An Introduction to Social Networking Sites by asb28647

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									                  An Introduction to Social Networking Sites
                                  Wheaton Public Library
Facebook
    Started February 2004
          Originally only Harvard students
          Expanded to:
                Boston area and other Ivy League schools
                Colleges and Universities
                High School students
                Anyone over age 13 with a valid email address in September 2006
    Annual Revenue over $300 million
                        Info from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook
     More than 200 million active users
                        Info from http://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?statistics


MySpace
    Started in 2003 at eUniverse
    July 2005 – eUniverse (now Intermix Media) bought by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation
    (parent company of Fox Broadcasting, among others)
    Must be 14 or older
           Profiles of 14 and 15 year-olds are automatically set to Private
                          Info From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myspace
    “About 90,000 sex offenders have been identified and removed from the social networking
    Web site MySpace, company and law enforcement officials said Tuesday.”
                          Info from http://www.chicagotribune.com/technology/sns-ap-sex-
                          offenders-myspace,0,2029810.story
    Examples:
           Barack Obama
                   http://www.myspace.com/barackobama
           Meg Cabot (YA Author)
                   http://www.myspace.com/meg_cabot
           MySpace Music
           Billy Joel
                   http://www.myspace.com/billyjoel


LinkedIn
    Launched May 2003
    Over 42 million members in over 200 countries
    Professional networking, not just social
    How does it work?
          http://press.linkedin.com/about
    Example:
          http://www.linkedin.com/in/barackobama
                         Info From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linked_in and
                         http://press.linkedin.com/about
Twitter
    Started in March 2006
    Short Message Service
          Simply asks “What are you doing?”
          Message must be under 140 characters
          Sent via phone, IM, web, etc.
    Famous recent situations:
          In January 2009, US Airways Flight 1549 experienced multiple bird strikes and had
          to be ditched in the Hudson River after takeoff from LaGuardia Airport in New York
          City. Janis Krums, a passenger on one of the ferries that rushed to help, took a
          picture of the downed plane as passengers were still evacuating and sent it to
          Twitpic before traditional media arrived at the scene.[71][72]
          In February 2009, the Australian Country Fire Authority used Twitter to send out
          regular alerts and updates regarding the 2009 Victorian bushfires.[73] During this
          time the Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, also used his Twitter account to
          send out information on the fires, how to donate money and blood, and where to
          seek emergency help.[74]
                        From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitter#cite_note-freep-70


Blogs
    Contraction of Web log
    Newest entry on top (reverse-chronological)
    Became popular in the late 90s
    Blogger.com
          Launched August 1999 (owned by Google since February 2003)
          Free
          Little skill required
          Can make public or private
          Example:
                  http://dianehoeptner.blogspot.com/
                          Info From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blog
    WPL Blogs
          The Wheaton Whistle
                  http://wheatonpl.org/blog/
          Info Tools @ Wheaton Public Library
                  http://wheatonpl.org/techblog/
          Children’s Chatter
                  http://wheatonpl.org/kidsblog




Photo and Video Sharing Sites
    Flickr, Webshots, SnapFish, etc.
            http://www.flickr.com/photos/wheatonlibrary/
    YouTube
            http://www.youtube.com

								
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