Ello : a social network https://ello.co/ Ello is a simple, beautiful, and ad-free social network created by a small group of artists and designers.
We originally built Ello as a private social network. Over time, so many people wanted to join Ello that we built a public version of Ello for everyone to use.
Ello is completely free to use.
We occasionally offer special features to our users. If we create a special feature that you really like, you may choose to support Ello by paying a very small amount of money to add that feature to your Ello account.
You never have to pay anything, and you can keep using Ello forever, for free. By choosing to buy a feature now and then for a very small amount of money you support our work and help us make Ello better and better.
SocialEngine http://www.socialengine.com/ SocialEngine is one of the ways to create your own social website or online community.
No coding or design skills needed. Launch in minutes.
ocialEngine is the platform that allows anyone with a little or a lot of technical experience to have a social network at a low cost.
Bitrix24 Cloud : Social Networking Platform http://www.bitrix24.com/ Bitrix24 Cloud : Social Network Platform
The free version ideal ... as a platform for small groups of people united by a given topic or interest who wish to have the greatest amount of flexibility, security, and upward mobility.
Bitrix24 provides tools for task management, document sharing, and time tracking integrated into just this type of social interface for maximum efficiency of communications and work. Use Bitrix24 in your office, or anywhere you like with the free mobile app.
edWeb ... education social network http://home.edweb.net/ edWeb.net is a professional social and learning network that makes is easy for anyone in the education community to connect with peers, share information and best practices, spread innovative ideas, and provide professional development.
edWeb provides an easy and intuitive Web 2.0 platform that includes blogs, discussions, file-sharing, shared calendars, wikis, live chat, messaging, polling, and shared links. Communities (groups) can be created and linked for closer collaboration.
edWeb is free for professionals in education and for educational institutions. Education companies are invited to join as sponsors.
Yammer : a Private Social Network for Your Company https://www.yammer.com/ Yammer : a Private Social Network for Your Company [School]
Collaborate securely across departments, geographies, content and business applications.
Yammer brings the power of social networking to your company. Yammer is as easy to use as great consumer software like Facebook and Twitter, but is designed for company collaboration, file sharing, knowledge exchange and team efficiency.
How Teachers can use Social Media in Classrooms http://bit.ly/NXgvcy How Teachers can use Social Media in Classrooms
Social media and technology tools can help educators teach more effectively, make lessons easy to understand, and encourage interaction from the students. For all the teachers out there, who have still not switched to the new-age digital mode of teaching, this infographic from onlinecolleges.net provides some ideas on using social media in the classroom.
Social Media Companies: A Cheat Sheet http://mashable.com/2012/06/01/social-media-ranking Social Media Companies: A Cheat Sheet [INFOGRAPHIC]
This comprehensive infographic whipped up by social media strategist firm Hasai, below, serves both as a cheat sheet for the newbies and a scorecard for old hands; there’s sure to be a stat that surprises even the most jaded social guru.
Use of Social Networking in Education http://bit.ly/Jf2EHA Teachers' Comprehensive Guide to The Use of Social Networking in Education
Which Social Network Should You Use — and When? http://mashable.com/2012/04/16/social-networks-tips-infographic/ Which Social Network Should You Use — and When? Infographics
Want to make the most of the social web? It’s more complicated than just posting status updates at random and seeing what sticks.
When is Facebook most effective? When are you better off using Twitter, or LinkedIn? And what exactly is Google+ good for, anyway?
The Periodic Table Of The Social Web (Feb 2012 Update) http://bit.ly/xDMjbf The Periodic Table Of The Social Web (February 2012 Edition)
Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Network Sites http://bit.ly/wYSH4U Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Network Sites
Pew Report : These findings and others about teens' behavior and experiences on social network sites are based on seven focus groups with teens and a nationally representative survey of youth ages 12-17 and their parents.
As social media use has become pervasive in the lives of American teens, a new study finds that 69% of the teenagers who use social networking sites say their peers are mostly kind to one another on such sites. Still, 88% of these teens say they have witnessed people being mean and cruel to another person on the sites, and 15% report that they have been the target of mean or cruel behavior on social network sites.
Hoop.la : Social Network Platform http://www.hoop.la/ Hoop.la : Social Network Platform
Hoop.la is a powerful, turnkey community service you'll find. You can run an entire site using Hoop.la, which includes a feature-rich blog, amazing forums, chat events, as well as support for photo, video, and audio uploads. No software to install.
