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Discover online social networking and learn how you can participate in an existing network or create your own using sites such as Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and Ning.

MySpace

  • Geared towards a younger audience, MySpace puts the "social" in social networking.
  • MySpace's core strength has traditionally been in music, with special profiles available for bands (including free (if limited) mp3 hosting).
  • While profiles can be made private, MySpace pages are, by default, visible to anyone and everyone.
  • While this should be a concern for parents, it makes MySpace an interesting option for a person or organization looking to establish a web presence.
  • Users can organize by forming groups, which come with forums.

Facebook

  • Facebook originated as an exclusive invite-only network for students at elite colleges and universities.
  • Facebook users are generally part of a particular network (traditionally people joined as students of a particular college, although networks now include high schools and geographic regions).
  • By default, Facebook profiles are visible to people in your network, although what is visible and to whom can be easily changed.
  • No part of Facebook can be seen without logging in.
  • Facebook users can join groups, which come with forums and places to post media.

LinkedIn

  • Geared towards professionals, LinkedIn puts the "networking" in social networking.
  • Here, you have "contacts," not "friends."
  • Rather than getting as many "friends" as possible, the goal here is to replicate, strengthen and build on existing, real-world networks, with a focus on business and educational connections.
  • Helps you connect to connect to contacts of contacts.
  • Also has groups, but as with the rest of the site, these have more of a professional, networking bent.

Ning

  • Takes the "groups" concept to the next level, essentially giving each group its own, autonomous social network.
  • While users do have a site-level login, they only really exist within the various networks.
  • Ning is useful because it essentially allows you to create your own social network, which can be public or private.

Drupal

  • Much of Ning's functionality can be replicated in Drupal.
  • The advantage of this is that you have a greater level of control, and can tell your friends that you're using Drupal, which is hip and open source.
  • The main disadvantage of using Drupal is that while it is very powerful, it isn't particularly user-friendly.
 

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