Project Length: 2-3 Weeks
This project will introduce you to social networks, the impact they are
having within our society, and provide you with an opportunity to
observe and interact within a social networking environment.
reviewing the project resources you will list three ways that social
networking is impacting our society, and then describe your own
ideas about the advantages and disadvantages of social networking in
both professional and personal areas of a person's life.
will join and participate in a social networking group and then
describe the experience by answering questions 4-8 below.
Create a new email account for this project (hotmail, yahoo or gmail)
in order to protect your other email accounts from Spam. An email
address is typically required when registering to join a social
A. Project Resources
The following are online, text
resources that cover different aspects of social networking
including how it is impacting the workplace and seniors.
The Dallas News just did a piece on
Social Networking and Seniors
PEW Reports that cover this topic:
Social Networks and Teens
Social Networks and Work
Adults and Social Networking
Street Journal is
writing about social networking too. In fact, it is so pervasive
with teen's and young adults, that many
don't even use email anymore,
instead they communicate via their social networking site.
Short, entertaining online
videos that describe social networking.
picture to right of each description to launch the video in a new
See how Social
Networking has expanded by watching this video.
Potential employers are
looking for you online! I know of one person who did not get
an offer for a job because the search committee "Googled"
him and found some questionable material on a social
Do you want to learn
about Social Networking in "plain English?" This video is
for you. My personal favorite!
Blogs provide a way to communicate information and allow
interaction with users; users can comment on blog postings.
Blogs in Plain English (video)
Blogs that I contribute to include
UIS Blog and
Online Blogging Tools:
You can join a
pre-existing Social Network, but you may also create one for a
hobby, business or as an alternative to a PowerPoint presentation!
I have personally designed a social network for those interested in
Google Wave and belong to the following Social Networks: Web 2.0
Technologies in Higher Education, Web 2.0 Research Tools and
current NINGs and consider creating one!
Join a Social Networking Group
two students can join the same group.
You cannot select a group that
you already belong to.
Join either an established Social Networking Site, start a
NING or Blog.
Select one or two that you may want to join unless you are
creating a Ning or Blog.
Create a New Thread in the 'My Pick' discussion board.
Scan the postings to make sure no one has selected the group
want to join.
Enter the Name of the group you will join in the Subject line.
- If you are creating a Ning or Blog enter that in the subject line
and then in the Message
area enter the purpose of the Blog or Ning
Make sure to provide enough
detail in the subject line that others can quickly determine
if you have selected a Social Networking Site that they were going
the group or start the Ning or Blog.
me the following information:
- URL and group name
- User ID or whatever name I can find you under in that social
networking group, Ning or Blog
Actively participate in the group
for at least two weeks and then answer the questions below (remember
to use either MLA or APA to cite your sources).
Create a New Thread in the Social
Networking Project Assignment discussion board.
Copy your answers and paste them
into the Message box.
Prepare your answers in a word processing program. If using Word 07
you will need to Save As Word 03 prior to copying the text to into a
Your answers should
take up at least 1 1/2 pages in a word processing program.
Single spaced, 12
point font, 1" margins with a double space between paragraphs.
All answers should be
complete sentences with no grammatical or spelling mistakes.
to number each answer to the question
1. Based on the
project resources, is social networking what you thought it
Do you engage in social networking? If "yes" describe
your experience. If "no" why not?
2. How would you
describe social networking to someone with little or no
(think about trying to explain to your parents or
3. Describe at
least two positives and two negatives related to social
Make sure to contextualize your response. For example,
how does social networking
impact a business.
4. What social
networking group, Ning, Blog or Wiki did you join or start?
What is the purpose
of the group or the purpose of your Ning, Blog or Wiki?
5. Explain the
registration process and site navigation.
Describe how you connected with other members or found
followers for your Ning, Blog
Describe your interaction during the span of the project.
How often did you visit the site,
how did you communicate with other members, what were the
features of the site, etc.
Make sure to provide 'snippets' of your communication with
8. Now that you have had an
opportunity to participate in a social networking group,
describe the value of social networking and the future of
social networking as a
communication and community-building tool. You may want to just focus on business
social networking or hobbyist
social networking or social networking in general.
Associate your response with the Project Resources.
9. Respond to at least
three other project postings. Your response should be at least
page in length. A response will be worth up to 2 points.
Make sure to reply to those who comment on your posting.