As Lee LeFever says at the beginning of this great 1 minute, 48 second video: “Networks get things done.”
In less than two minutes, he clearly describes how networks evolve and why they’re so important to us in our personal and professional lives.
I really admire teachers who can reduce complicated concepts to their simple essence. This video is easy to understand and I encourage you to pass it along to others who may be still be confused by the “social networking” revolution.
If you look up the term, Social Network, in Wikipedia, here are the most help 250 words you’ll find in their very detailed definition:
Social networks are social structures made of nodes (which are generally individuals or organizations) that are tied by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as values, visions, ideas, financial exchange, relationships, kinship, dislikes or trade.
In its simplest form, a social network is a map of all of the relevant ties between the nodes being studied. The network can also be used to determine the social capital of individual actors. These concepts are often displayed in a social network diagram, where nodes are the points and ties are the lines.
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