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Paper: Social Networks as a Critical Pathway for Public Education in IYA2009
Volume: 400, Preparing for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy: A Hands-on Symposium
Page: 444
Authors: Plait, P.; Gay, P.L.; the New Media Task Group
Abstract: Social networks are websites (or software that distributes media over the Internet) where users can share content to either a list of friends on that site or to anyone who surfs onto their page, and where those friends can interact and discuss the content. By linking to friends online, the users’ personal content (pictures, songs, favorite movies, diaries, websites, and so on) is dynamically distributed, and can “become viral,” that is, get spread rapidly as more people see it and spread it themselves. Social networks are immensely popular around the planet, especially with teens, and by tapping into these networks IYA can excite and inspire a younger audience. IYA already has a small but growing presence on several of the larger social networks, and more are planned.
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