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 I.      Examples
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 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
        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
        • 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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