Sometimes when I talk about LectureMonkey as a social network I can hear the (sometimes silent) groans. Just to be clear – LectureMonkey is all about recording lectures and collaborating on lectures. One result of that focus is it also defines a social network, and the groans mean – does the world actually need another social network? Luckily I found this chart on Gizmodo:
put that way LectureMonkey is trying to fill the gap for “Let’s learn the theory of pee, and how it’s done around here” or for some students it can be put even more bluntly “Lets make sure we pass the peeing exam“.
So why is LectureMonkey as a social network different?
First off it is a social network around lectures and the learning\exam part of school – not the parties. Second it is all about your lectures – lectures from an organization you belong to (your school) and lectures attended by you or your friends. Third, the network is defined by a physical location and context (your school). Finally, LectureMonkey is a way to interact with your peers about those lectures. It is students helping students – both to learn, and lets face why you actually go to college – pass your tests and get a degree.