Characteristics of Social Computing

Characteristics of Social Computing

  • Submitted By: shays
  • Date Submitted: 12/04/2010 6:14 AM
  • Category: Social Issues
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MIS Department
Project ch1_1.3
Student Number: DAG 014
Student Name: Shaymaa Saud Ounallah

1. Define social computing and list its characteristics.
Social computing is the collaborative and interactive aspect of online behavior. The term can be understood in contrast to personal computing, which describes the behavior of isolated users.
Elements of social computing include blogs, wikis, Twitter, RSS, instant messaging, multiplayer gaming and open source development, as well as social networking and social bookmarking sites. Social computing is closely related to the concept of Web 2.0, which can be thought of as the framework of applications supporting the processes of social computing.

2. Define Web 2.0 and list its attributes.
The internet viewed as a medium in which interactive experience, in the form of blogs, wikis, forums, etc, plays a more important role than simply accessing information. The second generation of the World Wide Web in which content is user-generated and dynamic, and software is offered that mimics desktop programs. Web 2.0 encourages collaboration and communication between users.
The attributes of Web 2.0 are divided into 2 groups. Foundation attributes include User-Contributed Value, The Long Tail, and Network Effects. Experience attributes are Decentralization, Co-creation, Remixability, and Emergent Systems.

3. Define social networks.
Social networks are online communities where people meet; socialize, exchange digital files, etc. These sites are often used to launch new bands and to promote TV shows and movies through viral marketing. Some popular examples of social networks are Facebook and MySpace.

4. Describe the capabilities of social network services (SNSs).
Social Network Sites (SNSs) have been widely used in many global events as an important source to spread news and information. While the searchability and persistence of this information make it ideal for sociological research, a quantitative...

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