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“THE EFFECTS OF SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES ON THE PERSONAL LIFE OF THE PEOPLE”
In the partial fulfilment of MBA (IB) programme
1. Objective 2. Research Methodology 3. Sampling 4. Introduction to sites 5. How do Social networking sites work 6. Popular networking sites 7. Issues of concern 8. Literature Survey • SNS in India • How safe is your Orkut account • An article regarding technology used • The Perils of Social Networking • Other Research 9. Utilization in business 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Analysis and Interpretation Limitations Conclusion Suggestion Annexure Bibliography
The social networking sites are gaining a lot of popularity these days with almost all of the educated youth using one or the other such site. These have played a crucial role in bridging boundaries and crossing the seas and enabling them to communicate on a common platform. It has become a popular and a potential mean for them to stay friends with the existing ones and to grow up their social circle at least in terms of acquaintances. The question regarding the safety, privacy and the legal issues have been cropping up all this time. Through this research we try to find out the impact of these networking sites on the personal and professional lives of people using them. It is a very subjective question to answer and is very opinion based and the same is reflected in the research methodology adopted by us. The report is initiated with the definition of the objective followed with the research methodology used along with the research design, sample size, methods used for the purpose of conducting survey. It also incorporates the sampling frame and the data collection procedure. Subsequent to this is the Introduction to the networking sites along with a brief description of the most popular sites. Then the issues of concern which have come up along the way in all these years since these sites gained popularity are discussed. The various issues and concerns of the respondents are also incorporated there. The next part of the research has the literature surveys which are the articles we took up from the published reports. We then analyzed and interpreted the data at length. The last part deals with the suggestions and recommendations that the group has come up with after carefully analyzing and incorporating the opinion of all concerned.
In this age of globalization, the world has become too small a place thanks to the electronic media and portals. Communication has become effective as never before thanks to the advent of internet. The social networking sites have also played a crucial role in bridging boundaries and crossing the seas and bringing all people at a common platform where they can meet like minded people or find old friends and communicate with them. It has become a potential mean to relation building and staying in touch with all known. Hence the objective that we wanted to achieve through our research is to: Find out the influence of social networking sites on the personal and professional life of the people- how it affects their relations, what are its uses for each individual and how have they been influenced by these sites.
A considerable amount of work has been done in this field and several articles are available on the internet and magazines about the social networking sites. So first we carried out a literature survey of the available data for collection of secondary information. We followed it by a descriptive research design in order to understand the problem and carry out the research in a lucid manner. Data Collection method: After secondary data collection through data collection over the internet, a primary research was carried out through a questionnaire. The questionnaire was well structured and the responses were sought from the respondents. The nature of the questions was such that it avoided ambiguous responses from the respondents and it also helped in quick analysis of the data collected. Two methods of questioning were used for the data collection: 1). Person Assisted: The responses were collected by personal questioning. The responses were taken from the visitors at Westend mall and Barista with few other social places in Ludhiana. This form of questioning helped the respondent to understand the questions better and answer accordingly. 2). Wed enabled: The questionnaire was e-mailed to respondents who filled it and then mailed it back.
This was done to have a better insight into the research as the target population was one which is the most avid user of these sites and could provide good responses. Sampling frame can be defined as all the users of social networking sites in the vicinity. The extent of the survey was limited to Ludhiana. Even the understanding of the questionnaire was easy to them as they were familiar with the sites and quite clear about the reasons they use it for and the various problems that they face. where the questionnaires were sent only to my acquaintances in the other cities. Once the sampling frame was decided. simple random sampling method was used to select the respondents. In the person assisted survey. To some extent judgment sampling was also used.SAMPLING: Sampling Design: The target population for our research was defined as the students who form the major chunk of users of these social networking sites. through online survey some regions outside Ludhiana were also reached . especially in the online survey. However. 6 . almost everyone in the sampling frame had an equal chance of being selected and we got the responses filled through those people who were readily and willingly accepting to fill it.
make new friends. The site starts off with a few people who then tell their friends about the site.com or a music/party community mirrored by MySpace. 2007). they start of small and then grow exponentially. The reason that social networking websites work so well is that. The first official social networking web site was Classmates.com which was founded in 1995 (Social Network. 7 .” (Social Network 2007). or just random people. The web sites are made to “…allow users to create a "profile" describing themselves and to exchange public or private messages and list other users or groups they are connected to in some way. acquaintances. and many more aspects of our everyday lives. social networking websites are a must for the Internet community to stay in touch with each other.com. What followed was a slow but steady growth in numbers of social networking websites to the overwhelming number of sites we have today. Most social networking websites are often designed to fit a certain type of community such as the college community being mirrored by Facebook. like their inception.INTRODUCTION Wikipedia states that a social network is “…a social structure made of nodes (which are generally individuals or organizations) that are tied by one or more specific types of relations…” (Social network. then those friends tell their friends about the site and soon the site is a huge database of users connected by friends. whatever one feels concerning social networking web sites is irrelevant because social networking web sites are on a popularity rise and are here to stay. With the rapid growth of people who use or have access to the Internet. distribute new data or product. 2007). With the rapid growth of social networking web sites and their global scale usage. Social networking web sites help people keep in touch with old friends.
instead. While we use the term "social network site" to describe this phenomenon. This can result in connections between individuals that would not otherwise be made. they are primarily communicating with people who are already a part of their extended social network. 2005) who share some offline connection. and these meetings are frequently between "latent ties" (Haythornthwaite. participants are not necessarily "networking" or looking to meet new people. often between strangers. the term "social networking sites" also appears in public discourse. To emphasize this articulated social network as a critical organizing feature of these sites.SOCIAL NETWORK SITES (SNS): A DEFINITION We define social network sites as web-based services that allow individuals to: (1) Construct a public or semi-public profile within a bounded system. What makes social network sites unique is not that they allow individuals to meet strangers. "Networking" emphasizes relationship initiation." 8 . On many of the large SNSs. but that is often not the goal. The nature and nomenclature of these connections may vary from site to site. but rather that they enable users to articulate and make visible their social networks. and the two terms are often used interchangeably. we label them "social network sites. and (3) View and traverse their list of connections and those made by others within the system. (2) Articulate a list of other users with whom they share a connection. While networking is possible on these sites. nor is it what differentiates them from other forms of computer-mediated communication (CMC). it is not the primary practice on many of them.
