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Social Networking Sites

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Facebook Google + Twitter Done by : Rylan Ho 2071323 It is a multilingual social networking and identity service site. Features Home Contains the stream which shows users posts and uploads. The stream can be edited to only show post from some circles. Profile This feature shows everything about you your posts, photos and videos. You can change and edit what information you would like to tell users about yourself. Explore This feature shows the most latests and hottest posts around the world. Guess it won't be so boring now that you don't have too only look at your friends post. Events This is where you can create events such as birthday parties so that your friends and family can celebrate. Photos You can upload photos here and edit what you want to do with it. Circles This is the most unique feature in google+. It is where you can categories who is in what circles and thus controlling what they can see about you. Therefore its a good idea to use this feature to separate your mom from your friends. Local This feature allows you to check out what interesting places are near you. The places have been given reviews by other google+ users. You can give the places your own reviews for it too. Games Games! Who doesnt love games? It a must have feature in any social networking site. It gives users entertainment when there are no interesting posts or when they have no friends. Hangouts This feature allows you to have video chat with 9 people! Imagine all the group work you can finish with this. Its unique feature allows you to watch videos on youtube together too. Pages This feature gives business, brands, organizations a face in google+. Google+ pages interact in the Google+ world similar to the way that regular Google+ profile owners do - they can add people to circles, edit their profile, share things in Google+, +1 comments and photos, and create and join Hangouts. But they’re not entirely the same. Audience Everyone can use google+. It is user friendly and also flexible so that you can have a big social life. As can be seen in this chart, the age group of people that use google+ is around 25-34 years old. This is because google+ features are more suitable for that age group. How is it monetized? Google+ does not rely on advertisements to get money. It monetized by promoting GOOGLE and other sites related to google such as YouTube. The other way google monetized is by games which have in-game currency. Real life money converted into game currency. Design The design is simple and original. It is very easy to navigate through the site as the navigation tool is located on the left. Options for features are located next to them and are easily found. Usability Simple and Easy to use Just a few hours of using google+ any user can understand how it works. Contain a lot of unique features The circle, games, pages, hangouts are all unique features where very few to none sosial network sites have. Strengths Simple to use
Unique features and functions ( hangout, circle, pages, places, explore )
Allows you to split your social life with many groups Weaknesses Needs to be faster in refreshing the page and updating notifications Facebook is the most successful social networking site in the world. Facebook has one billion active users as of September 2012. Features Timeline The timeline is a collection of the photos, stories, and experiences that tell a users story.
With the timeline you can add a cover photo, edit your basic info, jump to stories from your past, view a log of your Facebook activity, star stories you want to highlight, add life events, update your status, view and add photos, share your app activity and see highlights from each month Events You can organize events and invite your friends to it. Friends "Friending" someone is the act of sending another user a friend request on Facebook. Once the friend request is set, the two people are Facebook friends once the receiving party accepts the friend request. In addition to accepting the request, the user has the option of declining the friend request or hiding it using the "Not Now" feature. Deleting a friend request removes the request, but does allow the sender to resend it in the future. The "Not Now" feature hides the request but does not delete it, allowing the receiver to revisit the request at a later date. Chat Users may chat with their Facebook friends on a one-to-one basis, or a user may chat with multiple friends simultaneously through the groups feature Notifications Notifications of the more important events, for example, someone sharing a link on the user's wall or commenting on a post the user previously commented on, briefly appear for a few seconds in the bottom left as a popup message (if the user is online), and a red counter is updated on the toolbar at the top, thus allowing the user to keep track of all the most recent notifications Messenger It has allowed users to send messages to each other. A user can send a message to any number of his/her friends at a time. Like button Allows you to like a persons post without needing to type words. I mean come on clicking is way easier than typing News Feed News Feed is a constantly updating list of stories from people and Pages that you follow on Facebook. News Feed highlights information that includes profile changes, upcoming events, and birthdays, among other updates Audience The audiences of facebook are mainly in the age group 18-35. As of 2012, facebook has 1 billion users. How is it monetized? Facebook makes money by using ads. In addition to that, since Facebook has a lot of information about you, they can display ads that may interest you. For example, if you changed your status to engaged, they would display more ads about wedding location, dresses and so on. Facebook also makes money with games. In facebook games you can exchange real life money into facebook credits which allows you a whole lot of bonuses on facebook games. Games Games, what is Facebook without games? It is one of the most important feature that facebook have to offer. Sending resourse and materials, visiting farms of your friends. It is a great way of socializing with games. Design Facebook's design has this slick sense of originality in it. It is very unique and has made Facebook a very successful sosial networking site.

