What are Social Networking Sites?<br />Online communities<br />Allow people to develop profiles of backgrounds and interests<br />Communicate with friends and strangers<br />And share thoughts, photos, internet links, music, etc.<br />
Author Barry Wellman<br />“The internet plays socially beneficial roles in a world moving towards ‘networked individualism.’”<br />
Use of the Social Networking Sites<br />60 million receive help with major life issues. <br />59% of students with access to the Internet report that they use social networking sites to discuss educational topics including career and college planning, and 50% use the sites to talk about school assignments. <br />
Social Networking Sites and Politics<br />the day before the US presidential election, Democratic candidate Barack Obama had 2,379,102 Facebook. Republican John McCain had 620,359<br />Obama had 833,161 MySpace friends and McCain had 217,811. <br />Obama had 384% more Facebook supporters and 383% more MySpace friends than McCain <br />
Using the Internet for information<br />Young voters seek information from social networking sites<br />“52% have gone online to look for more information about candidates’ positions on the issues.”<br />“More than a quarter of US voters younger than age 30 (including 37% of those aged 18-24) said they obtained information about the political campaigns from social networking sites.”<br />
Politicians Use Networking Sites<br />“candidates in the 2008 election engaged potential voters with YouTube, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and other social media.” <br />
Social Networking Sites<br />Beneficial for finding important contacts<br />Benefits students with educational needs<br />Help out politicians who need younger voters<br />Helps younger voters obtain information on politics<br />
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