The Use of Social Networking Sites

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Ogechi Ebere
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Ogechi Ebere
Their Advantages, Abuses and Dangers.
Their Advantages, Abuses and Dangers.
The Use of Social Networking Sites
The Use of Social Networking Sites

Introduction:
Human beings by and large are social. They feel an inherent need to connect and expand their connections. There is a deep rooted need among humans to share. In the past, due to geographical distances and economic concerns, connections between people were limited. A social network is made up of individuals that are connected to one another by a particular type of interdependency. It could be ideas, values, trade, anything. Social networks operate on many levels. Initially social networking happened at family functions where all relative and friends would conglomerate under one roof.

Social networking has always been prevalent; it is just that in these times the face of social networking has changed. Where earlier the process was long drawn, involving a chain movement where in one person led to another through a web of social contacts, today the process is highly specialized. I’ll introduce to you the most must-know advantages and disadvantages, dangers of social media so you’ll be aware of how to use it in the safest and most valuable possible ways!

Advantages of Social Networking Sites:
1) Low Cost Communication (essentially free)
If you go on to social networking sites such as Facebook, Bebo or MySpace, you can send messages back and forth to multiple friends at once, absolutely free from charge (apart from the cost of actually running the internet, and computer etc.).  2) Making New Friends 

You are given the opportunity to make new friends via such sites, whether that be 'suggested friends' (a friend of a friend) or online relations that can be formed due to a shared interest or hobby. 3) The Ability to Upload Videos and Images

Most Social Networking platforms have the capability to allow you to upload particular media. So a wide selected audience can view your pictures and videos. Saving you having to send images and videoes directly to each person you want to see them, instead they can simply pop over to your account profile and view them. 4) The Ease of Setting Up Events

Facebook allows you to create events, which is an online organised meeting to do something (in the real world) with a set time and place, so via Facebook you can offer invites to the event and make announcements etc. Again saving time, as you aren't having to go around communicating to everyone individually.

5) Sharing Knowledge
Social networking sites give you the capability to share information with ease, and by doing this Julia Porter states that people are able to "increase both their learning and their flexibility in ways that would not be possible within a self-contained hierarchical organisation" - this particular statement was is in regards to passing information around scientists, however it can also be applied to other organisations also. 6) Finding Old Friends 

Social networking is a great tool to reunite with friends, with social networking sites such as "Friends Reunited". Where a simple sign-up and filling in a few details - you have just allowed yourself to be found by old friends. 7) Tools for Teaching 

As students are using a wide range of social networking sites already, teachers have taken advantage of this. Teachers have started to bring up online academic discussions (through threads and chat rooms) - for their students to participate in. Social network platforms also provide teachers with the ability to help students out with homework and communicate with parents.  8) Pursuing Jobs and Work Experience 

Twitter in particular is a great tool for this, tweeting that you are interested in a particular job or internship could be a great step to actually securing one. As your followers may not actually have a opportunity for you, but they may know people who do - so you don't only tap into your network, you tap...
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