Analysis of the Functionalities of Open-Source Social Media for Academic Use


  • Mauricio Mejía-Lobo Universidad Internacional de la Rioja, Spain,
  • Raquel Gil-Fernández Universidad Internacional de la Rioja, Spain,
  • Diego Calderón-Garrido Serra Húnter Fellow, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain,


learning, higher education, academic social network, opensource software, social media


Social media spaces nowadays have millions of users around the world and have
become essential tools for analysis at different levels and in different fields,
including education. With several open-source options for a social media platform,
it is difficult to choose one for an academic environment. Therefore, this study was
conducted to analyse open-source social media of an educational nature, making a
comparison of some functionalities. For this purpose, a broad search for opensource social networks for academic purposes was conducted, using selection
criteria. Subsequently, a mixed methodological approach with an explanatory
scope was used in an analysis of the 10 selected open-source social networks, in
which 25 functionalities were analysed. The functionalities were those that
generated the most interest and knowledge in the academic community. The
functionalities were established as variables and grouped into six categories to
facilitate the comparison of the social networks, which is an additional result for
this study. Finally, considering the results of the comparison of the different
functionalities, the network that was found to be the most advisable was HumHub.




How to Cite

Mejía-Lobo, M., Gil-Fernández, R., & Calderón-Garrido , D. (2024). Analysis of the Functionalities of Open-Source Social Media for Academic Use. International Journal of Instruction, 17(3), 337–354. Retrieved from