Facebook www.facebook.com is an awesome online social networking directory that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live locally near each other. This networking service may not be a new concept for online users, but its friendly interface and easy navigation tools make it a good option. People can use Facebook to meet or stay in touch with fellow colleagues, friends, or just upload numerous photos, share links, or offer videos. Its primary purpose is to have members meet on the network.
Brief Background ↓
Created and launched in February 2004 by Harvard students Mark Zuckerberg and Chris Hughes, Facebook began as a network strictly for Harvard University. Two months later, the site expanded to include other Ivy League schools. After that, the college network slowly grew and by the end of 2004, Facebook had registered more than one million users. It has become so popular – Microsoft Corp is attempting to buy into the company offering hundreds of millions of dollars to widen its interests. >>>
With Facebook anyone with a valid email address can register for free, and access the site which includes members’ pictures, biographies, interests, work tips, and various messages. You can also browse through open profiles to chat and meet people.
It is a great networking tool. You can put as many pictures as you want for the world to see. It seems like it has an unlimited memory space, allowing users a lot of freedom to create wonderful profiles.
For teachers, this site offers an opportunity for us to network and exchange ideas. We can send each other lesson plans with graphics, pictures or images to improve our class activities. It truly is a terrific online network service.
Here is a link that lists other online social networks: http://makeyourmark.stikipad.com/startanetwork/show/list+of+good+networks.
There is also an educational network called Tapped In: http://tappedin.org/tappedin/