9 . their backbone consists of visible profiles that display an articulated list of Friends who are also users of the system. profiles on Orkut or hi5. and an "about me" section. location. such as Facebook. an individual is asked to fill out forms containing a series of questions. regardless of whether or not the viewer has an account. Others.HOW DOES ‘SNS’ WORK While SNSs have implemented a wide variety of technical features. which typically include descriptors such as age. Alternatively. After joining a social network site. These one-directional ties are sometimes labelled as "Fans" or "Followers. The profile is generated using the answers to these questions. interests. allow users to add modules ("Applications") that enhance their profile. Structural variations around visibility and access are one of the primary ways that SNSs differentiate themselves from each other. unless a profile owner has decided to deny permission to those in their network. Profiles are unique pages where one can type oneself into being. After joining an SNS." and "Fans." "Contacts. The term "Friends" can be misleading. The visibility of a profile varies by site and according to user discretion. but some do not. Most sites also encourage users to upload a profile photo. making them visible to anyone. Some sites allow users to enhance their profiles by adding multimedia content or modifying their profile's look and feel.com are crawled by search engines. sites like MySpace allow users to choose whether they want their profile to be public or "Friends only. users who are part of the same "network" can view each other's profiles." but many sites call these Friends as well. By default. The label for these relationships differs depending on the site popular terms include "Friends." Facebook takes a different approach—by default." Most SNSs require bi-directional confirmation for Friendship. users are prompted to identify others in the system with whom they have a relationship.
although this does not always determine the site's constituency.because the connection does not necessarily mean friendship in the everyday vernacular sense. educational level. Friends. In addition. was launched in the United States with an English-only interface. MySpace. Orkut. The Friends list contains links to each Friend's profile. or other identity-driven categories in mind. Many SNSs target people from specific geographical regions or linguistic groups. On most sites. SNSs vary greatly in their features and user base. Dodgeball). they are not universally available. but Portuguese-speaking Brazilians quickly became the dominant user group. Some have photo-sharing or video-sharing capabilities. comments. sexual orientation. While both private messages and comments are popular on most of the major SNSs. or other factors that typically segment society. The public display of connections is a crucial component of SNSs. This feature typically involves leaving "comments. the list of Friends is Visible to anyone who is permitted to view the profile." although sites employ various labels for this feature. many attract homogeneous populations initially. even if that was not the intention of the designers. political. for example. so it is not uncommon to find groups using sites to segregate themselves by nationality.g. Some sites are designed with specific ethnic. Most SNSs also provide a mechanism for users to leave messages on their Friends' profiles. age. but some web-based SNSs also support limited mobile interactions (e. others have built-in blogging and instant messaging technology. Beyond profiles.g. While SNSs are often designed to be widely accessible. and Cyworld). although their owners must manage their profiles. and the reasons people connect are varied (Boyd. although there are exceptions. SNSs often have a private messaging feature similar to webmail. enabling viewers to traverse the network graph by clicking through the Friends lists... There are even SNSs for dogs (Dogster) and cats (Catster). religious. 2006). There are mobile-specific SNSs (e. and private messaging. 10 . Facebook.
being more visited than Google Brazil. FACEBOOK.9% of the traffic come from Brazil.2% from India. Friendster and MySpace. followed by 19. but the majority of its users are in Brazil. Orkut has permitted users to create accounts without an invitation. 62. Google is probably still more popular since it appears as the second (the Brazilian version) and seventh most visited site (the international version). The initial target market for orkut was the United States. Google dropped orkut from the drop-down menu of its international homepage. as of November 2007. Orkut goes a step further by permitting the creation of easy-to-set-up simple forums (called "communities") of users. In total visits.COM 11 .COM Orkut is an Internet social network service run by Google and named after its creator. Similar to Facebook. In December 2007. number 2 on the list.EXAMPLES OF SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES ORKUT. Since October 2006. In fact. Google employee Orkut Büyükkökten. Orkut is the most visited website in Brazil. It claims to be designed to help users meet new friends and maintain existing relationships.
though it has topped the chart on various weeks. It is said that 80% of Facebook. personal profiles. Purchasing the domain name of Facebook. The service has gradually gained more popularity than similar websites to achieve nearly 80 percent of visits to online social networking websites.000 the site was originally developed for college and university students as a way to connect with each other (Facebook. Since its inception.COM MySpace is a social networking website offering an interactive. 2007).com has now been opened to anyone with a valid email address and offers its members options of joining the millions of networks of people with similar interests. and the third most popular website in the United States. where it shares an office building with its immediate owner. photos.com (Facebook. in turn.com users check their account at least monthly (Facebook. groups. user-submitted network of friends. is headquartered in New York City. music and videos internationally. It is headquartered in Beverly Hills.com generates its revenue from advertisement since it boasts a huge number of registered users. MySpace is currently the world's sixth most popular English-language website and the sixth most popular website in any language.com is also the number one site for uploading pictures. Hosting the most members for a college based social networking site. Developed by sophomore Mark Zuckerberg of Harvard University in 2004. the owner of Fox Interactive and therefore MySpace.com in August of 2005 for $200. According to Alexa Internet. News Corporation. MYSPACE. boasting several million uploads daily. Facebook.com users check their account daily and that 93% of Facebook. California.Facebook is another example of social networking site. USA. Facebook. Facebook. 2007).com was originally TheFacebook. 12 . 2007) Facebook. blogs. Fox Interactive Media.
