edWeb http://edweb.net/ edWeb.net is a free professional social and learning network that has become a vibrant online community for educators who are leading innovation in education.
edWeb.net is a place where educators who are looking for ways to improve teaching and learning can gather and share information and ideas with peers and thought leaders in the industry.
edWeb.net hosts professional learning communities on a wide range of innovative topics that offer free webinars and resources.
Ello : a social network https://ello.co/ Ello is a simple, beautiful, and ad-free social network created by a small group of artists and designers.
We originally built Ello as a private social network. Over time, so many people wanted to join Ello that we built a public version of Ello for everyone to use.
Ello is completely free to use.
We occasionally offer special features to our users. If we create a special feature that you really like, you may choose to support Ello by paying a very small amount of money to add that feature to your Ello account.
You never have to pay anything, and you can keep using Ello forever, for free. By choosing to buy a feature now and then for a very small amount of money you support our work and help us make Ello better and better.
SocialEngine http://www.socialengine.com/ SocialEngine is one of the ways to create your own social website or online community.
No coding or design skills needed. Launch in minutes.
ocialEngine is the platform that allows anyone with a little or a lot of technical experience to have a social network at a low cost.
Kuddle http://kuddle.com/ Kuddle is a photo-sharing social media app geared towards children and adolescent teens. It aims to create a safer digital environment where they can learn about and explore the ever expanding world of social media.
Bitrix24 Cloud : Social Networking Platform http://www.bitrix24.com/ Bitrix24 Cloud : Social Network Platform
The free version ideal ... as a platform for small groups of people united by a given topic or interest who wish to have the greatest amount of flexibility, security, and upward mobility.
Bitrix24 provides tools for task management, document sharing, and time tracking integrated into just this type of social interface for maximum efficiency of communications and work. Use Bitrix24 in your office, or anywhere you like with the free mobile app.
edWeb ... education social network http://home.edweb.net/ edWeb.net is a professional social and learning network that makes is easy for anyone in the education community to connect with peers, share information and best practices, spread innovative ideas, and provide professional development.
edWeb provides an easy and intuitive Web 2.0 platform that includes blogs, discussions, file-sharing, shared calendars, wikis, live chat, messaging, polling, and shared links. Communities (groups) can be created and linked for closer collaboration.
edWeb is free for professionals in education and for educational institutions. Education companies are invited to join as sponsors.
Yammer : a Private Social Network for Your Company https://www.yammer.com/ Yammer : a Private Social Network for Your Company [School]
Collaborate securely across departments, geographies, content and business applications.
Yammer brings the power of social networking to your company. Yammer is as easy to use as great consumer software like Facebook and Twitter, but is designed for company collaboration, file sharing, knowledge exchange and team efficiency.
How Teachers can use Social Media in Classrooms http://bit.ly/NXgvcy How Teachers can use Social Media in Classrooms
Social media and technology tools can help educators teach more effectively, make lessons easy to understand, and encourage interaction from the students. For all the teachers out there, who have still not switched to the new-age digital mode of teaching, this infographic from onlinecolleges.net provides some ideas on using social media in the classroom.
Social Media Companies: A Cheat Sheet http://mashable.com/2012/06/01/social-media-ranking Social Media Companies: A Cheat Sheet [INFOGRAPHIC]
This comprehensive infographic whipped up by social media strategist firm Hasai, below, serves both as a cheat sheet for the newbies and a scorecard for old hands; there’s sure to be a stat that surprises even the most jaded social guru.
Use of Social Networking in Education http://bit.ly/Jf2EHA Teachers' Comprehensive Guide to The Use of Social Networking in Education
Which Social Network Should You Use — and When? http://mashable.com/2012/04/16/social-networks-tips-infographic/ Which Social Network Should You Use — and When? Infographics
Want to make the most of the social web? It’s more complicated than just posting status updates at random and seeing what sticks.
When is Facebook most effective? When are you better off using Twitter, or LinkedIn? And what exactly is Google+ good for, anyway?
qmpeople http://www.qmpeople.com/ qmpeople is one of the largest social networks in the world.
