The Importance of Social Networking

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Social Networking

Andrea Whitfield
Ashford State University

INF 103
March 15, 2010

In today’s society knowledge, having technical skills and access to information technologies, is becoming very important for people who have become open mind and supportive with social connections. Although resources and opportunities may be available, one may not necessarily be aware of their existence, or even have direct access to them. In those cases, getting to know people from different backgrounds, grades of expertise, and social levels turns out to be essential or can be negative from all areas of networking. For instance, who among us has never needed a letter of recommendation in order to get a job, or had to rely on a referral in order to find a specific doctor? In this essay I will discuss the what, who and why of social networking and the advantages and disadvantages of the new telephone for most people and businesses.

Do you ever wonder what is social networking and how does it benefit me in many ways. Social networking is an online service, platform, or site that focuses on facilitating the building of social networks or social relations among people who, for example, share interests, activities, backgrounds, or real-life connections.( A social network service consists of a representation of each user (often a profile), his/her social links, and a variety of additional services. Most social network services are web-based and provide means for users to interact over the Internet, such as e-mail and instant messaging. Online community services are sometimes considered as a social network service, though in a broader sense, social network service usually means an individual-centered service whereas online community services are group-centered. Social networking sites allow users to share ideas, activities, events, and interests within their individual networks. (DURAN, Aug)

There are some effects of these sites that users are more than likely unaware of. These include: health risks, job opportunities, and legal issues According to CareerBuilder.com survey, over 25% of 1150 hiring managers determined whether or not an individual would be hired due to the information they obtained from Internet search engines. Of the 25%, 12% had access personal networking sites (like Face book) to do so. Around my generation there was no such thing as the internet, face book, MySpace or Twitter, but in today’s generation you can’t communicate without these websites. The births of the internet started around the early 1960s were there was great potential value in allowing computers to share information on research and development in scientific and military fields. J.C.R. Licklider of MIT, first proposed a global network of computers in 1962, and moved over to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in late 1962 to head the work to develop it. Leonard Kleinrock of MIT and later UCLA developed the theory of packet switching, which was to form the basis of Internet connections. Lawrence Roberts of MIT connected a Massachusetts computer with a California computer in 1965 over dial-up telephone lines. It showed the feasibility of wide area networking, but also showed that the telephone line's circuit switching was inadequate. Kleinrock's packet switching theory was confirmed. Roberts moved over to DARPA in 1966 and developed his plan for ARPANET. These visionaries and many more left unnamed here are the real founders of the Internet. (Howe, May)

The most popular cites used by social networkers are, Face book which has 750 million users, the biggest social network in the western world, Qzone, 480 million users, this social network allows users to keep a diary, share photos and listen to music, Twitter has 200 million users. While some social networks offer a lot of services, Twitter has attracted a host of celebrity users, Renren with 160 million users...
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