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.

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    1. The George Washington University

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    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Multimedia Development
      • Graduate Certificate in Multimedia Development
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    2. American University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
      • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication - Advocacy and Social Impact Concentration
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    3. Purdue University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Communication
    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management
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    4. Queens University of Charlotte

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    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Communication - General
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Integrated Digital Strategy Concentration
      • Master of Arts in Communication - Undecided
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    5. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
      • HS Diploma
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    6. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

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

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MA in Communication: New Media & Marketing
      • MS in Marketing - Digital Marketing
      • MA in Communication
    Bachelor's
      • BS Marketing - Digital Marketing
      • 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
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    8. Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology
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    9. 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
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    10. Excelsior College

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    Bachelor's
      • BA in Humanities (Communication Studies)

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The George Washington University

  • Graduate Certificate in Multimedia Development

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American University

  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication - Advocacy and Social Impact Concentration

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Purdue University

  • Master of Science in Communication
  • Graduate Certificate in Strategic Communication Management

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Queens University of Charlotte

  • Master of Arts in Communication - General
  • Master of Arts in Communication - Integrated Digital Strategy Concentration
  • Master of Arts in Communication - Undecided

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Penn Foster High School

  • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
  • HS Diploma

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Johns Hopkins University

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

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Southern New Hampshire University

  • MA in Communication: New Media & Marketing
  • MS in Marketing - Digital Marketing
  • BS Marketing - Digital Marketing
  • BA Graphic Design and Media Arts/Web Design

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Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

  • Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology

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