Facebook Facts… <ul><li>Facebook is a social networking website available to everyone now. Facebook was created by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004. It started out just as a website for Harvard students only. In 2006 everyone over the age of 13 with a valid email address was able to become a facebook member. Now there is not even an age limit anymore. There is also no charge for creating your own personal page on this website. Today it has spread dramatically. “Facebook, by some measurements the most popular social network with more than 200 million active users worldwide, is one of the fastest-growing and best-known sites on the Internet today” (New York Times). I personally feel that facebook is a great social networking website with many advantages, but also just like everything else comes with some disadvantages as well. </li></ul><ul><li>One of the most common asked questions I hear is... “do you have facebook?” </li></ul>
Advantages <ul><li>One of the many advantages is that facebook makes up for lack of distance and also the lack of time for people. This allows for communication throughout the world between each and every person through there crazy busy lives. You are in contact with family members and friends. An aunt or uncle out of the state you are able to talk with them through facebook as long as they are a facebook member as well. </li></ul><ul><li>Another advantage is the fact of being able to interact while you are in the comfort and safety of your own home. You don’t have to go to a party to interact. I don’t mean that you should always be on facebook, but it fulfills some of the social interactions everyone needs. A night that you want to stay home, but talk to some people you can sign on to facebook. </li></ul>
<ul><li>The third advantage would be that facebook is a one stop shop for so many things (Agnes). People can take part in communication with others, sharing pictures, uploading videos, sharing there dislikes and likes, a calendar, posts news feeds and status’s of friends, and anything else that expresses there own individuality. This is a great feeling to have something like this at your finger tips to utilize. Facebook allows for freedom throughout the community of users. There are so many different things to utilize and take part in with facebook. It is so convenient that it is all available through this one fascinating website. </li></ul>
Disadvantages…. <ul><li>One of the disadvantages of facebook is the safety issue. There is the worry that some users post to much personal information. This can create some serious problems for some. It is possible to be stalked through information that someone shares on there page. It is always important to remember to think about the information you are sharing. “Keep in mind that you can manage what you impart” (Agnes). So Agnes is saying is that on facebook there is a lot of imparting of ideas and information. It is up to you what you impart in on! </li></ul><ul><li>For a general safety tip I think it is necessary to set your page to private. This is so only people that are on your friend list can see your personal page. This limits any stranger from getting any information that is posted. Another thing to keep in mind is only accept friend requests to people that you know and trust. It is not a popularity contest!!! </li></ul>
<ul><li>Another disadvantage that goes along with the last one is appropriateness of things shared on facebook. As I stated before there is an extreme amount of freedom available to the users. This is not good when people will put up inappropriate photographs for people to view. Some feel that they will be recognized by doing this. This just shows how some people are disrespecting the freedom that they are getting. This also includes putting videos up on your page that include inappropriate behavior such as violence. Not everyone posts things like these, but the ones who do are giving facebook that fear of danger. </li></ul><ul><li>Another disadvantage is getting addicted to this social networking website. I believe for some that is so easy to do. There are many other exciting and relaxing things available to us. We need to control our facebook time and not get addicted. </li></ul>
Does the good outweigh the bad? <ul><li>In conclusion the good does outweigh the bad in my eyes. “Surely, the disadvantages don't pose a threat to you just by merely looking at it” (Findlay). This is a great point due to the fact that this bad is not just going to happen by signing on to facebook. As long as each user is aware of the risks and what not to do then it is a pretty safe website for people to enjoy. Some things you should do to help decrease risks is set your page to private, only accept friend requests from people you know, limit personal information, and do not post inappropriate photos or videos. There are so many great aspects of facebook and some of them are communication, news feeds, friend and family updates through there status, and the overall freedom to express individuality. Along with everything you need to take the sour with the sweet. There is always going to be disadvantages with every thing. As long as users don’t post too much information or inappropriate videos or pictures everyone will enjoy all the benefits and freedom of facebook. </li></ul>
Citations <ul><li>Agnes. (2008, December 2). Social Media Watch. From http://www.socialmediawatch.net/index.php/social-media-watch/1356/ </li></ul><ul><li>Findlay, L. H. (2009, March 1). Facebook Advantage and Disadvantages . Retrieved October 20, 2009, from http://ezinearticles.com/?FacebookAdvantage-and-Disadvantages&id=2051514 </li></ul><ul><li>The New York Times. (n.d). Retrieved, October 20, 2009 from </li></ul><ul><li>http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/news/business/companies/facebook_inc/index.html </li></ul><ul><li>Phillips, Sarah. (2007, July 25). A Brief History Of Facebook. Retrieved, August 28, 2007 from </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2007/jul/25/media.newmedia </li></ul>
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