HI5. In hi5. When a person receives a friend request. 2006. As of December 2007. was one of the 25 most visited sites on the web. With the 100 millionth account being created on August 9. or block the user altogether. As of December 18. which. The network of friends consists of a user's direct friends (1st degree). The company was founded in 2002 by Ramu Yalamanchi who is also the current CEO. The user will then appear on the person's friend list and vice-versa.COM hi5 is a social networking website. the site reportedly attracts new registrations at a rate of 230. Users can also send friend requests via e-mail to other users. Some users opt to make their profiles available for everyone on hi5 to view. 2007. the two will be connected directly or in the 1st degree.The company employs 300 staff and does not disclose revenues or profits separately from News Corporation. he or she may accept or decline it. age and hometown and upload user pictures where users can post comments. users create an online profile in order to show information such as interests. throughout 2007. hi5 also allows the user to create personal photo albums and set up a music player in the profile. there are over 300 million accounts. the friends of those direct friends (2nd degree) and the friends of the friends of direct friends (3rd degree) 13 . hi5 had over 98 million members. 2006.000 per day. If the user accepts another user as a friend. in the Netherlands and a news story claiming 106 million accounts on September 8. Other users exercise the option to make their profile viewable only to those people who are in their network.
One such problem is privacy issues. Phishing can often lead to the loss of personal information such as usernames. and passwords.com has been specifically targeted for these child safety issues after a sixteen year old girl flew to Tel Aviv. MySpace. 2007) Although a lot of the social networking web sites are trying to implement new ways to keep children safe. Another great issue of concern with social networking web sites is that of child safety. (MySpace. 2007) A lot of the web sites do have an age requirement but it is easily bypassed by the lying about of one’s age. (MySpace.com included. (Phishing 2007) This in turn causes great privacy issues since that person can now access personal information and then sell it off to marketing companies for a profit.com. Karine. predators are finding ways around these new implementations and kids are still naive to the fact that not everyone online is who they say they are.com. 2007) This selling of information to companies has led to the rise in spam emails that we all receive.com.com. social networking web sites harbour many dangerous elements and many people are concerned about some major problems that they contain. With social networking web sites like Orkut. credit card numbers. Facebook. In a case with MySpace. it is almost too easy to retrieve personal information about someone and use it to harm them.com and MySpace. Even if they don’t lie about their age the average age requirement is around fifteen years old. . Research has shown that almost three out of every four teenagers who use social networking web sites are at risk due to their lack of using online safety. the availability of being able to customize one’s own site has allowed people to use phishing html code to create phishing profiles that allows that person to access anyone’s profile who have visited the phishing profile.ISSUES OF CONCERN Although many people don’t think of it. (Joly. Israel to meet and engage in sexual relations with a twenty year old male whom she had met through MySpace. Myspace.
With the massive amount of files shared through social networking web sites it has to tell sometimes who the original owner of the selected file is. This leads to many people committing copyright infringement and uploading files and video clips that don’t belong to them. commercial products are being reproduced by individuals and uploaded to these social networking web sites. Also. (YouTube.com to be viewed by anyone who comes across it. (YouTube. Members can pretty much upload anything they want on to YouTube. The only real way that copyright infringement is reported is through the self-policing of the YouTube community.com has 160. 2007) With the easily missed copy right infringement YouTube has been sued many times in the past and is now being sued for over one billion dollars by Viacom on the claim that YouTube. 2007) 15 .A third issue of concern with social networking web sites is that of copyright infringement. YouTube.000 videos that belong to Viacom on their site without Viacom’s permission.com is a great example of how copy right infringement can come about using a social networking website.
which allow users to build or be part of online communities. fropper. Clearly. a venture capital firm. says: “With the Indian Internet user-base negligible compared to the US or China. these are very early days. then VC firms will start investing in them. which has 106 million users and Orkut which has 67 million have far greater numbers. The space is 16 .” Navin Mittal. which allow users to build or be part of online communities. Canaan Partners.com. Indian social networking websites are in their infancy. However. says optimistically: “We are early on the curve.” Alok Mittal. Ltd.” The owner of the blog Trak. says: “When you put that in context. CEO. Indian firms have a lot of work ahead of them in order to catch up. MD. account for 44% of the country’s Internet traffic. account for 44% of the country’s Internet traffic Social networking sites. Siddhartha Roy.LITERATURE SURVEY SNS IN INDIA: In all the social networking phenomenon in India is small compared to the US (Indian social networking websites today claim a user base of around 3 million registered users) while MySpace. ARTICLE-1 Social networking sites. The break-even point is longer. BigAdda.in does a great job of explaining the benefits of social networking for India and what it means for consumers and businesses. but once they attain a critical mass of 40 million users. according to a report by consulting firm JuxtConsult Research and Consulting Pvt. CEO.
launched in 2004. Similarly. somewhere down the line the company will make money. started by the Reliance-Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group’s Reliance Entertainment three months ago. 17 .’s Orkut.com launched iShare. “Nobody has made money on social networking so far.In this business.” Ajit Balakrishnan. isthe most popular social networking site among Indians with more than seven million users. “You want to first create a strong user base and give them an uninterrupted experience. but advertising is something the site has only recently dabbled with. and plans to add a social networking tool to it in the coming weeks. chief operating officer. he had added. Rediff.000 users but no advertiser yet. and it will be advertiser-related. had previously said. CEO. one-year-old social networking site for students Minglebox.” said Siddhartha Roy.com. Minglebox.com has a user base that exceeds one million but no advertisers. Indian firms and entrepreneurs entering the social networking space are convinced that they need to build up a critical mass of users first.com. MySpace.. consumer is king. “But when 10 million people congregate. “On the Internet. has about 700.. users fluctuate from one site to another and it is important to first reach a certain level of stability and maturity before getting advertisers on board. by itself.com. one of the earliest Indian dot-coms. in July. the company behind rediff. Facebook and Hi5. Big-Adda. Rediff.com India Ltd. not work any longer. and then worry about advertising. They decide where they want to spend their time and advertisers recognize that. chairman and chief executive officer (CEO).” But some experts say that those scrambling to enter the social networking space have left it too late.” Kavita Iyer.dominated by global players such as Orkut. and that plain vanilla social networking will. a video sharing platform. BigAdda. Google Inc. agrees: “.
