Today there is nearly no one, who is not presented in any form of a social network, such as facebook, blogs in the internet or in the form of a personal website. These social structures are made up of individuals or organizations called ‛nodes­217, which are connected by one ore more specific types of independency. About 85% of all adolescents over 14, are registered in a social network. It is used like a meeting place, to share links, videos, pictures etc. Even the pope and Obama, own a video channel were people can get informed about coming events, choice programs and the latest news. But now, we want to focus on one of the most popular social networks in the World Wide Web: Facebook Social Networks Facebook is a network which came into being in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommates. First it was an online platform, were only Harvard Students can exchange their information. Today Facebook is the most used social networking service and the capacity increase over 500.000.000 users worldwide. There are even 15million users in Germany, which created their own profile, share interest and preferences, send messages and add other users as friends, everyday.
Ida , 24.02.12 Dangers and chances of social networks Facebook. A website, which always is discussed. Riots spread across Facebook faster than you can control it. Or how often it was in the news that unfortunately everyone could see invitations for birthday parties, only because you missed the small print. How often on parties: “Let’s take a photo! “(No matter how drunk you are). And on the next day: You find the photo on Facebook (it looks everything else than pretty or civilized), and everyone laughs at you. None of us is aware of what happens with these pictures. People forget, but the Internet forgets nothing. Most of all Facebook users don’t know how much personal data they give to Facebook and how the social network makes profit with it. In the following, I will point out the dangers, but also the chances of social networks like Facebook. First, it is important to say that the 800 million users (in January 2012) are spending a lot of time on websites like Facebook. Especially our generation has a very uncomplicated and relaxed way of using it. So we’re giving a lot of information about us to Facebook, but we don’t really know what happens with it. In a BBC podcast is said that Facebook doesn’t see the users as human being, but as an opportunity for earning money. Everything you are doing on Facebook is saved. It sells these information to companies, which create statistics based on the personal data or they
Nowadays, social networks take part in the daily life of adults, teenagers and even children.
People encounter them inevitably while surfing on the Internet. Their popularity has grown at a tearing pace because all generations have come to embrace the chances social networks have brought with. Therefore I would like to present you some important things which are good to know about this topic.
1. What are social networks?
1.1 Definition of “social network”
A “social network” is a website, an online community or an online service where generally anyone can create an account and be a member of.
The members are often friends, colleagues, coworkers, relatives or family, people who share the same interests or same opinions or just simple acquaintances. They can connect and interact with each other, send messages or chat, post pictures, share moments or things they are interested about, make new online friends, depending on the social network they log into.
1.2 Main users of social networks
Teenagers and adults are the most fanatic users of these sites, even though older people are also excited about this new technology.
This graphic shows the age distribution of active social media users worldwide in the period of time July until September 2014.
As you can see in this graphic, the most users (38%) of the social network Tumblr are between ages 16-24, but also adults between ages 25-34 have scored a high percentage (32%).
On Instragram, like on Tumblr, most users (37%) are between ages 16-24 and the second highest percentage are young adults between ages 25-34 (34%).
Most people older than 45 years visit sites like Facebook (24%) and LinkedIn (21%).
The highest percentage of people between ages 55-64 can be found on Facebook with a total of 9% of all users of that social network.
1.3 Smartphone or laptop/computer?
Through this chart you can find out how much time is spent on different social networks in the United States by people over 18 using either a mobile phone or a computer.
It was an online community that encouraged people to meet new others for dating or simply just making new friends. Within its first year from launching, three million people already joined Friendster. Its users could create photo albums to share pictures with friends, they could add videos to their profile or create music playlists. They could also join forums and groups inside Friendster to search for new friends.
The only disadvantage is that Friendster had no instant messaging or chat rooms. On the basis of technical difficulties it lost its fortunes in North America but it became popular for a short time in Indonesia and in the Philippines. It changed to an online gaming site, abandoning social networking. Although since 14th June 2015 Friendster has taken a break and it is still not currently functioning.
LinkedIn was created in 2003.
