The social network phenomenon, that brought out sites like facebook, Mixi , and MySpace, and many other interactive social networks like DIGG, Technorati have been one of the major features of WEB 2.0. If you to dig deep in to the technologies , it is easy to find that those had roots in the academic world. But now that these sites have involved the human factor in to otherwise equations and thesis', those same sites are attracting a lot of academic interest. I found this article on JCMC, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, "Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship", by and .
Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship
Social network sites (SNSs) are increasingly attracting the attention of academic and industry researchers intrigued by their affordances and reach. This special theme section of the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication brings together scholarship on these emergent phenomena. In this introductory article, we describe features of SNSs and propose a comprehensive definition. We then present one perspective on the history of such sites, discussing key changes and developments. After briefly summarizing existing scholarship concerning SNSs, we discuss the articles in this special section and conclude with considerations for future research.Hope Some one, no many will get something out of this for their thesis. I can't because mine no where social able,it is in Particle Physics.