Facebook It Or Not Sandra J. Wisor INTD-477L-200 Marist College Capping Project
History of Myself
Life Work Experience
Guideposts OurPrayer Ministry
Business & Communications
Thesis Statement The social networking site, Facebook, is changing the way people communicate and socialize with others. Many people no longer use face-to-face contact or past communication technology as a way to speak to another person. Facebook is fast becoming a cultural norm to connect with family, friends, or business associates online in a group setting. There are several advantages and disadvantages to using Facebook. Upon researching these differences, I will discover what draws people to use this site. Some lack the knowledge on how to properly use it and often reveal too much about their identity without thinking of the repercussions. Facebook since its conception continues to grow and expand our ability to reach greater distances and assists us with finding people with like-minded interests. This social networking site enhances our social desire to use Web 2.0 technology even more.
Social networking is defined as the use or establishment of social networks or connections with the use of websites. These enable users to interact with one another, find, and contact people with common interests, etc.
Metcalf’s Network Effects Metcalf's formula n(n-1)/2 increases network effects as you add connections.
Brief History of Mark Zuckerberg Founder & CEO of Facebook
My Facebook Page & Definitions
My Wall Page & Concept of Friendship
New Life Cycle
Uses & Gratification Theory
Definition - In 1958, Katz developed the Users and Gratification Theory, which explains how different people use the same media messages for different purposes to satisfy their psychological and social needs and achieve their goals.
Social Networking Research Findings
Facebook Pros & Cons
Facebook Manners Video
How do you prefer to socialize… Yes No Do you prefer face-to-face contact rather than Facebook? 63 10 Do you prefer writing a letter rather than using Facebook? 34 39 Do you prefer a phone call rather than using Facebook? 53 21 Do you prefer another email program rather than Facebook? 43 29 Do you prefer Facebook as a means to find friends, dates relationships, networking over traditional means of communication? 18 53 Do you prefer Facebook as a means of planning your personal daily schedule? 4 69
My research showed me Facebook is changing the way we socialize today. Over time the changes in technology have forced society to become more techno-savvy, causing a convergence in online social networking and replacing true face-to-face communication.
In today's society, more people are turning to the web as forming online social communities as a means of staying in touch with family and friends. Since its inception in 2004, Facebook has become one of the most popular online social networking sites as the number of members and fans continues to increase rapidly reaching 300 million registered users in 2009.
In my opinion, Facebook is now part of our culture due to our need to socialize. It will continue to gain favor as we close the existing domestic and global divide that hinders between internet access of the have’s and the have-nots. After researching this topic, I will present a proposal to Guideposts OurPrayer Ministry as to how Facebook could increase the amount of traffic for prayer requests and volunteers on OurPrayer.org.
References Reference #1 – Gere, C. (2008) Digital Culture. (2nd Ed). London, UK: Reaktion Books Ltd. Reference #2 - Sheldon, P. (2008). Student favorite: Facebook and motives for its use. Southwestern Mass Communication Journal , 23 (2), 39-53.