- Newsfeed – offer users a customized stream of data specific to their interests.
- Chat – allows users to interact in real-time
- Creating/Moderating Groups – Groups are positioned around specific topics. Groups can be private or public. People can be invited or seek out the group based on the topic. Members do not have to be – but can be – Facebook friends to be in the same group.
- File-sharing – Multiple file types disseminated easily to users/groups.
- Inline Commenting – on posts
- sharing of content related to topic
- discussions around content
- “real-time” conversations
- Global Reach – users don’t have to be regionally co-located.
- Omni-present – most individuals are already familiar and/or have a Facebook account.
- Difficult to follow discussion
- Comments on posts are not threaded
- Targeted Ads based on user actions
- Facebook algorithms generate newsfeed data without user input
We would suggest that Facebook, as a tool, affords users to create Communities of Practice. But Facebook, in and of itself, is not a Community of Practice. What are your thoughts on this?
Arjana, Michael, Dean