25 Pages

Social Networking

WithMelissa L. Rethlefsen

SUMMARY. The major social networking tools like MySpace and Facebook give people an online identity-and an online space to call their own. Other social networking tools are more nuanced than sharing whole personalities like on MySpace. Tools like Library Thing, Flickr, and del. that focus on connecting people through certain media and interests offer specialized value to users. This paper describes major social networking, social media sharing, and social bookmarking tools; what they are used for; and how libraries and librarians are using them. Tagging, a concept critical to social bookmarking and social media sharing, and folksonomy are discussed in relation to these tools. doi:10.1300/ J115v26S01_07 [Article copies available for a fee from The Haworth Document Delivery Service: 1-800-HAWORTH. E-mail address: <[email protected]> Website: < > © 2007 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.]