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Giving you control

Facebook made a few significant announcements today: allowing users to download data from the system and (more importantly in terms of impact for learning/education) allowing the formation of groups. The addition of groups isn’t new in social networking sites – it has been an option for Linkedin and Elgg users for quite a while. Of course, scale of 500 million users changes the impact somewhat. According to Zuckerberg: “The biggest problem in social networking is helping you easily interact with your friends and share information in lots of different contexts.
For example, you might want to share photos from a family vacation with just your family, send a video from a party to just the people who were there, invite coworkers to an office event, play a game with a few friends, or use a running website with your friends who like jogging.”
Dron & Anderson detailed distinctions between groups/networks/collectives in 2007 – good to see Facebook catching up!

One Comment

  1. Rita Kop wrote:

    Funny that, I just yesterday deleted my Facebook account as it does what it wants with my contacts and personal data, leaving me with the distinct feeling that I have lost control. If this is how the social connections are made, moving away from the control of educational institutions into the hands of commercial ones, I think I feel more comfortable with the former.

    Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 6:08 am | Permalink