Positive Impact of Social Media Essay

5375 Words Nov 28th, 2012 22 Pages
ABSTRACT Social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter are amongst the most popular destinations on the web. No doubt in some cases this has contributed to Internet Addiction Disorder, but have they on the whole had a positive effect in our lives? Some believe that the benefits provided by social network sites such as Facebook have made us better off as a society and as individuals, and that, as they continue to be adopted by more diverse populations, we will see an increase in their utility. Anecdotal evidence of positive outcomes from these technologies — such as political activities organized via Facebook or jobs found through LinkedIn — is well-known, but now a growing corpus of research on social networks sites …show more content…
Social networking services can be defined as
[W]eb-based services that allow individuals to
(1) construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system
(2) articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection
(3) view and traverse their list of connections and those made by others within the system. The nature and nomenclature of these connections may vary from site to site
Characteristics of social networking sites
This section identifies the basic characteristics.These are presented in the table below.

Features | Description | Presentation of oneself | The basic level of entry in most SNS is the setting up of a 'profile': a personalised page developed by the user in which he/she presents him/herself to peers, through text, photos, music and videos amongst others functionalities. SNS allow users to mobilise and organise their social contacts and profiles in the way they want other members to see them. | Externalisation of data | Most SNS allow their members to view the networks of their contacts and also in many cases, to traverse them.The externalisation of networks is possibly one of the first times online users have been able to view their own online social networks, and share them with friends and the general public. Some SNS also support applications which allow users to describe the relation between themselves and other members. | New ways for community

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