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What Is Social Networking?

Posted by Junior on October 20, 2010 at 11:22 PM Comments comments (0)

Social networking is the practice of expanding the number of one's business and/or social contacts by making connections through individuals, groups, sites, and associations. While social networking has gone on almost as long as societies themselves have existed, the unparalleled potential of the Internet to promote such connections is only now being fully recognized and exploited, through Web-based groups established for that purpose.

 

Based on the six degrees of separation concept (the idea that any two people on the planet could make contact through a chain of no more than five intermediaries), social networking establishes interconnected Internet communities (sometimes known as personal networks) that help people make contacts that would be good for them to know, but that they would be unlikely to have met otherwise. In general, here's how it works: you join one of the sites and invite people you know to join as well. Those people invite their contacts to join, who in turn invite their contacts to join, and the process repeats for each person. In theory, any individual can make contact through anyone they have a connection to any of the people that person has a connection to, and so on. (http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/0,,sid9_gci942884,00.html)

 

Social Networking Architecture


Social networking is based on a certain structure that allows people to both express their individuality and meet people with similar interests. This structure includes having profiles, friends, blog posts, widgets, and usually something unique to that particular social networking website.


Profile - This is where you tell the world about yourself. Profiles contain basic information, like where you live and how old you are, and personality questions, like who's your favorite actor and what's your favorite book. Social networks dedicated to a special theme like music or movies might ask questions related to that theme.


Friends - Friends are trusted members of the site that are allowed to post comments on your profile or send you private messages. You can also keep tabs on how your friends are using social networking, such as when they post a new picture or update their profile. Friends are the heart and soul of social networking. It should be noted that not all social networks refer to them as ‘friends’ some sites refer to them as ‘connections’ -- but all social networks have a way to designate members as trusted.


Groups - Most social networks use groups to help you find people with similar interests or engage in discussions on certain topics. A group can be anything from "Johnson High Class of '98"  to  "People Who Like Books" to  "Doors Fans".  They are both a way to connect with like-minded people and a way to identify your interests. Sometimes, groups are called by other names, such as networks for instance.


Discussions - A primary focus of groups is to create interaction between users in the form of discussions. Most social networking websites support discussion boards for the groups, and many also allow members of the group to post pictures, music, video clips, and other tidbits related to the group.


Blogs - Another feature of some social networks is the ability to create your own blog entries. While not as feature-rich as blog hosts like Wordpress or Blogger, blogging through a social network is perfect for keeping people informed on what you are up to.


Widgets - A popular way of letting your personality shine through is by gracing your social networking profile with web widgets or apps. Many social networks allow a variety of widgets, and you can usually find interesting widgets located on widget galleries.


Why Start Social Networking?


Social Networking is a nice form of entertainment, great for meeting people with similar interests, and can be a very effective business technique for entrepreneurs, writers, actors, musicians or artists. (http://webtrends.about.com/od/socialnetworking/a/social-network.htm)


Here is a site that has links to some of today’s top Social Networking Sites:

 

http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/0,,sid9_gci942884,00.html) Social Networking Architecture Social networking is based on a certain structure that allows people to both express their individuality and meet people with similar interests. This structure includes having profiles, friends, blog posts, widgets, and usually something unique to that particular social networking website. Profile - This is where you tell the world about yourself. Profiles contain basic information, like where you live and how old you are, and personality questions, like who's your favorite actor and what's your favorite book. Social networks dedicated to a special theme like music or movies might ask questions related to that theme. Friends - Friends are trusted members of the site that are allowed to post comments on your profile or send you private messages. You can also keep tabs on how your friends are using social networking, such as when they post a new picture or update their profile. Friends are the heart and soul of social networking. It should be noted that not all social networks refer to them as ?friends? some sites refer to them as ?connections? -- but all social networks have a way to designate members as trusted. Groups - Most social networks use groups to help you find people with similar interests or engage in discussions on certain topics. A group can be anything from " target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites

 



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