Social Networking Sites (SNSs) @ College


The Top 50 SNSs for (Online) Students

Posted in Uncategorized by kellyc05 on October 27, 2009

50 Best Social Networks

Online School provides us with the 50 best SNSs for online students, mentioning that while online students have benefits that regular college students do not (“flexibility, self-pacing, and independence”) they may lack in some areas of socializing and that’s where these Social Networking sites come in to help make connections.

They split up the sites into six categories, academic networks, social networks, business and professional social networks, social lending networks, personal finance, and books and reading. Although this site is geared toward online students, any college student can utilize these SNSs.

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The Facebook Distraction Part 2

Posted in Uncategorized by kellyc05 on October 18, 2009

I am loading my Facebook and Twitter pages back and forth, while my homework sits somewhere in the back of my mind…surely I can’t be the only one with this problem. Now I’m sure college students found ways to procrastinate before Social Networking, but since it’s advent I am guessing it’s a popular thing to do over the library, or at the library when you should be researching….but end up researching Shaq’s latest tweet.

A May study published by researchers at Northwestern University, Stanford University, and the University of Pennsylvania suggests Facebook users have higher grades than users who are not on SNS’s.

“Many professors and some students regard sites like Facebook as distractions from coursework and assaults on students’ attention spans.  Others see no harm and a great deal of benefit from being able to connect with peers and share ideas and information more easily online.  Some instructors have even incorporated social networking into their curricula and have encouraged students to friend them online”, says Scholarship.com’s blog.

27-year old marketing major Mitchell Fletcher explains that he is distracted from his schoolwork because there are,” so many things to look at and get lost in and always new updates you just gotta see.”

25-year old education major Kristen Conicelli jokes she is distracted “because I’m a procrastinator and I pretend like I have something important to read on Facebook”.

So how does SNS’s distact you from school, or any obligations? And do you want Social Networking separate from or incorporated with your classroom?

Scholarships.com. Retrieved from http://blog.scholarships.com/news/does-facebook-use-affect-college-grades/

SNSs at college and The Facebook Distraction

Posted in Uncategorized by kellyc05 on October 12, 2009

The first Youtube video talks about Social Networking as such a prevalent force in college life, how widespread the phenomenon has become and how integrated within our school’s community is it.

The next Youtube video looks at Facebook as a distraction from college work. Instead of doing homework, are you checking your wall?

New SNSs

Posted in Uncategorized by kellyc05 on October 9, 2009

http://current.com/items/91083870_sick-of-your-social-networks-try-these-instead.htm

Would you join either of these? Simler takes similar tags and brings users together to post about their interests. Hunch.com helps you make decisions through it’s multiple choice quizzing.

 Cool concepts, especially since they are refreshingly different from Facebook and Twitter- but I have to check enough online as it is!

The Basics and Are You a Groomer?

Posted in Uncategorized by kellyc05 on October 6, 2009

So I’ve banged on about SNSs but what exactly are they? According to Boyd (2006) a social-network site is a “category of websites with profiles, semi-persistent public commentary on the profile, and a traversable publicly articulated social network displayed in relation to the profile”. 

The most common SNSs are Facebook, which started as a college site and is still mostly used by students (however it is now open to the public) and Myspace, which was always open to the general public. According to Tufekci (2008) different studies conducted in 2005 and 2006 showed that between 80 and 90 percent of college students have a profile on an SNS.

There is a high level of offline-online integration and somewhat because of this students, especially on Facebook, tend to use real names and “engage in high levels of self disclosure” (Tufekci, 2008). On Facebook you can tag each other in pictures, which identifies who is in the pictures you are uploading. There is also a News Feed indicating your Facebook friends status updates as well as, erm, every little thing they do on the site almost (from editing their profile to commenting on someone else’s wall). 

“All of this activity is framed by semi-public comments people leave on each other’s profiles…a profile on an SNS is not a static entry rather it is a locus of social interaction that evolves and changes to reflect various dynamics within social networks and communities,” says Tufekci (2008).

