Microsoft is testing a targeted social network called So.cl (pronounced "social") on three college campuses. So.cl is currently only available to students interested in social media at the University of Washington, Syracuse University, and New York University. The network is built off of Bing's API and, as described by Microsoft, works as "a research experiment for students focused on combining web browsing, search, and social networking for the purposes of learning." The move is telling in that Microsoft is choosing not to go head-to-head with the big three of Facebook , Twitter and Google Plus in social networking and is instead taking an approach that targets a very specific niche. Other companies like Yammer and SalesForce have also given up on creating big, all-encompassing social networks and are instead focusing on niche and enterprise markets.
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On the BBC News Magazine is a an interesting article on “friendship” between parents and their children. When Facebook was entirely dominated by people under the age of 25, things were simple. But now an important social question has arisen – should you “friend” your child, or accept a parent as a “friend”? The article discusses the nature of Facebook friendship and that most young people would prefer not to be Facebook “friends” with thier parents. Lindsay Stewart, 15, completely understands why you’d refuse a parent’s friend request.
Juliette and Stephen Heppell Whether it is Facebook, MSN Messenger, Bebo, iChat, Skype, YouTube or any other form of social networking - we know our young people are, and will be, using it. As with all new media, research projects have shown time and again that if young people see a vacant space, they will fill it (and perhaps not always in the most positive way). As the blurring between social and work continues, organisations from universities to work places are using social networks increasingly effectively for work. They often seek for evidence that potential employees or students can be effectively collegiate and understand mutuality - that they can use these new social tools for work and for the workplace. We need to teach young people the way to use them appropriately, to build their sense of entitlement into a sense of responsibility and to work with them on effective and safe strategies for protection whilst using social media.
19 April 2011 Last updated at 10:01 ET Facebook requires users to enter their date of birth prior to sign up - but many children lie Almost half of British children aged 9 to 12 are using social networking sites, despite minimum age limits, a report claims. One in five has a Facebook page, even though rules say they must be 13, according to EUKidsOnline. The report's authors suggest that removing such requirements would make it easier to monitor online behaviour.