Social Networking

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Social Networking
Kristie Morton
Ashford University

INF103: Computer Literacy (ABD1248A)
Instructor:  Kim Marshall
January 12, 2013

When you say the word social web most of us know what you are referring to but if you lived under a rock for last 10 years I will explain it. Social web is a means for individuals to socialize or interact with each other through the internet. It is a way for companies or groups to promote their business or interest. Social web has increased ways that families, friends, schools and companies all interact with each other. Social networking websites allow people to create profiles that are public or semipublic for people to view. There are several ways for individuals to interact on social networking websites. Below is a list of the ways one might interact. * Messaging

* Email
* Blogging
* Sharing files
* Chat
* Video
* Voice
* Discussion groups
The birth of social web did not start with MySpace, Facebook or Twitter it began several years ago in the 1970’s with CompuServe, as a business-oriented mainframe computer communication solution, but expanded into the public domain in the late 1980s. Not only did the members of CompuServe share company files and new it also started to use email to communicate with others. Since the 1970’s we have expanded to what we have now in the 21st century of Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

With all the social networking websites that are available, they are free for the user to add/change information that they would like to share with the public. You can say that each user is their own author and is making their own story by sharing it on these social network websites. Another way that social networking is taking off is with mobile devices. Below is a chart to show the top social network websites along with the growing numbers for mobile devices.

Looking more closely at who uses these social networking website it is found that women are...
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