This page used to contain the history section of danah boyd and Nicole Ellison's Introduction to the JCMC Special Issue on Social Network Sites while it was still a work-in-progress. The piece is now finished. Please redirect your bookmarks, students, and attention to:
boyd, danah and Nicole Ellison. (2007). Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 13 (1). http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol13/issue1/boyd.ellison.html
Other articles in the special issue can be found at: http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol13/issue1/index.html.
Other research on Social Network Sites can be found at the SNS Research Bibliography Page.