Social Networking - An Overview Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the topic of social networking.
# 150917 | 2,159 words | 13 sources | MLA | 2012 | US

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This paper analyzes the topic of social networking, specifically discussing the benefits and problems with these sites, such as Twitter and MySpace. First, the paper gives a brief history of social networking, which began with the advent of the World Wide Web. It also describes MySpace and Facebook. Next, the paper discusses the benefits of social networking, particularly to advertisers and journalists. Then it explores how social networking sites are used by adolescents, noting the potential dangers. The paper also addresses how social networking is being is used at work, citing LinkedIn as a site for professionals. Finally, the paper compares MySpace and Twitter, showing how Twitter is used by journalists and media, whereas MySpace, which is not as popular as it once was, is used primarily as a social network among friends. The paper concludes by noting that another draw of MySpace is that it is an open network, and therefore attracts a different audience.


A Short History of Social Networking
The Benefits of Social Networking
Some of the Problems with Social Networking
Social Networking in the Workplace
A Comparison of MySpace and Twitter

From the Paper:

"Social networking seems like a relatively new online phenomenon, but ever since the World Wide Web began, there have been areas where people could meet online, socialize, and share like interests. Geocities and Tripod are only two early examples. However, social networking really took off around the turn of the 21st century, and it has been going strong ever since. One of the first modern social networking sites was created by students from New York University - Dennis Crowley and Alex Rainert, who created It was a mobile service designed to send messages to friends and acquaintances so they could meet at specified locations. For example, if a person was having dinner at a New York restaurant, they could send a message via their cell phone to friends on their list, inviting them to stop by and say "hello." Google acquired Dodgeball in 2005, and shut it down in 2009, replacing it with one of their own applications. Dodgeball was especially popular with young singles, and its founders realized they were on to something. A marketing expert notes, "Enter: Absolut vodka, the first major brand to take notice of Dodgeball, testing the nascent service as a way to reach affluent young..."

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