What is Social Networking?

As described on Wikipedia, a social network service focuses on building online communities of people who share interests and activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others. Most social network services are web based and provide a variety of ways for users to interact, such as e-mail and instant messaging services.

There are numerous social networking sites, some of which pictured in the graphic to the below:

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This video below, while it may seem very childish and basic, explains the logic behind social networking websites very well.

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For Additional Background Info

  1. Social Networking Online
    • WHAT IS SOCIAL NETWORKING? WHO USES SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES? WHAT CONSTITUTES A SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE? HOW DOES IT AFFECT MY ONLINE PRESENCE?
  2. What is Social Networking?
  3. Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship
    • Social network sites (SNSs) are increasingly attracting the attention of academic and industry researchers intrigued by their affordances and reach. This special theme section of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication brings together scholarship on these emergent phenomena. In this introductory article, we describe features of SNSs and propose a comprehensive definition. We then present one perspective on the history of such sites, discussing key changes and developments. After briefly summarizing existing scholarship concerning SNSs, we discuss the articles in this special section and conclude with considerations for future research.
  4. Online Social and Business Networking Communities
    • The ability to send and retrieve information over the Web using traditional and ubiquitous computing methods has changed the way we work and live. Web portals, as content aggregators, act as gateways to pertinent and up-to-date information. Social networking portals are a recent development, allowing a user to create and maintain a network of close friends or business associates for social and/or professional reasons. The main types of social network sites will be classified, and an evaluation will be performed in terms of features and functionality.
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