Facebook's design however is not top of the notch. It is complicated to use and is very hard to navigate through the webpage if you are not familiar with it. Usability Although facebook is very popular, its usability is actually low. It is hard and complicated to use. The navigation system is also complicated. It is popular because it was the first successful social network. Complex and hard Unique Although it is hard to use Facebook became popular because of its uniqueness. The ideas were fresh on the social networking site. Strengths It is unique
Full of fresh ideas and nice designs
Has many features such as messages, notifications, the newsfeed, games Weaknesses It is complex and hard to use
Its navigation system is confusing
Some of the features do not have instructions on how to use them
chatting lags sometimes Myspace is a social networking service owned by Specific Media LLC and pop star Justin Timberlake. Features Profile This is your profile eveything people need to know about you is from here. Home The home page it is a place where you can see what your friends share. It is also a navigating page where you can choose where you want to go next. Photos You can upload your photos here so that other users can see them. You can also see your friends photos and you can create albums. Music Here you find music and add them to your playlist where you can play. Myspace can also give suggestions to songs based on your playlist. Artists can upload their songs onto Myspace and have access to millions of people on a daily basis Games Its where you get to play games in Myspace. Audience The users of Myspace are usually in the group of ages above 35 years old. How is it monetized? Myspace uses advertisements to get money. On every page of myspace, there is at least one advertisment. When users go to Myspace to search for music they would have seen many ads already. Myspace also uses games to get money. Real life money can be used to be converted into game money. This give the users many benefits in the game. Design Myspace design is quite complex and has a fresh layout. Myspace is constantly updating their design thus its design will become more original and better. Usability Too complex Myspace is original but it is too complex to use. It is very hard to use options such as uploading photos are also hard as the upload option leads users to the photo album section of the site, while clicking on the image itself sents users to the homepage. Redesign Although complex, Myspace is constantly updating their design and system and redesigning it. This means the usability of Myspace may increase should Myspace hit the jackpot. Strengths Its design is original
Able to search for music all over the world and listen to it.
Very good for music loving users and artists. Weakness Misaligned content
Badly chosen fonts
Bad colour schemes
Ridiculous Page Backgrounds
‘Comments’ pages that scroll forever
It’s very slow Twitter is an online social networking service and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read text-based messages of up to 140 characters, known as "tweets". Features Tweets Tweets are publicly visible by default; however, senders can restrict message delivery to just their followers. Users can tweet via the Twitter website, compatible external applications. Users may subscribe to other users' tweets – this is known as following and subscribers are known as followers or tweeps. The users can also check the people who are un-subscribing them on Twitter better known as unfollowing via various services Messages Users can group posts together by topic or type by use of hashtags – words or phrases prefixed with a "#" sign. Similarly, the "@" sign followed by a username is used for mentioning or replying to other users. To repost a message from another Twitter user, and share it with one's own followers, the retweet function is symbolized by "RT" in the message. Discover Here is where you can search for trending topics. A word, phrase or topic that is tagged at a greater rate than other tags is said to be a trending topic. Trending topics become popular either through a concerted effort by users or because of an event that prompts people to talk about one specific topic. These topics help Twitter and their users to understand what is happening in the world Profile Here is where you can customize your profile. How you want other ppl to see you can be edited here. Audience As of 2012, twitter has approximately 500 million active users How is it monetized? Twitter makes money by selling tweets. Companies can pay for "promoted trends" which appear on the main twitter timeline page with the trending topics. Disney/Pixar recently did this to promote Toy Story 3. Coca-Cola saw 86 million impressions in the first 24 hours for it's promoted trend during World Cup. Design Twitter's design is an original and unique design suitable for the type of social networking site it is. It is suitable for the microblogging type of theme of twitter. Its colours also seem to match well. Usability Simple and easy Most of twitter's features are easy to use and can be easily discovered what it can be used for. Therefor twitter has a high usability Strengths simple and easy to use
allows worldwide information about people at your fingertips Weaknesses Tweets can sometimes not be sent
It is too simple thus causing twitter to be boring. Habbo is a Finnish social networking site owned and operated by Sulake Corporation. Features Site features
Photo Uploading
Private Message Sending
Public Message Posting Networking Features
Event/Activity Invites
Groups
Instant Messaging
Multi-user Games
Private Messages Audiences In June 2010

172 million avatars created

3 million new characters created each month

120 million user-created rooms 51% of our users are 13-17 years old, with a further 30% falling into 18-24segment.

400 million hours played over the entire year.

16.5 million users spent over 10 hours each, and an averagepaying user spent 93 hours playing with their friends or creating new experiences. How is it monetized? It makes money when users change real life money into their game currency (Habbo Credits) Habbo also makes money by putting ads on their website. Design Its design is suited for teenagers. It is also unique in a way as Habbo concentrates on the user creating a character and entering Habbo Hotel which is a game. The main social networking site is not the webpage itself but Habbo Hotel which is where other users converse. Usability Complex No guides given to you on how to use its features even though you need them. Their features require help to be able to fully understand how to use it. Strengths Environment suited for teenagers
Constant events happening
Regular updates Weaknesses Slow and laggy game interface
Complex and hard for first timers Task 2 Effects of social networking sites On the students On society Negative Positive Positive Negative Many students rely on the accessibility of information on social media specifically and the web in general to provide answers. That means a reduced focus on learning and retaining information.

