Last week at the 2008 NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference, someone raised a question about using social networking sites in other countries to connect with students and scholars.
While Facebook and MySpace are ubiquitous in the USA and have been growing globally, they are not the only social networking sites out there and are not always the most popular - or even available - internationally.?So let's take a very brief look at what is happening with the social networking explosion in other countries.
In February 2008, USA Today featured an article about social networking internationally, titled "Social-networking sites going global". And Ben Lorica of O'Reilly Radar blog gathered information about the global growth of social networking sites in "Where Does Facebook Grow From Here".?
VentureBeat.com featured an article in June 2008, titled "The Latin American social networking wars: Market leader Hi5 has been growing, but so has Facebook ? and Sonico?".?Latin America's growing market has a number of major players, among them?Hi5,?Sonico, Facebook and Google's Orkut (especially in Brazil).
Have you been using any networks besides Facebook and MySpace to interact with students and scholars? Have you used languages other than English? What have your experiences been?