Facebook for Scholars – Not Quite

Thanks to Peta Hopkins via Gulcin Cribb for the link to Pronetos that aims to be the social network for scholars. I signed up and added myself to the Web Science discipline which not surprisingly is the largest group on Pronetos so far.

According to the site an academic can:

  • Create your home page
  • Find scholars in your field
  • Share a paper with colleagues
  • Post course materials to your site
  • Network and collaborate with colleagues
  • Find research in your field
  • Post an announcement to your colleagues
  • See the message board in your discipline
  • These are useful features but simply duplicate those on many other collaborative sites such as Google Docs and Apps. There are only about 280 Pronetos users at the time of writing and critical mass is not in sight. I will watch progress with some interest.

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    About Michael Rees
    Academic in IT interested in Web 2.0 and social media

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