Social networks for people who don’t use social networks

The Web 2.0 buzz–that is, the notion of a collaborative web in which people not only consume information, but also contribute to the pool–keeps going. Every day, it seems, a new social networking site hits the scene, promising to help people connect in new, exciting ways. Like any new product, a few thrive and a few more fall by the wayside.

While big, do-it-all network sites like Facebook and Myspace dominate market share and mind share, they’re not for everyone. Some people get concerned by privacy. Others might feel overwhelmed by the sheer amounts of information potentially available from these sites (especially if your online friends are particularly chatty!), or maybe just don’t feel the need to know what their friends are up to every ten minutes.

And I’m here to tell you: That’s OK!

I’m not a big Facebook/Myspace guy, myself–but I do use several social networking sites. My tools of choice tend to be smaller in scope–rather than relying on one site to serve all my needs, I pick and choose from smaller niche services depending on the need I need to fill. In this series, which I’m calling Social Networks for People who Don’t Use Social Networks, I’ll introduce you to a few of my favorites and, hopefully, open up conversation about how these tools might be used in the work done at the CRL and by the SIM Network.

We’ll start with a service I talked about last week called Goodreads, a social network for book readers. If you haven’t done so yet, take a few minutes to read over the article, and maybe even create a Goodreads account for yourself. In the next couple of days, we’ll move on to organizing our virtual bookshelves and growing our Goodreads networks.

Following that we’ll take a look at Delicious, a social bookmarking service we use heavily here at Stratepedia’s global headquarters. We’ve all sent out interesting links to friends and colleagues–Delicious makes this extremely easy and cuts down on e-mail overload in the process.

I hope you’ll join me in exploring these tools and their potential for expanding our base of knowledge further.

Goodreads tutorials


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  2. Booksprouts: A new social network for readers and book clubs
  3. A few tips to manage social network stress
  4. Social networking now more popular than e-mail
  5. Adding friends, family and colleagues in Goodreads

Aaron Sumner

Aaron Sumner is the Director of Technology for Research and Development at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning. He has worked in web development and instructional technology since 1994.
  • Jim Knight

    This is really helpful.

  • Jim Knight

    This is really helpful.