Social Media and Networking

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Social Media and Networking

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Find below an essay I whipped up this morning in class on social media and networking, their implications, advantages, limitations, and effects on society. I'd appreciate any feedback and correction of factual errors. It was a lot of fun to write :) A social network is a structure of individuals and organizations that models their relations to one another. They are not unique to the Web, but their manifestation as data has lent itself to be analyzed. Special attention can be paid to the mathematical properties of the network.

MySpace is considered by many to be the inaugural social networking site on the web, though it proceeded Blogspot by four years. Launched in 2003, it allows carte blanche for user pages, allowing users to modify the underling HTML of their profiles. It can be used for personal use or for business use and is open to anyone; it is not required to join in order to participate.

There are serious concerns with MySpace. As a subsidy of Newscorp, owned by Rupert Murdoch, there are concerns with how the information on MySpace will be used.

Additionally, MySpace saw the rise of ``cyber bullying.'' 2008 was witness to a landmark trial of Missouri woman who posed on MySpace as a friend of a neighbourhood teenage girl. After gaining the individuals trust online, she badgered the girl until she committed suicide. The eventual conviction hinged on the fact that the woman violated the Terms of Service by using fraudulent information when she registered.

Blogging has become wildly popular in recent years and has seen marked increate given the mobility of computers and devices that allow users to stay connected anywhere. Blogging takes text form, video form, and audio form (as podcasts). It has many providers offering comparable services, though some have limitations. Blogger and Wordpress are the two foremost text-based blogging service, with Youtube being the foremost video blogging service.

These blogs often offer complete anonymity;...

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