Students who attempt to multi-task, checking social media sites while studying, show reduced academic performance. Their ability to concentrate on the task at hand is significantly reduced by the distractions that are brought about by YouTube, stumbleupon, Facebook or Twitter.

The more time students spend on social sites, the less time they spend socializing in person. Because of the lack of body signals and other nonverbal cues, like tone and inflection, social networking sites are not an adequate replacement for face-to-face communication.

Students who spend a great deal of time on social networking are less able to effectively communicate in person.The popularity of social media, and the speed at which information is published, has created a lax attitude towards proper spelling and grammar. The reduces a student’s ability to effectively write without relying on a computer’s spell check feature.

The degree to which private information is available online and the anonymity the internet seems to provide has made students forget the need to filter the information they post. Many colleges and potential employers investigate an applicant’s social networking profiles before granting acceptance or interviews. Most students don’t constantly evaluate the content they’re publishing online, which can bring about negative consequences months or years down the road. Social networking has increased the rate and quality of collaboration for students. They are better able to communicate meeting times or share information quickly, which can increase productivity and help them learn how to work well in groups.
Social networking teaches students skills they’ll need to survive in the business world. Being able to create and maintain connections to many people in many industries is an integral part of developing a career or building a business.
By spending so much time working with new technologies, students develop more familiarity with computers and other electronic devices. With the increased focus on technology in education and business, this will help students build skills that will aid them throughout their lives.
The ease with which a student can customize their profile makes them more aware of basic aspects of design and layout that are not often taught in schools. Building resumes and personal websites, which are increasingly used as online portfolios, benefit greatly from the skills obtained by customizing the layout and designs of social networking profiles.
The ease and speed with which users can upload pictures, videos or stories has resulted in a greater amount of sharing of creative works. Being able to get instant feedback from friends and family on their creative outlets helps students refine and develop their artistic abilities and can provide much needed confidence or help them decide what career path they may want to pursue. My summary Although social networking sites have its uses to connect people around the word, it causes more harm to students. Social networking sites constantly take the attention of students when students are studying. Even though, the use of social networking sites is good for the future in business and so on, it brings down the grade and focus of a student. Students will have a hard time studying if they have the constant need to attend to their online social life's. http://edudemic.com/2011/07/social-media-education/ Better information and knowledge access – people who have a childhood and adolescent life minus the internet are faced with the difficulty of getting access to vital information and knowledge they need for education. This means that when you need to do research on something, you have to spend tons of effort and go miles in order to find books, periodicals, and other paper sources just to get started. Additionally, you may also need to conduct interviews and surveys so as to get more information about a certain issue you’re tackling but with the birth of the internet, every single bit of information or knowledge a child or teen needs to learn is compiled in a very large library called the World Wide Web. With social networking, research is a thousand times easier and getting the information you want may be done in minutes.

Interactive involvement - Long ago, most children and teens were limited to joining community, neighborhood, and school groups. They were not that exposed to events and happenings outside their community. But with social networking and the internet in general, correspondence to virtually anyone from anywhere is possible. Interactive involvement even reaches as far putting children and teens under the spotlight for discussing and participating in online and social networking forums for issues that concern them.

Improved world awareness – It is quite usual to think that children and teens are not that keen to knowing issues that shape the world. Politics, social problems, population, health, and the economy are things that the younger populace lacks interest in. But because of social networking, they have no choice but to face the world‘s problems and share their opinions. The good thing about this is that their voices are given weight in issues where adults are traditionally the prominent protagonists. Encourages exploitation and abuse – We all know that social networking is a product of technology and technology brings new kinds of crime. While many people use it for wholesome, ethical, and healthy reasons, there are also many who utilize it to abuse and exploit others, particularly children and teens. The convenience brought by the web has led criminals to understand that carrying out their trade is much easier and less risky online. The use of fake identities is one advantage these people have in order to be more confident in exploiting and abusing children.


Behavioral tendencies and consequences – The impact of social media and social networking sites on the behavior of children and teens is very disturbing. We’re not saying that social media is bad in and of itself. The misuse of such technology is what makes it bad. For instance, there is the tendency to conform to what’s popular without considering whether it's right or wrong - as often seen in cases of cyberbullying. It's much easier for young people to verbally abuse each other online than it is face to face.


Health conditions – Social media is responsible for revolutionizing traditional communication. However, research has shown that social networking sites can be very addictive. People who use social networking sites for their daily communication are hooked to a point that they neglect health responsibilities, especially their diet. The addictive nature of social media leads to eating disorders, obesity, heart problems, sleep disorders, and other pertinent health issues. Additionally, constant exposure to the internet because of social networking addiction prevents a child or teen from engaging in physical activities and socialization. They become so dependent on it that they start to think making contact with other people outside the social network is not necessary. As such, they become socially and physically stagnant. My summary Although social networking sites have benefits, it has some unwanted drawbacks. People have information on their fingertips about a person with the use of social networking sites. Social networking sites can bring relationships between friends closer. It helps with socializing with people but cause problems such as social bullying. http://childrefuge.org/social-media/the-addictive-nature-of-social-networking-good-and-bad-sides.html
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