Social Software

By Jim Hobbs

Here are some resources for the "social software" phenomenon, especially as it related to libraries. As I understand it, the term "social" recognizes that people do things together and that computers and networks can make communication and collaboration easier, not that these products are necessarily for recreational use. Good starting place: Chang, May. "I've Gathered a Basket of COMMUNICATION and COLLABORATION TOOLS." Computers in Libraries, Sept. 2004 24(8):6-8, 61-64, covers forums, weblogs, wikis, & IM.

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Last edited February 2, 2005.