The chairman is Reid Hoffman. It is a social networking site designed specially for the business community, so it’s used mainly for professional networking. The site gives access to information about its users to recruiters and sales professionals. In three years from its launch the users number increased to 20 million members. Now the number reached more than 400 million users living in more than 200 countries.
The objective of LinkedIn is to allow members to connect with people who they know professionally, to find opportunities of getting a new job or to research staff at companies as preparing for interviews.
It is part microblogging platform, part a social networking website where users can easily share texts, photos, quotes, links, music and videos. They can create an account and through that they can create blogs where to post these things. Tumblr allows its users to customize their blogs however they want to. The site boasts approximately 108 million blogs.
The online pinboard Pinterest was created in 2010 by Paul Sicarra, Evan Sharp and Ben Silbermann.
It offers registered users to create their own online pinboard where they can pin everything. Pinerest consists of only images with an optional description, so the site focuses on visuals. Users can upload, save, sort and manage images named “pins” through collections named “pinboards”. Members can also interact with each other, meeting other “pinners” with same interests online.
They can follow others and their pins will appear on the “pin feed” which results in a unique and personalized catalog of images one is interested about.
All of these social networking websites changed their designs over the years with the thinkable intention to keep their users active and interested about new possible updates that might make the site more attractive or a.....
Like-minded people with same interests or same opinions can create groups, join them and post updates inside them.
Groups can be public, closed or private. Last but not least, Facebook’s feature to like, share and comment posts might be the one that made it so famed.
Instagram is a very popular photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that offers its users the chance to take pictures and videos and to share them publicly or privately on the app.
It was in the spotlight among other similar apps because of its simplicity to take a photo, add a filter and eventually a caption and share it on your profile which consists solely out of square pictures. Your profile can be followed by other users, as well as you can also follow them. Many users take advantage of this and follow famous celebrities, friends and acquaintances because most of them use the app too and share personal pictures.
You can set up your profile to be public or private, it depends on your preferences. Your photos can be liked and of course you can like others’ photos too. A difference between Instagram and Facebook is that on Instagram you are able to post your photos only from a mobile phone. From a desktop source posts can only be seen, liked or commented. Facebook allows users to post either mobile or from a desktop.
There is a reason why social networks became so popular in such a short time.
The apparition of social networking concepts brought advantages and good things with it. They provide people with all kinds of benefits and opportunities, from helping them with maintaining social connections even from the other side of the world to finding a job or to access more information than ever before.
Fast Information Spread:
News and information get spread at the fastest speed on social networking websites than on any other media, that’s why over 50% of people find out about breaking news through social networks.
They usually get a push notification on the screen of their smartphone or they read on Facebook or Twitter. These posts get shared or retweeted and so they can reach many people in a short period of time, some of them which might be very important get viral and are known worldwide. The main news sources for almost 28% of Americans are social networking sites, for 29% the normal newspaper and for 19% the radio.
An example worth telling to confirm that social networks were faster than the newscast on television is when Twitter and YouTube users had communicated on 20th of July 2012 the theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado before news crews could arri.....
Social networking sites offer young artists like musicians, painters and others an opportunity to show themselves and their talent to the public, even if they do not have a signed contract and just try their luck to be discovered by producers.
More than half of teenagers listen to music on YouTube, making it more likely for musicians to become famous later. So YouTube or in general social networking and video-sharing websites are better sources to use for a newcomer artist who wants to be well-known later and eventually have a successful career because their work gets spread faster and it reaches a wider audience, maybe even worldwide.
The best example to show that YouTube can really bring results is the story of singer and pop star Justin Bieber. When he was 12, he placed second at a local talent competition and his mother posted his performance on YouTube and kept posting other videos of her son singing. The videos caught the attention of talent agent Scooter Braun who became his manager. Braun arranged an audition with the singer Usher who helped Bieber to sign a record deal.
Bieber had success and continues his way with an admirable career for a young artist. Also, the National Endowment for the Arts found that people who get in contact with arts through online social networks are approximately three times more likely to attend a live event like a painting .....