2004 - Facebook (founded by Mark Zuckerberg at Harvard as thefacebook.com)
largest and fastest growing site in the world
membership initially limited to Harvard students, but was expanded to other colleges in the Ivy League; later expanded further to include any university student, then high school students, and, finally, to anyone aged 13 and over
Our Opinion? Social networking sites have caused much debate among users across the globe. They help us to connect more easily to others, display our interests in a public forum, and allow us to forge connections despite vast space between users.
Simple, user friendly set up and personalization
Usually cost efficient/free
Easily accessible and globally available
Positive aspects notwithstanding, there are some arguments against social networking sites, including: Our Opinion? cont’d
Lack of privacy/ control over what is public and not
Tendency to compartmentalize and make vague and occasionally unfair assumptions about others
Generally speaking, social networking sites are seen as positive among the CMU community.