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					                      HISTORY OF SOCIAL NETWORKING

       The history of computer networking goes back 40 years ago. However, it growths
were rather slow because not many people were computer savvy, and also most of the
coursewares related to computers were expensive and bulky. As more and more people
came to embrace computer technology, the price began to get cheaper and these lead to
the birth of Social networking – a phenomenon which has caught the world by storm.

       Social Networking first appeared barely 10 years ago. Classmates.com. which
was launched in 1995 was the first internet site where people can gather socially. The
aims of this site was to assist it members in finding fast friends which they had lost
contact with for a long time. Members of the sites were required to give their personal
details such as giving their names, age, hometown and institution so that they would be
easily reached or contact by their long lost friends. Classmates.com provides a platform
for people to get-in –touch with each others. Because of its service, the web site becomes
instant hit. Classmates also provide tools to maintain relationship such as personal
websites, message boards and other tools which include tools for event planning and
email exchange.

       In a matter of a short period of time, a number of websites similar to the
classmates.com began to appear which bring and encourage online relationship.
SixDegrees.com went a little farther than the Classmates approach by permitting
members to meet their friends which greatly increased the social circles using the
websites. It also improved the functionality and encouraged healthy competition in their
field of business. Friendster.com was among the first pop culture group to answer
SixDegrees.com invitation. It dominations in the young social network span until 2004
only to be outpaced by MySpace.cim and the creation of Facebook.com. Both MySpace
and Facebook had successfully catered for the trend setting of the teenage population
ever since.

       The popularity of the two sites which targeted teenagers all the way to young
professional adults is supported by the fact that by September 2006, MySpace boast 106



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members with a 230,000 additional daily registration. MySpace popularity is
consolidated by incorporating personalize profiles of its users by uploading photograph
and music as well as personalizing the background of their pages.

       Due to the great popularity which the two websites enjoy, the power of social
networking certainly makes a very great impact on everyone. Major players such as
Google have all adopted or acquires MSN their own portal by launching the Orkut at the
beginning of 2004. The Yahoo followed closely behind by launching it very own the
Yahoo!360 in March 2005 while the MSN Spaces was launced in December 2004.

Growth Of Social Networking.

       From it modest beginning in 2004, Social Networking Sites becomes to get very
popular worldwide. More and more people subscribe to the interactive social networking
tools. This trend causes a huge jump in the number of active social networking sites to
over three hundred sites in 2005. Nielsen/NetRatings reported that in the US alone, there
was a 47 percent increase in the traffic on the top 10 networking sites in 2005.

       As the tools associated with computers are getting cheaper and the coverage
network are getting wider and wider, more and moiré people young and old will
definitely enjoy social networking. For the websites players (Companies) the millions of
fund which has been lavishly spend for social networking are investments worth
venturing.

What Does the Future Lies for Social Networking?

       Social networking holds a very bright future ahead. The vast increased in the
number of online networkers supported this argument. Considering the young age of
networking compared to other networking tools, the phenomenon caused by Social
networking will still continue to cause ripples to the technology savvy populace world-
wide. And the greater vis the increased in user, the better and more effective will the
website be. “As the popularity of social networking sites grows, so does their value,
because a larger number of users mean better odds for productive connections.” The


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world is awaken by the storm caused by the impact of Social Networking, and the trend
will continue to cause further uproar because of its ability to attract young users to use its
services.

       However, much still need to be seen when a time will come whereby, the trend
started to slow or even come to a stand-still. That is the time when the majority of the
participants becomes all and active participations lessen or when a new tool appears
either which is on-par or even much better than social networking itself.

       The impact of social networking on a population is yet to be seen. Everyone
knows that social networking brings them closer to each other. It brought the world closer
and makes life very much easier. But what are the real impact of social networking on the
general population is yet to be seen.

       What we are encountering now is a phenomenon never before seen in the history
of mankind. We are being shown how technologies can help us to live a better life.
Although more and more people are participating in social networking, there still many
people out there who have not had the opportunity to savvy this newly found tool.

       The future consists of an enormously expanding landscape for online networkers.
It seems obvious that the phenomenon is still in its infant stages. The reality is that the
more people join these sites, the more effective they will become. In reality, where we
are today seems to be the tip of the iceberg. While most people seem to be aware of the
phenomenon, the majority of the participants are youngsters. The real test will be to
sustain social networking as these participants grow older.

       The sky is the limit for social networking. More and more people are getting
involved with social with it. And more and more interactive webs are being designed and
used. This will eventually lead to much more greater number of people to associate
themselves with social networking.




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