Coincidentally, a few hours after I posted a list of potential sites for teachers creating “social networks” for their students, Nik Peachey wrote an excellent piece titled Creating Your Own Social Network In 7 Steps.

It looks at some of the advantages, and lists a number of questions to ask yourself — both during the planning and evaluation process.

I haven’t seen a post like this before, and I would say it’s a definite “must-read” for anyone who is planning to start one or who is involved in one now.

The post is specifically related to some Ning networks, but the questions are relevant to any tool that’s used.