You can be up and running in under two minutes.
From US$29 / month
With forums, blog, chat events, photos, videos, music uploads, files, calendar and dialogs (private messages), Hoop.la has virtually everything you need to create content, support conversations amongst your members, and build a true community.
Your Own iPhone App included.
Nextdoor https://nextdoor.com/ Nextdoor is a private social network for your neighborhood.
It’s the easiest way for you and your neighbors—and only you and your neighbors—to talk online and make all of your lives better in...
JenSocial http://jensocial.com/ JenSocial is a Social Network Directory and Network Creator Hub for all Social Networking platforms. The Directory will be open to Social Blogs and Facebook Fan Pages in the near future!
Teens and social networking http://yhoo.it/oJr8C9 10 things you don't know about teens and social networking
“There’s more ‘life’ happening online than offline. If you are not online, you are completely out of the loop--you don’t have a life, you don’t really exist.”
A Portrait Of Who Uses Social Networks In The USA http://selnd.com/mQDx9B A Portrait Of Who Uses Social Networks In The US (And How Social Media Affects Our Lives)
Did you know that out of all social networking users 92% partake in Facebook, 29% participate on MySpace, 18% are on LinkedIn and Twitter is the least utilized network with just 13% usage? Or that males on LinkedIn nearly double the number of females, yet female usage of Twitter almost doubles male usage?
Pew Internet & American Life Project, a project of the Pew Research Center, launched a detailed report on how social networking affects our lives that contains these results andmore surprising information.
How to help your kids use social websites more safely http://bit.ly/mTc0us How to help your kids use social websites more safely
Microsoft have produced some great guidelines for parents on cyber safety at their Safety and Security Centre.
Best Practices in Social Networking for Educators http://bit.ly/hX6DlD Best Practices in Social Networking for Educators
At ASCD 2011, we got the opportunity to sit down and talk with Eric Sheninger. In a previous blog post, he talked about ways you could get started with Twitter. We spoke with Eric about how he was able to change – from a principal that banned social media in his school to a principal that his students call ‘Mr. Twitter.’
Everloop http://www.everloop.com/ Built for tweens, Everloop is the next step beyond social networking, to what we call social looping.
Tweens really shouldn't be on open, social networks. Everloop's "social looping" platform - the first of its kind -- creates a privacy loop around kids' connections. It's totally free.
And kids are free from anonymous intruders. They can participate in collaborative learning and school projects, share information about their sports teams and clubs, play games, customize their profile pages, and communicate in real time with friends they know who are part of their loop.
As kids interests grow, their loops can intersect with other loops – but never without the knowledge of their parents, who have their own console login and can monitor behavior at whatever level they decide is appropriate for their children.
They are always informed before a child tries to expand his or her loop, and they are always in control.
iGroops : Your Own Social Network http://igroops.com/ iGroops : Your Own Social Network .. free 30 day trial.
Edmodo (Social Edu Platform) http://www.edmodo.com Started in September 2008 and officially launched in September 2009, Edmodo is a social learning network for teachers, students and schools on the Web.
Teachers and students worldwide use Edmodo every day to connect and collaborate in a secure, fun environment.
Our free network offers a safe and easy way to post classroom materials, share helpful links and videos, and access homework, grades and school-wide notices.
Diaspora http://joindiaspora.com/ Diaspora ..... Facebook alternative
Diaspora aims to be a distributed network, where totally separate computers connect to each other directly, will let us connect without surrendering our privacy. We call these computers ‘seeds’. A seed is owned by you, hosted by you, or on a rented server. Once it has been set up, the seed will aggregate all of your information: your facebook profile, tweets, anything. We are designing an easily extendable plugin framework for Diaspora, so that whenever newfangled content gets invented, it will be automagically integrated into every seed.
Social Networking More Important Than Family http://library.teachingtimes.com/articles/family-time-survey_010610.htm Social Networking More Important Than Family
Many of the children in the UK found technology and social networking more important than other aspects of life, including their family, according to a new poll of eight to 15-year-olds for National Family Week.
It found 40% of girls identified Facebook as one of the most important things in their lives - compared with 6% of boys. The study, which surveyed 3,000 parents and 1,000 children across the UK, reveals parents overestimate the role they play in their child's life.
