Social Networking Sites

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A social networking site can be defined as an online service that is based around the building and reflecting of social relations among individuals with common interests or social ties. Social networking sites such as Friendster, LinkedIn, Spoke, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter all vary slightly, yet the one main feature they have is that they enable users to create a profile within the website to represent themselves and allows users to interact through email, instant messaging and other integrated communication channels within the site .Poke. Poke back. Poke. Poke back. Welcome to the world of Facebook, the online community where flirting with that cute person next to you is only one click away. With more than 600 million active users, Facebook is the site's most popular social networking history. Although it may have advantages such as connecting one with friends and family, it can also have very negative effects that may be irreversible such as harming future college admission and employment, being forums sites for cyber bullying, harm children’s brains and disrupt learning. Social networking sites help you stay in touch with your friends and allow you to meet new people. Many students spend hours each day updating their profiles, and messaging their friends by clicking on the photo albums. It's harmless fun, right? Now, how would you feel if your teachers viewed your profile? Or even an officer of the college admission? A large amount of students today don't realize the consequences of what could happen if they post something that will offend someone or will get them in trouble. Yet they still post it anyways and always lead to ruining their future. Whether it's through Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr or any other social media service, students are sharing information online with other friends and for everyone to look at. Verardi stated that “at least one college applicant was denied admission in part because of his blog on LiveJournal. The...
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