace? Even though MySpace's rights are non-exclusive, can this hurt you in developing other alternatives? It may if the producer does not care for MySpace.