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Social Networking Sites

Social networking sites are online communities in which members can interact in a number of ways. Full-featured communities offer the ability to share a personal profile, initiate contacts with “friends,” form groups of members with similar interests, contact group members directly, engage in discussions, share media or photos, and discover other common connections through ones’ contacts. Some social networking sites allow members to create interactive software that functions within the community. Others allow institutions or companies to maintain profiles or pages. The sites may be focused on a specialized interest or may be more general in nature. While social networking sites are often used for recreation, they can also serve as a means of communicating about academic or professional interests.

Examples: Facebook, MySpace, Ning, TripAdvisor, Twitter

To evaluate the content on a social networking site, look for these clues:

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