SNC or Social Network Community software launched on February 4, 2004 by Mark Zuckerburg, a Harvard graduate. Facebook runs via a web site. There's more info on Wikipedia
But ... 'Facebook'?
It's an American word - a 'Facebook' is a printed book with photos of classmates, sometimes issued to allow everyone to recognise each other and ease the building of a community.
Available for BSU?
Yes - remember that the 'Facebook' web site is completely external to the University, no connection at all, yet the Bathspa 'Facebook' site had over members as of June 2007 and the group 'Bath Spa Uni Freshers 2007' nearly 600 members on 26th September '07 - the site's very well engaged with the student community.
Who's this for?
'Academic communities are the quarry' ... Facebook at one time was restricted to academic email accounts - staff or students - but now is open to all.
Targeted advertising among other things ...
"WebCT & Moodle aren't the enemy of Bb, Yahoo Groups and Facebook are" - Jon Kowalski (Bb) ... need to look at this stuff - Katielou
Start using Facebook and you'll find its privacy settings are such that it shares a lot of the information you add - it would hardly be social networking software if it didn't. For instance, if you join a network, it's members will have unrestricted access to your Facebook profile. You can easily change settings, but it's up to you to do so.
As with anything else, it's simplicity itself for an individual to make destructive use of this sort of resource, or indeed for a corrosive group culture to evolve or be imported from elsewhere.
Posting public comments about other people is usually a Bad Thing.
Think responsibly, information you place online may become widely available and may be used by potential or actual employers, or by malicious individuals - or may simply return to bite you. Social networking sites can inadvertently or otherwise change security settings - the creator of Facebook apologised for for an instance of this in autumn 2006.
All before you, in this world, is smoke and shadows.All before you, in this world, is smoke and shadows. Words found on a door lintel in the garden of a house in the Cretan village of Argiroupolis. The lintel is a fragment from the city state Lappa, which occupied the same site. Fifteen hundred years later, when you use the web, from time to time you might well feel that the author was on to something. And if you work with particle physics, you'll know he was ...