SOCNET - The Social Networks Listserv

SOCNET is a LISTSERV list. A LISTSERV list is essentially an automated mail forwarding system in which subscribers send mail to a central address and it is automatically rebroadcast to all other subscribers. The purpose of SOCNET is to allow network researchers worldwide to discuss research and professional issues, make announcements, and request help from each other. Membership in SOCNET costs nothing and is available to all members of INSNA.


SOCNET Postings are archived and searchable for postings starting May, 2001.

How to Join SOCNET

To join SOCNET, send an email message to that says the following in the first line of the body of the message:

(Note: please put your name there instead of “John Smith”)

SOCNET will be sent to the address you used to send the SUBSCRIBE message, so you should send this message from the email address you want to receive SOCNET. If you send it from someone else's address, they will receive SOCNET and you won't.

The LISTSERV software will add your name and email address to the list, and send you back a message confirming your membership. If you do not receive a confirmation message, contact

Changing your SOCNET Address

If you want to change your address with SOCNET, you must first send a SIGNOFF SOCNET command (see the Leaving SOCNET instructions) from your old address (the one you used to join SOCNET), and then SUBSCRIBE from your new address.


Once you are subscribed, to send a message to all SOCNET subscribers, just send email to:

You may also want to try out the web interface. It allows web surfers to see an up-to-the-minute view of the archives/logs of any list whose archives/logs are "Public" (lists which have "Open" subscriptions typically have "Public" archives/logs).

If you experience any LISTSERV-related problems, please contact the list manager via email to:

Leaving SOCNET

To permanently remove yourself from SOCNET, send a message to with the following command in the body of the message: SIGNOFF SOCNET

Important notes:

  • Send this message from the email address that is now receiving SOCNET.
  • This message, like all LISTSERV commands, should be sent to the LISTSERV (at: and not to
  • If you send it to, it will not sign you off, but everyone on SOCNET (more than 1,800 people!) will get a message from you that says: SIGNOFF SOCNET

Who Uses SOCNET?

To see who else is subscribed to SOCNET, send the REVIEW SOCNET command to the LISTSERV (at: . You can have the list sorted by country, last name, node id and user id, if you like, by sending a command of the form REVIEW SOCNET (BY as follows:


Too much mail from SOCNET?

Are you getting too many messages from the 2700+ people who use SOCNET? You might want to switch to DIGEST format instead. To do this, send a command of the form: SET SOCNET DIGEST to the LISTSERV (