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Social Networking I. Examples A. * B. * C. * D. * E. * II. Benefits A. A Place to Share your Interests You can literally find thousands of people all over the world with the same interest as you. You gain the opportunities to share tips, ideas and stories about the things you find most interesting. If you have a question about your hobby, you can easily find the answer through your network of members with similar interests. B. Making new Friends Social networking on the Internet encourages members to set up personal profiles that fit their unique personalities. Members can view each others' profiles, contact old friends and classmates and perhaps meet a few new people. The service allows you to share photos, e-mail friends, search for classmates or blog. Never before in the history of mankind has it been easier to reach out to people all over the world. Online communities like, make meeting new friends with similar interests incredibly easy. Kids who in the past may have never made friends with peers in their town or local school are suddenly finding a world of friends that they can relate to. C. Educational Benefits Social Networking can have educational benefits. According to a survey commissioned by the National School Boards Association (NSBA), 50% of teens say they talk to their peers about schoolwork online (IM, blog or social networking sites). The NSBA suggests setting up chat rooms or blogs where students can talk about, and collaborate on, schoolwork. They also suggest altering policies that ban or restrict the use of these sites while at school III. Case Study A. A social system at work Participation involves the member’s social competence in self presentation and social interaction online • Social interactions tend to be unstructured, loose, and fast—youthfully social in their content • Direct communication between members • Social interactions are open and ongoing • A high degree of face is given on these sites Member-produced content over media consumables and mass-media participation B. Relations Social networks codify relations among members so that members determine who they know, and thus how they might meet others. The criteria for relations—what makes a relationship—varies from service to service, according to its theme and users. Members may be fairly loose in choosing and inviting friends in a highly-social service; or strict and protective in a job-networking service. C. Interaction tools Talk Users don’t just click buttons and links, driving towards meeting preconceived user needs. Interaction occurs between people as well as between the user and the website. Thus user interaction cannot be described in terms of discreet user goals and needs, but must be grasped as the social practice of private and public talk. • Chats (group discussion tool) • Instant messaging (direct interaction between members) Communication tools • Blogs • Commenting • Forums • Communication enabled profile pages • A standing tagline that acts as name tag and identity marker • Testimonials (as comments on a member’s profile) • Messaging (direct communication between members) IV. Disadvantages A. Accessibility problems Inexperienced users create poor coding There is also issues with access to music and videos as they are high-bandwidth objects. B. Spam Random friend adds Bands trying to promote themselves Companies advertising C. Time Consumption Constantly checking ones account to find if new "comments" have been left, or for new friend requests. People also have a tendency to waste time by aimlessly wandering through pages Another issue linked with this is distractions from work or school work. D. Predators There have been numerous instances of sexual predators and child molesters posing as children to network with young victims on sites such as "myspace" etc.
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