What are “contacts”?

On Facebook, “friending” is social networking:  members search for people they know, used to know, or want to know. The friending tool enables members to contact others or to accept requests for contact from others (and determine the extent to—and ways in which—others can contact and interact with them).  On the MLA Commons, contacts are academic social networking:  the contact tool enables Commons members to connect with one another and share resources and knowledge.  By accepting a contact request, you become part of your contact’s “network.” To accept a contact request, you can follow the link in the e-mail you receive requesting contact or, once you’ve logged in, look for a small number on the right in the top black navigation bar; this indicates the number of notifications you have pending. Click that number, and then follow the prompt to a Web page that allows you to accept or reject the contact request.