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  • 1. Social Networking Websites
  • 2. Social Networking Websites
    • What are they?
      • Tool for:
        • Communication
        • Expressing interests
    • “ Nodes and Ties”
    • Recent phenomena
      • Digg, 2004
      • Youtube, 2005
      • Myspace, 2003
      • Facebook, 2004
  • 3. How the Technology Operates
    • Specialization vs. Integration
      • Youtube, Digg, Del.icio.us, Livejournal
      • Myspace, Facebook
    • Web 2.0
      • Change in trend
      • Enhanced creativity, information sharing, collaboration, and functionality
    • User-contribution
      • Users submit content for other users
  • 4. History Early social networking websites:
    • 1995 - classmates.com
      • focused on ties between former schoolmates
    • 1997 – sixdegrees.com
      • focused on indirect ties
  • 5. History, cont’d Modern social networking websites:
    • 2002 – Friendster
      • now mostly used in Asia
    • 2003 – Myspace
      • bought by News Corporation (parent company of Fox) in 2005
      • most popular social networking site in 2006
  • 6.
    • 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
    • 2005 - Bebo
      • stands for “blog early, blog often”
    History, cont’d
  • 7. Developments
    • Third-party applications
    • Privacy settings
    • Instant messaging
    • News feed (Facebook)
    • Music (Myspace)
  • 8. Positive Aspects for Social Networking
    • Ease of access to recent trends/topics
      • Digg
    • Faster communication over longer distances
      • Facebook, Myspace, Digg
    • Big audience
      • Blogging (Blogger, Livejournal, Youtube, Wordpress)
    • Equating computer to sociability; second life
      • Facebook, Myspace
  • 9.
    • Promoting False Identities
      • Celebrities/Political
    • Site Security
      • Lack of customer service
      • Accessibility and reliability
    • Child Safety
    • Stalking
      • Party gatecrashing
        • Crashing uninvited parties which were advertised through sites like Myspace and Facebook where anyone could see the invitation.
    Criticisms against Social Networks
  • 10. Criticisms against Social Networks, cont’d
    • Social Exploitation and Censorship
      • Social and Cultural
        • Dave Itzkoff and his experience
      • Censorship
    • Privacy
      • Security
        • MIT and 70,000+ Facebook profiles
  • 11. 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.
    • Positive aspects:
    • Simple, user friendly set up and personalization
    • Usually cost efficient/free
    • Easily accessible and globally available
  • 12. 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
    • Encourages procrastination
    • 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.