blogging and gaming as some of its applications.” 18 .” said Ashish Kashyap. “We’ve been around for seven months in India but I can tell you that it takes about two to three years of good consumer traction to drive revenues.” said a spokesperson for PepsiCo India.” he had said. CEO. paid search. that may well indicate what social networking sites need to do to start earning revenues. According to one expert. It’s too early to tell what we’re planning on social networking. group head. “It is important to create a picnic effect before we can get to advertisers.According to Balakrishnan. This is why we are integrating iShare with social networking. Ltd’s Ibibo.” said Gulrez Alam.” he added. but it will be a convergence of communication channels. Yahoo Mail. “Social networking will have to be morphed into every online initiative. “For advertisers. “We want to make Yahoo mail more social by combining properties such as SMS. Others are trying this as well. “Social media sites will soon have alternative revenue generating tactics that will help influence the user without intruding on the experience. that’s the way ahead. vicepresident. “Pepsi has not advertised on social networking sites so far but we have got what we wanted by users themselves creating discussion groups about the brand. “It has a tendency to pick up fast but loses momentum just as fast.com is a multi-platform social interactive site with applications such as networking. social networking sites are slow in generating revenues directly but they are good in influencing decisions. social networking has to become more than just a communication platform. Communicate2. a paid-search marketing company. had previously said. Ltd has not yet bought into social networking from the advertising point of view.instant messenger and emails together. Ibibo group. PepsiCo India Holdings Pvt.” John Kremer. but it has bought into the concept. Advertisers themselves seem content with the picnic effect itself.” That’s a strategy similar to the one adopted by Yahoo Inc. Ibibo Web Pvt.
00. who requested anonymity. Though Google managed to fix the bug on Thursday. “The feature allows users to post clips.000 to 7. December 23. Users who were attacked got a message in their mailboxes informing them that someone had posted a scarp on their profile. 2007 03:07 IST A virus. admitted that because of this bug several people received scraps from friends.Almost half the Internet traffic generated in India is on account of social networking.” he said. A Google official. ARTICLE-2 How safe is your Orkut account? Mayank Tewari/Dhananjay Khadilkar Sunday. who claimed they had never posted any such scraps.” the official said.00. songs. But the feature turned out to be Google’s nemesis as an attacker used the vulnerability and posted a virus that affected between 4. had affected between 4 lakh to 7 lakh users MUMBAI: Google recently added a new feature on Orkut where users can post Active X Content on their friend’s scrapbook. 19 . The scrap. a pioneer in the country’s Internet space expects the situation to change. and while this has not translated into advertising revenue so far.000 Orkut users. written in Portuguese. the incident has highlighted the security aspects of social networking sites such as Orkut that have a huge following in countries like India. “The newly introduced scrapbook feature had been exploited. which has been fixed by Google. According to Chetan Gupta. a 26-year-old independent cyber security expert. animation etc on their as well as other user’s scrapbooks.
Rajnish. podcasts. it presents a perfect milieu for online advertisers. is the new mantra of online advertisers. incidentally. In short. The total marketing spend on social media is forecast to grow at a compound annual rate of 106. Flickr. banks. Fropper and Facebook. LinkedIn.” Social media advertising has been taking the online advertising industry by storm. email and instant messaging take 40-50 per cent of the time we spend online. automobile companies. Content-specific advertisements have become a rage on networking sites like Orkut. RSS feeds and blogs. Little wonder.TECHNOLOGY: Want to get seen? Advertise on social networking sites. 21 . discussion rooms. instant messenger. FMCGs. explains why marketers want to be seen on social networking sites: “In Asia. This. virtual activity platforms. matrimonial sites. About 93 per cent of the 28 million Indians online belong to the age group 18-45 years — a target audience that has the maximum buying power. MSN Live Spaces. Ten million of these are hooked on to some form of online social media. which are a compelling buy for advertisers seeking to target the active lifestyle set the sites cater to. head (digital marketing revenue and strategic business). career or business networking.1 per cent from 2005 to 2010. Blogosphere is doubling in size every six months and an average Indian user spends anywhere between 40-60 minutes daily on social media sites. content-specific networks are riding a wave of popularity and newer networks seem to be springing up every day. TechTribe. be it personal. reaching $757 million in 2010. MSN India. Blogger. The mix of social media sites being a hot favourite among this bunch of young Indians. and even IT firms want a virtual advert that’s both engaging and innovative. Ryze. according to a report from PQ Media.
podcasts and RSS advertising. has helped websites and advertisers look beyond popular targeting options like geography and demography “using complex targeting options on networks. which includes blogs. worldwide. “By the tail-end of 2007. podcasts. and many sites are seeing those numbers increase. keyword or a floating advertisement on a webpage. Anil Kaul. While online rate cards are not exactly cheap. averaging between Rs 50. “There has been a recent ‘change of guard’ online with social networks — from being a ‘push’ medium to a ‘pull’ medium. Their ad revenue exceeded $20 million in 2006.” claims a media buyer.” The audiences. the prices are expected to get spiked by another 20-25 per cent by the end of 2007.” remarks Rajnish. generate revenues each time they click on a banner.000 and Rs 2 lakh. in return. Social-networking sites entice users to spend considerable time and view many page views. totalled $25 million in 2006. Members of communities spend hours looking up friends’ profiles and following paths of interconnected relationships. videos. Absolute Data. Blog advertising. Page views grew 515 per cent during the same period.Some social-networking communities focus on vertical markets with a narrowlydefined audience. like behavioural and 22 . personal web pages and other forms of user generated content. CEO. a research and analytics firm. “MSN is using people’s attention to engage users with advertisers through contextual advertising and desktop television. such as business-relationship sites like LinkedIn and TechTribe. even Indian bloggers (the well known ones) would be making money out of advertising on their blogs. These long visits and high page views directly correlate to ad revenue. Nielsen/Net Ratings reports that users’ visits to YouTube grew in duration from about 17 minutes to 28 minutes (64 per cent) over the first six months of 2006.
