A Social Network, Part 1

by The H.E.A.T. Exchange

Social networking is not a new concept.

The core element of any social situation has always been the people involved.

Key aspects of a social network must include:

  • people
  • community
  • interaction

People

People have differing beliefs, values, and agendas. These characteristics may change over time. There is really no sure way to know how one will be influenced by others. How a person is affected by other external forces is a key consideration for a social network.

Community

Community is a group of people.  Usually this group share a common goal or desire that accommodates the whole rather than merely the individual. A “safe” community is one where all members feel safe instead of just one person.

Interaction

In order for a network to survive, one person must be able to connect with another for the purpose of exchanging information. The information can be verbal (talking) or non-verbal (messaging, art,  sign language, etc.).

A social network must be about different people who share a common goal as a community and interacting in a way that is safe and productive for all involved.

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