This page provides links to some general resources on social applications - social bookmarking, social networking, etc.
Articles in date order, most recent first.
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"You and probably everyone in your organization are bookmarking favorite sites. Now, there's an application about to bust loose that would let users share that information, expertise and intelligence by putting those bookmarked sites into a shared repository." Shamus McGillicuddy, CIO News, 21 June 2006
Added: 26 June 2006
Social bookmarking on a corporate intranet
"We describe a technology exploration of social bookmarking within a closed, corporate environment. We hypothesize that such a tool would be valuable for information sharing, information management, and social networking in our organization." Laurie Damianos, John Griffith, Donna Cuomo, The MITRE Corporation
Added: 26 May 2006
The report concludes: A successful pilot will lead to potential integration with other knowledge management efforts within our organization including subjects taxonomies, Semantic Web systems and enterprise search tools."
"Considerable buzz has appeared on the Internet over a group of new tools labeled social software. These tools can expand discussion beyond the classroom and provide new ways for students to collaborate and communicate within their class or around the world." Todd Bryant, Educause Quarterly, Vol 29 No 2
Added: 18 May 2006
Learning and social software
"Innovations in educational technology are often seen as opportunities to transform learning, and social software (blogs, wikis, social bookmarking, etc.) is no exception. But are the tensions between pedagogies and social software the result of attempts to make the latter conform to traditional teaching practices, or are they signs of real opportunities for rethinking learning processes?" Ulises Mejias, Line56,18 April 2006
Added: 20 April 2006
The role that social software can play in new models of learning and participating in society
"7 Things You Should Know About... Social Bookmarking" addresses a community-or social-approach to identifying and organizing information on the Web. Social bookmarking involves saving bookmarks one would normally make in a Web browser to a public Web site and "tagging" them with keywords. The community-driven, keyword-based classifications, known as "folksonomies," may change how we store and find information online." Educause, 2005
Added: 18 July 2005
Social Bookmarking Tools (1): A General Review
"This paper reviews some current initiatives, as of early 2005, in providing public link management applications on the Web - utilities that are often referred to under the general moniker of 'social bookmarking tools'. There are a couple of things going on here: 1) server-side software aimed specifically at managing links with, crucially, a strong, social networking flavour, and 2) an unabashedly open and unstructured approach to tagging, or user classification, of those links." Tony Hammond, Timo Hannay, Ben Lund, and Joanna Scott, D-Lib Magazine, April 2005, Vol 11, No 4
Added: 18 April 2005
"A number of such utilities are presented here, together with an emergent new class of tools that caters more to the academic communities and that stores not only user-supplied tags, but also structured citation metadata terms wherever it is possible to glean this information from service providers."
"The term 'social software', which is now used to define software that supports group interaction, has only become relatively popular within the last two or more years. However, the core ideas of social software itself enjoy a much longer history, running back to Vannevar Bush's ideas about 'memex' in 1945, and traveling through terms such as Augmentation, Groupware, and CSCW in the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s." Life with Alacrity Blog, 13 October 2004
Added: 18 October 2004
"What would you think of an assembly line where workers didn't know where to find the parts they were supposed to attach? Absurd, you say. Heads would roll. Yet for knowledge workers, this is routine. Consider a knowledge worker stymied by a lack of information-hardly an uncommon situation. In fact, in many professions, knowledge workers spend a third of their time looking for answers and helping their colleagues do the same." Jay Cross, Internet Time Group, June 2004
Added: 15 June 2004
The need for social networks in organisations
"Social networking sites are spreading like a rash through the internet, but are they sustainable." Jack Schofield, Guardian, 19 February 2004
Added: 21 February 2004
How many social nets are too many?
Added: 21 February 2004
A big list of social networking sites from the social software blog (http://socialsoftware.weblogsinc.com/)
"Two types of technologies are about to merge. The technologies are content syndication, used by blogging websites around the world, and social networking, employed by sites such as Friendster [http://www.friendster.com] and Orkut [http://www.orkut.com]. They will merge to create a new type of internet, a network within a network, and in so doing reshape the internet as we know it." Stephen Downes, Stephen's Web, !4 February 2004
Added: 21 February 2004
We learning: social software and e-learning Part II
"Early e-learning traded technology for human interaction. Now, the personal element is being added back in. New social software tools borrowed from business and the younger generations combine tech and touch for the best of all possible worlds (including virtual ones). " Eva Kaplan-Leiserson, Learning Circuits, January 2004
Added: 7 February 2004
As Eva summarises "Social software tools are truly a revolution because of the way they combine technology with personal interaction. They're not just new applications; they usher in a new paradigm."
"Early e-learning traded technology for human interaction. Now, the personal element is being added back in. New social software tools borrowed from business and the younger generations combine tech and touch for the best of all possible worlds (including virtual ones)." Eva Kaplan-Leiserson, Learning Circuits,15 December 2003
Added: 21 December 2003
Cracking the social code
"Intuitively we all know the value of social networks. Gossip and politics are latent in the wiring of the human mind (or soul, depending on your religious bent), like the capacity to talk or perceive colors. And just like speech and color vision, social networking is something that most people do unconsciously, without a great deal of reflection." Stowe Boyd, Darwin Magazine, September 2003
Added: 25 October 2003
Can networking tools work their magic on your bottom line? Some companies hope so.
"The FOAF project is based around the use of machine readable Web homepages for people, groups, companies and other kinds of thing."
Added: 31 January 2003
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