Sunday, February 1, 2009

Connections: Online Social Networks for Business

Online Social Networks for Business

Gerry McKiernan / Iowa State University Library / Ames IA USA

CALSI 2009

La Sociedad del Conocimiento: Innovación y Nuevos Retos Globales

[The Knowledge Society: New Challenges and Global Innovation]

While Facebook and MySpace are among the better-known general online social networks, there are an ever-increasing number of online networks that have emerged for and within a wide variety of communities. Among many others, these include networks for academe and education (e.g., EduSpaces), people of color (e.g., Black Planet), Boomers (e.g., Boomj), LGBT groups (e.g., GLEE), religion (e.g., MyChurch), and researchers and scholars (e.g., Nature Network). Among the fastest growing niche networks are those created by and on behalf of businesses (e.g., LinkedIn).

This presentation will provide an overview of the variety of niche online networks, with a focus on those created to better connect and engage customers, employees, and professionals.

Please Post Any And All Suggestions As A Comment On This Entry

BTW: I am aware of the major business sites listed in Wikipedia


The PowerPoint Slides For This Presentation Are Now Available At


(03-24-09 / 135 slides)

I Wish To Thank:

Nuria Lloret Romero

(Universidad Politécnica de Valencia)

Candela Gimeno Estornel
(Universidad Politécnica de Valencia)

Tomàs Baiget

(Institut d'Estadística de Catalunya (Idescat))

for making my visit and participation possible.


Anonymous said...

Why is it every email you send out involves people doing your research? You rarely participate in back and forth discussion and only come begging.

recca said...


Have you considered adding Twitter? That's growing so quickly and businesses are beginning to use it. As an example of the influence of Twitter, at last weekend's Super Bowl, thousands were "tweating" reactions to the ads...

Recca Larson