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1. When I think of a social network, I think of places like MySpace or Facebook where you can communicate with friends, family, and other people who you may share interests with. Second Life is interesting in that you can explore different places created by users and also talk to other members, but I do not see any potential in using it to keep up with the lives of peers unless you plan on using it quite often and encourage others to use it with you. I think SL would appeal mainly to people who enjoy games like The Sims or, in all honestly, gaming at all.
LibraryThing is interesting but, again, I don't know how much I would use it to network. I use Shelfari a lot and I really like the interface of Shelfari a lot better than LibraryThing. It just seems a lot more user friendly to me. The tagging, editing, and review features are a lot simpler and, for someone who may not be used to sites like these, I would probably recommend it over LibraryThing.
2. The most interesting things that I found I liked about Second Life were the fact that you can explore many different places and actually learn from them. I spent a great deal of time at The Wall, in honor of Veterans Day, and found that I actually had a lot of fun exploring. Another thing that I really enjoy about Second Life, and forgive me if I am being way too girly, was the fact that you can customize your avatar and pick out really cute outfits and hairstyles. This is also one of my favorite aspects of my XBox 360 Live account. :)
Second Life has not really changed my thinking about virtual worlds much. I spent a great chuck of my adult life with a World of Warcraft user and, since the divorce, do not have a lot of positive thoughts about them.
Second Life Tour: The Wall 109 172 22
I found this SL location in the Destinations search. It appealed to me because it was created specifically for the holiday today. I think this is a great teaching/learning location and think, if the technology and time permitted, that it would be a great way to discuss this Veteran's Day holiday with a middle or high school class by allowing students to explore on their own.
3. As noted above, LibraryThing is a good example of a book sharing utility, but I still like Shelfari much better. Sites like these are great for people like me who encounter numerous titles on a daily basis that would be interesting to read but, unfortunately, there is not enough time to do so currently. When adding books, I always worry that I might be judged by the things I read. This is one of the aspects of sites like these that influence the way I think about the books I read (or plan to read).
I love being able to save a "to be read" list for future reference. It really beats using a Word document or a spiral bound notebook. In Shelfari, I created my own reading group with some of my Roller Derby sisters and we are in the process of organizing a book club. Tools such as LibraryThing and Shelfari are great for things like this.
4. I think that one of the most interesting things about online communities is the fact that you have the potential to take away a lot of knowledge. LibraryThing is a great way to get book recommendations, meet others who enjoy the same books you do, and also help you broaden your reading interests.
Second Life is a great way to get acquainted with a new platform of online gaming. I honestly really enjoyed just exploring the software on my own, trying to figure out how everything works. I am not a big video game player, so this was a little difficult for me to get the hang of at first. If used correctly, I feel that classrooms could really benefit from using Second Life by taking group field trips, to places like The Wall, in order to learn new things.
I think that the impact of social communities on teaching, learning, and libraries really depends on the people involved in these activities and institutions. Social networking sites are only useful if people use them. The trick is getting teachers familiar with these types of tools and hoping that enough interest is peaked that they decide to use them in their classrooms.
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