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The World of Social Networking

An overview of social networking, past and present.
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Miriam Abramovitz

on 12 November 2013

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Transcript of The World of Social Networking

History
Today
Getting Started
To get started with a social networking site, one needs to create an account.
During sign up, users are asked to provide basic information, such as their name, age, location, and email address.
Once the user is registered, the site will usually give suggestions on finding and adding friends.
Users are also encouraged to personalize their profile with pictures, videos, and to add information such as their favorite movies, bands, and TV shows.
Pros and Cons
Founded in 1995 by Randy Conrads
"The social media website was originally designed to assist members in finding friends and classmates from kindergarten, primary school, high school, college, work and the United States military" (Wikipedia).
Founded in 1997 by Andrew Weinreich
It was named after the six degrees of separation concept and allowed users to list friends, family members and acquaintances
Users could send messages and post bulletin board items to people in their first, second, and third degrees, and see their connection to any other user on the site.
Founded in 2002 by Jonathan Abrams
The service allowed users to contact other members, and share online content and media.
Users could share videos, photos, messages and comments with other members via their profile and their network.
The website was also used for dating and discovering new events, bands, and hobbies.
Founded in August 2003 by Chris DeWolfe and Tom Anderson
Myspace users create a personal profile, make friends, message people, and comment on others' profiles.
They can also share pictures and videos, post Bulletins, play games and listen to music.


The World of Social Networking
Create a profile
Share photos and videos
Message friends
Play games
"Like" pages
Join groups
"Facebook helps you connect and share with the people in your life."
Founded in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone and Noah Glass
Twitter is described as "the SMS of the Internet", since most of its functionality is in composing short messages, known as tweets.
Tweets are restricted to 140 characters, but may provide links to articles, pictures, etc.
Users can "follow" other users to get notified of their new tweets.
Founded in 2003 by Reid Hoffman, Allen Blue, Konstantin Guericke, Eric Ly, and Jean-Luc Vaillant
Users build a network of people they know, and use these connections to find jobs, other people and business opportunities.
Employers can list jobs and search for potential candidates, and Job seekers can review the profile of hiring managers
Users can post their own photos and view photos of others
"The World's Largest Professional Network"
"Start a conversation, explore your interests, and be in the know."
"Capture and Share the World's Moments"
Founded in October 2010 by Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger
"Take a picture or video, choose a filter to transform its look and feel, then post to Instagram — it's that easy. " -Instagram.com
Users can also comment on others' pictures, and post to Facebook and Twitter.
Founded September 2011 by Stanford University Students Daniel Smith, David Kravitz, Leo Noah Katz, Bobby Murphy, and Evan Spiegel
Users can take pictures, and send them to individuals or groups.
The photo disappears 1 to 10 seconds after being viewed.
Founded in June 2012 by Dom Hofmann, Rus Yusupov, and Colin Kroll
Twitter acquired Vine in October 2012
Users can create and post short video clips of up to 6 seconds.
Founded in February 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, Eduardo Saverin, and Chris Hughes
Facebook Users can
Provides ways of communication
Provides ways to share media
Enables people to reconnect with people from their past
Enables people with common interests to join forces
Allows companies to communicate with consumers
Allows users to make new friendships and relationships
Can be very time consuming
A person's privacy can become undermined
Predators can find new victims
People can use false identities
People can misrepresent themselves
Can be used by children to bully classmates
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