Online interaction and social networking

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Web Science[1]

A social networking service (also social networking site, social media) is an online platform that people use to build social networks or social relations with other people who share similar personal or career interests, activities, backgrounds or real-life connections.[2]

With ubiquitous access to the web, users can use social networking services anywhere, anytime, without much difficulty.

Different types of online interaction include:

  • social networking
  • banking
  • shopping
  • formal learning
  • informal learning
  • connection with companies, governments
  • social media
  • knowledge sharing
  • entertainment
  • interactive entertainment
  • discussion boards
  • real-time messaging applications
  • bug tracking
  • collaborative real-time work
  • collaborative knowledge sharing

...and much more.

Issues linked to the growth of the web[edit]

  • Privacy
  • Security
  • Intellectual property
  • Accessibility
  • Taxation
  • Health issues (vis a vi time spent online by children and their attention span)

Do you understand this?[edit]

From the IB: Students should be aware of issues linked to the growth of new internet technologies such as Web 2.0 and how they have shaped interactions between different stakeholders of the web.


These standards are used from the IB Computer Science Subject Guide[3]

  • Discuss how the web has supported new methods of online interaction such as social networking.


  3. IB Diploma Programme Computer science guide (first examinations 2014). Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom: International Baccalaureate Organization. January 2012.

a group or system of interconnected people or things.

Offer a considered and balanced review that includes a range of arguments, factors or hypotheses. Opinions or conclusions should be presented clearly and supported by appropriate evidence.