At social network sites like Facebook, Google+, MySpace, Hi5, Linkedin, etc. people can connect who share interests and activities across political, economic, and geographic borders. They provide new ways for individuals to communicate digitally, and at the same time provide a means for connecting otherwise fragmented industries and small organizations and businesses without the resources to reach a broader audience with interested users. Today virtual communities represent the most popular and utilized internet tools worldwide.
For con.moz social networking tools represent an interesting object of research, investigating at local level the impact of social networking sites regarding identity, privacy, social capital, youth culture, and education. This will not only contribute to design relevant courses under the COMO brand, but also feed into the discussions and debates about new technologies from a bottom-up and micro perspective in Mozambique.