The NYTimes blog, Gadgetwise discusses the newfangled thought that social networks should be in schools. Taken from a report out of San Francisco, Paul Boutin of Gadgetwise contends that social networks may not have a place in school because kids flock to social networks to get away from authority–not be friends with it. Though there may be a few students who friend their teachers in a Tracy Flick sort of way. What do you think? Should schools embrace and/or create their own social networks?
Sarah Lacy of TechCrunch.com, contends that social networks are good for kids. Her theory that sites like Facebook and Twitter are more about extending your real identity and relationships online and that’s what makes them so addictive: The little endorphin rushes from reconnecting with an old friend, the ability to passively stay in touch with people you care about but don’t have the time to call everyday. It seems Ms.Lacy looks to social networks as extensions of ‘real life’ personalities–but then again, what is real life? As far as her theory on social networks being okay for kids–its a new way to grow up, and for many parents, teachers and professionals, that can be difficult to accept. We’d like to hear your thoughts.
Mike Butcher has the scoop on a possible fire sale of Bebo by AOL. AOL acquired Bebo only a year ago and its reported that the AOL execs aren’t too happy with the performance of this social networking site. According to Butcher’s article, the problem lies mostly with advertisers. As Bebo competes with Facebook and MySpace, advertisers are looking to explore more eyeballs through revenue on the more popular sites. Of course this info is speculation but Butcher has enough solid sources for us to keep a watch out on AOL. Read the article here and let us know what you think.
The Social Media Club of Salt Lake City was featured in KSL.com amid new reported research that adults were taking over social networking sites. No surprise to any community 2.0 member. With the growth of such inter generational social networking sites, i.e., Facebook and LinkedIn, more adults have found that connecting with their friends online is beneficial in private and professional matters. Again no surprise. If you’re in the Salt Lake area, check out this club and let us know what they’re discovering and learning. We’d love to hear more.
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