The Social Web is growing by leaps and bounds -- since our last class! Traffic has jumped more than 100% to some of these sites in the last month. I stumbled upon one last week that was created as a minor amusement during the Thanksgiving holiday and it has -- as of this morning -- over 2,000 members already.
I added about a dozen links to the right-hand sidebar and attached a quick label identifying the typical (but by no means ONLY) users. Feel free to browse any that peek your interest but I'd like to draw your attention to a few in particular. [I'm too lazy to hyperlink these paragraphs right now. The hyperlinks on the sidebar work, though.]
Club Penguin is setting itself up as a new virtual world -- a Second Life for the younger set, you might say -- where kids can "waddle around", play games, and interact with other kids. There's a membership fee, though. The original Second Life, meanwhile, continues its phenomenal growth. More and more real-world companies are setting up shops there.
Nancy Pearl has a Book Lust wiki. As of this weekend, PCLS does, too! Andrew and I are fiddling with it now. I'll add it soon.
In the broad social networking category, you'll see that specific social communities are developing. MySpace is still dominant with Facebook #2, but Tweenland is posing as a MySpace for the "tweens", while Eons is going for aging Boomers.
You don't have to be human to have a page! There's over a quarter million dogs posting their pix and comments on Dogster. I tell ya, this part of the web is growing wild!