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Facebook is an online directory that connects people through social networks at schools.”

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  2. 2. What is Facebook? • According to “ is an online directory that connects people through social networks at schools.” • is a way for students to connect with people they know, go to school with, share interests with and more
  3. 3. Facebook: a brief and tumultuous history • Founded in February 2004 • Founders: • Mark Zuckerberg • Eduardo Saverin • Dustin Moskovitz • Chris Hughes • All were students at Harvard College at the time • Lawsuit from website ConnectU • Alleged that Zuckerberg had stolen the idea while employed by their company
  4. 4. Facebook Today • All four of the original founders left Harvard to pursue full-time in Palo Alto • It is estimated that over 20,000 colleges and universities are supported by Facebook and more than 250,000 high schools • More than 600 million college student accounts already exist and it is projected that 80,000 profiles are added each day (Statistics retrieved from on February 17, 2010)
  5. 5. SURVEY : • A survey was conducted and it was found: • 91% said they use Facebook at least once a day • 87% had been contacted by someone they did not know through Facebook • 34% felt that Facebook has a negative impact on their academic work • The most common advice these students provided for students new to Facebook was: • To be cautious about what information is posted on your profile
  6. 6. Components of Facebook • Personal Profile: • Personal Information • Photo • Groups • Class Schedule • Wall
  7. 7. Components of Facebook • Groups and Groupies • Thousands of groups can be joined by members of Facebook: • “I love Harry Potter” • “Procrastinators Unite…Tomorrow!!” • “Student Government Association @ Diversity College” • You can also become a “groupie” of a group if you know a certain amount of people with membership in that group • The groupie feature can be turned off in the privacy settings
  8. 8. Components of Facebook • The Facebook “Wall” • Each individual and group profile can have a wall • Essentially a message board where other users can post public messages on a user’s profile • Can be edited by the person whose profile the message is posted • The message writer’s Facebook picture appears next to their message
  9. 9. Facebook is beneficial in many ways : • It helps us to regain the lost contacts. • We can find new friends and also our old friends. • It provides safe environment for university related data transferring. • Communication skills are greatly developed.
  10. 10. CREATES FUN • Group discussions and chatting can be done. • We can share our status, pictures, videos, music and more. • It also entertains people by providing applications and games.
  11. 11. Facebook: The Bad • Procrastination Tool • Most students who use Facebook state that it can serve as a distraction from school work and other responsibilities • Feeling of “safe” and “private” playground for students • In fact many people other than students can access Facebook profiles
  12. 12. Facebook can be very addictive for its members. Once you stay connected with friends, you will realize how often you login for another chat and discover what other members are doing. Several members of social networking sites actually use them throughout the day and night without any sense at all.
  13. 13. • TheobviousdisadvantageofFacebookistheavailabilityofyourpersonalprofileon theInternetformanypeopletosee. However, manypeopledonotthinkaboutthe typeofinformationtheymakeavailableandmanytimespeoplewillputtoomuch information, leavingthemquitevulnerable.
  14. 14. Facebook: The Ugly • Internet Stalking • Personal information such as address, phone number and class schedule can provide many tools to individuals interesting in keeping tabs on someone
  15. 15. Other social network sites : • MySpace, Friendster, XuQa • Similar to Facebook • Livejournal, Blog, and many others • Online journal pages • WebCT, Blackboard • Online component to academics, internet support for courses • AIM, MSN Messenger, etc. • Internet messaging programs
  16. 16. SUMMARY…SUMMARY… Looking at all these drawbacks, your life will become a waste of time and avoid you from doing more enjoyable activities than having to sit on your seat and type away for many hours. Facebook is good for staying in contact with friends, but you need to understand that these sites can be used to some extent, but not over the limit…..
  17. 17. Information for this presentation was found at the following sites: • • • By Apex360 TeamBy Apex360 Team