***APOLOGIES FOR RECEIPT OF DUPLICATE POSTINGS***
I have learned of A Full Report of The Study on Campus Facebook Use previously profiled in a _Friends_ item about the ECAR Symposium presentation that I posted earlier today. [Thanks! Nicole]:
"The Benefits of Facebook 'Friends': Social Capital and College Students' Use of Online Social Network Sites"
Nicole B. Ellison / Charles Steinfield / Cliff Lampe
>>>From The Conclusion<<<
Online social network sites may play a role different from that described in early literature on virtual communities. Online interactions do not necessarily remove people from their offline world but ***may indeed be used to support relationships and keep people in contact***, even when life changes move them away from each other. In addition to helping student populations, this ***use of technology could support a variety of populations***, including ***professional researchers, neighborhood and community members, employees of companies***, or others who benefit from maintained ties.
A Link to The Paper is Available at:
[ http://onlinesocialnetworks.blogspot.com/2008/01/social-capital-and-college-students-use.html ]
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Iowa State University Library
Ames IA 50011
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