The Need for a Social Network 2.0
Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian Volume 30, Number 4, ISSN 0163-9269
At the 2011 ALA conference, social media was still a topic of many discussions. For the past few years, librarians have shared their efforts to incorporate social networking applications like Facebook and Twitter as part of library services. Some librarians have taken on the challenge of establishing a social network for their library, while others have given up on the idea. At first pass, it appears that librarians, who are known for their resourcefulness, are still wrestling with issues of best practices concerning social media. While social media applications in the current generation still have a long life ahead of them, a new social network is emerging, and with it a new way to organize the information flow and avoid the kitchen sink effect of information. In this article, the author introduces the Google+ Project (known simply as Google+) which incorporates the social networking template used by Facebook and Twitter. The changes to networking that Google+ brings, however, may likely influence the direction of future networks. The general format of Google+ is similar to Facebook's interface. For librarians wanting to create an information stream directly to their patrons, all they would have to do is create a "Library Circle" and then place patrons into that circle as they are added to their Google+ network. While the fate of Google+ is still uncertain, the author anticipates elements such as circles and hangouts to be standard features within the next wave of social networking applications: Social Networking 2.0.
Becker, B.W. (2011). The Need for a Social Network 2.0. Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, 30(4), 264-267.