It was born on 2004 and now counts several hundreds of thousands of registered users from many parts of the globe.
qmpeople is available in the most common languages such as English, French and Spanish in more than a hundred countries.
Its main purpose is to allow people to meet in a safe and fun environment without having to share personal information.
To do this qmpeople's team developed original and value added services, free of costs and simple to use.
The Periodic Table Of The Social Web (Feb 2012 Update) http://bit.ly/xDMjbf The Periodic Table Of The Social Web (February 2012 Edition)
Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Network Sites http://bit.ly/wYSH4U Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Network Sites
Pew Report : These findings and others about teens' behavior and experiences on social network sites are based on seven focus groups with teens and a nationally representative survey of youth ages 12-17 and their parents.
As social media use has become pervasive in the lives of American teens, a new study finds that 69% of the teenagers who use social networking sites say their peers are mostly kind to one another on such sites. Still, 88% of these teens say they have witnessed people being mean and cruel to another person on the sites, and 15% report that they have been the target of mean or cruel behavior on social network sites.
Hoop.la : Social Network Platform http://www.hoop.la/ Hoop.la : Social Network Platform
Hoop.la is a powerful, turnkey community service you'll find. You can run an entire site using Hoop.la, which includes a feature-rich blog, amazing forums, chat events, as well as support for photo, video, and audio uploads. No software to install.
You can be up and running in under two minutes.
From US$29 / month
With forums, blog, chat events, photos, videos, music uploads, files, calendar and dialogs (private messages), Hoop.la has virtually everything you need to create content, support conversations amongst your members, and build a true community.
Your Own iPhone App included.
The Wall Machine http://thewallmachine.com/ The Wall Machine is a WYSIWYG tool for creating Funny Fake Facebook Walls, news feeds and conversations
Create fake profile pages just for fun. This fake facebook wall generator allows you to create a funny profile to entertain your friends. Create it, and share it on Facebook !
For teaching and learning ... create pages for dead authors or scientists ... or around events or even animals that your students are studying.
... or maybe even a Presidential candidate
Nextdoor https://nextdoor.com/ Nextdoor is a private social network for your neighborhood.
It’s the easiest way for you and your neighbors—and only you and your neighbors—to talk online and make all of your lives better in...
JenSocial http://jensocial.com/ JenSocial is a Social Network Directory and Network Creator Hub for all Social Networking platforms. The Directory will be open to Social Blogs and Facebook Fan Pages in the near future!
Teens and social networking http://yhoo.it/oJr8C9 10 things you don't know about teens and social networking
“There’s more ‘life’ happening online than offline. If you are not online, you are completely out of the loop--you don’t have a life, you don’t really exist.”
A Portrait Of Who Uses Social Networks In The USA http://selnd.com/mQDx9B A Portrait Of Who Uses Social Networks In The US (And How Social Media Affects Our Lives)
Did you know that out of all social networking users 92% partake in Facebook, 29% participate on MySpace, 18% are on LinkedIn and Twitter is the least utilized network with just 13% usage? Or that males on LinkedIn nearly double the number of females, yet female usage of Twitter almost doubles male usage?
Pew Internet & American Life Project, a project of the Pew Research Center, launched a detailed report on how social networking affects our lives that contains these results andmore surprising information.
How to help your kids use social websites more safely http://bit.ly/mTc0us How to help your kids use social websites more safely
Microsoft have produced some great guidelines for parents on cyber safety at their Safety and Security Centre.
Best Practices in Social Networking for Educators http://bit.ly/hX6DlD Best Practices in Social Networking for Educators
At ASCD 2011, we got the opportunity to sit down and talk with Eric Sheninger. In a previous blog post, he talked about ways you could get started with Twitter. We spoke with Eric about how he was able to change – from a principal that banned social media in his school to a principal that his students call ‘Mr. Twitter.’
Everloop http://www.everloop.com/ Built for tweens, Everloop is the next step beyond social networking, to what we call social looping.
Tweens really shouldn't be on open, social networks. Everloop's "social looping" platform - the first of its kind -- creates a privacy loop around kids' connections. It's totally free.
