Social media is a term used to describe the interaction between groups or individuals in which they produce, share, and sometimes exchange ideas over the internet and in virtual communities. The impact of social networks on young people is significant. Children are growing up surrounded by mobile devices and interactive social networking sites such as Twitter, MySpace, and Facebook, which has made the social media a vital aspect of their life. Social network is transforming the manner in which young people interact with their parents, peers, as well as how they make use of technology.
This paper reports on the design of Twooter, a tool for non-verbal, music-based expression in an online social network. Borrowing ideas from popular social networks and influenced through recent educational endeavors by a large cultural institution, Twooter is being designed with the hope of bridging the gap between the ease of updating one’s status in a profile and the difficulty in content creation. Twooter is being designed through the Cooperative Inquiry method. Adults and children are working together to design this technology for use in an online, educational environment. Several design sessions have informed researchers on the features and interactions required to accomplish this goal.
The Internet is a source of many resources for graduate speech-language pathology (SLP) students. It is important to understand the resources students are aware of, which they use, and why they are being chosen as sources of information for therapy activities. A national online survey of graduate SLP students was conducted to assess their awareness, use, and value of social networking and online resources. Participants also viewed original interface designs created to support the use of current literature in the development of therapy activities. A total of 683 students (348 first-year and 335 second-year) representing the national population in terms of region, ethnicity, and sex completed the survey. Students were highly aware of and active in social networking. High overall awareness was associated with high overall use. First-year students reported using online resource sites when unsure what to do more than second-year students. Students reported implementing activities obtained from social networking or online resource sites (92%) but few provided feedback (14%) or contributed materials (11%). Students supported integrations between social networking and research articles that created links between activities and the evidence base. Results of this survey have implications for clinical education and academic instruction in the era of digital technologies. Integrative features of online resources may help students to bridge the gap between evidence and daily therapy activities by supporting connections to research literature.
What this research paper has demonstrated is that there are implications users need to be aware of before signing up and placing their profile on these social network sites....
The growth of online social networks such as Facebook, MySpace, and Linked-In has transformed the way in which individuals establish and maintain relationships for both business and entertainment. In this paper we present the analysis of a similar online social network that was used to foster cross-cultural awareness among users ages 14-17. The social network provided students across the globe with an environment to establish online identities, explore their own culture and the culture of peers who were located in three different countries. We make recommendations to network designers to reconsider friendship metaphors, work within existing network tools, and replace text as the default medium in communication.
Certainly, in contrast to its present global impact, the origins of a social networking site such as Facebook can be considered fairly mundane. As Lampe, Ellison, and Steinfeld, note, Facebook originally was based on a structured determined “by offline social networks, initially membership in a university community.” Hence, the initial communication framework of the company intended to merely provide an online presence for already existing social formations. Yet as social networking sites grew, so did their role in forming social groups, as structure was engendered by the online community as opposed to vice versa: “the development of online interactions focuses on finding people online with whom you have a shared connection, but would not be likely to meet in an offline context.” In other words, while in its early stages a social networking site such as Facebook merely transposed existing offline communities into the digital space, the radical shift in the life of Facebook occurred when the virtual space itself formed the bedrock for the organization of social communities. Facebook essentially became a means by which to grow and develop social communities: As basic tasks all the more rely upon the digital world, so it follows that social media sites become attractive tools for the exchange of information and social experiences.
Research Paper (75%). For the paper, you must design and implement an empirical study of social networks. While you are not required to submit this paper to a journal for publication, it should be of publishable quality and written up in Academy of Management Journal format.