Social Networking for Information Professionals

Monthly Archives: November 2012

Describe what you expect to learn  from completing INF206

I expect to learn how I may use social networking to my advantage for private, work and study use.  I would like to get over the fear of putting my thoughts and contributions ‘out there’.

It would be great to be able to then teach the knowledge I have gained to family and colleagues who have this same fear.


List what social networking technologies and sites you already use (for personal, work and study purposes)

  • for personal use – facebook, email.
  • for work use – intranet, email.
  • for study – forums through CSU’s interact and now with this subject blogging with WordPress, facebook and twitter.

Define what social networking is (in your own words)

In my opinion Social Networking is people coming into groups to discuss online their shared interest.  I see it as the progression from discussions in person around the campfire, to people connecting with each other in different ways because of the distance between them. These included the invention of the postage stamp (to send letters), then the telephone (to speak to each other), two way radio, on to the teleprinter (the first on-line tool), then the fax machine (for documents and photos), email and eventually web sites that enable people to connect and share information though the World Wide Web.  As the Web is worldwide, it gives users the opportunity to get acquainted with people from many different countries and form friendships across diverse cultures.

Interests could be family, religion, school (primary, secondary, university or adult education), hobbies such as cooking or sewing, sports groups, politics.  Organisational social networks can support the teams or departments in the workplace.

Before the advent of personal computers and the internet, these groups would have only come together within the community they lived in.

My online learning journal (OLJ) will record evidence that I have:

(a) engaged in the self-paced modules, online readings and online class discussions throughout session 201290; and

(b) completed a number of immersive learning activities using a range of social networking tools, and documented reflections and evaluations of these learning experiences throughout the session.