Brian Mann wasn't among them. He regularly attends a weekly networking group in Los Angeles. Quality 23 . is opposed to networking. He has as many as eight business-related meals a week. He visits trade shows. which let people post their profiles and potentially link up with hundreds of others. getting referrals and connecting with potentially new clients is crucial to his business.” ARTICLE-4 The Perils Of Social Networking BY BRIAN DEAGON INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY Posted 12/26/2007 In November. Developing relationships. We have shown clients how to get the most from an online advert. where 55 professionals meet for Saturday breakfast to discuss trends in technology. Yet he says social networking Web sites such as LinkedIn. It's not that Mann.contextual and domain-level targeting. more than 145 million people worldwide logged onto at least one of the 20 most-visited social networking Web sites. isn't for him. founder of management consulting firm Midnight Oil. conferences and seminars to make connections. media and entertainment. Facebook and MySpace. says Nielsen/NetRatings. Quantity.
Privacy advocates and analysts said Beacon was far more invasive than the company implied. a system designed to catalog user activity and use the data so advertisers could more accurately track ads. But as Mann attests."Networking to me means adding real." Mann said. "The push-back was strong." 24 . Whether these sites can maintain stickiness — keeping people coming back — is critical to keeping enough viewers to draw advertisers. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg issued a public apology and changed the program so that only users who wanted to be part of Beacon were included in the program. "Social networks are not so much about quality as they are about quantity. "You can't screen people on social networks the way you can in real life. incremental value to the person you meet. And quantity means you have to kiss a lot of frogs with the hope that someday you'll find a prince. an analyst with research firm Diffusion Group." said Nicholas Givotovsky. Users of Facebook revolted when the firm unveiled Beacon. Limits are being felt. not everyone likes the sites. "Sometimes what people want isn't directly in line with the business model of the company. for business or pleasure." Social networking Web sites remain a social experiment.
finding that profile fields that reduce transaction costs 25 . and Steinfield (2007) explored the relationship between profile elements and number of Facebook friends. and other visible indicators (Hogan. Profile and linkage data from SNSs can be gathered either through the use of automated collection techniques or through datasets provided directly from the company. usage. For instance. enabling network analysis researchers to explore large-scale patterns of finding. in press). Golder.OTHER RESEARCH Networks and Network Structure Social network sites also provide rich sources of naturalistic behavioural data. Wilkinson and Huberman (2007) examined an anonym zed dataset consisting of 362 million messages exchanged by over four million Facebook users for insight into Finding and messaging activities. Lampe. and continuing an analysis trend that started with examinations of blogs and other websites. Ellison.
Liu. 2007). research into the importance of geography in Friending (Liben-Nowell. Maes. & Weniger." Bridging Online and Offline Social Networks Although exceptions exist. and Büyükkökten (2005) identified a topology of users through their membership in certain communities. Analyzing the roles people played in the growth of Flicker and Yahoo! 360's networks. Based on Orkut data. inviters. but typically there is some common offline element among individuals who friend one another. Kumar.. Steinfield.and are harder to falsify are most likely to be associated with larger number of friendship links. Raghavan. as opposed to meeting new people. Ellison. Scholarship concerning Live Journal's network has included a Friendship classification scheme (Hsu. Paradesi. These relationships may be weak ties. These kinds of data also lend themselves well to analysis through network visualization. 2005). Research in this vein has investigated how 26 . Novak. Huttenlocher. & Tomkins. 2007). and linkers "who fully participate in the social evolution of the network". Kumar. SNS researchers have also studied the network structure of Friendship. & Lan. Novak. such as a shared class at school. and Lampe (2007) suggest that Facebook is used to maintain existing offline relationships or solidify offline connections. Finally. Kleinberg. and Tomkins (2006) argued that there are passive members. an analysis of the role of language in the topology of Friendship (Herring et al. and studies on what motivates people to join particular communities (Backstrom.. which they call a "taste fabric. This is one of the chief dimensions that differentiate SNSs from earlier forms of public CMC such as newsgroups (Ellison et al. 2007). 2006). books. Lancaster. film. the available research suggests that most SNSs primarily support pre-existing social relations. They examined the ways in which the performance of tastes (favorite music. Sahami. Spertus. and Davenport (2006) argued that Friend connections are not the only network structure worth investigating. etc.) constitutes an alternate network structure. they suggest that sites can use this to recommend additional communities of interest to users.
Dwyer.000 Carnegie Mellon University Facebook profiles and outlined the potential threats to privacy contained in the personal information included on the site by students. Acquits and Gross (2006) argue that there is often a disconnect between students' desire to protect privacy and their behaviours. In analyzing trust on social network sites. In another study examining security issues and SNSs. Survey data offer a more optimistic perspective on the issue. their targets were much more likely to give away information to this "friend" than to a perceived stranger. Gross and Acquisti (2005) analyzed 4. suggesting that teens are aware of potential privacy threats online and that many 27 . Jagatic. such as the potential ability to reconstruct users' social security numbers using information often found in profiles. Researchers have investigated the potential threats to privacy associated with SNSs. Kornblum & Marklein. 2006). In one of the first academic studies of privacy and SNSs. and Steinfield (2006) found that Facebook users engage in "searching" for people with whom they have an offline connection more than they "browse" for complete strangers to meet. For instance. primarily concerning the safety of younger users (George. Ellison. 2006. Privacy Popular press coverage of SNSs has emphasized potential privacy concerns. Hiltz. such as hometown and date of birth. and Passerini (2007) argued that trust and usage goals may affect what people are willing to share—Facebook users expressed greater trust in Facebook than MySpace users did in MySpace and thus were more willing to share information on the site.online interactions interface with offline ones. Jakobsson. Johnson. a theme that is also explored in Stutzman's (2006) survey of Facebook users and Barnes's (2006) description of the "privacy paradox" that occurs when teens are not aware of the public nature of the Internet. Lampe. and Menczer (2007) used freely accessible profile data from SNSs to craft a "phishing" scheme that appeared to originate from a friend on the network.
