Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Facebook 101: What Librarians Need to Know

Facebook 101: What Librarians Need to Know

Laurie Bridges
Oregon State University

On May 24, 2007 Facebook founder and CEO, 23-year old Mark Zuckerberg, announced that Facebook would open up its platform for world-wide development. This meant that anybody anywhere could develop a Facebook application. As a result of this change Facebook has rocketed to the top of online social networking sites in just a few short months.

Currently the most popular applications are Top Friends ... Graffiti (lets you draw on your friends’ profiles), iLike (add music), Video (publish videos), and Fortune Cookie (daily fortune).

There are also several library applications including LibGuides, Librarian, and individual library catalogs. As more users join Facebook and more applications are developed for these users, it is important for librarians to have an idea of what Facebook is, how it works, and why it became so popular in such a short period of time.

In my presentation I will cover:

1) The history of Facebook

2) Overview of how Facebook changed on May 24th and what it means for the rest of the Web – (I’ll discuss the book “Wikinomics – How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything”)

3) Review popular applications

4) Review library/librarian applications.


PowerPoint Presentation


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