Informational Report: Influences of Social Networking

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Influences of Social NetworkinG

Prepared for
Susan Lear
Department Manager
Lear Industries

Prepared by
Sarah Napolitano
Director of HR
Lear Industries

April 22, 2012
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Influences of Social NetworkinG

Prepared for
Susan Lear
Department Manager
Lear Industries

Prepared by
Sarah Napolitano
Director of HR
Lear Industries

April 22, 2012

April 22, 2012

Susan Lear
Department Manager
Lear Industries
21557 Telegraph Road
Southfield, KS 67210
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Dear Ms. Lear,
Here is the report you requested on March 26, 2012 at our weekly department meeting, about one of the major changes in our company, which I found to be social networking usages. I believe that with the constant change of technology it would be wrong not to be informed about social networking and its benefits and drawback in our company. Social networking provides us with a fast and cheap way to market our company. It can also provide us with a new way to hiring employees. But it can also have its drawbacks with security and confidentiality problems. The data I collected mainly revolve around secondary resources. Including reviews of some recently published articles and studies on the use of social networking in business from sources like The Wall Street Journal and CBS News. I choose these sources because I found them really relevant to the subject and they help identify the negative and positive aspects of social networking.

More than 80 percent of your employees already have the knowledge and skills of operating social media websites, so we as upper level management should have the knowledge and skills too. Keeping informed on technological changes such as social media changes will help our company maintain its competitive edge. I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to work on this assignment. It has provided me with a lot of knowledge that can be applied in the Human Resource Department. If you have any questions about the report, please feel free to contact me at (785) 776- 5577 or by e-mail at snapolitano@slc.com. Sincerely,

Sarah Napolitano
Director of Human Resources

Table of Contents

PAGE

Synopsis 2

Introduction 3

What is Social Networking? 3

Usage and Impacts 3

Examples of Social Networking
Benefits 4
Drawbacks 5

Conclusion 7

Bibliography 8

List of Illustrations

FIGURESPAGE

1. Launch Dates of Major Social Networking Sites 6

SYNOPSIS

With the constant changes of technology in the business world we ought to make sure that we are well informed about the newest trends and gadgets. One of the newest trends that occurs during this decade is the use of social networking as a tool for the work place. To better understand social networking I will define what social networking is and its use in the work place. Then I will provide you with examples on how social networking is changed the business community and the advantages and disadvantages that comes along side with the use of social networking tools such as Facebook and LinkedIn.

Introduction

In this report I will discuss what social networking is, how it is used in the business world and its impact on the business industry. I will also give examples of how social networking changes businesses. I will do so by discussing the benefits involved in using these tools and drawbacks that can result from these tools.

WHat is Social Networking?

The business industry faces nonstop technological changes. One of the most popular technological advancement to occur during our lifetime is the use of social networking, also known as social media. According to Danah Boyd and Nicole Ellison “social networking sites [are] web-based service that allows individuals to (1) construct a public or semi-public...
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