Such sites as Monster. The first aspect of a business that could use a social networking website for would be the hiring of employees.com then takes your resume and compares it to the needs and wants that companies have posted on the web site and connects the company with people who meet or exceed their posted standards. Another aspect of business affected by social networking websites is marketing. Through its great reputation to gamers many gaming companies are willing to spend thousands of dollars for advertising space since they know that gamers who view the web site will most likely learn about their product.com in which experts have estimated that “Given its traffic levels.com. Pew found that 55% of online teens have profiles. Of the teens with completely open profiles. An example of the effectiveness of internet advertising is YouTube. Monster. With the millions of people that use social networking web sites. it’s also more cost effective and reaches far more people than other forms of advertising.are proactive about taking steps to minimize certain potential risks. 46% reported including at least some false information. what better way to market your product then by buying space on those web sites? Whether it’s through banners or links millions of people will view your ads should they be placed on a social networking website. video streams and page views. some have calculated that YouTube's potential revenues could be in the millions per month. An example is that of 1up. 2007). 2007) 28 . This a lot faster and involves a more broad spectrum of resources for which a company can use to find the perfect employee. It’s as simple as creating your own resume and putting it out there. 66% of whom report that their profile is not visible to all Internet users (Lenhart & Madden.com actually help many people searching for jobs and many companies looking for employees to find each other. Not only is online advertising more effective than commercial advertising such as TV ads and magazines.” (YouTube. UTILIZATION IN BUSINESS There are many ways that business’ can use social networking web sites to their advantage but we are going to focus on three.
specially amongst the youth. ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION The popularity of the social networking sites is immense. Analysis of the data tells us that 95 of the students uses at least one of the networking sites. With social networking websites people can get advice from experts. and get reviews on nearly anything that is mass produced today. This in turn is also great for businesses.A third aspect of business that is affected by social networking websites is that of fair pricing. The sample chosen had a majority of students from the colleges. With all this information out there concerning products it’s easy for a company to look through it and see what customers want and for how much. This in turn leads to better products being made to suit the customers’ needs and wants. Male Female 16 24 29 . gain knowledge of product through others who have used it. With so many businesses’ out there creating virtually the same product it’s easy for one to get lost in the broad spectrum of products.
40% Males Females 60% Age Group below 15 yrs 15-19 yrs 20-24 yrs 25-29 yrs 30 yrs and above No. of people 0 2 34 1 3 30 .
5 were post graduate. 31 . Out of the ones who use more than one site. of people UNDERGRADUATE (a) GRADUATE (b) POSTGRADUATE (c) 7 12 21 Of all the respondents 52.5% use four and above networking site.5% using no such networking sites. 7. 30% were graduate How many sites do the respondents use? 50% of respondents use only 1 site regularly. of people 20 15 10 5 0 below 15 15-19 yrs 20-24 yrs 25-29 yrs 30 yrs and yrs above Age group No.35 30 25 No. 25% amongst them use two sites and 15 % use three sites with an exception of 2.
5 15 25 50 7. most of the students use one site with the second majority being of those who use two networking sites.sites Options used 4 a b c d e above 3 2 1 0 or 2. Sites Only Orkut Users 11 32 .5 percentage By this we infer that although these networking sites are getting very popular these days. Now we will analyze which sites are the most popular ones.
Orkut Facebook Yaari My space Hi5 21 22 1 3 7 popularity of sites 25 20 15 Users 10 5 0 Only Orkut Orkut Facebook Yaari My space Hi5 33 .
Hours week 15 above 10 to 14 6 to 9 3 to 5 1 to 2 per Respondents or 6 2 6 10 7 less than 1 5 Usage (in hours per week) 15 or above 10 to 14 6 to 9 3 to 5 1 to 2 less than 1 Orkut is a hands down winner in this regard. 34 . The second most popular is orkut followed by Hi5andmy space.5 users who use only 1networking sites 55%of them use orkut.11% students seem to use facebook site which makes it the most popular one. One major interpretation here is that 52. 61. Considering the overall data.
The next question that arises is what else these students would be doing if not surfing on these sites during that time.44% users spend more than 1 hour every week.44 5. The more the time spent. Amongst those about 19.22 19. Activities Studying Socialising Constructive work Reading novels Others 22. When we asked that question during the survey.66 33.33 What they do when they don't surf 6% 20% 17% Studying Socialising Constructive work Reading novels Others 23% 34% 35 . The majority of the students spend on an average of about 3 to 5 hours every day surfing these networking sites.The number of hours spent on these networking sites should be analyzed here to determine what impact it would have on the users.55 Percentage 16. more probability of these sites being beneficial is there. we arrived at a number of such things. ranging between 10 to over 15 hours being spent every week.
