Purpose in Learning Communities
Why is it important for your community?
Social Networking

A community of friends and strangers from around the world sending updates about moments in their lives. You can send a text message from your mobile phone, type a message from the Twitter site, or instant message from Jabber or Gtalk. You only have 140 characters so it’s almost like instant messaging.

Purpose for Twittering:
  • to connect with others that have similar interests.
  • to learn new things quickly from people in your network.
  • to increase the numbers in your network.


You can invite people to your LinkedIn network. Each friend or colleague is linked to their friends or colleagues who are linked to their friends or colleagues and so on and so on.

Purposes for Linking In
  • find out where your friends are and what they’re up to
  • learn about new jobs
  • build your network of friends and colleagues

Facebook is a social utility that connects
with the people around you.

Purposes for Facebook
  • connect with other people with similar interests
  • create your own website
  • learn about new information, products, services
  • find out what is happening at your school

Second Life is a 3D online digital world imagined and created by its residents.

Purposes for Second Life
  • create a virtual environment for your home, school, or work
  • use an anonymous avatar
  • meet new people
  • develop digital creations that you can share or sell
  • use linden dollars to make revenue

Share some of your favorite social networking sites below: