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Social network

Overview#

Social network is a Society or Community (Some call it a Social Group) made up of a set of actors (such as Natural Persons or Organizational Entities), as pair Relationships, and other social interactions between actors.

Social network that link people through the World Wide Web are referred to by Ldapwiki as Social Websites.

Social networks have existed for as long as Humans have existed. Social Websites have reduced the frictions of the formation and interactions of members by reducing the time, distance and difficulty of interaction; just as the World Wide Web has done for business.

Social networks may be of any size as shown within Dunbar's Numbers however, the limit of Peer-to-peer interactions of a single Natural Person is about 150.

Social network is a theoretical construct useful in the social sciences to study relationships between entities (Natural Persons, groups, organizations, or even entire Community of Interest social units, see differentiation). The term is used to describe a social structure determined by such interactions. The ties through which any given Social network connects represent the convergence of the various Members of that unit. This theoretical approach is, necessarily, relational. An axiom of the Social network approach to understanding social interaction is that social phenomena should be primarily conceived and investigated through the properties of relations between and within units, instead of the properties of these units themselves. Thus, one common criticism of social network theory is that individual agency is often ignored although this may not be the case in practice (see agent-based modeling). Precisely because many different types of relations, singular or in combination, form these network configurations, network analytics are useful to a broad range of research enterprises. In social science, these fields of study include, but are not limited to anthropology, biology, communication studies, economics, geography, information science, organizational studies, social psychology, sociology, and sociolinguistics.

Social network examples#

There are many examples of Social network:
  • churches
  • Fraternities and Sororities
  • Schools
  • YMCA
  • Boy and Girl Scouts

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