Get Connected: 15 Social Networking Sites for Students and Lifelong Learners

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Social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook and MySpace get a lot of press, but many other lesser-known sites are popular among the academic set. Here are 15 social networks useful to students and lifelong learners.
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Books and Reading

shelfari

  • Shelfari - A favorite social network among booklovers, Shelfari allows users to connect and share their bookshelves online.
  • GoodReads - This social networking site facilitates keeping track of what you read, sharing recommendations and getting recommendations from other readers. You can also start a book club or join an established club.
  • LibraryThing - LibraryThing is a community of nearly one million book lovers who create online catalogs of their favorite books. You can keep your online catalog private or share it with other members.

Languages, Cultures and Travel

livemocha

  • LiveMocha - LiveMocha is a social language learning site that connects users with language partners all over the world.
  • Italki - Similar to LiveMocha, Italki makes it easy to connect with other language learners online. This global community provides language partners, teachers, courses, cultural education and much more.
  • Palabea - The Palabea community provides an international platform for language learners who want to connect online and offline.
  • Exploroo - Exploroo is a social networking site for people who enjoy travel and learning about other cultures. The site offers reviews, articles, photos and a place for travel buffs to connect.

Environment, Art and Science

greenvoice

  • Greenvoice - Greenvoice is a lively community of people who are interested in discussing and taking action on green issues.
  • ArtSlant - ArtSlant is a large online community for artists and art lovers. Community members can chat, browse art, learn about upcoming events and much more.
  • Epernicus - Open to current and future research scientists, Epernicus provides a place for scientists to meet and share information online.

College Students and Grads

campusbug

  • Campusbug - Campusbug is a social learning network designed to provide an outlet for students who want to stay connected, share information and get help with homework.
  • CampusHook - CampusHook is a social megabase for college students who want to meet other academics around the world.
  • Graduates - Designed for grads and students who are still in school, Graduates offers an online community for people who want to stay in touch with friends after they graduate.

Money-Making Opportunities and Business Contacts

gradeguru

  • GradeGuru - GradeGuru is an academic site that encourages note sharing. Users can share their class notes and get paid for every upload.
  • Jigsaw - Jigsaw combines social networking with a business directory to help people find business contacts.

Popular Schools

  • Campus and Online Programs
    1. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Fine Arts - Media Design
      • M.S. - Internet Marketing
      • M.S. - New Media Journalism
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Media Communications (Campus)
      • B.S. - Digital Arts and Design
      • BS - Simulation and Visualization (Campus)
      • B.S. - Media Communications
      • B.S. - Web Design and Development
      • B.S. - Digital Cinematography
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Regent University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Film and TV
      • Master of Arts in Film and TV - Producing
      • Master of Arts in Film and TV - Script Writing
      • Master of Arts in Communication
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Political Communication
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Strategic Communication
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Advertising and Public Relations
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Internet and Social Media
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Rhetoric and Public Culture
      • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Strategic Communication
      • Bachelor of Arts in English - Communication
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Communication
    Certificate
      • Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Applied Research for Communication
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Southern New Hampshire University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MA in Communication: New Media & Marketing
      • MA in Communication
    Bachelor's
      • BA Communications w/conc in New Media
      • BA Graphic Design and Media Arts/Web Design
      • BA in Graphic Design
      • BA in Communication
      • BA Graphic Design and Media Arts/ 3-D Modeling & Animation
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Ashford University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.A. - Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Online Programs Available
    6. University of the Rockies

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. in Organizational Development & Leadership - Social Media & Technology
    Master's
      • M.A. in Organizational Development & Leadership - Social Media & Technology
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BBA: New Media and Internet Marketing
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS - Communication
  • Campus and Online Programs
    10. General Assembly

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Digital Marketing
      • Digital Marketing Circuit
      • User Experience Design
      • User Experience Design Circuit
      • User Experience Design Immersive
      • Visual Design

Featured Schools

Full Sail University

  • Master of Fine Arts - Media Design
  • M.S. - Internet Marketing
  • BS - Media Communications (Campus)
  • B.S. - Digital Arts and Design

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Regent University

  • Master of Arts in Film and TV
  • Master of Arts in Film and TV - Producing
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies - Advertising and Public Relations

What is your highest level of education completed?

Johns Hopkins University

  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Applied Research for Communication

What is your highest level of education?

Southern New Hampshire University

  • MA in Communication: New Media & Marketing
  • MA in Communication
  • BA Communications w/conc in New Media
  • BA Graphic Design and Media Arts/Web Design

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Ashford University

  • B.A. - Journalism and Mass Communication

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University of the Rockies

  • Ph.D. in Organizational Development & Leadership - Social Media & Technology
  • M.A. in Organizational Development & Leadership - Social Media & Technology

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Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

  • Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology

What is your highest level of education completed?

Kaplan University

  • BBA: New Media and Internet Marketing

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