What is it that attracts the students to spend time surfing rather than doing other things mentioned above. Let us see what made these sites the most attractive: Usage to make new friends to find old friends to communicate with existing friends for relationships to find people with common interests 5.33 Usage 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 36 .22% said that they would be doing some other things like social work. some said it was easier for them to stay in touch with their existing friends.77 33.55 Percentage 27.Most of the students would use the spare time for Socialising or hanging out with friends if they were not using these networking sites.33 25 8. for others it was to find old friends. 22. 36.11% were of the opinion that they would be studying or reading novels and books which means that these networking sites are leaving the students with less time to study and to read books and novels. to share a love relationship with or to find and interact with people with common interests. Some said it was because they could make more friends. sports. pursuing their hobbies etc.
77% use these sites for making new friends. Personal meetings Who met through networking sites Who did not meet through these sites About 29% of the users have met someone personally through these networking sites which is a huge number as it takes a lot of trust in meeting someone personally. For 98% is easier for them to be themselves while interacting through these sites It raises question as to how real they are while they act with people in personal or in their normal routine life 37 . these networking sites make them feel comfortable in their sexuality. the question arises regarding safety and trust as a lot of people fake their profiles.This shows that the desire to find old friends along with the need to communicate with the existing friends is making more and more students use these networking sites. The impact on youth can also be determined by analysing if these people have met anyone in personal through these networking sites. Here. In only rare case. people are looking for relationships over there. For some. Also 27.
BENEFITS USERS More friends Better connectivity Found my life partner Enjoy leisure or time when I am alone Link with prospective recruiters 25% 63% 1% 22% 7% Better connectivity is what these sites definitely provide. Another benefit is the opportunity to connect with the prospective recruiters and to find employment through these sites. Also people seem to have more friends through their use. NEGATIVE IMPACT (a) 20 38 . Lets examine now how these social sites have benefited the users. It happens due to finding out old friends and also remaining in close connection with the old as well as the existing friends. They can be themselves and also remain in touch with friends at the same time. Only 20% of the sample population feels that there is a negative impact on their personal lives. Only an exception of 1% found their life partners through this. This also gives its users a way to enjoy themselves or the leisure time when they are alone. As per the survey.The networking sites for sure have some beneficial effects on the users. 80% of the people find that there is no as such negative impact in their personal life.
IF YES %AGE LOSS OF PRIVACY (a) LOSS OF TIME (b) RELIANCE ON ELECTRONIC MEDIUM (C) LESS EMOTIONAL BOND IN RELATION (d) ANY OTHER (e) 4 11 3 1 1 39 . Only 5% of the 20% people feel that it creates some emotional disturbance or less emotional bonding in relationships.POSITIVE IMPACT (b) 80 20% 80% NEGATIVE IMPACT (a) POSITIVE IMPACT (b) From that of 20%. 55% feels that loss of time is the major cause of negative impact while 20% feels its loss of privacy and 15% feels that it makes them more dependent on electronic medium.
PARENT'S DISCRETION AND MONITERING REQUIRED YES (a) NO(b) 48 52 40 . Because 48% of the respondents thought that it is required while 52% said that they don’t think it is correct.LOSS OF PRIVACY (a) LOSS OF TIME (b) RELIANCE ON ELECTRONIC MEDIUM (C) LESS EMOTIONAL BOND IN RELATION (d) ANY OTHER (e) 5% 5% 20% 15% 55% There was no clear view that came out of the survey regarding the stand whether parent’s discretion and monitoring is required while there children use these social networking sites.
48% 52% YES (a) NO(b) The survey also shows that only 13 people feel that social networking sites invade in their privacy. IF THERE IS INVASION OF PRIVACY YES (a) NO (b) 13 23 41 . So we see that these things indicate that there is no as such anything wrong with the social networking sites and people find it useful too. we get almost 48 saying definitely yes. When we looked at the specific question asking about if parents discretion and monitoring is required in this case for children using these sites.
The responses suggest that some people have got addicted to the networking sites and use them more often and as such their life is completely influenced by these. While some people did not feel that it influences the lifestyle as they use these networking sites just for connecting with friends and did not feel its influence on their lifestyle.YES (a) NO (b) It clearly shows that social networking sites are having no crucial negative impact on people’s life. 42 . They take the views and suggestions of the people before taking any such decisions and feel quite comfortable with it. Some people get knowledge about latest trends in fashion. On the other hand. Some people surf these sites to interact with people with similar preferences and it helps in their decision-making ability. Influence of networking sites on lifestyle: Social networking sites have some or the other sort of influence on the lifestyle of the people. electronic gadgets etc. those who feel that it has some influence on their lifestyle had a lot to share. People find it trendy to use these networking sites and being a member of the sites is considered trendy and in vogue thing.
Due to absence of any strict monitoring. Many users have suffered from the same. Some unknown people also put their comments on the scrapbooks to attract undue attention. Same is the case with scrapbooks or message boxes which is visible to everyone. The albums are accessible to everyone and as such the pictures can be easily copied and have even been distorted in some cases and put on fake profiles.The most staggering influence of these networking sites for some people is the use of abbreviated words like ‘d’ for ‘the’ and likewise. Negative/bad experience from networking sites: Generally the networking sites have been of great utility to the users and they have found it of immense importance. People pose as someone else and tend to seek personal or confidential knowledge. This has led to breach of trust of a section of respondents. But some people have had bad experiences from these networking sites. The language is also offensive on many occasions. communities targeted to humiliate one or the other community has mushroomed. it often comes across during exams. Certain people often use communities to dishonour their teachers and bosses or use bad-mouthing words for even celebrities and sports stars. The verification of genuine identity of the people is a problem. Information meant for one person is visible to everyone and is often harmful in relations. These bad experiences have been seen observed more by the female users than male users. Communities like “I hate Muslims” or “I 43 . Some people use abusive words to vent out their feelings on these networking sites and the same has been seen in their personal life of late. The communities have even created furore over national and religious sentiments. For students. They tend to use the similar words in their day to day life and even in official communication and often have suffered due to this.
