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Table 1 Different generations of Online Social Networks and their main characteristics

From: How migrants manifest their transnational identity through online social networks: comparative findings from a case of Koreans in Germany


Web 1.0

Web 2.0

Web 3.0

Platform type

Membership-based websites/blogs

Group communities among the members of widespread global portals and social media

Global social media

Message style

Long, descriptive, written style of language

Mid-to Long, relatively concise, mixed style of written/spoken language

Short, abstracted, usually spoken/informal style of language


Focused members in the closed group

Members and some related users

open to public



Somewhat restricted