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- 12 June 2013
See also Information technology topics | LIBR 559M - Social Media for Information Professionals | Web 2.0
"...Social media or web 2.0 is the use of digital media, including internet and mobile, for collaborating to create user generated content and form self organizing communities. Typical elements of a social media service include the ability to: 1) create a personal profile 2) “friend” or follow other members to subscribe to their activity streams 3) create content in the form of text, photos, audio, or video and 4) share, tag, rate, comment on or vote on content created by other members. Blogs, forums, wikis, social networking sites, microblogging sites, social bookmarking sites, social voting sites, social review sites and virtual worlds are all example of web 2.0 sites. So are social sites built around photos, audio, videos, presentations, music, and games... "
The social media landscape is a complex and continually-evolving concept and increasingly involves hundreds if not thousands of tools on the web. (For a quick view of the range of tools, see the Go2Web directory). That said, the term social media refers to tools that enable social interaction and sharing of ideas, resources and digital objects with others. These services are also called Web 2.0 services and comprise text, images, audio and video; popular types of social media include blogs, podcasts, wikis, Twitter and location-based services such as FourSquare. In addition, these services are increasingly provided via mobiles and the iPhone4.
Social media is often designed to help groups involved in a common task collaborate, exchange ideas and achieve commonly-shared goals. It has been suggested that Metcalfe's law - the more people in your network, the more valuable it becomes - applies to social media. This phenomenon is also known as crowdsourcing and "wisdom of the crowds". Some prominent examples of social media include wikipedia (a general reference tool), MySpace, LinkedIn and Gather.com] (social and business networking),YouTube (video sharing), Second Life (virtual reality), Digg (news sharing), Flickr (photo sharing) and Miniclip (game sharing).
Aggregators and feedreaders
See also List of aggregators
Instant Messaging Clients
Open source wiki tools
See also Social bookmarking sites
- del.icio.us is a social bookmarking site where you can organise, share and read others bookmarks. A tag is simply a word you use to describe a bookmark. Unlike folders, you make up tags when you need them and you can use as many as you like. The result is a better way to organize your bookmarks and a great way to discover interesting things on the Web.
- Diigo (dee'go) combines social bookmarking, clippings, in situ annotation, tagging, full-text search, easy sharing and interactions. It provides a rich social platform for knowledge users and turns the web into writable, participatory and interactive media.
- Trailfire enables you to discover the web through the expertise of others. Follow a trail and find what you need, or share your expertise by making a trail. To make a trail, place a 'trail mark' (like a 'post-it' note) on a page with your comments. A trail mark can contain text, images, videos and other media.
Content management tools
See also: Content Management Systems
- b2evolution is a free blog tool for the next generation of blogs. It includes all the features of traditional blog tools, and extends them with evolved features such as file & photo management, advanced skinning, multiple blogs support as well as detailed user permissions.
- Drupal is equipped with a powerful blend of features, and can support a variety of websites ranging from personal weblogs to large community-driven websites.
- Edublogs is a free blog hosting tool for education purposes. It is particularly useful if you want to set up a blog for multiple users (classroom) as opposed to an individual student or instructor.
- Elgg is an open source software platform designed to allow people to easily connect and share resources. Elgg Spaces allows you to create social networks like MySpace for your school/institution. You decide if the network is private or public.
- Journler is a daily notebook and entry based information manager. Scholars, teachers, students, professors, scientists, thinkers, the business minded and writers of every persuasion use it to connect the written word with the media (video and images) most important to them.
- Moodle is a course management system (CMS) - a free, open source software package designed using sound pedagogical principles, to help educators create effective online learning communities.It is also used to host online conferences.
- TakingITGlobal.org is a Canadian online community that connects youth to find inspiration, access information, get involved, and take action in their local and global communities.
- Tapped In is an online workplace for a community of education professionals. K-12 teachers, librarians, administrators, and professional development staff, as well as university faculty, students, and researchers gather here to learn, collaborate, share, and support one another.
- Thinkature is a collaborative workspace to which you can invite coworkers, friends, and colleagues to join you in just seconds. Once inside your workspace, you can communicate by chatting, drawing, creating cards, and adding content from around the Internet.
- Worldbridges is a community of communities that use 'homegrown webcasting' and other new media technologies to help people learn.