Essay about Poke Me Poke You - A Connected Community
Social Capital has a variety of definitions in the …show more content…
The concept of social capital and its impact on psychological well being, happiness, self-esteem and so forth link tightly back to those of connectivity with strong parallels in the context of the student experience has been addressed for the last several years by higher education institutions. However with the shifting sands of 21st Century, new solutions are needed to create the structure in which to incubate the necessary environment for the student community.
Downes defines a social network as “ ...a collection of individuals linked together by a set of relations” (2005, p.411). Inherently, an Online Social Network (ONS) therefore is to be found in the online environment in platforms such as Flickr, Ning, Facebook and LinkedIn. These platforms are commonly referred to as Social Networking Sites (SNS), where one can create a public/semi-public profile with in a system, identify and list “friends” they connect with and view and visit the “friends” of their connections (d. m. boyd & Ellison, 2008). The key factor of a SNS is it allows the creation of a unique online identity where online connections can be