LIMITATIONS 1. The situation also demands some kind of moral trafficking and policing to regulate its use. Some people find it very important in this age of ever changing world where people move from one place to another very frequently. Like each system has its good things as well as bad things. The need is to utilize it effectively for good reasons and find ways to curb its negative influence. It now depends on the individual how well they are going to use the same. Even the use of a social security number or some unique national identity could be asked for while opening an account to prevent its misuse. these sites also have both the aspects. Privacy is a concern which some of the sites like Orkut have got sensitized to and are providing security option to the users as to enable them use it as per their own discretion and avoid mishandling of their information or pictures. etc. Some community had an Indian flag burning which shook the entire users of India and the national sentiments as a whole. It has also bridged borders and brought about cross-cultural understanding and sensitivity. All the uses of these networking sites vary from person to person and their mentalities. The sample size that we have taken is 100 which we are assuming that it is homogeneous and enough to carryout the research.hate Hindus” have created differences among the people and have often invited unwanted tension and rift. Effective utilization is the source to gaining maximum advantage out of these networking sites. 44 . Other insights: Social networking sites have become a way of expression for some individuals. They feel that life would have been incomplete without these sites. These have shrunk the entire world and provided a common platform for all.
4. The analysis done is mainly judgmental in nature. The expertise of the questionnaire design is limited. 5. The underlying assumption is that the survey conducted in limited area represents the general psyche of the users of the social networking site.2. 3. 45 . 6. The concept of social networking sites is not very old in India thus not much of research has been done in regards to its effects. Most of the sample population consists of students and hence our research mainly focuses on students using social networking sites.
Facebook. 46 . the protection of children. market new products. We hope that our findings and the work described here will help build a foundation for future investigations of these and other important issues surrounding social network sites. Since their start in 1995 with Classmates. scholars still have a limited understanding of who is and who is not using these sites. Through these sites businesses’ can use social networking web sites to connect to potential employees.com. The work described above contributes to an on-going dialogue about the importance of social network sites. why. social networking web sites are still one of the best inventions of the modern era because they connect so many people.com. social networking web sites have grown enormously to include such huge sites today as hi5. there are also major issues that the sites must address such as the protection of private information. uncharted waters still remain to be explored. SNS researchers' ability to make causal claims is limited by a lack of experimental or longitudinal studies. and the protection of copyrighted material. Vast. both for practitioners and researchers. Although they have issues. Although the situation is rapidly changing. and for what purposes.com. and orkut. Methodologically. Such questions will require large-scale quantitative and qualitative research.CONCLUSION A social networking web site is an online community in which people can connect to others with similar interests. Although there are many valuable assets to social networking web sites. and get feedback on their current products as well as new ideas for future products.com.
SUGGESTIONS Some ideas for future research for social networking websites would be personal contact offices to register on these sites to determine the legitimacy of the person who is trying to register. 48 . Use each interaction with someone as an opportunity to network – to build a relationship 2. if the small favour you give to other person might get you his recommendation for the coveted position in his company a few years down the line. Be genuine – people will see through your façade sooner or later To summarize at this point- 1. Base these interactions on the 3 principles to increase your effectiveness at networking. it would provide the best security out there for people who are trying to have safe fun and connect with people that share similar interests and ideas. Although this would most likely end up a great hassle. Here are some ‘Golden Rules of Networking’ that we suggest to be followed: 1. Help without expecting immediate returns – you never know. Pursue excellence in all you do – ensure that people recommend you because of your good work 3. 2. Another future tool social networking websites could use would be a licensing agreement with certain parties to prevent copyright infringement from happening on the Internet.
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to make new friends existing friends b. 1 3. Yes b. doing more constructive work e. Orkut b. No If yes. Yaari d. 2 d. 6-9 d. Myspace e. If you were not using these sites.Questionnaire Name: 1. to find someone I can share a relationship with b. Any others( please b. 1-2 f. Select the sites that you use: a. 3 c. 2.14 c. continue. 3-5 e. Do you use any social networking sites? a. hanging out with friends/socialising d. What do you use social networking sites for? a. studying specify)__________ 6. to interact with people with common interests 7. to find old friends c. How many social networking sites do you use actively? a. less than e. How many hours per week do you spend on using these sites? a. Have you ever met someone in person that you have come to know through a social 50 . Otherwise terminate. Facebook c. 15 and above 1 5. 10. Hi5 f. 4 and above b. what would you have done to utilise that time? a. to communicate with d. Any others (please specify)_________________________________ 4. reading novels c.
then what do you feel can be these impacts? a. Link with prospective recruiters and find employment. Any others ( please specify)___________________________ 11. I have more friends b.network site? a. Do you think that there is invasion of privacy through these networking sites? a. 10. I have found a life-partner through these sites. I find it a great way to enjoy my leisure or whenever I am alone. Yes b. Emotional disturbance e. Do you feel that parents’ discretion and monitoring is required in this case for children using these sites? a. No 9. d. Yes b. Less emotional bonding in relations e. Do you think social network sites help you to feel comfortable in your sexuality? a. No 12. Loss of privacy medium d. Loss of time c. I am able to connect easily with my existing friends. No 13. More reliance on electronic If yes. Do you feel these networking sites have created any negative impact on your personal life? a. No 8. Yes b. Yes b. Do these networking sites influence your lifestyle in any way? 51 . Yes b. How has social networking sites benefited you as a user? a. e. No b. c.
Undergraduate a. What is your profession? b. 25. Below 15 yrs above 18. 19. 20-24yrs d. Male b. Have you ever had any negative/bad experience from these networking sites? a. No If yes. What is your age-group? a. Pvt. 30yrs and 52 .a. Post Graduate c. What is your educational qualification? a. Student e. Organigation b. Yes b. Female 17.15-19 yrs c. Yes b. Graduate c. would you please describe the same? __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________ 15. No If yes. Business Others b. Any other insights you would like to provide? __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________ 16. Gender? a. Govt Service d. how will you describe the influence? __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________ 14.29yrs e.
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