What is Social Networking?

Social networking is all about making connections and bringing people together. Conversations that take place in social networking contexts are inherently social, and often revolve around shared activities and interests. The heart of social networking is fostering the kinds of deep connections that occur when common pursuits are shared and discussed. Students are tremendously interested in social networking sites because of the community, the content, and the activities they can do there. They can share information about themselves, find out what their peers think about topics of interest to them, share music and playlists, and exchange messages with their friends. Social networking systems have led us to a new understanding of how people connect. Relationships are the currency of these systems, but we are only beginning to realize how valuable a currency they truly are. The next generation of social networking systems will change the way we search for, work with, and understand information by placing people at the center of the network. The first social operating system tools, only just emerging now, understand who we know, how we know them, and how deep our relationships actually are. They can lead us to connections we would otherwise have missed. Early social networking systems already recognize the value of connections and relationships, and as opportunities for virtual collaboration increase, we will rely more on trust-based networks that can interpret and evaluate the depth of a person’s social connections.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the museums you know best?

  • - james.lin james.lin May 1, 2010 Social Networking has been long studied in the area of Sociology. Because of the lastest trend of using social media on the Internet, this topics is now a new buzz word in many areas. I would suggest to combine Social Networking and Social Media as one topic instead of two seperate areas. Social Networking is the goal and the Social Media is one of many approached to reach this goal.
  • I believe it is going to be the visitor's opinion of the museum and the opinion of their friends that is going to matter in a social networked world. I believe the evolution of social networking technologies is going to increase the pressure on museums to become more open and visitor-centric. - christina.depaolo christina.depaolo May 2, 2010

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • More definition of the next wave of social tools, how they are evolving and will actual replace the internet as we know it.- christina.depaolo christina.depaolo May 2, 2010
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on education and interpretation in museums?

  • More articulate, interested and connected society, ideally I would like to see social networking continue to increase inter-generational learning and connection in a museum environment- christina.depaolo christina.depaolo May 2, 2010
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