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Friend Me!: Six Hundred Years of Social Networking in America (Single Titles) Library Binding – January 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Single Titles
  • Library Binding: 112 pages
  • Publisher: 21st Century (January 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761358692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761358695
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,220,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The catchy title makes this appear to be about the recent phenomena of electronic social networks. However, the subtitle is a clue that the scope includes so much more. The whole scope of the American history of socializing is covered, beginning with the Iroquois and their method of weaving beads into wampum belts. Early religious groups, colonial coffeehouses, broadsides, secret gatherings of slaves, circuit riders, telegraphs, mail orders, and groups such as the YMCA and NAACP are profiled as examples of social networking. Today’s online communities (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, e-mail, etc.) are touched upon with the supposition that face-to-face socializing is still important. The solid information will make this useful for reports, while the pleasing design set off by touches of blue, as well as the sufficient black-and-white archival photos placed throughout, make this plenty appealing for browsers. Grades 5-8. --Randall Enos

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Francesca Davis DiPiazza grew up loving the smell of books, but as soon as she saw a computer, she thought, 'Terrific! More ways to share more words with more people!' A blogger since 2002, she still uses a 1970s rotary-dial phone. One of her books for Twenty-First Century Books, Zimbabwe in Pictures (Visual Geography Series), won the Society of School Librarians International Book Award.

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This book does a great job of tying the idea of community to social networking, showing how society has always sought ways to make connections. It effectively show that social networking on the Internet is just a new format for an old idea. The book discusses civilization's attempts to connect with one another over backyard fences and relates it across generations to other means of communication such as mail, telephone, television and computer.

I found the attempt to explain certain terms a little awkward. The use of parentheses to include a definition immediately after a word broke the flow of the text for me. I also thought the book fell a little flat at the end. It briefly discussed the possibility of humanity connecting with life beyond earth. I would have liked to see a more enlightening discussion of this. But those are minor points compared with the overall value of this publication. As a high school librarian, I believe that this will be a good resource to introduce my students to the idea that the Internet is tied to old values, technologies, and dreams of connecting with others.
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