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					     The 5
Characteristics of
Social Networks
              What’s
      Hi        up
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User Based
   Users submit and
    organize information
   Direction of content
    can be determined by
    any user – no one
    person dictates the
    current topic
   Freeform/unstructured
Interactive
                 Not just a collection of
                  chat rooms and
                  forums
                 Users can play
                  games, take fun
                  quizzes, share photos
                  and ideas with friends
                 A way to connect and
                  have fun with friends
Community Driven
   Members hold common
    beliefs or interests
   Can make new friends with
    people who say they share
    your interests or beliefs
    USE CAUTION
   Can reconnect with old
    friends
Relationships
                   Social networks are driven
                    by the number of
                    relationships between its
                    members
                   With no control on your
                    settings, information will be
                    dispersed to your friends,
                    their friends, and so on…
Emotional Content
   In the past, web
    content was primarily
    information
   Social networks allow
    people to
    communicate needs
    within a community of
    friends and receive
    immediate responses
References

The 5 core characteristics of social networks were
described in a 2007 research study by researchers
at Rice University, the University of Maryland, and
Max Planck Institute for Software Systems .
The characteristics are outlined at
      http://socialnetworking.lovetoknow.com
       /Characteristics_of_Social_Networks

				
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