Social Networking

From Wikipedia: A social network focuses on building online communities of people who share interests and/or activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others. Most social network services are web-based and provide a variety of ways for users to interact, such as email and instant messaging services.

The "closest resource" doctrine applies when utilizing social networking:

1. Student Affairs Resources

Not available.

2. University Resources

Not available.

3. Partner Resources

The division has a partnership with CollegiateLink to provide social networking to groups at Case. This partnership focuses on the following:

  • Undergraduate Student Government Recognized Groups
  • Residence Hall Colleges and Complexes
  • Greek Chapters
  • Varsity, Intramural and Club Sport Participants

CollegiateLink is integrated with the Case single sign-on system and is accessible to faculty, staff, students and alumni without any additional signup. The service also offers Facebook integration, so activities can be shared with a larger network of friends.

Student groups wishing to manage their internal affairs with current students should be using this service.

Note: This service is still in the initial implementation stage.

4. Other Resources - Facebook

Facebook is currently the most popular social networking site. The IT group can assist in setting up a Facebook presence.

A "page" is appropriate for a permanent public presence, such as that for a department or persistent program. Any Facebook user can become a "fan" of the page and participate in any interactive options there.

A "group" is for a temporary presence, such as a recurring program that changes each academic year. (A group site for new students attending Orientation at Case is a good example of a group presence.) Depending on the settings, a group can be public or private for both viewing and joining. Once someone is a member, the functionality is similar to a page. A group can be easily removed once its usefulness has ended.


Although once popular, the limited functionality on MySpace makes it unsuitable for university use.


LinkedIn is a site for professional social networking, so it is unlikely to be of interest to most departments. It does offer some "join a group" functionality similar to Facebook.