The Social Web

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The social web is growing at a phenomenal rate. It is an open global distributed data sharing network that links people, organizations, and concepts. The social web is defiantly reshaping the way that we live and interact with each other. There are several examples of the social web; however, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, E-Harmony and Blog.com sites are some of the most frequented sites out there today. Created in 2004, by 2007 Facebook was reported to have more than 21 million registered members generating 1.6 billion page views each day (Needham & Company, 2007). The site is tightly integrated into the daily media practices of its users: The typical user spends about 20 minutes a day on the site, and two-thirds of users log in at least once a day (Cassidy, 2006; Needham & Company, 2007). Capitalizing on its success among college students, Facebook launched a high school version in early September 2005. In 2006, the company introduced communities for commercial organizations; as of November 2006, almost 22,000 organizations had Facebook directories (Smith, 2006). In 2006, Facebook was used at over 2,000 United States colleges and was the seventh most popular site on the World Wide Web with respect to total page views (Cassidy, 2006). Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow computer science students Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes (Varagas, J, 2010). Journalist Jose Varagas of the New Yorker also reports that Facebook has taken off in a wild growing frezny. As of June 2010, Just six years after Harvard undergraduate Mark Zuckerberg helped found Facebook in his dorm room as a way for Ivy League students to keep tabs on one another, the company has joined the ranks of the Web's great superpowers. Microsoft made computers easy for everyone to use. Google helps us search out data. YouTube keeps us entertained. But Facebook has a huge advantage over those other sites: the emotional investment of its users. Facebook makes us smile, shudder, squeeze into photographs so we can see ourselves online later, fret when no one responds to our witty remarks, snicker over who got fat after high school, pause during weddings to update our relationship status to Married or codify a breakup by setting our status back to Single. (Dan Flecther, Time Inc. 2010). Facebook Like in other data sharing network, to access friends and family through Facebook, the user must first create a profile, which is also known as a online or social identity. When you are creating this profile you have the option to provide your real name and a screen name, which allows you to remain somewhat anonymous. Facebook also allows users to say”What is on their mind”. In a few sentences you can express yourself via your page and for all of your friends to see. Facebook allows you to control who see certain or all aspects of your page. A person is able to set their profile to public, allowing any and everyone to access their page or private. The private feature allows people to put a limit on what others can see, such as, your photo, your post, albums and even post to friends who are not friend of that particular person. You can also upload photos to create albums for your viewers to see, you can share your pictures (download from another users site, have picture sent to your page or even be tagged in picture on another persons page). In addition, to finding friends, posting comments on another person’s page or site and sharing pictures you can also take advantage of a chat feature. The Facebook chat feature, allows you to communicate with a friend in real time, it is similar to Yahoo Instant Messenger Chat. This is also another fun way to interact with you friends and family. Facebook has opened up the door ways for friends to find old friends create new friends, and stay in touch with love ones. Facebook provides a search engine features within the site that allows you to search for a friend by their name, email...
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