During October a small group of YALSA bloggers are posting ideas and information about positive uses of social networking tools in schools and libraries. Here’s positive use #26.

ResultR gives users the chance to create their own personalized search engine. Visitors to the site select which search tools they want to use, save the search engine, and either use it right away, add it to Firefox, or get the code for a search box to add to a web page. It was developed by two teens as a way to complete a homework assignment.

This mashup of search tools demonstrates many of the things discussed as a part of the positive uses of social networking blogs over the past 26 days. ResultR demonstrates how teens are using social networking technologies in order to learn, innovate, and complete school homework. It shows teens using social networking technologies as a way to develope ideas and to find people who can work on projects together. It shows teens using social networking technologies as a form of entrepreneurship.

ResultR is just one example of teenagers using social networking as a start in the business world. For example, at 15, Mariana Butler of the EmoGirl podcast was the first teenager to receive commercial sponsorship for a podcast. Other teens have developed competitors for sites like Flickr and YouTube.

Social networking doesn’t just connect teens to others, it also gives teens the chance to become a part of the real-world through business opportunities and ventures. What would happen if DOPA were passed and teens didn’t have these entrepreneurial possibilities?

About Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President, the YALSA CE Consultant, and a learning consultant/project management coordinator at LEO: Librarians & Educators Online.

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