And kids are free from anonymous intruders. They can participate in collaborative learning and school projects, share information about their sports teams and clubs, play games, customize their profile pages, and communicate in real time with friends they know who are part of their loop.
As kids interests grow, their loops can intersect with other loops – but never without the knowledge of their parents, who have their own console login and can monitor behavior at whatever level they decide is appropriate for their children.
They are always informed before a child tries to expand his or her loop, and they are always in control.
TeamLab http://teamlab.com TeamLab was founded on the idea of making social networking and project management efficient.
With TeamLab business teams work as one organism at solving common tasks and achieving results.
TeamLab is provided free of charge and is available in two deployment solutions.
For organizations interested in ready-to-use service we offer to create a corporate portal in Amazon cloud.
For developers TeamLab source code is listed on SourceForge and is open for improvement in accordance with company needs.
TeamLab solutions provide flexibility in software use and give an opportunity for organizations to become familiar with collaboration technologies instantly and easily integrate them into daily operations.
By offering reliable yet free and easy-to-access solutions we believe to promote TeamLab platform and company image across the world.
Radiowaves http://www.radiowaves.co.uk Radiowaves is a FREE social media network for education. Providing a safe space for 5-19yr olds to publish multimedia stories, join projects and connect together within an international community of schools.
With 30,000+ stories already online, Radiowaves is the place to hear what children and young people are saying.
Edmodo (Social Edu Platform) http://www.edmodo.com Started in September 2008 and officially launched in September 2009, Edmodo is a social learning network for teachers, students and schools on the Web.
Teachers and students worldwide use Edmodo every day to connect and collaborate in a secure, fun environment.
Our free network offers a safe and easy way to post classroom materials, share helpful links and videos, and access homework, grades and school-wide notices.
Diaspora http://joindiaspora.com/ Diaspora ..... Facebook alternative
Diaspora aims to be a distributed network, where totally separate computers connect to each other directly, will let us connect without surrendering our privacy. We call these computers ‘seeds’. A seed is owned by you, hosted by you, or on a rented server. Once it has been set up, the seed will aggregate all of your information: your facebook profile, tweets, anything. We are designing an easily extendable plugin framework for Diaspora, so that whenever newfangled content gets invented, it will be automagically integrated into every seed.
Social Networking More Important Than Family http://library.teachingtimes.com/articles/family-time-survey_010610.htm Social Networking More Important Than Family
Many of the children in the UK found technology and social networking more important than other aspects of life, including their family, according to a new poll of eight to 15-year-olds for National Family Week.
It found 40% of girls identified Facebook as one of the most important things in their lives - compared with 6% of boys. The study, which surveyed 3,000 parents and 1,000 children across the UK, reveals parents overestimate the role they play in their child's life.
Facebook Privacy: A Bewildering Tangle of Options http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/05/12/business/facebook-privacy.html Facebook Privacy: A Bewildering Tangle of Options
To manage your privacy on Facebook, you will need to navigate through 50 settings with more than 170 options. Facebook says it wants to offer precise controls for sharing on the Internet.
Great visualisation ...
Social Technographics http://bit.ly/9ud1Op Social Technographics
Social Technographics, a way to analyze your market's social technology behavior. Social Technographics was carefully constructed, not as a segmentation, but as a profile (that is, the groups overlap).
That's because the actual data told me that people participate in multiple behaviors, and not everyone at a higher level on the ladder actually does everything in the lower rungs.
We use the metaphor of a ladder ...
Spreadsheeted Comparison of Ning Alternatives http://bit.ly/d49guI Spreadsheeted Comparison of Ning Alternatives "Grou.ps hands down wins this battle and is a serious contender that could rival Ning even if Ning kept it's free accounts.
Spruz and SocialGo are good alternatives for small groups that do not need to share files. For discussion Spruz and SocialGo are probably the best alternatives in this group.
Mixxt was also a good alternative but the administrative interface is not as nice as Grou.ps nor were their templates very visually appealing."
Alternatives to Ning (Google Doc) http://bit.ly/c1duHp Alternatives to Ning (Google Doc)
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