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Social Networking

Social media researchers Danah Boyd of Microsoft Research New England in Cambridge, Mass., and Nicole B. Ellison of Michigan State University define social networking as having three distinct features

  • they must provide a forum where users can construct a public or semipublic profile;
  • create a list of other users with whom they share a connection;
  • and view and move around their list of connections and those made by others.

Examples of social networking sites are FaceBook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.