What is social software?The term "social software" refers to a wide range of web-based programs, services and tools. A key part of these new technologies is their collaborative aspects-- social software allows users to contribute, create and customize in ways that earlier models of software do not.
Social software includes user-created items like blogs, wikis and podcasts; user-enhanced services such as photo-, video- and music-sharing sites; alternative communication resources such as instant messaging and virtual worlds; and social networking sites.
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Wikipedia outlines three primary types of social networks:
Facebook is an example of the second type of social networking services.
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Facebook was created in 2004 by Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg. The website was intended to be an online version of the University's printed Facebook, a directory of new students. At that time, membership to the website was limited to Harvard students only. In a month's time, Facebook grew to include other Ivy League students as well, and within a year had over 1 million users. By the end of 2005, Facebook expanded to include, first, a network of 800 colleges and universities, then high schools, and then international students. In time for the fall semester of 2006, Facebook began accepting membership of anyone over the age of 13. According to Facebook's Press Room, the social networking site currently has over 90 million active users.
Facebook is a privately owned company headquartered in Palo Alto, California. Mark Zuckerberg, age 24 and a Harvard drop-out, is ranked 785 in Forbes Magazine's list of the world's billionaires, with a net worth of approximately $1.5 billion.
Facebook was designed for college students and its primary users are still students. The basic no-frills profile in Facebook includes the following: