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September 17, 2003
Social Networking: Is There an Educational Model?
Here at RIT, some of us keep tossing around the idea of a social-software-focused curriculum. But the question that plagues us--and that has to be answered before we can move forward--is whether the need we're trying to address actually exists.
If Tony was right
, and what's happening right now is the "the beginning of something huge, the point at which Internet 2.0 finds its metier," it would seem that there might well be an emerging market for skilled workers in this domain.
So, what do _you_ think? (Particularly those of you who are exploring the business model for social networking
, and thinking about hiring as your businesses grow.) Is there a need for an undergraduate program in this area? For a graduate program? If there were such a thing, what skills would you want students to gain during their study? And would you recruit graduates? (Don't worry, these are non-binding answers!)
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