Notes on “Social Networking”

“A social network service focuses on building and reflecting of social networks or social relations among people, e.g., who share interests and/or activities.”

– usually contain “category places” i.e. former school year, classmates, etc.
– Facebook, Bebo, Twitter, Myspace, LinkedIn ((most popular currently))
– serve as a “group meeting place” for people of similar interests; some are more specific than others (i.e. books and music)
– attempts have been made to standardize things, but to no avail (privacy issues?)
– started with chat rooms
– – most sites now have their own, individualized “chatting” system
– early sites: Friendster, SixDegrees.com
– social networking for “good” – i.e. Care2, WiserEarth, etc.
– class divide between Facebook and Myspace: often find people switch from Myspace to Facebook as they get older and move on to college
– two broad categories: internal and external social networks
— one requires an invitation, and one is for everyone
– advertising
– privacy of information, email spamming, ‘notifications’
– privacy of “friend” settings -> can guesstimate information about people from their friend’s information
– ‘admins’ that decide what’s ‘acceptable’ for the site itself
— names being approved, picture content, etc.
– selling of information to companies
– age verification and ‘scans’ do not work on the internet
harms interpersonal communication of teens/youth

**brings up issue of identity & privacy: redefines them
(you are whatever you say you are, once things are on the internet, they’re there forever, etc.)

“Friendster was founded to create a safer, more effective environment for meeting new people by browsing user profiles and connecting to friends, friends of friends and so on, allowing members to expand their network of friends more rapidly than in real life, face-to-face scenarios.”

“allows people to ask questions and voice concern without meeting face to face”
((i.e. bitch on the internet and not have to deal with the consequences that would happen in real life))
{[think YouTube or ABC.com that lets you “comment” on episodes or videos, but why??]}

“It is no secret that we often copy what our friends are doing.” (via)

people significantly influence each other’s behavior within up to three degrees of separation = influenced not only by your friends, but also by your friends’ friends’ friends (!!!!!)

“Optimists say that social networking via the Internet helps us to strengthen existing ties and forge new ones, leading to an improved social condition. Pessimists say that our online social networks keep us isolated and closed-off from other people’s worldviews.”

sources: Wikipedia, Do social networking sites improve your ability to network in real life?,

clearly different views, different pros and cons for different situations….

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3 thoughts on “Notes on “Social Networking”

  1. I really like your writing style, its not generic and extremly long and tedious like a lot of blog posts I read, you get to the point and I really enjoy reading your articles! Oh, and merry Christmas!

  2. Angus Parker says:

    Thanks for the mention of http://www.WiserEarth.org. We welcome participation by all those interested in making the world a more sustainable place.

  3. konkurrencer says:

    Adding this article to my favourites.

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