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
      • MS - Digital Marketing
      • M.S. - New Media Journalism
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Computer Animation (Campus)
      • BS - Media Communications (Campus)
      • BS - Web Design and Development (Campus)
      • BS - Graphic Design (Campus)
      • B.S. - Digital Arts and Design
      • BS - Simulation and Visualization (Campus)
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Regent University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. in Communication
    Master's
      • MFA in Film & Television (online)
      • M.A. in Communication
      • M.A. in Journalism
    Bachelor's
      • B.A. in Communication
      • B.A. in Communication Studies - Advertising and Public Relations
      • B.A. in Communication Studies - Internet and Social Media
      • B.A. in Communication Studies - Rhetoric and Public Culture
      • B.A. in Communication Studies - Strategic Communication
      • B.A. in English - Communication
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Bryant & Stratton College

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Digital Marketing Specialist Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PHD: Strategic Media
      • PHD: Communication
      • DBA: Strategic Media & Digital Content
    Master's
      • MS: Marketing: Digital Marketing and Advertising
      • MA: Communication
      • MA: Strategic Communication
      • MA: Visual Communication Design
      • MFA: Graphic Design
      • MBA: Strategic Media and Digital Content
    Bachelor's
      • BFA: Graphic Design
      • BS: Strategic Communication
      • BS: Strategic Communication: Social Media Management
      • BS: English and Writing: Journalism
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BBA: New Media and Internet Marketing
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Communication Studies, A.A.
  • Whitewater, WI

    University of Wisconsin

  • Online Programs Available
    8. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
  • Eugene, OR

    University of Oregon

  • Dayton, OH

    University of Dayton

Featured Schools

Full Sail University

  • Master of Fine Arts - Media Design
  • MS - Digital Marketing
  • BS - Computer Animation (Campus)
  • BS - Media Communications (Campus)

What is your highest level of education?

Regent University

  • Ph.D. in Communication
  • MFA in Film & Television (online)
  • B.A. in Communication

What is your highest level of education completed?

Bryant & Stratton College

  • Digital Marketing Specialist Diploma

What is your high school graduation status?

Liberty University

  • PHD: Strategic Media
  • MS: Marketing: Digital Marketing and Advertising
  • BFA: Graphic Design

What is your highest level of education?

Purdue University Global

  • BBA: New Media and Internet Marketing

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Colorado Christian University

  • Communication Studies, A.A.

What is your highest level of education completed?

Penn Foster High School

  • HS Diploma

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