Social Software and Web 2.0 Technology Trends

Social Software and Web 2.0 Technology Trends

P. Candace Deans (University of Richmond, USA)
Indexed In: PsycINFO®, SCOPUS
Release Date: November, 2008|Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 250
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-122-3
ISBN13: 9781605661223|ISBN10: 1605661228|EISBN13: 9781605661230
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Description & Coverage

Very little has been written to address the emerging trends in social software and technology. With these technologies and applications being relatively new and evolving rapidly, research is wide open in these fields.

Social Software and Web 2.0 Technology Trends fills this critical research need, providing an overview of the current state of Web 2.0 technologies and their impact on organizations and educational institutions. Written for academicians and practicing managers, this estimable book presents business applications as well as implementations for institutions of higher education with numerous examples of how these technologies are currently being used. Delivering authoritative insights to a rapidly evolving domain of technology application, this book is an invaluable resource for both academic libraries and for classroom instruction.


The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaboration enterprise blogs
  • Collective Intelligence
  • Education-specific applications of social software
  • Infrastructure
  • Mobility-emergent Web applications
  • Organizational implications of social software
  • Podcasts
  • RSS
  • Social Networks
  • Social software applications
  • Social software technologies
  • Telepresence
  • Unified communication
  • Virtual Worlds
  • VoIP
  • Web logs
  • Wikis
Reviews and Testimonials

This book provides readers with a working knowledge of how technologies are currently being utilized in business, education and society in general.

– P. Candace Deans, University of Richmond, USA

Deans and 10 contributors have written an introduction to the rapidly expanding world of social software and Web 2.0 technologies- and presents both business and higher education applications for those technologies.

– Book News Inc. (February 2009)

In a series of papers written by academics and practitioners based in the U.S., this monograph provides a broad overview of social software trends. [...] Recommended. Upper-division undergraduate through professional collections.

– CHOICE, Vol. 46, No. 11

This informative volume succeeds in clarifying the business value of social software and Web 2.0 tools. It furthermore makes an important contribution to explain the possibilities, applications and the positive and negative impacts that need to be considered before deciding on suitable Web 2.0 tools and technologies. Therefore, readers from academic, business and educational backgrounds should find this a useful and illuminating read.

– Online Information Review, Vol. 33, No. 6

Competently assesses recent research in the field of virtual worlds--three-dimensional (3D) computer simulations inhabited by virtual representations of its users, called avatars--focusing on Second Life (SL), a presumably addictive and compelling online virtual world used mainly for social networking that has millions of registered users around the world. Three chapters are devoted to the social, ethical, legal, commercial, and educational aspects of virtual worlds, including future trends of this Web technology. For instance, the authors of these chapters predict that more innovative SL applications will emerge, such as the ability to easily make “real” phone calls from the SL virtual world, due in part to recently released SL open-source code.

– Miguel A. Garcia-Ruiz, Computing Reviews
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P. Candace Deans is currently on the faculty of the Robins School of Business, University of Richmond. Prior to that appointment, she was on the faculty of Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management (1993-2002). She also served on the faculty of the Calloway School of Business, Wake Forest University (1989 - 1993). She received her Ph.D. degree from the University of South Carolina with a major in Information Technology and International Business. Dr. Deans' current research activities focus on international information technology issues and related curriculum development.
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