A social networking site is an online place where a user can create a profile and build a personal network that connects him or her to other users. In the past five years, such sites have rocketed from a niche activity into a phenomenon that engages tens of millions of internet users. More than half (55%) of all online American youths ages 12-17 use online social networking sites, according to a new national survey of teenagers conducted by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
Previously from WNM:
- danah boyd and her digital publics
- A Web of Participation
- Defining social media
- Rise of the web’s social network
- Whats so social about social networking?