Facebook Privacy: A Bewildering Tangle of Options http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/05/12/business/facebook-privacy.html Facebook Privacy: A Bewildering Tangle of Options
To manage your privacy on Facebook, you will need to navigate through 50 settings with more than 170 options. Facebook says it wants to offer precise controls for sharing on the Internet.
Great visualisation ...
Social Technographics http://bit.ly/9ud1Op Social Technographics
Social Technographics, a way to analyze your market's social technology behavior. Social Technographics was carefully constructed, not as a segmentation, but as a profile (that is, the groups overlap).
That's because the actual data told me that people participate in multiple behaviors, and not everyone at a higher level on the ladder actually does everything in the lower rungs.
We use the metaphor of a ladder ...
Spreadsheeted Comparison of Ning Alternatives http://bit.ly/d49guI Spreadsheeted Comparison of Ning Alternatives "Grou.ps hands down wins this battle and is a serious contender that could rival Ning even if Ning kept it's free accounts.
Spruz and SocialGo are good alternatives for small groups that do not need to share files. For discussion Spruz and SocialGo are probably the best alternatives in this group.
Mixxt was also a good alternative but the administrative interface is not as nice as Grou.ps nor were their templates very visually appealing."
Alternatives to Ning (Google Doc) http://bit.ly/c1duHp Alternatives to Ning (Google Doc)
Backing Up Ning Members | Hosted Alternatives | Compare Hosted Platforms | Self-Hosted Alternatives |
Why we care about Ning as a classroom/ staff development tool:
Groupsite http://www.groupsite.com/ Groupsites are collaboration websites for groups.
Groupsites enable groups to communicate, share and network to make things happen.
Groupsites bring together only the most useful features of listservs, collaboration software and social networks into a system (i.e., collaboration community) that empower groups to easily communicate, share and network.
Teamwork and Collaboration (Shambles Area) http://www.shambles.net/pages/learning/ict/collab/ Teamwork and Collaboration (Shambles Area)
The defining lines between different Web 2.0 Apps are becoming greyer and fuzzier as the Apps evolve.
One example is the difference between a Social Network and applications designed to support collaboration and teamwork ... they now overlap so much.
This link take you to software initially thought of as supporting collaboration and teamwork .. which now could also be considered as social networks.
You decide ....
Spruz http://www.spruz.com/ Spruz
Spruz welcomes Ning Social Network Creators! Get Started Try our Ning Member Migration Script
Since the 2007 launch users have created Hundreds of Thousands of websites using the Spruz Platform Technology that powers several Spruz Partner websites.
Spruz allows you to create your own website with full member and social features. With Spruz you can create your own social network, blog, business website, or a site about almost anything.
We have many features built into our website platform that makes it easy for you to create a website that is very robust. Add blogging, forums, discussions, galleries, calendars, and much more! And the best part you can create and use your website completely free!
Alternatives to Ning : on Phil Bradley Blog http://bit.ly/9KDnWk Alternatives to Ning
Phil Bradley's weblog
Where librarians and the internet meet: internet searching, Web 2.0 resources, search engines and their development.
Pligg open source CMS (Content Management System) http://www.pligg.com/ Pligg is an open source CMS (Content Management System) that you can download and use for free.
Pligg CMS provides social networking software that encourages visitors to register on your website so that they can submit content and connect with other users. Our software creates websites where stories are created and voted on by members, not website editors.
Use Pligg content management system to start your own social networking community in minutes.
Twiducate http://www.twiducate.com/ twiducate is a free resource for educators.
Developed in 2009, our goal is to create a medium for teachers and students to continue their learning outside the classroom.
We attempt to fill a need for a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners in a social networking environment.
Our goal is to provide social networking for you and your 21st century learning students. We respect student privacy and as such only you and your students can view your network and posts.
Our service proudly differs in that only teachers and students may view classroom posts, thus creating a private network for you and your students and a safer online learning environment.
Have a mobile device? ... try: http://m.twiducate.com
ShoutEm http://www.shoutem.com/ You need your social network to be simple and easy to use for your users?
You want it in real-time, optimized for mobile and location-based?
With ShoutEm you can create and run all kinds of networks for different purposes. And by selecting the set of features that best suits your needs, you can make sure that the look and feel suits your audience.
SocialGO http://www.socialgo.com/ Build a Social Network on SocialGO in minutes
Whether you're a beginner or seasoned developer, build a feature-packed Social Network customized for your group on SocialGO. No software, hosting or coding required just pick your features, monetization options, support package and GO.