Tufekci introduces the concept of social grooming and applies it to SNSs, drawing on Robin Dunbar’s work which calls it an activity “essential to forging bonds, affirming relationships, displaying bonds, and asserting and learning about hierarchies and alliances”. It’s both a bonding thing and a competitive thing; you’re trying to improve your reputation as well. He argues that SNSs take the place of our gossiping through displaying our own bonds, watching friends’ profiles, leaving messages of acknowledgement mostly for each other, what we are doing (status updates), if we are in a relationship.

Also we are acting according to Goffman’s concept of presentation of the self and impression management by adjusting profiles, linking to friends, displaying likes/dislikes, and joining groups (Tufekci, 2008). According to Tufekcis studies non-users of SNSs (students were sampled) are less interested in social grooming, and non-users reported similar numbers of close friends as users, however users keep in touch weekly more frequently. Non-users still use Instant Messaging software so it is the social browsing they are less interested in, meanwhile users of SNSs rated the social browsing and grooming features most attractive. Undergraduate students are influenced to be SNS users due to social grooming and privacy concerns (Tufekci, 2008).

It is strange to think of my relationship to SNSs in terms of social grooming, I don’t want to think that I am trying to improve my reputation through an online persona, but simply that I am bored and chatting with friends. That covers the forging bonds bit. Do you feel that you are social grooming regularly on SNSs and if you’re not on SNSs are you turned off by that aspect of the networking?

Tufekci, Z. (2008) Grooming, Gossip, Facebook, and Myspace. Information, Communication & Society. Retrieved from http://userpages.umbc.edu/~zeynep/papers/ZeynepSocialGroomingandFacebook.pdf

Facebook for President

Posted in Uncategorized by kellyc05 on October 6, 2009

How does Facebook affect students’ social capital? Well first let’s define social capital according to Valenzuela (2008) as “involving networks, social trust, civic engagement, political participation, membership in groups and associations, volunteering, confidence in political institutions, life satisfaction, and a variety of other concepts”

Facebook is a network, and as a user I see more political participation daily in ‘events’ or ‘causes’, right now on my homepage is ‘Stream Clean Up’- a project for Rowan’s Environmental group.

Social capital is also life satisfaction however, which relates us back to “The Internet Paradox”, some studies say those who are psychologically better-off gain more from using the Internet and some say that those who are less better-off gain more from the Internet than those who are better off (Valenzuela, 7).

 Internet use has been linked to both increases and decreases in social capital, it can detract face-to-face or it can bring more of a positive role on in one’s community. Valenzuela’s study found that there are positive associations between social capital variables and the intensity of Facebook users.

I think Facebook is heavily involved in politics and brings more and more youth involved in such every day. Would Obama be president today if it weren’t for Facebook? Possibly, but he certainly used the site to gain a bigger youth audience. And I would say that the site is much more politically involved than any other SNS (Myspace, Bebo). How much do you think Facebook influences our social capital?

Valenzuela, S., Park, N., & Kee, K. F. (2008) Lesson’s From Facebook: The Effect of Social Network Sites on College Students’ Social Capital. 9th International Symposium on Online Journalism. Retrieved from http://online.journalism.utexas.edu/2008/papers/Valenzuela.pdf

hiya e-world.

Posted in Uncategorized by kellyc05 on October 1, 2009

I’m Chrissy, I attend Rowan University and have also attended Gloucester County College and Stirling University (study abroad). Also, I’ve used social networking for a long time and continue to. In fact, I just joined Twitter which I’m already addicted to-I was hesitant to join for a reason. MakeOutClub began in 2000 (I lurked but never joined), Friendster in 2002, MadRadHair somewhere in between maybe? Oh and Lipstick and Cigarettes was another favorite of mine to constantly lurk. Then of course came Myspace, Bebo, Facebook, Twitter…

I want to look at the ties between SNSs and college students or college aged students. I know it was always a huge draw for Facebook. But it seems like most users are students, so it would be interesting to look at it more in depth.