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What is Facebook?
Social Software

What is social software?
The term "social software" refers to a wide range of web-based programs, services and tools. A key part of these new technologies is their collaborative aspects-- social software allows users to contribute, create and customize in ways that earlier models of software do not.

Social software includes user-created items like blogs, wikis and podcasts; user-enhanced services such as photo-, video- and music-sharing sites; alternative communication resources such as instant messaging and virtual worlds; and social networking sites.
Social Networking in Plain English

Social Networking

Social networking services take advantage of social software tools to create online places for people to meet, share photos and videos, send messages, play games and more.

Wikipedia outlines three primary types of social networks: sites which contain a specific category directory (ie. former classmates) sites used as a means to connect with friends or fans (often featuring customizable profile pages) sites which rely on recommender systems linked to trust (for professional networking)
Facebook is an example of the second type of social networking services.

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History of Facebook

Facebook was created in 2004 by Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg. The website was intended to be an online version of the University's printed Facebook, a directory of new students. At that time, membership to the website was limited to Harvard students only. In a month's time, Facebook grew to include other Ivy League students as well, and within a year had over 1 million users. By the end of 2005, Facebook expanded to include, first, a network of 800 colleges and universities, then high schools, and then international students.…...

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