Well, lang-8 allows you to post a daily blog and a whole bunch of Japanese folks are on there & friendly enough to provide correction. Of course, it's nice to provide some correction in return.katafei wrote:I have to admit, I don't do social networking online....so I don't really know how that works.
What exactly would be the advantages? (serious question,btw...no sarcasm!)
Something like facebook allows you to provide up-to-the-minute status as well as a blog, notifying people on your list when there are updates.
Starting a group on most of these sites is pretty easy too.
With a group you can send out newsletters and coordinate/schedule activities.
Might even be able to chat.
Ideally, I think you'd want all of that stuff - a communication tool that lets you post daily blogs, bulletins, links, and guides.
Something with the speed of an chat (irc etc), but the persistence of a forum.
I'm sure there are options you can set in setting up a "group" on most of these sites to allow for chat, newsletters, and everything else you'd need to have an effective study group going.
I'll see what I can do on facebook if I find myself with any free time over the next week.
EDIT: I set up a JLPT 2 study group on facebook. The settings allow a discussion board, a shout-out/status wall similar to our shout box on here, photos, links, videos, events, broadcast messages and everything else. Ideally, we could decide on an overall curriculum and post daily updates/topics for everyone to study. If we've got 11+ months till the next test, we could break it up into as many as 300 daily lessons - or 40+ weekly lessons, covering x number of kanji a day, x number of vocab, x number of grammar points, and x number of reading selections. We could take turns at posting those lessons too so one person doesn't get stuck with the lion share of posting - this gets a lot easier if we decide in advance what resources we're going to use and how we're going to break it up.
PM me through this site and I can get you an invite to facebook as well as an invitation to the group.