Social, professional and educational Networks on the Web: comparative analysis of main features

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Chekoori, Panindra
Alagic, Mara
Chekoori, Panindra (2011). Social, Professional and Educational Networks on the Web: Comparative Analysis of Main Features. -- In Proceedings: 7th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 58-59
Online social networks (OSNs) have changed the web as a source of information into a web of people, social web. Social networks are not purely technology-driven. They depend on the human nature and can be described as hybrid products of individuals' interests and technology tools. Social networks functions, as perceived by users, are different from each other. This small study attempts to provide answers to the question. On what basis an individual determine what network to use; since most of these networks share common features .What actually makes people use different social networks. The paper focuses on the similarities and differences among the four online social networks.
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Paper presented to the 7th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Marcus Welcome Center, Wichita State University, May 4, 2011.
Research completed at the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education